Affordable Hotels in NYC

by Lee Morgan
Manhattan is home to several budget hotels even though staying here is usually pricey.

Manhattan is home to several budget hotels even though staying here is usually pricey.

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The price you’ll pay for everything in the Big Apple is likely to be higher than it is back home. As one of the most visited cities in the world, New York is able to get a premium for their goods and services because of the demand it enjoys as a tourist destination and home to millions. But traveling to New York doesn’t have to be expensive. You can save money in several ways including booking an affordable hotel. You can find hotels that qualify as budget accommodations right in Manhattan.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel

While it isn’t right in the middle of the Theater District and it doesn’t have a view of Central Park, the Cosmopolitan Hotel offers an affordable option in the Tribeca section of Manhattan near other city attractions. And the great part is, the subway system will still get you to the park or to Times Square in 15 minutes or so. This downtown lower Manhattan location is walking distance to Chinatown, Wall Street, Soho, Little Italy and Greenwich Village. There are endless options in the neighborhood for cocktails, dining and entertainment. The hotel itself is a very clean, newly renovated building on lower Broadway. The rooms have a modern design and are comfortable. The hotel offers basic amenities like cable television, Wi-Fi and remodeled private baths.

Amsterdam Inn

If you are traveling alone or as a party of two, the Amsterdam Inn in upper Manhattan is an affordable place to rest between days of adventuring in the big city. The location places guests squarely between Central Park and Riverside Park with nearby access to the Hayden Planetarium and the American Museum of Natural History. Midtown is just a short subway ride from this very convenient hotel. The lowest cost rooms at the Amsterdam Inn sleep two people, either in a single full-size bed or two twin beds. The rooms are small and share a bathroom in the hallway with other guests from adjacent rooms. Some rooms have a private bath but cost slightly more. Aside from the size issue and the bathrooms, the hotel is an adequate place to use as a base of operations during your tour of the city.

Murray Hill Inn

The same company that runs the Amsterdam Inn also operates the Murray Hill, and this hotel is very similar. It features shared restroom facilities on some floors and provides basic affordable accommodations for guests just looking for a place to lay their heads at night. The Murray Hill Inn is located in Midtown Manhattan at the corner of 30th Street and Lexington Avenue. Its location just two blocks from the Empire State Building and walking distance to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Garden, Macy’s, Herald Square and all of the shopping and dining locations in Manhattan’s busiest area. The Murray Hill guest rooms are clean and large enough for comfort but lack some of the amenities of other larger, pricier accommodations.

Hotel 99

Located in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the Hotel 99 is one of the area’s newest hotels. The hotel cuts down on the price you pay by offering shared rooms and restrooms. Private rooms and facilities are also available. The hotel offers basic amenities including telephone, cable television, flat-screen TV, iPod docking station and maid service. The hotel is located near the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, Lincoln Center, Julliard School and many other museums, restaurants, galleries and entertainment venues.

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