New York City may have a wide array of hotel choices, but they can cost a lot of money. Prices above $200 are common, with a good deal of rooms topping $400 a day in some hotels. All is not lost, however, for the budget traveler. NYC is also host to several quality hotels for the budget-conscious. While some of them lack unique character, others are friendly and small enough to please an ardent bed and breakfast lover. When seeking budget lodgings in NYC, look for the hidden gems that exist in the Big Apple.
This Tribeca hotel, averaging around $170 a night (as of November 2010), has room options for travelers that include an interesting mini-loft room. Here, the double bed is on a small loft up a narrow staircase, creating a duplex effect in a limited amount of space. In addition, the Cosmopolitan also offers a suite of sorts with a sofa. The decor is bland, with the color scheme favoring a neutral palette heavily reliant on beige. One significant money-saver is the free Internet service, a perk that usually goes for $10 or more per day in most NYC hotels.
East Village Bed and Coffee
This quirky little bed and coffee doesn't offer daily breakfast. What is does have is a free and artsy environment that merits a waiting list and loyal clientele of artists and other creative types. The 11 rooms all have a unique theme and share bathrooms; themes include "the Treehouse," "the Empty Nest" and the brightly colored "Dutch." Prices as of November 2010 range from $120 to $145 per night, depending on the number of beds and size of the room. If booking at this hotel, read the extensive FAQ page that includes information on pets under the "DOGGIES" link, area transportation and staff bios. The East Village Bed and Coffee has a reputation as a friendly and familiar environment that keeps folks coming back.
Nestled near Central Park and Lincoln Center, the Belleclaire is a budget-friendly hotel in a pricey section of town. The rooms are contemporary but comfortable in feel, with padded armchairs and muted primary colors. An economy room with shared bath starts a little above $100 as of November 2010, with rooms ranging up to the superior two-bedroom suite level. The hotel also offers free wireless Internet, along with breakfast vouchers for area restaurants. The Belleclaire also includes a small fitness room and has in-room spa services from outside vendors.
The Hotel @ Times Square
Advertising a budget NYC hotel price with a boutique hotel experience, the Hotel @ Times Square is part of a family of several other hotels throughout Manhattan. Amenities are similar to big-name budget brands like Days Inn, and free wireless Internet, continental breakfast and US domestic calls are included in the price. All 208 rooms in this 14-floor hotel are conventional rooms, with no suites, and there's no fitness center. For meals, you'll have to hit the nearby streets of Times Square, but the breakfast room is large, inviting and carries a wide array of wake-up food choices. As of November 2010, rates for two beds start at $149 a night.
- Cosmopolitan Hotel: Contact Us
- East Village Bed and Coffee, 110 Avenue C New York, New York 10009; Phone (917)816-0071
- Belleclaire Hotel; 250 West 77th Street; New York, NY 10024; Phone (212)362-7700
- The Hotel @ Times Square, 59 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036; Phone (800)567-7720
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