Don’t know where to start looking for a hotel in New York that fits your requirements and budget?
The choice of accommodation is overwhelming and without knowing the city, the search is complicated.
To simplify it, we have created this list of recommended hotels in New York. Different neighborhoods, different budgets and lots of ideas for you to book… and devote all your energy to planning your trip to the city!
Times Square Hotels
If you want to be in the heart of Manhattan and the crowds don’t overwhelm you, Times Square is your place. Central, full of hotels, shops and restaurants and frantic 24 hours a day.
Here are three recommended hotels in Times Square:
- CitizenM Times Square. One of the most modern hotels in Times Square. Innovative and welcoming design, impeccable rooms, private bathroom and rooftop with a good view. Prices.
- Room Mate Grace Boutique Hotel. One of the best quality – price options if you book in advance. Unbeatable location, modern design and private bathroom. Prices.
- Novotel Times Square. Fantastic location, close to all meters. Good facilities and value for money. Prices.
Or, if you prefer, click here for more hotels in Times Square.
Charming downtown hotels in Manhattan
If you’re looking for a centrally located, well-connected hotel in Manhattan, but with a charm that’s hard to find in Times Square, you’ll love these:
- Hotel Giraffe. A great and cozy option next to Madison Square Park. Breakfast included and a garden terrace. Prices.
- Library Hotel. Beautiful hotel inspired by a library. Perfect location next to Bryant Park and Grand Central Station. Breakfast included. Prices.
- The Evelyn. Elegant rooms, private bath and great location just minutes from Madison Square Park and the Empire State Building. Pricing.
Cheap Hotels in Manhattan
The first thing you should know is that, whatever they say, cheap hotels in New York don’t exist. Or at least not in comparison to what is considered “cheap” in other cities.
A cheap hotel in New York is one that is around $1000 – $1500 per week.
Yes, there are hotels for even less, but if you are looking for a place that is simple and functional but clean and pleasant, try these hotels:
- Pod 39. One of the hotels that flies for its affordable prices and small but modern and clean rooms. Quiet but central location, 5 minutes from Grand Central Station. Prices.
- Pod 51. The brother of Pod 39 is also very popular for the good prices, modern facilities and the central but quiet location. Both are perfect for not paying a fortune if you only use the room for sleeping, but you don’t want to give up a clean and new place. Prices.
- The Jane. Low cost hotel with tiny rooms and shared bathroom, good choice if you are just looking for a place to sleep. The best thing: it has personality, and the location is fantastic, between the charming West Village and Meatpacking District. Prices.
- To save: Jazz on Columbus Circle. Hostel with private or shared rooms, a low cost option to sleep a few steps from Columbus Circle and Central Park for much less than usual. Modern facilities, shared bathrooms and excellent location. Prices.
Hotels in Downtown Manhattan
In the Manhattan neighborhoods below 14th Street you will find a variety of accommodations. From unique hotels in Chelsea, SoHo and the West Village to more affordable options on the Lower East Side, Hudson Square and the Financial District.
They are ideal for you if you want to enjoy the neighborhood atmosphere while still being well connected to the rest of Manhattan.
- Sohotel. Industrial style hotel with a good location on the border between Nolita and Little Italy, an authentic area full of shops and restaurants. Simple but comfortable rooms with private bathroom. Prices.
- The Frederick Hotel Tribeca. A simple but elegant hotel in the Tribeca neighbourhood, next to supermarkets and restaurants. Next to the subway station and near the World Trade Center and the Brooklyn Bridge. Prices.
- Aloft Manhattan Downtown. Hotel of the Aloft chain with modern facilities and clean and comfortable rooms. Close to many different subway lines and a few minutes from the Brooklyn Bridge. Prices.
Well connected hotels in Brooklyn
If you’re considering staying in Brooklyn to cut your budget a little bit, we encourage you to do so. It’s full of authentic and lively neighborhoods that are sure to surprise you, and with the subway nearby, in 10 minutes you’ll be standing back in the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.
- Aloft Brooklyn. Excellent option to stay in Brooklyn and be close to subways that connect you quickly to Manhattan. New and cozy hotel, comfortable rooms and good location, close to many shops and restaurants. Prices.
- NU Hotel. Innovative design and modern, well-equipped rooms. Very good location close to several meters, on the border between Downtown Brooklyn and Cobble Hill, with shops and restaurants nearby. Prices.
- Le Jolie. Very well rated, perfect to stay in the hipster neighborhood of Williamsburg and enjoy its atmosphere but at the same time be a few minutes away from Manhattan. Good value for money, simple but impeccable rooms and close to the subway. Prices.
Or, if you prefer, click here to see hotels in Brooklyn and order them by distance from downtown.
Well connected hotels in Queens
Queens is another great option to cut down on your housing budget and be just a few subway stops away from Manhattan.
The neighborhoods where most good hotels are located are still a bit industrial, but don’t be intimidated. They are being renovated with lots of new buildings, so you’ll be able to sleep in new, affordable, and well-connected hotels.
- Boro Hotel. New and impeccable industrial-style hotel with an unbeatable quality-price ratio. It is close to the subway, which in a few minutes takes you to Manhattan or other lively neighborhoods in Queens. Prices.
- LIC Hotel. New and cozy facilities. Simple but comfortable rooms with private bathroom. Good option to pay less but be well communicated, because very close you have a subway that in a few minutes leaves you in Manhattan. Prices.
- To save: The Local Hostel. Modern hostel with private or shared rooms. Nearby subway that in 2 stops leaves you in Manhattan. Cozy atmosphere and rooftop terrace. Prices.
About recommended hotels in New York
- In downtown Manhattan, 7 nights in a 3/4 star hotel can cost you over $2000 – $2500. In other areas of Manhattan, it can cost you $1700 – $2000.
- In more remote areas, or in Brooklyn or Queens, you can find hotels for about $1000 – $1500 per week.
- Hotel rooms in New York are very small, always, unless you pay a supplement for a better room.
- Many hotels do not include the 14.75% tax, and the city tax of $3.5 per night. Check when you book.
Frequently Asked Questions
- I don’t know which neighborhood to start looking for, what do you recommend? In the NYC Neighborhood Guide you have a small description of each one, so you can get an idea of which one you like best.
- What should I look for when choosing a hotel? We all have different priorities, but in New York, one thing you should look for is a subway stop nearby (5-10 minutes).
- I’ve seen 2* hotels that are well priced, are they a good option? Except for occasional cases, we would avoid hotels under 3 stars in New York, as quality, cleanliness and comfort often plummet. Anyway, read the reviews of other guests carefully.
- I have rented a hotel in X district of New York, is it dangerous? The answer to this question is always that, although most tourist areas are not dangerous, in New York the neighborhoods change a lot from one block to the next, so the most important thing is what street the hotel is on and if there is a subway nearby.