Some would be quick to call it the center of the world, so we probably don’t need to tell you about all the wonders that await you in Manhattan. You may already have some adventures planned. Or maybe you’re adventuring on a whim on the city and you need accommodations that don’t feel like sleeping with a bunch of twenty-somethings in a dorm.
Thankfully, there’s no shortage of hotels in Manhattan – but not all of them are affordable, and the particularly cheap ones may have quality issues. For the listings below, you can only get the cheapest rates if you book three or four months in advance, and prices vary widely for dates closer to home. We were quoted a lower price, but if you book for a more recent date, you’ll likely pay a higher price. As for location, we chose a variety of locations around Manhattan, but we highlighted areas near popular tourist attractions such as Midtown and Times Square. We avoided hotels with customer ratings below 7.5 on Booking.com, aiming for a rating of at least 8.
THE JEWEL FACING ROCKEFELLER CENTER.
From $251 per night.
This four-star hotel is located across the street from Rockefeller Center and NBC Studios, which means you’ll be close to the action in Manhattan. And you’ll do it in style, too: every room here is custom-designed with a Keurig coffee maker, TV, and free Wi-Fi. You can also turn your room into a training space by requesting fitness equipment delivered right to your room – or you can visit the on-site gym. Other perks at this high-end hotel include dining and cocktails at The Terrace Club and checkout service in the lobby for those in a particular hurry.
From $120 per night
This hotel is 1,600 feet from Grand Central Terminal, meaning you’ll be close to transportation. Have some free time before your train? This hotel is located at 1,600 feet from the downtown area, making it a great place to stay. Another nearby landmark that may be of interest is Times Square, bustling with activity only a mile away. After your trek through the city, relax in your air-conditioned room with a possible view of the city. Bunk beds are available for cheap travel partners. Meanwhile, the on-site Rooftop Lounge & Bar and Salvation Taco can take care of your hunger.
YOTEL TIMES SQUARE
From $169 per night
This super cool hotel has a bold purple facade that looks like it jumped out of the future. Its interior is just as high-tech – there’s even a luggage storage robot! Free wifi certainly isn’t as glamorous as robots, but it’s available, and there’s a concierge service to help you navigate your way around the city. Free wi-fi is certainly not as glamorous as a robot, but it’s available, and there’s concierge service to help you navigate your way around the city. Speaking of navigating: this Hell’s Kitchen hotel is less than a mile from Times Square, so you’ll have plenty to do. If you want to spend a little more time at this gorgeous hotel, Green Fig Restaurant serves Mediterranean meals for breakfast, weekend brunch, and dinner. Or, enjoy drinks and the city skyline at the Terrace and Club Lounge.
From $139 per night
Located in Midtown East, the Kavi is a more traditional-looking option, with rooms decorated in a modest, simple elegance. But there’s plenty of luxury nearby, and the hotel boasts that visitors love the nearby luxury shops like Cartier, Gucci and Hermes. Another luxury aesthetic experience can be had at the Museum of Modern Art, an 11-minute walk away. This hotel is recommended for travelers who like to walk and explore, but while you’re in your room, you’ll find free Wi-Fi, an iPod dock, a minibar, and cozy bathrobes.
From $75 per night
For the uncompromising traveler, take note: This central Manhattan hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the Empire State Building. Also, a 20-minute walk will take you to many other popular attractions. Madison Square Garden, Times Square or Rockefeller Center. This is very basic accommodation at an affordable price, but there aren’t many amenities and some rooms have shared bathrooms. However, towels and linens are still provided, maid service is available, and the front desk is always open. And budget-conscious people should know that it tends to have the lowest rates of the high-class Manhattan hotels we researched.
SOHO GARDEN HOTEL
FROM $84/ NIGHT
This hotel sits on Canal Street, meaning it’s in Lower Manhattan. Thus it’s a little farther from the main tourist attractions like Times Square — you’ll need to take a 15-miunute or so ride on the metro to reach destinations in central manhattan. Still, there’s plenty to see around here, including Tribeca Park and the SoHo shopping district. The Brooklyn Bridge is only a mile or so away, and there are several metro stations within walking distance. Room decor features energizing splashes of color —just the thing needed to power a walk around the city!
FROM $110/ NIGHT
The Leon Hotel is another option in Lower Manhattan. It’s less than a mile from both SoHo and the Brooklyn Bridge. Some rooms will come with views of your surroundings, while all rooms are equipped with a cable TV, coffeemaker and desk. Luggage storage, concierge services, and a tour desk can be found near the front desk. If you need help navigating, ask for help before jumping onto a train at Grand Metro Station, which is only 1,050 feet away. Or, check out one of the nearer attractions, like the Bowery Ballroom or New Museum. There’s no breakfast, but past guests have noted that there’s plenty of places where you can indulge nearby.
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES DOWNTOWN EAST
FROM $235/ NIGHT
Traveling to the Lower East Side? This Fairfield Inn is one option to consider. Should you need to get somewhere else, it’s close to the East Broadway station. Thankfully this hotel provides fuel for the day’s journey in the form of a complimentary hot breakfast with juicy fruit, coffee, tea, pastries, eggs and crispy bacon. There’s also a fitness center to work off any calories you didn’t burn while exploring the city, and an on-site minimart for post-workout protein. In you room, you’ll find a similar assortment of the usual amenities: TV, microwave, fridge and work desk.
FROM $246/ NIGHT
Whether you’re already cultured or looking to get some culture, the Upper West Side offers plenty of it. The traditionally classy Hotel Beacon is a good pick for travelers looking to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park or the Museum of Modern Art. It’s also adjacent to the Beacon Theatre, and neat the American Museum of Natural History. Should you book a suite or kitchenette here, you’ll be absorbing all this culture in comfort, with a microwave, fridge and coffeemaker at your disposal. There’s a grocery nearby, and past guests noted that the kitchenette is useful for saving money as you can prepare your own meals —a plan ideal for budgeteers.
CITY ROOMS NYC – CHELSEA
FROM $80/ NIGHT
For the budgeting NYC traveler, this Chelsea property offers cheap rooms in walking distance of Penn Station and Madison Square Garden —only 650 feet, to be exact. The Empire State Building, Times Square and Grand Central Station are all within a mile as well. Bathrooms are shared, but guest rooms come with a fridge and laptop safe. An on-site mini mart will satiate any munchies, while complimentary tea, coffee and hot cocoa can be found in the lobby. For larger bites, the hotel notes that Mooncake Foods, an Asian eatery, is only 550 feet away, and gourmet pizza from Co can be found with a seven-minute walk.