New York City can be an expensive place to take a trip, but there are still some great-value hotels to choose from within the five boroughs. We take a look below at 5 of hotels that we love to visit often.
Close to Broadway and Columbia University, the Upper West Side’s Morningside Inn offers simple, cosy rooms and has a kitchen on each floor so you can continue saving money by cooking your own meals. Times Square and the theatre district are a short taxi or subway ride away, and the immediate neighbourhood has a student-y bent with plentyof independent coffee shops and boutiques for browsing. Wi-Fi, cable TV and vending machines are available in the lobby.
Hotel 31 sits in the heart of Midtown between Lexington and Park Avenue, pitching you just a short walk away from Times Square, the Empire State Building, the New York Public Library and the restaurants of Koreatown. Its location couldn’t be better for first-time visitors who want to fit lots of sightseeing, and the hotel’s staff are friendly and helpful. Rooms have traditional decor as well as individual air conditioning, cable TV and hairdryers. A 24-hour concierge service is also available.
Conveniently located in the nexus between the (very different) food havens of Little Italy, Chinatown and SoHo, the Sun Bright Hostel puts you in the ideal spot for exploring lower Manhattan. You’re also short walking distance from Tribeca’s smart warehouse conversions and the Hudson riverside. The hotel has free HBO and free newspapers on weekdays and offers simple double, triple and quad rooms for friends or couples travelling on a budget.
With a Queens location close to JFK and La Guardia airports, Comfort Inn Bellerose is great for those looking to make a quick airport connection but also want the convenience of the city-centre close by. It’s a 15-minute train ride into Manhattan from here, and the hotel has meeting rooms, copy/fax services and free Wi-Fi for business travellers. Breakfasts, weekday newspapers and use of the gym are also free. High-quality rooms have flat-screen TVs, coffee-makers and coffee and cable TV.
Close to top downtown Brooklyn sights like the Brooklyn Museum and Botanical Gardens, Quality Inn Hotel offers rooms equipped with plasma TVs, free Wi-Fi and hairdryers, and some have whirlpool baths. A free continental breakfast is offered every morning, and there is free coffee on offer throughout the day. Manhattan is a ten-minute subway ride away, and you’re a short walk from hipster hangouts in Williamsburg and the beautiful Prospect Park.