10 of the best new affordable hotels in New York City
Pod 39 Hotel
In an elegant brick building in Manhattan’s Murray Hill, this excellent budget plan option opened following the success of sister hotel, The Pod. It trumps the older brother or sister– now renamed Pod 51– as all its rooms are en suite and it has an amazing brick-pillared rooftop bar serving tacos and a warm atmosphere amid fairylights and sensational views. The rooms, some with bunk beds, are called pods offered their compact size and might not match everyone. However with rates amongst the most competitive in Manhattan, budgeters will be happy. Other great touches consist of totally free passes to personalized group walking tours of the city, held four days a week by guides Streetwise New York.
BKLYN House Hotel
Proclaiming itself “a Bushwick-inspired hotel”, this no-frills shop property opened late last year on the fringes of the area long called “the brand-new Williamsburg”. It features works by Brooklyn artists on rotation and has signed up with forces with local services for things such as coffee. The 116 spaces are good worth– and Manhattan is only 20 minutes away by taxi or train. The instant surroundings feel city– the hotel is by a high-rise public real estate task while the closest commercial street is under elevated train tracks– but Bushwick’s finest bars and cafes/restaurants are nearby. The minimally furnished, wood-floored spaces have a cool, sparse style; some have decent views of the remote city horizon. The task will take advantage of a prepared rooftop bar and front terrace, but could likewise finish with an extra elevator (housekeeping and guests currently share one).
Hampton Inn Brooklyn/Downtown
A chain hotel, but not as you know it. This Hilton brand subsidiary was opened two years earlier near the busy and somewhat out-the-way approach to the Manhattan bridge. Provided its Brooklyn setting, the 117-room property has attempted to prevent the cliched soullessness attached to lots of franchise hotels. Hence the full-service fireside bar, local photography and art work on the walls, and gourmet chocolate-covered pretzels by local firm Fatty Sundays as arrival treats. A set of top-floor terrace rooms with wraparound patios use stunning Manhattan views– the kind you ‘d pay even more for on the other side of the bridge.
This shop offering opened in 2015 and is in the fast-gentrifying Bedford-Stuyvesant area. It is a 30-minute train flight from Manhattan, and, as the name suggests, it’s going all-in on the famous borough’s brand, stencilling summaries and pictures of its areas on walls amid modern and very little decoration, such as sleek wood ceilings. The hotel does not use room service, and its location on a huge, perpetually hectic roadway might prove too noisy for some, but it does use in-room fridges, microwaves, Nespresso coffee makers, and continental breakfast. Atlantic Avenue can feel a little dubious at night but, hello, it’s appropriate “Brooklyn”.
Z NYC Hotel
Among numerous hotels to open just recently in Long Island City, Queens, Z NYC beats out its competitors with unique views of the Manhattan skyline from much of its 100 west-facing rooms, a few blocks from the East river. Floor-to-ceiling windows increase the views– though the direct sunlight streaming in can leave the somewhat old-fashioned air-conditioning systems having a hard time to keep things cool. The rooms– a touch extremely smooth (black headboards and red leather sofas) are nonetheless welcomingly huge for New York. A roomy basement bar-restaurant remains in the procedure of a revamp, while a sprawling rooftop bar opens in the summer season. An useful complimentary shuttle bus service between the hotel and Manhattan leaves every hour in both instructions 7am-11.30 pm.
The Boro Hotel
Another of the current additions to the Long Island City hotel scene, The Boro opened in the middle of 2015 on a mainly residential street a number of train stops into Queens. Contemporary by design, visitors arrive to a magnificently airy glass-walled lobby, where fresh pastries and great coffee are served together with other continental breakfast offerings. A rooftop deck has expansive views of the growing Queens horizon close by, along with Manhattan and the renowned 59th Street bridge in the background. Rooms, referred to as “industrial chic”, likewise include floor-to-ceiling windows. A small number of visitor evaluations have suffered rowdy rooftop parties, and issues heating spaces in the depths of a New York winter. However the frustrating bulk applauded the hotel’s cool visual and friendly staff.
CitizenM New York Times Square
This is the first US place for a Netherlands-based principle hotel chain– CitizenM– that specialises in what it refers to as “budget-friendly luxury”. The 21-floor hotel, which opened in 2014, features self check-in at its 230 compact but comfy rooms via touchscreen “MoodPads”. A skyrocketing, art-filled lobby is styled like an oversized living room by Swiss furnishings brand name Vitra, while Amsterdam’s leading imaginative bookshop, Mendo, likewise has a station here. There’s a rooftop bar with scenic views, a 24-hour grab-and-go snack bar, a trendy cocktail and coffee bar, and an area with common iMac work areas. Although New Yorkers prevent close by Times Square like Londoners avoid Leicester Square, all the lights, cameras and action can make it an enjoyable tourist experience.
A brand-new boutique choice in less-visited prosperous Manhattan, the 11-floor Edge towers over a hodgepodge of surrounding brownstone homes, apartment buildings and churches. The outside is unexciting but the hotel comes to life in its 54 small-but-stylish rooms, complemented by splashes of colour, wood surfaces and great views of the Hudson river to the north and the city to the south. The surrounding Washington Heights area, typically home to Latino neighborhoods– particularly those stemming from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico– is well worth checking out. Amongst the highlights: the recently restored High bridge, New York City’s oldest standing bridge connecting Manhattan and the Bronx; the Met Cloisters, featuring middle ages European art and architecture in gorgeous Fort Tryon park; and Malecon dining establishment, serving genuine Caribbean food.
A good, brand-new boutique option in lower Manhattan– rebranded in 2015 from a previous incarnation as Be Hotel– Leon is well liked for its price, area and 40 trendy spaces with handcrafted furnishings. The hotel is named after Leon Moisseiff, a Latvian immigrant and among the architects of the nearby Manhattan bridge, and puts you near to the bars and restaurants of the Lower East Side and Nolita, however likewise on the edge of Chinatown. Worth visiting there: Nom Wah Tea Parlor, its earliest and still finest dim amount area; the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, for uncommon flavours such as red bean and black sesame; and Mr Fong’s, which the New York Times calls “Chinatown’s not likely brand-new ‘it’ bar.”
Visitors eager to remain in the heart of Manhattan should try to snag one of the bargain-priced rooms at this boutique hotel that opened in the garment district in 2014. Rates run the range from excellent value to costly; some start from as low as $179 a night (if prepaying completely). Spaces are small but stylish, with nice touches such as exposed brick, and smartly laid out, with storage space below beds. Some have close-up views of the Empire State Building (a couple of blocks to the south), and of the city’s quaint wooden water towers everywhere atop high structures. Spyglass, the stylish outside bar at the top of this 22-storey brick, glass and steel structure, has the very same view south, as well as great cocktails and a limited, but innovative, mix of snacks and small plates to nibble at. Ground-floor restaurant David Burke Fabrick offers fancier dining.