Finding a cheap hotel in New York is quite difficult! But there exist some good plans to sleep in a hotel in New York without ruining yourself. I will now give you the 4 addresses I recommend to stay at "lower" costs in the Big Apple.
When preparing a trip, finding the right place to sleep is often one of the most important points.
This is even more true when you want to travel to a destination like New Yorkq, where the choice is extremely wide, and where the prices of accommodation vary enormously depending on the neighbourhood and the type of establishment.
If you are planning to visit New York, here are some tips to help you find a good hotel to stay in New York, as well as some examples of establishments that will allow you to have a pleasant stay – without taking an outrageously big part of your budget.
HOW TO FIND A CHEAP HOTEL IN NEW YORK?
If you want to be on the safe side when it comes to finding a good deal on a hotel in New York, the most important thing to do first is to select the right criteria for your search.
For a hotel or bed and breakfast to be considered a "good deal", it must offer good value for money overall. The best deals are not necessarily the cheapest hotels, but those where the price is more than fair, depending on the size and decoration of the rooms, the quality of the staff, the cleanliness of the premises, the peace and quiet... all of this must be up to scratch.
The very first criterion to take into account is the location of the hotel. It will come as no surprise that the most central locations are almost always the most expensive, and that the further away you are from the areas where the sites of interest are located, the more you will be able to find rooms at good prices. In New York, the nerve centre is the heart of Manhattan.
FINDING THE PERFECT LOCATION
The best locations are not necessarily the closest to downtown New York. If you find a hotel that is physically further away, but located right next to an underground station, you will be able to get wherever you want faster all while paying less for your room. So don't just focus on distance, but also consider the facilities that are close to the hotels.
The opposite is also true – it is not by moving as far away from the centre as possible that you will necessarily get the best deal on the price of your hotel room. On the contrary, I advise you not to go too far from the places you want to visit during your stay.
During a visit to New York, you will probably be doing a lot of walking, and have very busy days. It is therefore important that your hotel is not just a place to sleep, but that you have the option of returning during the day to take a short break and change your clothes, before going back to exploring the city. If it takes you 45 minutes or more to get back to your place of residence, it will be very difficult to drop by in the middle of the day, which you will probably regret during your stay.
So to find the best location for you, you need to know where the places you wish to visit are, and find a hotel that is no more than 20 minutes away from them. More often than not, the most central place you'll reach for sightseeing is Times Square Station. As prices are rarely attractive in Manhattan, you will have to direct your search towards the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.
One-off deals on well-located hotels 🛏️
Are you looking for cheap accommodation or for a good deal on a hotel during your stay in New York? Know that on some booking platforms, you will be able to launch a search with your criteria to find the best accommodation for your dates.
For example, if you run a simulation for November 16, 2022, you can find a double room at around 100 euros per night (£84) at the Pod Times Square Hotel (a 4-star hotel), which is located right next to the most famous square in New York.
Typically, hotels with similar amenities cost more than double that.
HOTEL PRICES IN NEW YORK
The cost of living in New York is very high. Stays are far from cheap, especially during the busy periods of the year. In Manhattan, to find a hotel room for two that offers average comfort and service, you will most often have to pay close to €150 a night, even during the low season. During the high season, although some good deals can still appear, prices rise sharply and can triple in some establishments.
Further away from Manhattan, you will find better rates, and for a comparable hotel room, you can find offers of €80 to €100 for a night, outside of the really busy periods. As such, if you are further away from the centre, you will be able to save a few dozen pounds.
However, as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, if it takes you too long to go from your hotel to the places you wish to visit, then I don't think we can really call that a good deal.
Note that to get the best rates, it is also necessary to book well in advance. The hotels offering the best deals are also often very popular. No matter what time of year you travel, they are likely to be fully booked if you try to book a room at the last minute. Since airline prices too can vary greatly in a matter of days, it is wiser to book your airline tickets on the best dates for you first, and to book your hotel right after.
CHEAP HOTELS IN NEW YORK
The good deals that I am going to present to you now meet all the criteria that we talked about earlier.
They are establishments that offer at least a 3-star level of service and are located less than 30 minutes from downtown Manhattan. Regarding prices, the double rooms available in these hotels stay close to €100 per night (£83), which is a very attractive price to enjoy such locations in New York.
You will not find a cheap hotel in New York costing less than 80-90€ a night (£67-75), even during the low season! Keep in mind that New York is a pretty expensive city overall!
The most important point to keep in mind is this 30 minutes limit from the heart of Manhattan, because there is no point in having to spend 2 hours of transport every day to go discover New York, then 2 hours of transport again in the evening to go back to your hotel. Doing so would waste 4 hours of your day that could be much better spent!
THE BEST PLACES TO STAY IN BROOKLYN
Brooklyn Brooklyn is one of the boroughs of New York, and occupies a vast area of the city.
Therefore, choosing a hotel in Brooklyn does not make it automatically attractive in terms of location. The neighbourhoods closest to Manhattan, on the other side of the East River, are of course also the most expensive – but that does not mean that you cannot find good deals there.
HAMPTON INN BROOKLYN DOWNTOWN
As the name suggests, this hotel is located in Brooklyn, in the Downtown area, 800 metres from Brooklyn Heights. In this 3 star establishment, you can enjoy a quality service offered by a pleasant staff and most especially, the rooms are really clean and recent. Which is a BIG plus when it comes to staying in New York!
The Hampton Inn Brooklyn Downtown is just steps away from several underground stations, and you can reach Lower Manhattan in less than 15 minutes. If you book your room as early as possible, you can find rooms for two from around €110 (£92), breakfast included.
AN AFFORDABLE BUT WELL-EQUIPPED HOTEL IN NEW YORK: THE EVEN HOTEL BROOKLYN
This other 3-star hotel in Brooklyn is a little further away from Manhattan. The EVEN Hotel is located just a few steps from Nevins Street Station, from which you can reach Times Square in 25 minutes.
In this very comfortable hotel, which includes a gym and is pet-friendly, you will find beautiful rooms for two offering a view of the city, starting at around €100 per night (£83).
GOOD PLANS FOR ACCOMMODATION IN QUEENS
In Queens, too, you will have to stay relatively close to Manhattan for the hotels to be considered good deals. It is undoubtedly in this borough that you will find the greatest number of interesting establishments to sleep in New York.
In areas such as Astoria and Sunnyside, you will find hotels at very attractive prices, but they are often quite far from the underground stations. In Long Island City you can find hotels that offer very good rates for New York City, and are sometimes less than fifteen minutes away from Midtown Manhattan.
Hyatt Place Long Island City
TheLong Island City is centrally located, near parks and less than a 5-minute walk away from several underground stations. From Queens Plaza, you can get to midtown Manhattan in just over 15 minutes.
The hotel has its own restaurant, and you will find a variety of delicious and hearty dishes on the menu. If you are looking for spacious rooms at affordable rates, this is definitely one of the best places you can find in New York. Large rooms for two with a king-size bed start at €100 per night (£83). Of course, you will have to pay around €25 (£20) more if you want to enjoy breakfast.
A CHEAP HOTEL IN NEW YORK IN A GREAT LOCATION: THE LIC HOTEL
This hotel, which is also located in the Long Island City district, offers beautiful, modern and sober rooms, and has a rooftop where you can relax while enjoying a superb view of Manhattan.
The LIC Hotel is conveniently located just 100 metres away from the Court Square underground station, which itself is 13 minutes away from Times Square and 20 minutes away from Central Park. Court Square Station also provides direct access to JFK Airport in Manhattan. Double rooms at this hotel start at approximately €100 per night, breakfast included.
This is the end of this article. I hope this information will help you to find cheap accommodation, all while staying close to the city centre and having your expectations met 🙂 Do not hesitate to share your good tips/suggestions in the comments. I'm always interested to see other people’s opinions, and so are the other readers 🙂