Bunkbeds built into the wall with a simple wood desk and grey door.
You'll get a hostel-like experience at Pod 39, but the hotel offers amenities such as free WiFi and a flat screen TV in each room.
Photo Credit: The Pod Hotel

Stay Close to the Action at These 9 Best Hotels in New York City

New York City has long had a reputation for being the most expensive city in the world, but you don’t need to be a millionaire to have a comfortable stay on your visit. Sure there are hotels and accommodations catering to the rich and famous, but there are also plenty of budget-friendly options and hip choices for younger travelers too.

With so many things to do in New York City, you’ll want to stay close to the action. Whether you want five-star service or are looking for more of an experience mingling with your fellow guests, there’s something for every taste with these New York hotels.

Most Budget-Friendly

Pod 39 Hotel

A three-star hotel close to Grand Central Station, the United Nations building and The New York Public Library, Pod 39 offers a uniquely affordable lodging experience. A slightly hostel-like experience, rooms are tiny with either bunk beds or a single queen-sized bed with the option of having connecting rooms for larger parties.

The amenities at Pod 39 exceed the expectations one might have about cheap hotels in New York — all rooms feature free WiFi, a flat screen TV (or individual TVs on bunk beds) and dimmable lights. While there’s less space, there’s more opportunity for exploration and getting the most out of your stay in New York.

The hotel offers free city tours and a rooftop lounge/restaurant with an onsite game room to better acquaint you with fellow travelers. Make some friends and you can embark on some of the best free things to do in NYC together.

Modern looking bedroom with white bed, white end tables, a white desk, and a blue wall behind the bed.Row gives you access to an iPhone docking station, free HBO and blackout curtains.Photo Credit: Row NYC


Located inside Times Square and surrounded by tons of Broadway theaters, Row NYC has a variety of basic, comfortable rooms to suit solo travelers, couples and families. Each space comes with an iPhone docking station, free HBO and blackout curtains to shield you from the city lights.

Many rooms have a view of Midtown Manhattan, but the real benefits from staying here are all the onsite facilities available to guests. In addition to their own cafe/restaurant, Row NYC has a gourmet food market and confectionery.

You can also easily beautify yourself before a night on the town with their express beauty bar or work off the sweets in their cycling studio.

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Split screen: exterior of the Hampton, a tall grey building. A white bed in the hotel room with a gold headboard.All guests have access to a free buffet breakfast in the morning.Photo Credit: Hampton Inn Brooklyn/Downtown

Hampton Inn Brooklyn/Downtown

Although it’s part of an international chain, this particular Hampton Inn offers budget-friendly lodging with a New York City twist. As such, it’s frequently used for wedding parties who block off rooms for their guests.

Rooms are decorated with modern, local art and some even have a walk-out patio with views of downtown Manhattan. A bar and terraced patio are available for meals and all guests have access to a free breakfast buffet in the mornings in addition to 24/7 tea and coffee in the lobby.

In fact, their fitness center and sundries shop are also open 24/7 to accommodate travelers coming and going at all hours of the day and night.

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