If you’re looking for a cheap hotel in Manhattan, look no further. We’ve combed through New York’s hotels to find affordable accommodation for travelers on a budget!
In most cities, searching for hotels under $200 would literally yield too many results to survey. In Manhattan and Brooklyn, however, most people are giddy if they can score a couch on Airbnbfor that little.
While that whole city-that-never-sleeps thing probably means you won’t be making too much use of your hotel, everyone still needs a great place to freshen up before brunch, am I right?
Here are 5 great spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn that won’t break the bank.
Best Hotels in New York under $200 a Night
Around where I grew up, if you were willing to spend $200 on a hotel, you would be hooked up with the penthouse suite, fancy take-home toiletries, and at least a two bathrobe situation.
Granted you would be in the penthouse suite because it would be on the third floor of a franchised hotel, but that’s beside the point. New York is a different ball game, though.
Here are 5 of the best hotels to stay in New York City if you’re on a budget and want to visit without breaking the bank. Every NYC hotel listed below runs generally under $200 per night!
I know, sadly that’s cheap by Manhattan standards of living..
As its name might suggest, the Gatsby Hotelis a sleek, 45-room hotel that was newly refurbished in 2016. The early checkout at 1100 AM is a tad annoying, but the hotel’s minimalist yet bright design and amenities (read: bathrobes!) more than make for a great experience.
SoHo, the East Village, Chinatown, and the West Village are all within a 25 minute walk of the Gatsby, creating an unrivaled ability to make the most of your time in New York. The best part about the hotel’s location, though? Try being just four blocks away from the world-famous pastrami sandwiches of Katz’s Delicatessen!
Stocked with two restaurants, multiple bars, and an outdoor pool, the Hotel Americano is so plentiful you may never need to leave this chic hotel that is, believe it or not, a converted parking garage.
However, what the hotel makes up in global amenities it lacks in room accouterments – closet space, bathrooms, and beds have gotten only fair reviews.
With that said, urban explorers will love both its location in Chelsea’s art gallery district and its walking-distance proximity to The High Line, Chelsea Piers, and Hudson Yards.
Hotel rooms can be notoriously small (not to mention loud), but boutique hotels know that must offer great building amenities to continue attracting guests, and The Time Hoteldoes this in spades.
The greenhouse-style Legrande Lounge offers cocktails over stunning views of Times Square’s bright lights, and all guests have complimentary access to the adjacent Equinox gym. If you’re a theater buff or haven’t visited Times Square yet, definitely mark The Time near the top of your list.
Exposed brick, leather, and what seems like 50 shades of black evoke Upper West Side class in this stylish boutique located in the heart of the neighborhood’s shopping district.
The distance from Midtown shows in the above average sized rooms and spacious lobby bar replete with a typically New York vine-adorned outdoor seating area. Thespians and nature lovers alike will love the Arthouse, which is just a short walk from both Lincoln Center and the heart of Central Park.
True to its neighborhood, the Hotel Hugo goes above and beyond when it comes to amenities and entertainment options.
The rooms have sleek, minimalist designs with floor-length windows offering great views of Midtown Manhattan and the Financial District. The absolute star of the hotel is Bar Hugo, a duplex rooftop bar that offers priceless sunset views over the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty and New Jersey.
In walking distance from the Empire State Building, Bryant Park, and numerous other midtown Manhattan attractions, the Pod 39 Hotel is literally a steal wrapped in a gorgeous brick building in New York’s Murray Hill neighborhood.
The absolute star of the hotel is Salvation Taco, an open-air rooftop cantina run by Michelin-starred chefs with dazzling views of midtown and even better dishes and cocktails.
As its name may have hinted, Pod 39’s calling card are its small and compact beds, so just make sure you’re super comfortable with your travel buddy!
If you’re looking for a familiar place to cash in those reward points but don’t want to sacrifice an authentic New York experience to do so, head no further than the Hampton Inn conveniently located adjacent the Manhattan Bridge.
With local artwork and a full-service bar that more closely resembles a Bushwick lounge, this Hampton Inn will make you forget you were ever staying in a franchise hotel. For a terrific nightcap, head to one of two terraced patios for absolutely breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline!
If you want the quintessential “New York” visitor experience, Times Square is a very popular stop. The funny thing is New Yorkers avoid Times Square like the plague! But, if you want to stay close to the lights and action, check out this post for top Times Square hotels.
New York City has 3 airports: John F Kennedy (JFK), the bustling international hub; LaGuardia (LGA), the run down smaller airport near Astoria Queens; and Newark Airport (EWR) which is actually in New Jersey. You can check for flight deals here for your upcoming trip – for better rates, make sure you include all 3 airports.
Be sure to visit New York withtravel insurance. Whether you get injured and need to be hospitalized, or your phone gets stolen, or a delayed flight leaves you with nothing but the clothes on your back, travel insurance will help when you need it most. Get a quote for your trip here.
Everything about the city is expensive (sorry). From food to accommodation to sights, try to save up a healthy vacation fund and then enjoy the entire visit. I do recommend booking hotels in NYC – Airbnb is illegal here so it’s not a safe option. You can check here for last minute accommodation deals.
Getting around, on the other hand, is easy! The subway system is extensive and follows a North South grid (for the most part). If you want to avoid the grime, use Uber and Lyft on your phone or hail a cab by sticking out an arm. Cabs with lights on the roofs mean they’re open and available!