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11 Best Affordable Hotels in NYC 2020

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“Cheap” isn’t a word normally associated with New York City (especially Manhattan), but there are ways to cut your lodging costs. Timing is an important factor, since rates are much more favorable off-season, in the winter months. Location plays a major role in pricing, too. Regardless of time and location, these affordable hotels in New York City—some of them near Times Square—should offer manageable expenses for basic amenities and accommodations. 

YOTEL New York; Courtesy of YOTEL

1. YOTEL New York

The YOTEL New York offers simple accommodations with the bare essentials for a good night’s sleep. While most of the room variations cater to one or two guests, families of four can be accommodated in the First Class Queen Junior Suite with Two Bunks or the First Class King Junior Suite with Two Bunks, the latter of which is available in an accessible configuration. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi and a central location near Times Square and just two blocks from Port Authority.

The Hotel @ New York City; Courtesy of The Hotel @ New York City

2. The Hotel @ New York City

Yes, this is a real hotel and The Hotel @ New York City is its really name! Formerly the Ramada New York/East Side, it accommodates families of up to four people in rooms with two queen beds, Children stay free with their parents. Furnishings and decor were recently updated, and there are plenty of value-added extras including free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, reduced-rate parking nearby, and guest laundry facilities. The quiet location is a bonus.

The Roosevelt; Courtesy of The Roosevelt

3. The Roosevelt

The Roosevelt‘s location on the east side of midtown is a good jumping-off point in any direction, especially with Grand Central Station two blocks away. There’s a wide range of room sizes to fit all budgets, from “cozy” rooms to suites with two bathrooms. Since there aren’t any connecting rooms, the larger rooms provide families the most space, along with mini-fridges and microwaves. But the age of this Art Deco building shows. Request a room on the upper floor for less street noise.

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4. Radio City Apartments 

This affordable hotel in NYC offers a hybrid hotel room and apartment at an affordable rate. Among the studios and suites at Radio City Apartments—most equipped with full kitchens—three room types will sleep four to five people with a sofa bed. Nice extras include free Wi-Fi and daily gym passes. If you’re looking for brand new furnishings, this is not the place for you. But if you want to walk to Times Square within minutes, this is a great choice.

BEST WESTERN PLUS Hospitality House; Courtesy of BEST WESTERN PLUS Hospitality House

5. BEST WESTERN PLUS Hospitality House

For larger families, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Hospitality House, a converted apartment building in midtown, is one of the best affordable hotels in NYC. It includes one- and two-bedroom suites, with pull-out couches and cribs available. Tall ceilings make the rooms feel even more spacious. Even though the rooms feature fully stocked kitchens with a stove, microwave, and dishwasher, a full breakfast is included, offering a significant savings over the cost of dining out. The hotel has a private garden, and is less than a half-mile from Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall.

Park South Hotel; Courtesy of Park South Hotel

6. Park South Hotel

If you want a boutique, yet affordable hotel in New York City, try this 131-room property in a 1906 landmark building in the Flatiron district. The glam Art Deco decor and remodeled bathrooms at Park South Hotel make up for the not-so-central location. A complimentary continental breakfast, and even nightly turndown service with chocolates, make you look twice at your bill. Up to four can be accommodated—snuggly—in the Superior or Executive-level rooms at this cheap New York City hotel.


Candlewood Suites New York City - Times Square; Courtesy of Candlewood Suites New York City - Times Square

7. Candlewood Suites New York City – Times Square

With its great location near Times Square, the rates at Candlewood Suites Times Square are a welcome find, even if the basic decor is not. Another check in the plus column are the kitchenettes in every room. Suites feature a queen bedroom, with a sleeper sofa in a separate living area. The Dollar Breakfast package includes a hot breakfast for just one dollar added to your rate, making this an excellent choice for a cheap hotel in New York City.

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8. The Milburn Hotel 

A popular choice for families regardless of budget, The Milburn Hotel is in a family-friendly neighborhood near subway stations, Central Park, and the American Museum of Natural History. The kitchenettes in every room, which include a microwave, mini-fridge, sink, dishes and utensils, allow you to prepare your own meals at a lower cost than dining out. PlayStations, children’s books, and movies are offered at no charge. A complimentary continental breakfast is also included in the rate, which may help you look past the small bathrooms and occasional maintenance issues that come with an old building.

Econo Lodge Times Square; Courtesy of Econo Lodge

9. Econo Lodge Times Square

For its Times Square location on the corner of 47th Street and 8th Avenue, the price of a room at the Econo Lodge Times Square can’t be beat. Rooms are small and simply furnished, and there is only one room type, the Harlem Double, that can accommodate a family of four with two double beds. For the price, though, you also get free Wi-Fi, a complimentary welcome snack, continental breakfast and even cookies in the lobby.

Skyline Hotel; Courtesy of Skyline Hotel

10. Skyline Hotel

Up to six people per room can be accommodated in the Junior Suites at this cheap hotel in New York City’s midtown. The heated indoor penthouse pool is a popular draw for families, and the low rate for onsite parking makes Skyline Hotel a property convenient for road trippers. Rooms are basic but large, ranging from 370 to 500 square feet, and each has a mini-fridge. Bring a white noise machine; the walls do not provide enough sound insulation for some reviewers.

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11. Pod Hotels

New York City has a few Pod Hotels, a self-proclaimed budget concept. Small rooms feature very modern, minimalist decor, with single pods sharing bathrooms. But larger rooms do exist and accommodate up to four people. At the Pod Hotel 39, for example, the Double Full has two double beds and a private bathroom. At the Pod Hotel 51, there are two room configurations that will accommodate up to four people. A Double Bunk has two twin bunk beds in one room. The Queen + Mini bunk is two rooms, with a queen bed in one, and a bunk bed with two twins in the other. They both have a private bathroom, and the latter even has a bathtub. Amenities at these cheap New York City hotels include community playrooms with Ping-Pong tables.

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