Pod 51's rooftop deck - Image by Tony & Wayne via Flickr Destinations / North America / Planning / USA

New York, New York… the charms and attractions of the U.S.’ most famous city need no introduction. But while the appeal of this thrilling metropolis is hard to resist, finding accommodation that meets your location and budget criteria can be a real headache. Below are five of New York City’s top hotel options to help facilitate your planning so you can focus on all the fun the Big Apple has to offer.

Central Park in the fall - Image by Vincent Ramundo via Trover

Central Park in the fall – Image by Vincent Ramundo via Trover

Budget-friendly comfort at The Hotel 91

Standing just on the edge of Chinatown, The Hotel 91 is one of Manhattan’s cheapest establishments. This is good news for your wallet, and it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice comfort either: despite its affordable price point, the hotel delivers all standard services and amenities, including complimentary tea and coffee, flat screen TV, Wi-Fi access, and free toiletries. Its central location also means it’s strategically placed for easy access to a variety of landmarks and neighborhoods: Little Italy, Soho, Tribeca, and the Lower East Side are all within walking distance, while the rest of Manhattan and Brooklyn lie only a subway ride away.

Affordable convenience at Hotel Stanford

Located bang in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, just a few steps away from the Empire State Building, Hotel Stanford is another economical option, with rooms starting at $125 per night. This reasonable rate gets you an all-mod-cons room furnished with cable TV, a work desk, and a refrigerator, as well as free breakfast with an extensive choice of Danish pastries, muffins, doughnuts, bagels, juice, and hot drinks to be taken at the on-site Café Ele. There’s also the Wine & Bar Lounge for your evenings, and access to the business center for those traveling for work.

Retro and oriental charm at Casablanca Hotel

If you like your hotels packed with charm and character, the Casablanca Hotel will delight you. Combining a 1940s and Moroccan theme, the hotel seduces with its eye-catching retro decor featuring touches of oriental flair, its library of DVDs, CDs, and books, and its generous breakfast and signature daily cheese and wine reception. Whether you opt for the hotel’s limousine service, the subway, or your own two feet to explore the city, the bustle and attractions of Times Square are just around the corner. Note that the hotel’s rates are significantly discounted in winter, so you can score a good deal then.

The Hotel Casablanca lobby - Image by Ken Levine Images via Flickr

The Hotel Casablanca lobby – Image by Ken Levine Images via Flickr

Modern sophistication at the Duane Street Hotel Tribeca

Reflecting its location in the trendy Tribeca district, The Duane Street Hotel Tribeca is all about sleek contemporary design and upscale offerings. From its elegant black-and-white color scheme and rain showers to its provision of iPads, plush bathrobes, and L’Occitane en Provence toiletries, all the stops are pulled to please the senses and make you feel pampered. Just outside the hotel, Tribeca is home to some of New York City’s most exciting restaurants, and of course to the renowned Tribeca Film Festival in the spring.

Mini prices and youthful vibe at Pod 51

If you’re planning to be out roaming the city most of the time and mainly need a room to lay down at night, you might want to bag yourself a bargain at Pod 51. Although the rooms are small, they’re far from shabby with thoughtful touches such as potted plants, the rates from $159 are among the lowest you will find in Manhattan, and the hotel’s communal areas compensate with many cool spaces to hang out. From the lobby to the rooftop terrace sprinkled with pool beds and deck chairs, the café, or the bar, the decoration throughout is colourful and attractive, conjuring up a youthful atmosphere. The hotel is also perfectly situated in downtown Manhattan, only a few minutes’ walk away from Grand Central Station, the Rockefeller Center, and other New York City must-sees.

Pod 51's rooftop deck - Image by Tony & Wayne via Flickr

Pod 51’s rooftop deck – Image by Tony & Wayne via Flickr


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  1. Pod 51 looks rather interesting for its rooftop deck! Will have to check this out the next time I go to NYC.
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  2. I love how your post emphasizes on affordability given that New York is one of the most expensive places to experience. Pod 51 looks incredible BTW.
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