The Best Value Hotels in New York

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  Planning a trip to New York can be an expensive business, by the time you’ve paid the admission prices for a couple of the big museums and booked a Broadway show you could have easily spent $250 per person. Of course you can get more from your wallet if you don’t pay top dollar for your hotel, but it’s not always easy to tell which hotels are just budget and which hotels are really super value… which is where our Gurus come in with their recommendations for 10 of the best value hotels in New York. These are all hotels which will treat you to a fantastic stay, but will leave you a little something to pay for a few slap-up suppers too.

As well as our list of 10 of the best value hotels in New York our Gurus have offered up few recommendations for some of New York’s best free activities too. Central Park tops several of their lists - it’s so much bigger than many of us think it’s going to be and there’s plenty to see and do; they also like the art galleries, but not just the big ones, also the galleries in Chelsea where, if you wanted to blow your entire budget, you could buy some art as well as admire it. One of our Gurus admires City Hall which offers free tours, another loves Grant’s Tomb, and a third recommends Governor’s Island, but apologises at the $2 cost of the ferry round trip out to it - the island, with its ghost town, parks and mini-golf is free though. There are also a couple of call outs for the Green-Wood Cemetery, for the High Line in the Meatpacking District and for the New York Public Library.

For a city break

  • CitizenM New York is another in that set of innovative, modern, no-frills-hotels-with-funky-design-frills. It’s about one minute from Times Square, has wall-to-wall windows and a panoramic rooftop bar.
  • Room Mate Grace is a funky and lively hotel just minutes from Times Square with surprisingly great spa facilities, a colourfully illuminated indoor pool with underwater music and a swim-up bar.

For romance on a budget

City Club Hotel

  • The City Club Hotel feels like a gentlemen’s club because that’s what it used to be: subtly luxurious, classy and welcoming. The French-American restaurant is curated by award-winning chef Danial Boulud, and it’s got a bit of French glamour too.

New York’s Best B&Bs

The Harlem Flophouse

  • The Harlem Flophouse is one of our favourite New York B&Bs, lovingly, and recently restored, The Flophouse represents an opportunity to stay in a real New York Victoria brownstone, with cosy rooms with wooden floors and fireplaces. This is a really welcoming place to stay, you’re on a quiet street in Harlem’s cultural quarter, and the place is owned and run by local artists who really want to show you a fantastic time in Harlem. There are just five rooms, so book ahead!

If you haven’t found you idea of the best value hotel in New York on our Guru’s list of 10 you could try:

  • Expanding your search to include our list of the best places to stay in New York? or our Guru’s recommendations for 40 of Manhattan's Best Hotels?
  • Or you could try our Guru's recommendations for 7 of the Best Midtown Manhattan Hotels? or 5 of the Best Uptown Manhattan Hotels? or 7 of the Best Hotels for 5th Avenue? or 12 of Times Square’s Best Hotels?
  • Or you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for personalised advice.
    • CitizenM New York New York 229 rooms from $117

      City Style  -  In the heart of Manhattan, a few minutes from Times Square and Central Park, and rooms have wall-to-wall windows for great views
      Value chic  -  The hotel is modern, chic, and at the epicentre of NYC, but strives to provide the most reasonable prices.
      Local exploring  -  Located so centrally, this hotel is perfect for anyone wanting to explore New York from its very heart.
      Views  -  The 360 degree views from the panoramic rooftop bar are truly spectacular.
      Air conditioningRestaurantDisabled accessViewsNo pets

      Innovative and modern hotel in the heart of Manhattan, 1 minute from Times Square. It prioritises experience and value: bright, cosy, clean rooms, all with wall-to-wall windows to immerse the guest in the bustle of NYC at a reasonable price. A panoramic rooftop bar also provides spectacular views. See More

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    • Room Mate Grace New York 139 rooms from $109

      Local exploring  -  Minutes from Times Square, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Centre and the Museum of Modern Art, as well as great brand shops.
      City Style  -  1970s inspired hotel minutes from Times Square with an indoor pool and bar, and brightly coloured retro rooms.
      Swimming Pool  -  A large, funky indoor pool with colourful light shows, underwater music, a swim-up bar and groovy seating area.
      Lively  -  Hip and happening.
      Air conditioningSpaSwimming PoolDisabled accessNo pets
      Recommended by  -  I Escape

      Funky and lively hotel just minutes from Times Square with a colourfully illuminated indoor pool with underwater music and a swim-up bar. The modest, modern rooms are brought to life by vibrant Jonathan Adler wallpaper, and great spa facilities are available (sauna, steam room, gym, pool, massages). See More

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    • City Club Hotel New York 65 rooms from $109

      City Style  -  Former gentleman's club turned into chic hotel in fantastically central location with award-winning cuisine from Daniel Boulud.
      Local exploring  -  3 blocks from Times Square, half a mile from the Rockefeller Centre and close to shops like Tiffany & Co, Prada and Apple
      Foodies  -  Daniel Boulud's coveted cuisine has Manhattan's fastidious foodies queuing to try it.
      Restaurant  -  DB Bistro Moderne from award-winning chef Daniel Boulud: French-American cuisine in a lively front room or intimate back room.
      Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
      Recommended by  -  I Escape

      Impressive former gentleman's club preserving the glamour and style as a hotel just minutes from Times Square and Broadway. The subtly luxurious decor of the bedrooms exudes warmth and class, and award-winning chef Daniel Boulud serves up a coveted menu of French-American dishes in the restaurant. See More

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    • The Harlem Flophouse New York 5 rooms from $125

      Child friendly  -  Children under 12 years of age are free.
      Historic  -  Fully renovated prewar building
      City Style
      Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
      No pets

      Lovingly restored B&B in Harlem. Cosy rooms with wooden floor boards and fireplaces. A beautiful brownstone building in one of the city’s most culturally vibrant areas. An arty city spot for the young traveller. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Tuesday, 3rd August 2021