Heading to New York but haven't booked anywhere to stay? We've rounded up the city's best accommodation options, ranging from cheap and cheerful hostels to five-star luxury hotels, leaving you free to focus on more important things - like taking that spectacular selfie from the top of the Empire State Building...
Budget hotels and hostels in New York
Staying further out is a great way to save your dollars without lowering your standards. The luxurious Boro hotel can be found in Dutch Kills, an up-and-coming neighbourhood in Long Island City, Queens. Great transport connections mean that New York’s most famous sites are within easy reach – simply hop on the Metro at nearby 39th Avenue station for easy access to the rest of the city. This 108-room crash pad feels more like a home from home than a hotel, with a communal dining table which doubles as the reception desk, exposed brickwork and beautiful public spaces resembling sumptuous living rooms.
38-28 27th Street, Dutch Kills
From £140* per room per night
Nolita, which stands for North of Little Italy, is a trendy neighbourhood in Manhattan. It’s also home to one of the city’s best budget hotels. Single rooms start from just £41, and there’s an enormous rooftop garden – head there for panoramic views over Battery Park and Manhattan. But don’t query the low prices – inside, you’ll find Italian marble flooring, 300-thread count sheets and artwork created by local talent. The building has a fascinating history, too. It first became a hotel in 1927, before being transformed into temporary accommodation for servicemen returning from WWII. Opt for one of the hotel’s Original Cabins to stay in the rooms once used by these soldiers. Planning a holiday but keen to keep control of the purse strings? Then you’ll need to know about these 20 amazing money-saving trips and secrets.
220 Bowery, Nolita
From £41 per room per night
Believe it or not, the Row NYC can be found in Times Square, and despite the budget price tag (double rooms start from just £104), you’ll find amenities associated with the world’s finest hotels. Overdone the salted beef bagels? Head to the cycling studio. In need of some essential maintenance before a night on the town? Stop by Glam & Co, the express beauty bar, for a quick blow dry. The Row NYC also has its own indoor food market, where you’ll find delicious cuisine from local restaurateurs. And yes, that does include salt beef bagels. For more on the best bites in NYC, check out our ultimate guide to New York’s best food and where you can find it.
700, 8th Avenue, Times Square
From £109 per room per night
Mid-range and boutique hotels in New York
This 222-room Hell’s Kitchen hotel was originally a printing house, and the Kimpton brand, which owns Ink48, has been careful to respect the building’s heritage. To start with, the restaurant is called Print, while the Press Lounge is where to head for that all important pre-dinner cocktail. The hotel’s floors and guest rooms are named after famous fonts. It’s a great hotel for active types, with yoga mats in the rooms and pilates classes held on-site. If that all sounds too much like hard work, book a massage at the spa or get to know your fellow guests at the nightly complimentary wine hours. Do you love staying in quirky neighbourhoods? Find out where the cool kids hang out with our round up of 20 up-and-coming hipster hangouts.
653 11th Avenue, Hell’s Kitchen
From £210 per bed per night
Located in the trendy Flatiron district of New York, this boutique hotel is hard to miss, thanks to its bright red façade and the teardrop-shaped sculptures attached to it. The Evelyn is basic but stylish; the sleek lobby area doubles as a performance space and the hotel is popular with artists and musicians. Choose from a range of room categories, ranging from the 225-square-foot ‘essentials’ rooms to the larger 450-square-foot suites. There’s also a bunk bed-filled dormitory if you don’t mind sharing in the name of budget travel. Ignore the sign which informs guests that the fourth floor is for “models only.” It’s a joke, or at least that’s what we’re told.
7 E 27th Street, Flatiron district
From £168 per room per night
This Manhattan hotel is the ideal base for those keen to tick off the city’s most famous attractions. Central Park is just two blocks away, Fifth Avenue is one block away and Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and the Rockefeller Center are all within walking distance. It’s a great hotel for art lovers – there’s a huge collection of artwork and the public areas are used as a venue for cultural events, performances and art installations. Don’t forget to check out the lobby’s 15-foot video wall, featuring interactive artwork by the hotel’s artists-in-residence. And if you want to check out what’s on at new York’s best art galleries and museums, take a look at our guide before you plan your visit.
101 West 57th Street at Sixth Avenue, Manhattan
From £258 per room per night
Luxury hotels and apartments in New York
This art-deco, theatre district hotel is ideal if you’re planning on taking in one of New York’s shows – it’s only a few metres from Broadway. There are just 76 guest rooms, all with custom-designed features such as handmade Shifman mattresses and Frette linens. References to the world of acting are everywhere at the Chatwal, which was once home to the Lambs Club, a who’s who of American theatre. Book the Barrymore suite, named after New York resident Drew, and enjoy a pre-show, 1930s-inspired cocktail in the beautiful mezzanine bar, which doubles as a venue for regular live music performances. When the sun sets, head out to the heated terrace for stunning views over 44th Street.
130 West 44th Street, Broadway
From £500 per bed per night
Check in at the WestHouse in bustling Midtown and you won’t be viewed as a guest, but as a resident, which is how the staff refers to visitors. For a ‘residents’ fee’ of £23 a day, guests get daily afternoon teas, light snacks, unlimited beer and wine between 5pm and 11pm and free WiFi. You can also leave your electricals at home, but stock up on duty free: there are GHD hair straighteners in the bedrooms, and the mini-bars are left empty to allow guests to store their own drinks and snacks. This hotel has a vintage feel, with a speakeasy-style bar and a cosy library, warmed by a roaring log fire. However, if you can drag yourself away, the Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall and Central Park are all just a short walk away. But Central Park isn’t the only green space worth catching a breath of fresh air in in New York – here are eight others to tempt you away from Macy’s
201 West 55th Street, Midtown
From £214 per bed per night
Here’s further proof that staying in the middle of the big apple doesn’t need to cost the earth. This complex, which opened in January, is jam-packed with fantastic amenities, including a lobby bar, fitness centre and bistro. Outdoor seating at the front and rear allows visitors to soak up the city’s vibrant atmosphere, while the bedrooms have stylish platform-style beds and enormous bathrooms.
30 W 46th Street, Times Square
From £189 per bed per night
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*Prices correct at time of publication.