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Budget Hotels in Manhattan – 14 of the Best Hand-picked Low-Cost Places to Stay

It’s no secret that accommodation in New York can be costly, particularly if you’re looking to stay in Manhattan where some of the most expensive properties on the planet are located.

But while you can expect to pay more for your accommodation in this part of the city, being in the thick of the action doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank. Like most places, there are bargains to be found where you can get more bang for your buck – you just have to look hard enough.

Fortunately, we did that for you, so for those on the hunt for an inexpensive place to stay, here are some of the best budget hotels in Manhattan.

Best 2-Star Budget Hotels in Manhattan

Manhattan Bowery Lodge: Situated near Little Italy and within 2 miles of the 9/11 memorial, 5th Avenue, the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bowery Lodge provides an excellent base for travellers looking to see the city’s many attractions.

The hotel is rated as one of the best cheap hotels in New York, and considering its location compared to that of most of its rival budget hotels in Manhattan it’s easy to see why.

The smoke-free hotel also provides a 24-hour front desk and unlimited, high-speed Wi-FI, so you can stay online while you’re at the property.

Another bonus is check-out is 11:30am, so you can even have a lie into sleep off those Long Island Iced Teas!

81 Bowery 2nd Floor,
New York City, NY, 10002

Bowery Grand HotelThis budget property, based in the heart of China Town, Lower Manhattan, provides guests with for an affordable yet conveniently-located place to stay.

Minutes away from Downtown shopping, Williamsburg Bridge and public transport links, the hotel is within close proximity to some of the best things the city has to offer.

For the foodies looking to try some scrumptious food while they’re in New York, the Bowery Grand hotel offers an excellent choice as the property is close to some great oriental restaurants, as well as being within walking distance of Little Italy, where you can find some of the best Italian food in the city.

143 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

Morningside InnThis newly-renovated, 72-room hotel, located in Upper West Side, is within a 10-minute walk of Central Park and conveniently placed near all public transport links.

Guests at the hotel can purchase tickets for tours and attractions at reception, which could save valuable time trying to find a legitimate service online or elsewhere in the area.

Additionally, the property, which has a meeting room and laundry facilities, also provides free Wi-fi throughout, and all the rooms benefit from a refrigerator and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Not bad for a budget hotel, eh?!

235 W
107th St,
New York, NY 10025

Harlem YMCA Gone are the days when Harlem was considered a no-go zone for tourists, with a number of budget hotels in Manhattan now located in this part of the city.

One of the best has to be Harlem YMCA, a budget hostel that’s low on price but certainly not short on facilities, with an indoor swimming pool, health club and team room all available to guests.

All 90 rooms offer free Wi-Fi, fridges and TVs with cable, although with prices at the hotel some of the lowest in Manhattan it may be advisable to book this one early to avoid missing out.

180 W
135th St,
New York, NY 10030

Broadway Hotel & HostelThis hybrid hotel, located in the Upper West Side part of Manhattan, offers both hostel-style and private room accommodations – all at affordable prices.

In addition to its bar and lounge, the 120-room property also provides conference facilities, a concierge service and Wi-Fi throughout.

On its website the hotel describes itself as a “premier boutique focused on the experience” and judging by the mostly positive reviews left by travelers, most enjoy their stay at the property.

230 West
101st street,
New York, NY 10025.

The Jane Hotel Originally built in 1908 as a place for sailors stationed in the city to stay, the Jane hotel was restored and given a much-needed face-lift in 2008

The hotel’s 208 rooms are divided up into three categories – standard, deluxe and dormitories – and every guest receives access to free super-fast Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and cable, DVD player and complimentary extras such as bathrobes & slippers and even complimentary bicycles.

In addition to the abundance of facilities available for guests, there is also a seasonal rooftop bar and nightclub, and a restaurant that overlooks the famous Hudson River.

Each of the rooms in the hotel are inspired by train and ship cabins to reflect the property’s history, therefore this is a place best suited to those looking for something a little different from their accommodation.

113 Jane Street,
New York,
NY, 10014

Hotel 31Located in Midtown just a stone’s throw away from major attractions such as the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden, Hotel 31 is ideally located for those looking to stay in the heart of New York City.

The newly-renovated property has all the amenities you’d expect from a hotel that costs twice the price in Manhattan, with guests treated to private air-conditioned rooms, 24-hour concierge, flat-screen TV with cable and multilingual staff.

Food lovers will be excited to hear that Hotel 31 is also surrounded by first class restaurants; within a one-block radius there are around 15 top-notch eateries serving up a range of cuisines including Indian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican and Japanese, amongst others.

120 E
31st St,
New York,
NY 10016

The Bowery HouseDescribed on its website as “part museum, part hotel” this property, situated in the trendy and popular area of Bowery, Manhattan, features 110 rooms that have been preserved and restored from their original 1940s cabin craftsmanship.

The hotel features a range of services and amenities to ensure its guests have a pleasant and comfortable stay and these include a snack bar/deli, a rooftop terrace and a dry cleaning service. Each of the property’s bathrooms are appointed with Italian marble floors, sinks and shower interiors, bringing a touch of luxury despite the affordable room costs.

There is also a 24-hour reception service and, unlike most of the other hotels on this list, the Bowery House has gift shops on-site, so you can grab those last minute presents and souvenirs without leaving the hotel grounds  – convenient if you’re short on time!

The hotel’s locality also makes it an ideal place to stay for those looking to see the city’s sights, meaning the Bowery House blends historical accommodation with locational convenience making it an ideal place to stay if you’re on the look-out for budget hotels in Manhattan.

220 Bowery,
New York, NY

Best 2.5-Star-Rated Budget Hotels in Manhattan

Royal Park Hotel & HostelThe Royal Park Hotel & Hostel is located on a quiet residential block in the Upper West Side neighbourhood in Manhattan,conveniently situated within walking distance of Times Square while putting just enough distance between its guests and the hustle and bustle.

Along with the usual services and facilities, which include concierge, 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi, the hotel has a computer station and limo/town car service so guests can book themselves a car and ride in style.

With world famous shops, restaurants and tourist attractions on its doorstep, this is certainly one to consider – especially for families as the hotel also has a kids club available for people travelling with younger children.

258 West 97th Street,
New York, NY

Riverside Tower HotelLocated in the district’s upmarket Upper West Side area and overlooking the Hudson River, the Riverside Tower Hotel is one of the most prominent fixtures in Manhattan and undoubtedly one of the best options the city has to offer for someone on a budget.

An advance booking of the Riverside’s Park View Suite can see you grab a real bargain, and with the property located within 15-minutes walking distance of Central Park, Beacon Theatre and the National Museum of Natural History, this an excellent choice for those looking for something ideally located with an affordable price tag. Just be quick, though, as the
rooms can sell out in advance.

80 Riverside Dr,
New York, NY

The Central Park North As the name suggests, this hotel is located right next to the city’s world-famous Central Park, and guests can be walking around its iconic grounds within 5-minutes.

All of the rooms in this property are individually decorated, and each has cable television and ultra-fast free Wi-Fi, to keep guests entertained when they’re inside the hotel.

For those looking to explore the city, there are 2 subway stations close-by, meaning you can be anywhere in the city in a reasonable amount of time.

Most rooms in the Central Park North come with a kitchenette and kitchen equipment, for those on a tight budget looking to save money by cooking their own food. We understand… New York can be expensive!

137 W 111th St,
New York, NY

The Melva Inn – HarlemThis charming bed & breakfast in a turn-of-the-century brownstone building is close to the centre of Harlem, overlooking Marcus Garvey Park.

Situated just a 5-minute walk from 116th Street subway station, the guest house is ideally located for those looking to explore the city and see all that NYC has to offer.

All of the minimally-decorated rooms in the property have hardwood floors and some have exposed brick and fireplaces, giving the guest house a certain charm – although the property only has 5 rooms, so be quick to avoid disappointment.

68 W 120th St,
New York, NY

Canal Loft Hotel For a little added luxury on your budget trip, Canal Loft Hotel in Chinatown offers each guest a Select Comfort bed complimented by Egyptian cotton sheets.

As well as a guaranteed good night’s sleep, the hotel also offers a great base for its sight-seeing guests, as it’s situated just a short distance from public transport links and within 2 miles of Wall Street, New York University, 5th Avenue and the 9/11 memorial.

For guests who are in town on business, the hotel boasts conference facilities and for added convenience there is also a 24-hour reception and concierge service.

94 Canal St,
New York, NY

Best 3-Star Rated Budget Hotels in Manhattan

Park Avenue NorthThe only 3-star hotel we consider to be worthy of the title “budget” hotel, the Park Avenue North is perfect for visitors looking for somewhere nice to stay in Manhattan that isn’t going to leave your wallet empty.

This beautiful 19th-century building, located right in the heart of Harlem, has 14 rooms, all decorated individually and some with exposed bricks, which provides a rustic charm.

The location of the hotel is excellent for those looking to travel around the city, with subway stations a matter of minutes away, meaning you can be anywhere in Manhattan in practically no time at all.

There are a number of excellent cafes and restaurants nearby and the hotel provides a restaurant order service, although one thing the property is missing is an elevator, so anyone unable to use the stairs in this 4-floor property might be better off looking elsewhere.

65 East
129th Street,
New York, NY

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