There’s never been a better time to visit New York. Whether you’re a solo nomad on a pit stop to Kathmandu, putting together a gal’s weekend away, celebrating an anniversary, wanting to be a “Carrie Bradshaw” for a week, or a business traveller looking for great accommodations near the airport, there’s something out there for you.
Take a look at the following cheap New York hotels and you’ll see that the Big Apple is waiting for you to take a bite.
Best for Airport
The Comfort Inn JFK Airport, is just perfect for the traveller on an extended layover or in town for a night or two. With its proximity to busy JFK, it is the epitome of convenience. That’s not to say those who are in town to sight-see in New York are not at a loss, at all. The hotel is near the famous Aqueduct Racetrack, Jones Beach State Park, Rockaway Beach and has easy access to the subway. Other close-by places to visit include Hofstra University, the U.S. Coast Guard Support Center and Green Acres Mall. And, unlike many airport hotels, you’re not stuck in an island of freeways, unable to walk anywhere. There is a variety of restaurants and bars near the Comfort Inn.
Best for Girl’s Weekend
Ladies, if you are looking to celebrate the impending marriage of one of your best friends and want to treat her to the ultimate long weekend? You’ll be doing lots of sight-seeing, dining, shopping and spa-going, so the last thing you need is an overpriced hotel you’ll only see at bedtime.
Rooms include free breakfast, Wi-Fi, local calls, daily newspaper, flat-screen TV with HBO, hair dryers, irons/ironing boards and coffee makers. In the lobby is a business center with the Internet, copy and fax service.
Burgeoning Brooklyn is not to be overlooked in the dining department. Start your day with a leisurely brunch at Home Made, 293 Van Brunt Street, a modern, cosy coffee house that looks like it was decorated by the “Sex and the City” set designers.
Best for Backpackers
Equity Point New York at Hotel 41, located at 206 W. 41st Street, is in the heart of the theatre district and near Times Square, arguably the tourist hub of New York. It also happens to be a great way to meet fellow travellers on their various destinations around the world. That’s why backpackers find the Equity Point New York at Hotel 41 such a fantastic find. Amenities include free breakfast, Wi-Fi, 24-hour hot showers and a lounge area.
Venture out for breakfast and be inundated by the huge billboards and flashing lights of Times Square…and a multitude of restaurants to choose from. Locals love Caffe Bene, a Korean (yes!) coffee house at 1611 Broadway. Enjoy your morning Misugaru (a homemade multigrain beverage) and a ricotta, almond and fig jam waffle to get you started on your day’s adventures. It beats a not-so-authentic street bagel any day.
Best for Couples
Have you dreamed of taking your partner away to an exotic locale like Morocco but just can’t seem to save enough to go? Have the best of both worlds with Marrakech Hotel, 2688 Broadway, in New York. Western customs with a decidedly Moroccan groove, the Marrakech hotel is the perfect affordable getaway for couples.
Situated in the very trendy Upper West Side, the Marrakech has a modern, lush decor filled with Moroccan lamps, ottomans of every colour and authentic Moroccan tiles.
A subway stop is directly across from the hotel, and a short ride will take you downtown in minutes. Central Park is an easy, pleasant walk in which you shouldn’t be surprised to run into a celebrity or two walking their dogs or pushing their prams.
It would be a sin not to walk over to Le Pain Quotidien (huge celeb hangout at Broadway and 91st St.) for a meal while in town. You may find yourself being a repeat customer with its French Country decor and sublime pastry and bread selection.
Best for Broadway
Broadway Hotel and Hostel NYC is in the heart of it all, on the Upper West Side at 230 W. 101 St., it’s within walking distance to the Manhattan Children’s Museum, the Natural History Museum, Columbia University, Central Park, the famous Barney Greengrass Deli and Zabar’s specialty food store, and some of the most chic shopping and restaurants in New York.
The hotel affordable rooms in the unlikeliest of locations, and is decorated in warm hues, a modern design and spacious rooms. Amenities include 24-hour reception, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, Internet cafe, lounge area and a breakfast for $4.
Dinner option No. 1? Carmine’s – This long time Broadway Italian restaurant harkens back to the Rat Pack generation, with a retro Italian bistro look, full wood-panelled bar, checkerboard tiles and red leather seats. Specialties of the house (served family style) are Pasta Ragu, Porterhouse Contadina, Veal Scallopini and some of the best bread pudding you’ll ever encounter.