Where to Sleep Cheap in New York [BEST AREAS + RECOMMENDATIONS]

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As part of our New York super guide, we couldn’t miss our already mythical post (because we do it from all the cities we visit) about where to sleep cheaply in New York.

So in this post we are going to review the characteristics of our accommodation during the last trip to the city and we are going to tell you what budget you need approximately in accommodation for a stay in New York of 7 days. Also, we are going to make some extra recommendations about accommodation in New York (cheap and less cheap).

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Accommodation in New York: what you need to keep in mind

Get this through your head: staying in New York is EXPENSIVE. You’re going to have a hard time finding a room in a half-decent hotel for less than 100 euros a night. Sleeping cheaply in New York is not easy unless you travel in the off-season.
Depending on the season in which you travel, staying in Manhattan is really expensive, I dare say almost prohibitive. So it might make sense if you travel in high season to stay off the island, in Brooklyn or Queens.
The most important recommendation we can make regarding accommodation in New York is that you book it in advance. The only way to find good deals is to look at it well in advance. To give you an idea, the hotel where we stay, for other dates and booked much less in advance, costs more than double.
Keep the location in mind. It is very important that your hotel is close to a subway station, even if it is outside of Manhattan. It doesn’t matter that it is far from the most important points of interest, but it is certainly a great advantage that it is well communicated.
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Accommodation in New York by area

In our opinion, the best areas to sleep are the Midtown, the surroundings of Central Park, Greenwich Village, SoHo and the Flatiron District.

But it is true that they are also more expensive areas because of how well communicated and how close they are to the most important points of interest, so don’t rule out Harlem or Brooklyn, because they are well connected neighborhoods with much cheaper accommodations than in Manhattan.

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Where to sleep in New York: map with our recommendations

In order to make this article we have made an arduous and exhaustive investigation in which besides recommending you hotels in which we have been in some of our visits to the city that never sleeps, also we spoke to you about other options that have recommended friends, relatives or travellers of our confidence.

We’ve divided our research into neighborhoods, as we did in the past to show you all the points of interest in the city. Shall we start talking about where to sleep cheaply in New York?

For us this is one of the best areas to stay in New York because it is well connected and also much quieter than other more famous areas like Midtown. We’re staying on the Upper West Side and would certainly repeat for sure.

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Another thing we like about this area is that it also has interesting places to dine in the surrounding area. We showed you all of them in our post about where to eat cheaply in New York.

On a previous trip we stayed on the Upper East Side (very very upper) and although it is a little further from the centre, it is also well connected, so it doesn’t take long to get to the important points of interest.

Our accommodation around Central Park

On our last trip to New York we stayed at La Quinta Inn, a flirty but correct accommodation next to Central Park, which was also very close to the 70th Street subway, both for lines A and B, and for lines 1, 2 and 3.

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The room was quite small (A LOT), but I had everything I needed to rest easy.

The attention was very correct and of course the super low price for how well situated it was and the services it offered.

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We paid for 7 nights of hotel WITH BREAKFAST INCLUDED about 683 euros (with taxes included, something you have to keep in mind when you book your accommodation in New York, since in our case it was more than 100 USD).

A great price for what is usually handled in New York. We would certainly repeat. Because it’s not easy to find a hotel for that price with breakfast. We tell you 馃槈

Our recommendations for cheap sleeping in the Central Park area

In addition to recommending the hotel where we are staying, I want to show you four other great options in Booking in the Central Park area:

Midtown is undoubtedly one of the best areas in New York to stay, because although it is somewhat bustling, it is very well connected and close to most major points of interest.

You will be able to walk to many of the places you will visit during your trip to the city.

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You also have at your disposal a million restaurants of all types and prices, many of them open all day.

The biggest problem in Midtown is the prices, and because it is so well located and connected it is one of the most expensive areas in New York to stay.

But don’t worry, because you can sleep cheaply in Midtown. You only have to scratch a little to find options, but don’t expect to stay for 50 euros a night in a good hotel next to Times Square in August 馃槈

Our recommendations for cheap sleeping in the Midtown area

Here are some top-rated options in Booking in the Midtown area:

West Side YMCA ; 7.3/10 score in Booking and about 64 euros a night without breakfast.
Pod 39; 8.3/10 score in Booking and about 97 euros per night without breakfast.
Pod 51 , 7.9/10 score in Booking and about 107 euros a night without breakfast.
Pod Times Square ; 8.5/10 score in Booking and about 112 euros a night without breakfast.
Vanderbilt YMCA 7.2/10 score in Booking and about 99 euros per night without breakfast.
Hotel 31 , 8.1/10 score in Booking and about 78 euros per night without breakfast.
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The Union Square and Flatiron District is a great area to stay because of its good location, however, just like Midtown, it is another of the most expensive areas of the city, precisely because of that.

If you’re on a budget, it can be an ideal place to stay. Especially since, as with the Midtown, you can walk to most of the points of interest in the central part of the city.

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There are also plenty of restaurants and shops in the area and it’s closer to the south, so it will take you less time to get to SoHo, Chinatown or Lower Manhattan.

In any case, finding cheap accommodation in this area is much more difficult than in Midtown.

Our recommendations for sleeping in the Flatiron area

Here are three top-rated options in Booking in the Union Square and Flatiron District:

The Marcel at Gramercy scores 8.3/10 in Booking and around 120 euros a night without breakfast.
The Redbury New York ; 8.1/10 score in Booking and about 112 euros a night without breakfast.
Hotel Henri ; 7.8/10 score in Booking and around 165 euros per night without breakfast.
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This is one of the most interesting areas of New York to stay in, because even though Chinatown is quite bustling (not so much SoHo), it is very well connected and with most of the important points of interest at hand.

On a previous trip, Fran stayed in this area and liked it quite a bit, especially because of the atmosphere and the restaurants there and how well connected it is.

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The best thing about staying in Chinatown or SoHo is that it’s halfway between Midtown and Lower Manhattan.

If you choose Chinatown to stay, check out the hotel reviews because there are many cheap options that turn out to be real dens.

And if you stay in SoHo, you’re gonna be in one of the hottest neighborhoods in New York.

Our recommendations for cheap sleeping in and around Chinatown

Here I leave you with three top rated options in Booking in the Chinatown area and surroundings:

CITY ROOMS NYC SoHo ; 8.1/10 score in Booking and about 93 euros a night without breakfast.
SoHo Garden Hotel ; 7.8/10 score in Booking and around 106 euros per night without breakfast.
Orchard Street Hotel ; 8.2/10 score in Booking and around 109 euros per night without breakfast.
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Although it is not the area of New York with more accommodation in the city, we do find it a good area to stay because it is quite quiet and also well connected.

The biggest drawback of this area is the prices and that it does not have as many restaurants or cafes with good prices as other areas of New York.

But without a doubt, Greenwich Village is one of the most charming areas of the city.

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As I was saying, it’s not the cheapest area to stay in New York, but by looking in advance you can find good deals.

Our recommendations for cheap sleeping in Greenwich Village

Here are four top-rated options at Booking in the Greenwich Village area:

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Although Chelsea and its surroundings is not the cheapest area in New York, we do find it a good place to stay as it is quite quiet and well connected.

Without any doubt, it is one of the areas of the city with the most atmosphere and life.

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If you’re on a budget, it can be an ideal place to stay, because it’s also a great area for dinner and drinks.

Our recommendations for cheap sleeping in Chelsea and surroundings

Here are two super high scoring options in Booking in the Chelsea area:

Gansevoort Meatpacking ; 8.3/10 score in Booking and around 230 euros a night without breakfast.
Leo House , 8.3/10 score in Booking and about 93 euros a night without breakfast.
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Wall Street and Lower Manhattan are undoubtedly two interesting areas of New York to stay in, because despite being bustling areas, they are well connected and close to many of the important points of interest in the south of the city.

There are restaurants and bars everywhere and you can feel the hustle and bustle of Wall Street all around you.

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However, it is not the cheapest area in New York to stay and being so far south it will take you a little longer to reach some of the points of interest in Midtown.

As I was saying, it’s not the cheapest area to stay in New York, but by looking in advance you can find good deals.

Our recommendations for cheap sleeping in the Lower Manhattan area

Here I show you three super high rated options in Booking in the Wall Street area:

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Harlem is undoubtedly one of the best (and cheapest) areas to stay in New York because it is well connected and also quiet.

It’s also usually cheaper than other areas of Manhattan because it’s a bit further away from the city centre.

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But if you don’t mind spending a little more time in the metro each day, it can be a great option because it’s cheap and you won’t have any problem finding restaurants if you want to eat in the area before returning to the hotel.

Our recommendations for cheap sleeping in Harlem and Upper Manhattan

Here I show you three super high rated options in Booking in the Harlem area:

The Central Park North has a 7.3/10 score in Booking and about 65 euros a night without breakfast.
Harlem Chateau ; 8.3/10 score in Booking and about 124 euros per night without breakfast.
Harlem YMCA , 6.9/10 score in Booking and about 54 euros a night without breakfast.
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Especially in the summer, staying in Manhattan can be crazy, so Brooklyn is a great place to sleep in New York at much more affordable prices.

It is not the same as being in the centre, but you will be well connected thanks to the metro and you will also be able to save some money and spend it on buying souvenirs or eating in better restaurants.

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When looking for lodging in Brooklyn, our recommendation is that it should be close to one of the subway lines that go directly to Manhattan so as not to waste too much time in traveling.

Our recommendations for cheap sleeping in and around Brooklyn

Below I show you several highly recommended accommodations within Brooklyn:

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Where to sleep cheaply in New York: Queens

While it’s true that the easternmost part of Queens is quite far from the city center, if you’re on a very limited budget it may be your only option.

If you finally decide to go to Queens to look for your accommodation, always keep in mind that it should be near a subway station in order to get to the center as quickly as possible. And the further west the better.

Our recommendations for cheap sleeping in and around Queens

I’m showing you two super-rated options in Booking in the Queens area:

LIC Plaza Hotel ; 8.9/10 score in Booking and around 74 euros per night WITH breakfast.
Asiatic Hotel – Flushing ; 8.2/10 score in Booking and around 66 euros per night WITH breakfast.
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Where to Sleep Cheap in New York: The Bronx

It’s true that if you ask us, we wouldn’t stay in the Bronx as long as there are other options like Brooklyn or Queens, which are very well priced and well connected, so you’ll get to the center in no time.

If you want to check out hotels in the Bronx, you can do so here, but remember to check out the opinions of other travelers who have slept at the hotel you are interested in to avoid unexpected scares.

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Where to sleep REALLY cheap in New York

Beyond neighborhoods or areas, if you are looking for the best, nicest and cheapest accommodations in New York, here are the 8 cheapest hotels we have found in New York, with a decent score (more than 7):

Belnord Hotel ; 8/10 score in Booking and around 78 euros per night without breakfast.
West Side YMCA ; 7.3/10 score in Booking and about 64 euros a night without breakfast.
Pod 39; 8.3/10 score in Booking and about 97 euros per night without breakfast.
Hotel 31 , 8.1/10 score in Booking and about 78 euros per night without breakfast.
CITY ROOMS NYC SoHo ; 8.1/10 score in Booking and around 104 euros a night without breakfast.
Chelsea Pines Inn ; 8.3/10 score in Booking and about 90 euros a night without breakfast.
The Central Park North has a 7.3/10 score in Booking and about 65 euros a night without breakfast.
Asiatic Hotel – Flushing ; 8.2/10 score in Booking and around 66 euros per night WITH breakfast.

Because yes, you can sleep cheaply in New York, especially if you travel in the low season (January and February).

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If you don’t mind that I have good opinions, you can lower the filter to hotels that have a score in 5 and 7 and you will find many other interesting options.

We haven’t done that because they’re not the kind of hotels we would stay in, so we can’t recommend them.

Other options for staying in New York: renting an apartment

Another interesting option to sleep cheaply in New York is to rent an apartment, because besides the fact that they are usually cheaper than hotels, they will allow you to cook at home and have to eat out less times. Something that will also help you save.

We have never rented an apartment in New York, but we have done a little research and found several interesting options at a good price:

Athenas Domus #4; 9.2/10 score in Booking and about 123 euros per night without breakfast.
Jefferson Inn , 9.7/10 score in Booking and about 64 euros a night without breakfast.
NYCTH Private Room ; 8.5/10 score in Booking and about 81 euros a night without breakfast.

You can also use AirBnB and take advantage of the 34 euro discount you have if you do so through our link.

If you decide to stay in an apartment, keep these tips in mind so you don’t get a surprise:

Never book an apartment where no one has yet stayed.
Please consider the opinions of other users
Make sure the owner doesn’t make any last-minute cancellations.
NEVER pay for accommodation outside a booking platform such as Booking or Airbnb, not even a deposit.

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