Must-see hotels in New York City

  • Soho Grand Hotel

    SoHo & Chinatown

    The original boutique hotel of the 'hood still reigns, with its striking glass-and-cast-iron lobby stairway, and 353 rooms with cool, clean lines plus…

  • W New York Union Square

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    Set in a 1911 one-time insurance building, the ultra-hip W demands a black wardrobe and a credit card. Boldly accented in hues of deep blue and vibrant…

  • Leon Hotel

    East Village & Lower East Side

    At the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge and surrounded by hectic streets, Leon offers clean, no-frills accommodation that is decent value in wallet…

  • U Hotel Fifth Avenue

    Midtown

    The claustrophobic will not appreciate U Hotel’s cunning, multiuse furnishings and cozy (tiny!) rooms, but those who like a great deal will understand…

  • Distrikt Hotel

    Midtown

    While there's nothing especially distinctive about Distrikt, it does offer decent rooms with handsome furnishings and plush queen-sized beds. Pricier,…

  • Q4

    Queens

    Cheap, clean and steps from the subway – it's hard to argue with this no-frills hostel splattered with Keith Haring–inspired murals. It has no phone (very…

  • Pod 51

    Midtown

    A dream come true for folks who would like to live inside a cocoon – this affordable hot spot has a range of room types, most barely big enough for the…

  • Bentley Hotel

    Upper East Side

    Featuring great East River views, the Bentley overlooks FDR Dr, as far east as you can go. Formerly an office building, the hotel has shed its utilitarian…

  • Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Clean, comfortable, simple rooms is what you get at this reliable chain hotel. While the place lacks any real character or charm, it's one of the few…

  • Hotel Henri

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    Nearly equidistant from Chelsea and Union Square, Hotel Henri was once a serviceable but dull hotel in a great location. Its small rooms now boast chic…

  • GEM

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    With an incredible location in the heart of Chelsea, friendly staff and a rooftop bar to boot, the GEM is one of the better reasonably priced options…

  • Frederick Hotel

    Financial District & Lower Manhattan

    This comfy downtown hotel offers 129 rooms decorated in dark-brown woods and plush blue carpets. Bathrooms sport bright-white subway tiles with a tile map…

  • Asiatic Hotel

    Queens

    Maybe Flushing's best deal: this friendly, 55-room hotel lacks bells and whistles, but rooms come with desks, hardwood floors and comfy beds; and the…

  • Hotel 31

    Midtown

    A lo-fi budget option in Midtown East, Hotel 31 has no public area or breakfast. What it does offer are simple, carpeted, homey rooms with basic cable TV,…

  • 1871 House

    Upper East Side

    Named for the year it was built, this historic home now serves as a quaint inn. Its seven individually designed suites are like mini-apartments, with a…

  • Wall Street Inn

    Financial District & Lower Manhattan

    The sedate stone exterior of this affordable, intimate inn belies its warm, colonial-style interior. Beds are big and plush, and rooms have glossy wood…

  • Lex Boutique Hotel

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    Despite the name, the Lex doesn’t feel like a boutique hotel. However, it’s a good, centrally located option. The rooms are small and simply furnished,…

  • Serenity at Home

    New York City

    Satisfying breakfasts, soft jazz and a short stroll from Prospect Park: this welcoming guesthouse is set in a lovely pre-war row house. Each guest room…

  • Marco LaGuardia Hotel & Suites

    Queens

    In the heart of Flushing's buzzing Chinatown, the Marco is a good-value option for travelers whose main focus is Queens – be it the Mets at Citi Field,…

  • Lucerne

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    Housed in an ornately carved 1904 building, this stately 202-room hotel is ideally located for families with children (Central Park and the American…

  • Casablanca Hotel

    Midtown

    Low-key, tourist-oriented and only steps away from Times Square, the popular 48-room Casablanca harks back to North Africa with its Moroccan murals,…

  • City Rooms Chelsea

    Midtown

    This friendly 16-room hotel offers decent value for Manhattan. Tiny rooms are clean and basic with comfortable mattresses, if short on space (lack of…

  • Bubba & Bean Lodges

    Upper East Side

    Owners Jonathan and Clement are well-known for turning a Manhattan town house into an excellent home-away-from-home, but an unusually high rate of…

  • Bowery House

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Across the street from the New Museum, this former 1920s-era flophouse has been resurrected as an upmarket hostel, its rooms decked out with Bowery-themed…

  • International Student Center

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    Set in a rambling converted brownstone just steps from Central Park, ISC has 40 beds in simple dorm rooms (some female-only) and a cozy, if well-worn,…

  • Kixby Hotel

    Midtown

    Amidst a new rebranding at research time, the 13-floor Kixby (formerly the Metro) offers a mix of rooms: the Premier Plus have been refurbished entirely…

  • Blue Porch

    New York City

    This lovely 1904 Victorian house with two bright, airy guest rooms is located in the sleepy district of Ditmas Park (south of Prospect Park). Bathrooms…

  • Hotel Newton

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    The nine-story Newton isn’t going to win any interior-design awards, but it’s clean and well managed, making it a solid budget option. The 108 guest rooms…

  • Hilton Garden Inn

    Staten Island

    If you have a car, this 198-room chain hotel on the west side of Staten Island is a comfortable option. Rooms are well outfitted with quality mattresses,…

  • Hotel Le Jolie

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    Sitting alongside the Brooklyn–Queens Expwy, Le Jolie has a few aces up its sleeve. Sixteen rooms have marvellous views of the Manhattan skyline, and…

  • Jazz on the Park Hostel

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    This flophouse-turned-hostel right off Central Park is generally a decent bet, with clean dorms sporting four to 12 bunks in co-ed and single-sex…

  • Hotel Pennsylvania

    Midtown

    When it opened in 1919, the Hotel Pennsylvania was the world's largest hotel. Though it's lost that title (and much of its luster), it still feels vast,…

  • Row NYC

    Midtown

    In the heart of the theater district, Row NYC offers contemporary rooms accented with bold colors, though spacious they're not. It's a big hotel with a…

  • YMCA

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    Just steps from Central Park, this grand art deco building has several floors – 8th to the 13th – of basic but clean rooms, most with shared facilities…

  • Club Quarters World Trade Center

    Financial District & Lower Manhattan

    Right opposite the World Trade Center site, this 252-room chain hotel keeps things affordable with clean, modern, cookie-cutter rooms at reasonable prices…

  • Chelsea International Hostel

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    Occupying some serious real estate in the desirable Chelsea neighborhood, this old bastion of backpackerdom is a good pick if location ranks at the top of…

  • The L Hotel

    New York City

    Soundproofing could be better and the decor's a little dated, but the well-kept compact rooms at The L Hotel benefit from comfy beds, complimentary…

  • Bklyn House Hotel

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    Behind the external murals, Bklyn House's loft-style rooms are somewhat plain and in-room sound-proofing could be improved. Despite the drawbacks, this…

  • Seton Hotel

    Midtown

    Near Grand Central Terminal, the Seton Hotel offers a range of small but newly refurbished rooms with varying, eclectic decor, ranging from sleekly modern…

  • Queens County Inn & Suites

    Queens

    Once an unremarkable chain hotel, now an unremarkable independent hotel, but an easy schlep to Manhattan and it has extra-large rooms – some with living…

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