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The Best Areas to Stay in New York for Any Budget

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There are plenty of cities in the world where it's easy to choose accommodation because the interesting sights are clustered in a central area. New York City is not one of those places, and the choice of location can dramatically affect the quality of the trip. The most important aspect of preparing for a visit is to make a determination of which of New York's countless attributes are most deserving of attention. Will it be the theaters and skyscrapers of Midtown? The ethnic enclaves and bohemian neighborhoods of Downtown? Central Park and the museums of Uptown? Or the up and coming, diverse, hipster neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens? If you aren't planning on staying a month, it's virtually impossible to do and see everything. It's also important to peruse a subway map carefully. Unless you are planning to take car hire vehicles exclusively, proximity to a subway station should not be underestimated as an important feature of any accommodation. Midtown East and the Lower West Side have surprisingly large areas that are fairly remote from any subway line.

Price Snapshot for New York, USA

$79 - $114

Budget range (bottom 25%)

$153

Average price (in USD)

$223+

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What are these prices?

We analysed all the minimum prices for accommodation in New York. The prices are for the cheapest room / bed available for a one night's stay. Prices are shown in US Dollars. The chart gives an idea of what accommodation price distribution is like in New York. You can use it to work out what is considered cheap for New York and what is considered expensive.

Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan, also known as Downtown, offers a huge variety of ethnic and historic neighborhoods and can occupy a traveler for days on its own merits. Some excellent choices are Union Square, Greenwich Village, Soho, Tribeca, and the South Street Seaport. Most of these areas are accessible to each other on foot or by short taxi trips, as well as to Chinatown and Little Italy. The Lower East Side, the Battery, and parts of the East Village are a little on the gritty side but might offer less expensive options to budget travelers.

Popular accommodation in Lower Manhattan

246 Spring Street

The Dominick Hotel

848 Washington Street

The Standard, High Line New York

2 Avenue of the Americas

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca

More options in and around Lower Manhattan
Midtown Manhattan

Midtown Manhattan

The most attractive areas in Midtown Manhattan are Chelsea and Midtown East.

Times Square and the Theater District shouldn't be missed but probably aren't an ideal location for a base. Don't expect to find many budget options in Midtown.

Popular accommodation in Midtown Manhattan

556 3rd Avenue

Oakwood Aurora Midtown East

135 West 45th Street

Hyatt Centric Times Square New York

38 West 36th Street

Executive Hotel Le Soleil New York

More options in and around Midtown Manhattan
Uptown Manhattan

Uptown Manhattan

The advantage of Uptown Manhattan is the proximity to Central Park and many of New York's top museums, as well as the upscale surroundings of some of New York's priciest real estate. As with Midtown, budget options Uptown are few and far between. As one gets further and further uptown the accommodation prices do decline but neighborhoods become decidedly more blue collar and less convenient to tourist attractions.

Popular accommodation in Uptown Manhattan

2296 Frederick Douglas Boulevard

Aloft Harlem

New Spacious 3BR/1BA Apt mins to Columbia University

235 East 105th Street Apt

Exquisite stay - Amazing

More options in and around Uptown Manhattan
Brooklyn

Brooklyn

The outer boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens are much better locations for visiting New York now than they were twenty or even ten years ago. The most convenient neighborhoods in Brooklyn are Brooklyn Heights and Williamsburg, which abut the East River. Aside from easy access to Manhattan by road or public transportation, these areas have been reinvigorated in recent years and are now hotspots for restaurants and nightlife.

Popular accommodation in Brooklyn

46 Nevins Street

EVEN Hotel Brooklyn

216 Duffield Street

Aloft Brooklyn

8315 4th Avenue

Best Western Gregory Hotel

More options in and around Brooklyn
Queens

Queens

The best neighborhoods in Queens are likewise those on the East River which include Long Island City and Astoria.

Long Island City is a small neighborhood that is rapidly becoming more prominent with art galleries and trendy restaurants and breweries.

Astoria is one of New York City's foremost ethnic melting pots and is close to fascinating Queens neighborhoods such as Jackson Heights and Flushing as well as to Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Popular accommodation in Queens

38-70 12th Street

Wingate by Wyndham Long Island City

38-59 12th Street

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Long Island City

12-02 37th Avenue

Hotel Nirvana

More options in and around Queens

556 3rd Avenue

Oakwood Aurora Midtown East

135 West 45th Street

Hyatt Centric Times Square New York

38 West 36th Street

Executive Hotel Le Soleil New York

815 Avenue of the Americas

Hyatt House New York/Chelsea

400 Fifth Avenue

The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue

65 West 54th street

Warwick New York

120 West 41st Street

LUMA Hotel - Times Square

105 West 28th Street

Moxy NYC Chelsea

127 East 55th Street

Concorde Hotel New York

246 Spring Street

The Dominick Hotel

20 West 29th Street

Ace Hotel New York

Budget Option

440 57th Street

The Watson Hotel

848 Washington Street

The Standard, High Line New York

218 West 50th Street

citizenM New York Times Square

Budget Option

109 East 42nd Street, Park Avenue at Grand Central Terminal

Grand Hyatt New York

135 West 30th Street

Courtyard by Marriott New York Manhattan/Chelsea

15 West 45th Street

Citadines Connect Fifth Avenue New York

2 Avenue of the Americas

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca