The Best Budget Hotels in NYC: Affordable Places to Stay

NYC may have a reputation for being pricey, but figuring out where to stay doesn’t have to break the bank. Cheap NYC hotels do exist! We’ve rounded up some of the best NYC affordable hotel deals for families visiting or even for locals looking to up their staycation game on a budget. If you’re planning a trip with the kids to the Big Apple, check out these budget and affordable hotels.

Skyline Hotel


One of the main things to consider in booking a hotel in NYC is location. Proximity to the subway is key, and staying in or close to Times Square gives you access to the entire city via subway. The Skyline Hotel, located in Hell’s Kitchen (don’t let the name scare you) is definitely one to check out. With an indoor rooftop pool, free Wi-Fi for up to three devices, and even a pet friendly policy, they have all of the members of the family covered.

725 10th Ave.
New York, NY 10019
Hours: check in at 3 p.m., check out by 11 a.m.
Skyline Hotel cost: average $200 per night

Travel Inn

Mark Hougaard Jensen

Located near the Jacob Javitz Convention Center, but still relatively close to Times Square is the Travel Inn. Boasting a pool and concierge, it’s a great option for families looking to make the most of their stay on a budget.

515 W. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036
Hours: check in at 3 p.m., check out by noon.
Travel Inn cost: average $175 per night

Freehand NY

Adrian Gaut

Two words: bunk beds. This affordable hotel based in NYC’s artistic Flatiron District is everything cool, laid back, unique, and yes, they offer rooms with bunk beds. Closer to sights like the Empire State Building and the Highline, and with an on-site game room, it’s a great option for families looking to branch out of the Times Square area. Plus, they’re pet friendly, too!

23 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10010
Hours: check in at 3 p.m., check out by noon
Freehand NY cost: average $280 per night for bunk bed rooms

The Belvedere

Courtesy of The Belvedere Hotel

This classic NYC hotel with art deco features is perfect for families interested in the history of NYC with a modern edge. The Belvedere opened its doors in 1923 and has remained an impressive presence in Midtown. Every room has a kitchenette! Be sure to ask the concierge about the Broadway & entertainment ticket reservations they have available.

319 W 48th St.
New York, NY 10036
Hours: check in at 4 p.m., check out by noon
The Belvedere cost: average $200 per night with a best rate guarantee

Jewel Facing Rock Center

Anders Ruff Custom Designs

This NYC hotel deal is a real gem. The Jewel Hotel’s centralized location puts it walking distance from tourist faves like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock, and Radio City Music Hall. Plus they offer an American Girl Place New York Getaway package which includes a bed, robe, and slippers just for an American Girl Doll.

11 W 51st St.
New York, NY 10019
Hours: check in at 3 p.m., check out by noon
Jewel Facing Rock Center cost: average $265 per night

The Sohotel

Courtesy of The Sohotel

When you think of cheap NYC hotels you probably don’t think of the words stylish or edgy, but the Sohotel is that and more. Have a larger family? Avoid booking two rooms out of necessity by snagging a Standard or Deluxe family room here. Both types of rooms sleep five. And you’re located in one of the trendiest parts of NYC. Can’t beat that!

341 Broome St.
New York, NY 10013
Hours: check in at 3 p.m., check out by 11 a.m.
The Sohotel cost: average $175 per night

The Holiday Inn Express


Simple, no frills, and convenient are the best words to describe The Holiday Inn Express. It’s newly renovated, and close to Times Square. And a bonus: they offer a complimentary breakfast buffet for those looking to save a few dollars on breakfast.

343 W 39th St.
New York, NY 10018
Hours: check in at 3 p.m., check out by 11 a.m.
The Holiday Inn Express cost: average $175 per night

Gansevoort Meatpacking

D. Mitchell

Budget does not mean basic, especially at the Gansevoort. Luxurious rooms, rooftop pool, and free Wi-Fi property wide are just some of the reasons to consider booking your stay here. But the best part? Gansevoort Baby—where they offer cribs, pack & plays, diapers, and more—all for free. Oh, and they’re pet friendly, too!

18 Ninth Ave.
New York, NY 10014
Hours: check in at 3 p.m., check out by 11 a.m.
Gansevoort Meatpacking cost: average $280 per night

Travel tips


Look for discounts through travel partners like AAA.

Hotel loyalty programs often offer incentives like free Wi-Fi or amenity credits.

Book in advance for discounted room rates or packages.

Be flexible! Research hotel room rates to find the best time of year to travel within your budget.

—–Jesseca Stenson

featured image: iStock 


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