Which hotel in New York to choose: best hotels in New York
New York HotelsAre you planning a trip to the East Coast of the United States? Then you’ll probably benefit from my article on where to stay in New York City. In it I tell you how to find a comfortable hotel in New York City out of more than 500 options for accommodation and in which area it is better to choose a proven hotel. I myself have been to New York City many times, so I know very well what the prices are and how important it is to book a room in a suitable (preferably new and clean) hotel to make your trip to America memorable. I will recommend good hotels in the center of New York City in Manhattan, near Central Park, and where you can stay for a low price in safe areas of Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and near the airport.
New York Hotels
When choosing a hotel in New York City, the first thing to know is that the city consists of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx. All of the most important and interesting places in New York City are in Manhattan, so it is best to choose a hotel in the borough of Manhattan. To see the sights of New York City in one day is definitely not possible, so it is worth to come here for at least 3-4 days, or better for a week, and it is very important to stay in a good hotel.
The cost of hotels in New York City is quite high. The price range is quite wide, from $130 to $600 for a standard room, depending on the category of the hotel and its location. Luxury apartments cost more than $ 700 per night.
- The price for a room in New York hotels is on average $ 200-300 dollars a night.
- A good hotel in midtown Manhattan will cost at least $ 350 for 1 day (not including taxes).
- In Queens and Brooklyn, there are hotels cheaper, but good rooms and apartments near the subway are not less than $ 150-200 dollars a night. On Staten Island, you can stay overnight for at least $120.
- Find a hotel in New York City for less than $100 is only on the outskirts of town, where it is not convenient to go downtown. Even on Brighton Beach, room rates start at $140.
It is useful to know: Low prices for hotels in New York are in winter (the cheapest in January and February) and in late summer (August). And the most expensive to travel to New York in December for Christmas, as well as in May and June.
Best Hotels in New York City
The best hotels in New York City are highly rated based on guest surveys and have good reviews. They are mostly located in Manhattan and are the most sought-after among tourists. Here are just a few of them:
Marriott Marquis (8.2, prices from $280).
One of the best 4* hotels in Midtown NY in terms of comfort and level of service
Warwick (8.1, prices from $175)
A modern 4-star hotel with comfortable and spacious rooms near MOMA, the most affordable option of decent accommodations near Central Park
Concorde (8.9, starts at $210).
Comfortable hotel near the subway, near Rockefeller Center
The Plaza (8.6, prices from $700)
New York’s most famous and expensive 5* hotel, right at the entrance to Central Park
Hampton Inn (8.4, prices from $150)
A not-so-expensive and cozy option in Midtown, near Pennsylvania Station
Pod Times Square (8.5, prices from $90)
Very clean cheap hotel in downtown NYC, best option for a budget trip to America
The Whitby (9.5, prices from $550)
Cool modern hotel in Manhattan, quiet and cozy, conveniently located, everything close
In New York City, the best place to stay is in a midtown Manhattan hotel. Midtown is great – it is a skyscraper business district between 14th and 59th streets and is considered a major tourist attraction with easy walking distance to major attractions. In addition to the most famous hotels in New York like The Peninsula, there are accommodations in different price categories for every taste (about three hundred in all), including the most popular and expensive five-star Plaza Hotel, the legendary Waldorf-Astoria (closed for renovation in fall 2017), St. Regis, and one of the most tourist-friendly and cheapest hotels in Manhattan – The Pennsylvania.
Midtown Manhattan hotels
The Plaza 5* ($700-5000, rating 8.6) is a luxurious, historic hotel at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, one of the most recognizable in the world. Everyone saw it in the movie Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. It is located on the southeast corner of Central Park. Across the street from the Plaza Hotel is Apple’s flagship store in New York, Apple Fifth Avenue, where you can buy yourself a new iPhone, macbook and Apple Watch.
The New York EDITION 5* ($500-1000, rating 9.0) – A five-star modern hotel with a Michelin restaurant is located in the famous MetLife Tower skyscraper, directly across from Madison Square Garden Park and near the famous Iron skyscraper. The view of the Empire State Building is gorgeous, and there is guest parking for cars and free Wi-Fi. According to guest reviews, the spacious rooms and great service match its stars.
Marriott Marquis 4* (from $280) is a nice family-run Marriott hotel in Manhattan, New York. Spacious rooms for four people with a separate bedroom and living room (+ work area), panoramic windows. Located right on Times Square, so major attractions and theaters on Broadway are within walking distance.
Hyatt Times Square 4* (from $350) is one of the highest hotels in downtown New York, between 6th and 7th avenues, very close to Times Square. It is a modern new hotel with a spa, a gym, a bar on the 54th floor and a rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the city, which can be quickly reached by high-speed elevator. The room is warm and cozy with floor-to-ceiling windows. According to reviews, the best value for money option in New York City.
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton 4* (from $270) – A new Hilton hotel in New York City, located in a tall luxury skyscraper in the theater district, right in Times Square on Broadway. Family suites have a microwave, refrigerator, safe and a separate sitting area with a sofa bed. Ginger’s, a Broadway-theater-inspired restaurant, serves American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the Ad Lib bar offers a cup of coffee or alcoholic beverages. The upper floors offer spectacular views of the city.
Sheraton New York Times Square 4* (from $330, breakfast included) – The Sheraton Hotel in Downtown New York offers the best facilities for a great vacation. It is located 55 meters from the 7th Avenue subway station. The comfortable rooms are good for a family with a child or for those working on the road who need a comfortable desk and ergonomic chair. There is a restaurant, fitness center, parking, and in-room food and beverage delivery.
Bryant Park Hotel 4* (from $300, rating 9.2) – Good hotel in downtown Manhattan near Bryant Park and the New York Library. Friendly staff, comfortable beds, great bathroom and great views in the corner rooms.
Grand Hyatt 4* (from $270 plus tax) – located at the intersection of Park Avenue and 42nd Street near the Chrysler Building and Grand Central Station (where the Apple Store is), very close to Times Square, Madison Avenue and the UN headquarters. Rooms are clean and comfortable, with touch switches, and there are 10 elevators in the building. It’s best to ask for a room higher than the 30th floor; you can get good views of the city from there.
The Ludlow Hotel 4* (from $250, rating 9.1) – A small modern hotel with an interesting design and an indoor garden, the spacious rooms are clean and comfortable. There are plenty of restaurants and bars around.
Hampton Inn Times Square 3* (from $300, includes a good breakfast) – Hampton Hotel is located next to Madame Tussauds, in the heart of Manhattan: 300 meters from Times Square, 500 meters from the restaurant Row and 600 meters from the department store Macy’s. It is also convenient for those who came to New York for shopping, with many stores nearby – Victoria’s Secret, Old Navy, Gap, etc. The rooms are modern and very clean, and there are USB chargers.
The French Quarters 3* (from $170 with breakfast, rating 9.2) is a boutique hotel with a New Orleans atmosphere in downtown Manhattan, yet a fairly quiet place. It’s only a 5 minute walk to Times Square.
Hotel Pennsylvania 2* (from $150 plus taxes) – A cheap hotel in Manhattan at 7th Avenue and 32nd Street, fairly simple yet very large. There’s no parking and there are check-in lines, but the location is a major plus, across the street from the Madison Square Garden Sports Complex and Pennsylvania Railroad Station. The Empire State Building skyscraper is only 650 meters away by foot, and Times Square is 800 meters away. Reviews lived in it tourists are not very good (for example, for the storage of suitcases here charge 5 dollars), but the hotel Pennsylvania is well suited as a base in New York for a few days and a place to sleep, where the convenient all day to go watch New York or shopping, and spend the evening in one of the restaurants or theaters on Broadway, or go to a nightclub.
Hotels near Central Park
There are two Midtown Manhattan hotel locations near Central Park: the Upper West Side and the Upper East Side from 60th Street to 120th Street. These are the most prestigious and expensive neighborhoods in New York City. John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived here, and the Trump International skyscraper of U.S. President Donald Trump is also located here.
Trump International (5*, from $450) – Trump Tower is located on the southwest corner of Central Park, at the beginning of Broadway on Columbus Circle. It has the most comfortable apartments in Manhattan with beautiful views of Central Park, as well as a wonderful restaurant, free Internet, a fully equipped gym, spa and pool. A rare combination of so many perks for downtown New York City and not very expensive.
The Warwick (4*, from $175) is a very decent and inexpensive hotel on 6th Avenue near the Museum of Modern Art, 4 blocks from the Central Park entrance. There are spacious family rooms with a living room and good views of the city. Will definitely stay here next time we come to NYC for a few days.
The Pierre, a Taj Hotel (5*, from $750) is a great place across from the zoo in Central Park, at the intersection of 61st Street and Fifth Avenue. Shuttle guests to and from the airport, pets allowed.
The Mark (5*, from $450) is a boutique hotel in Manhattan (Upper East Side) one block from Central Park. Close to the Whitney Museum of American Art and just 3 blocks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Hotel Marc is great for shopping, with popular brands nearby: Cartier, Gucci, Hermès, Prada, Chanel, etc.
Millennium Hilton (4*, from $200, breakfast included) – The Millennium Hilton New York is located in the Upper East Side, 160 meters from the UN building. The rooms have all the necessary appliances, there is a desk and a safe, good coffee. Great view from the skyscraper window, the most convenient location, sights within walking distance. Internet charges were $10. But free cancellation on Bookings.
Hotel Belleclaire (4*, from $320) – nice 4-star hotel on Broadway with parking and nice interiors. Near the subway, stores, restaurants, and cafes. Nice interior, friendly staff.
The Franklin Hotel (3*, from $220) – Good hotel on the East Side in Manhattan’s museum district (intersection of Lexington Avenue and 87th Street), across from the New York New Gallery. Rooms are small, but walking distance to the Metropolitan and Solomon Guggenheim museums. Close to Lexington Avenue subway station, 2 blocks walk.
La Quinta Inn & Suites (3*, from $138, with good breakfast) is a very conveniently located hotel in the Upper West Side neighborhood, close to the subway, across from Strotherry Fields in Central Park. The room has a comfortable bed, coffee facilities, air conditioning, hairdryer, iron and free wifi, and the shower has good water pressure. The hotel has luggage storage. There are several restaurants and a store around the corner, and the Metropolitan Opera is close by.
Excelsior Hotel (3*, from $250) – fairly clean hotel, the American Museum of Natural History is across the street, Central Park is 150 meters away. You can order a tour of New York or buy tickets to Broadway musicals at the tour desk.
Good to know: North of Central Park are the Harlem and Bronx neighborhoods, where you can find cheap hotels in Manhattan, but personally, I prefer a more upscale and quieter place to stay. I would not recommend booking a hotel above 110th street, because low-income housing starts there and tourists are less likely to stay because of the increasing danger of burglaries.
Lower Manhattan Hotels
Hotels in lower Manhattan are quite expensive, with 3-star prices usually starting at $300, but there are exceptions. The city’s lower midtown area is not nearly as touristy as downtown, so wealthy people often settle here.
Hyatt House (3*, from $320-500) is a clean modern hotel in the prestigious Chelsea neighborhood, next to the Empire State Building and Penn Station. Close to the Flatiron Building and Penn Station.
I recommend a good hotel in Greenwich Village southwest of Midtown:
The Jane (2*, $99-150) is a very decent New York hotel in Manhattan’s historic Meatpacking District on the Hudson River, next to the Whitney Museum of American Art, a mile from Union Square. The rooms recreate the period furnishings in which the Titanic’s passengers lived. There are single cabins. Everything is classy and American, the staff is polite, and the rooms are clean. The hotel has a nightclub. Judging by the reviews, Hotel Jane is a pretty nice and inexpensive place with great interiors for photos!
Hotels in Lower Manhattan (Lower Manhattan and East Village neighborhoods):
Orchard Street Hotel (3*, $195-250) – in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, close to many restaurants and shopping centers. A coffee machine is available 24 hours a day on the first floor, and there’s a rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the city. Rooms are clean, internet works well, and is highly rated on Bookings. The hotel is in high demand among tourists.
Courtyard by Marriott Soho (4*, $400-600, wholesome breakfast included) – Located a 5-minute walk from the Greenwich Village neighborhood. Rooms are comfortable, comfortable, and without luxury. The hotel has a restaurant, a Starbucks cafe, and a fitness center. Popular brands like Apple, H&M, Zara, Prada, and Ralph Lauren are nearby, so you can go shopping.
Wall Street Hotels:
The Ritz-Carlton Battery Park (5*, from $700) is a comfortable hotel in the Wall Street neighborhood, near the Charging Bull statue. It is located next to Wagner and Battery Parks and close to the Staten Island Ferry. The room has a panoramic view of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. From the upper floors you can look through a telescope, which is available in the most expensive rooms.
Courtyard by Marriott (3*, from $350) – a new Marriott Downtown hotel with large four-bed rooms, all the necessary appliances and furniture with built-in usb-ports for charging devices, flat-screen TV with cable channels, good wifi. Because it is a very clean and comfortable hotel, it is in high demand among visitors to New York City.
The Wall Street Inn (3*, from $199, free breakfast) is the best budget hotel in the Wall Street area with sophisticated design, homely furnishings and large rooms for parents with children.
Hotels in Brooklyn
The Brooklyn neighborhood in New York City is located south of Manhattan on the opposite side of the East River. It is a fairly safe residential neighborhood in New York City, so there are almost no attractions except for the Brooklyn Bridge and the Russian immigrant neighborhood of Brighton Beach.
Hotels in Brooklyn are cheaper than downtown (prices start at $120 a night, and rooms are usually more spacious. But despite the savings, it’s not the best place to stay for long, as tourists have to take the subway into Manhattan and spend a lot of time commuting. Nevertheless, there are both good cheap and expensive hotels with a view of Manhattan.
Here are a couple of the best, in my opinion, lodging options I recommend in Brooklyn:
Sheraton Brooklyn (4*, from $239) – The Sheraton Hotel is conveniently located in Downtown, a 15-minute walk to the Brooklyn Bridge. It has its own pool (a rarity in New York) and Jacuzzi, different categories of rooms. The subway station is right inside the hotel, there is a Starbucks in the lobby and an Italian restaurant. On the next street there are a lot of famous brand stores, and across the street there is a night bar.
Pod Brooklyn (3*, from $125) is an unusual hotel in a quiet neighborhood near the subway, with capsule double rooms and bunk beds like a cabin. Everything is new and clean, and guest reviews are exceptionally positive. The best option for frugal travelers who like comfort.
Queens hotels on Long Island
Queens hotels in New York City are inexpensive compared to Manhattan, and they have better rooms (usually with free breakfast and fast internet). The key is to choose a good hotel near the subway to commute downtown and get to the airport, but also as close to the East River as possible – in Hunter’s Point or Queensbridge Park near the Queensborough Bridge, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time walking to Manhattan.
Here are the most convenient and inexpensive hotels in Queens on Long Island that you should book in advance:
Hotel Vetiver / Manhattan Skyline (2*, $89-150) – Inexpensive hotel in a quiet neighborhood, 2 minutes from the subway, 10 minutes to Manhattan. The room is cozy and warm, and everything is clean. Stores and cafes are close by. The airport is only 40 minutes by subway with one change. There is an opportunity to leave a deposit in cash and take it away immediately when checking out. The hotel is very convenient for both business and leisure travelers.
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Long Island City (2*, $130-250, with hot breakfast) is a great hotel with spacious rooms and comfortable beds, good views of skyscrapers. There is parking for cars, guest reception is open 24 hours a day. Located 300 meters from the 21 Street-Queensbridge / 41 Avenue subway station on the F line, which is only 2 stops to Manhattan. The distance to John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) is 24 km. Read our review.
The Vue Hotel (3*, $145-220, price includes breakfast) is a new hotel near the subway and Manhattan Bridge, comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi. Good food in the morning and tea, coffee, and juices available throughout the day. Very convenient location, good guest reviews.
Staten Island Hotels
I recommend good hotels on Staten Island:
- Harbor House B&B (2, $99, with breakfast) – Hotel with free parking and Wi-Fi, 20 minutes from New Ark Airport. Comfort Inn Staten Island (3, from $122, breakfast) – comfortable hotel, shuttle to ferry and airport.
- Holiday Inn Express (3*, from $135, with hot breakfast) is the best hotel on Staten Island with a high level of service for reasonable money.
Hotels in Harlem
There are good hotels in Harlem, too, but I personally do not advise to stay in the area for a long time without a special reason:
Harlem YMCA (3*, from $100) – new hostel after renovation, with double rooms, sauna, pool and shared kitchen (similar to a student dorm, only clean everywhere). Quiet location near the police station, a good option for a budget trip to NYC.
The Central Park North (3*, from $129) – A mini-hotel with beautiful interiors 1 block across from Central Park, close to the subway. There are family rooms and free internet, and a grocery store nearby. The low price is because the area isn’t safe, so it’s best not to walk through it idly.
Hotels in the Bronx
Here are the best rated hotels in the Bronx:
Howard Johnson (2, from $115, with breakfast) – Not a bad hotel 7 km from LaGuardia Airport.
Opera House Hotel (3, from $135, breakfast) – hotel in a historic building, 160 meters to the metro, excellent reviews.
Famous hotels in New York 5 stars
The Ritz-Carlton (5*, $750-5500, rating 8.7) is a fine five-star hotel on 59th Street, right at the entrance to Central Park. The 33-story building has 259 rooms (47 of which are suites). The hotel has a bar in the lobby and an excellent restaurant led by renowned New York chef Loren Turondel. There is a spa with massage parlors, a sauna, and a fitness center. Great staff treatment of guests and an incredibly comfortable home environment.
Mandarin Oriental (5*, $1000-5000, rating 8.6) – The luxury hotel is located at the top of the Time Warner Center skyscraper. It offers a 23-meter indoor pool and rooms with panoramic views of Manhattan and a full-service spa. The suites have a separate living room and beautiful views of Central Park, the Hudson River, and the George Washington Bridge.
The Peninsula (5*, $750-1800, rating 8.6) – Conveniently located at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 55th Street. Nearby are the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Rockefeller Center with the Top of the Rock observation deck and the LOVE sign. A short walk from St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Inexpensive Hotels in New York
The following is a list of inexpensive hotels in New York City for those tourists who want to find the cheapest accommodations.
Cheap 3* and 4* hotels in New York City
Hotel 91 (3*, $115-175, rating 7.5) is a small and fairly clean 3 star hotel in the Chinatown – Little Italy area with comfortable beds and daily housekeeping. Adequately priced, close to street food where you can get a hearty meal for $5. They take a $100 room deposit at check-in.
Newton (3*, $130-260, rating 7.7) – The Newton Hotel is conveniently located in upper West Manhattan. Good for budget travelers who appreciate comfort. All rooms, though not very modern, but kept in perfect condition and cleanliness.
The Manhattan (4*, $120-250) – Inexpensive hotel in Manhattan, 300 meters from Times Square, lots of interesting places within walking distance. Rooms are fairly old, but have a very comfortable bed and clean linens. Concierge services are available.
Hostels in New York City
New York’s Cheapest Hotels
If you’re looking for the cheapest hotels in New York City, check out these options:
Nap York (2*, $30-60, by the hour), a capsule hotel in midtown Manhattan on 7th Avenue. Airport shuttle service, free internet, cafe with a moving conveyor belt where you can order a cocktail or relax in a hammock with a smoothie.
World Hotel ($47-91) – A very basic hotel with bedbugs and cheap one- to four-person rooms in Chinatown between Wall Street and Times Square. For the very frugal, who only need to sleep inexpensively in New York City.
U.S. Pacific Hotel ($68-130) is a budget option in Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood for unassuming tourists. You have to take the stairs to your room.
Royal Park Hotel & Hostel (2*, $92-122) – A very decent hostel 800 meters from Central Park, with private rooms and single rooms. Clean, free wifi, 24-hour front desk with friendly staff. You can leave luggage in storage before or after checkout.
Hostels in New York City
The cheapest way to stay in New York City is in a hostel. It is advantageous for those traveling alone, since you have to pay per person. The cost of a hostel in Manhattan is $40-60 dollars a night.
Central Park West Hostel ($40-48) is a quiet and cozy hostel with two-story beds near Central Park on the Upper West Side. Conveniently located in Manhattan, there is a convenience store nearby and a 3-minute walk to the subway. Laundry service and free coffee.
Bowery Grand Hotel ($44-68) is an economy hostel on the Lower East Side. Single and double rooms with shared bathroom and toilet on the floor. Near the Brooklyn Bridge.
HI NYC Hostel ($55-66, with breakfast) – International NYC Hostel is located in Manhattan’s residential Upper West Side neighborhood near the subway. Rooms are clean, with bunk beds. There is a shared kitchen and cafe, and you can play billiards. Lots of free activities for guests, tours of the city and Central Park. High rating and great feedback from those who have lived here. Ideal for young people.
New York Airport Hotels
To simply spend the night while waiting for your flight, you can choose a hotel near the airport.
Hotels near John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK):
- Courtyard by Marriott (4, from $199, rating 8.0)
- Hilton (4, from $250, rating 7.5)
- Holiday Inn Express (3, from $220, rating 7.4)
- JFK Inn (2, from $139, rating 5.6)
Hotels near LaGuardia Airport (LGA):
- Marriott (4, from $220, rating 7.7)
- Hampton Inn (3, from $179, rating 8.3)
- Plaza Hotel (3*, from $159, rating 8.2)
Where to book a hotel in New York
The best way to book a hotel in New York is online on Booking.com. It’s pretty easy to do it on your own. There is all the information about each hotel with photos, including detailed descriptions and reviews, as well as prices for your travel dates.
For booking a hotel in New York you will need your bank card (credit or debit – it doesn’t matter), which is needed to guarantee your arrival. Usually it is not charged before you check in, but some hotels may block the deposit that is written about in the conditions of your reservation, and there are no surprises there.
Upon check-in you may also be charged a Security Deposit, which will be blocked on your card or taken in cash. It usually equals the cost of one night stay in the hotel and you will get it back when you check out.
When planning your trip budget don’t forget to take into account state tax (8.875%) and accommodation tax (5.875%). This adds up to a tax of 14.75%. Plus city tax per night ($3.5 per room per night). And hotels may have their own additional cleaning and maintenance fees, as detailed in advance on Bookings.
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