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Where to Stay in New York City

The Jane Hotel New York Old Rose Restaurant

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Where to stay in New York City? That’s one of the key questions I asked myself before embarking on my past trips to the Big Apple. And it is really a minefield if you’re not sure the area to stay, have a strict budget or don’t really know the coolest or cheapest places to stay. So I’ve teamed up with writer Mary Adwell to produce this awesome guide on where to stay in New York City that won’t break the bank. And having stayed in Yotel NYC for both my past visits, I would highly recommend!

One of the things I find super fascinating about visiting New York is that people actually live there. Weird I know and probably what people feel when they hear I live in London too. But there is just so much going on, so many places to explore and visit. Oh and the restaurant choices are endless. As a tourist, you don’t always see what the real side of a city is like though. It’s not until you look into how much things cost when you live there, that you get a sense of the place. Carol Kopp’s Investopedia article on the cost of living in New York points out how life really does cost more in the Big Apple. Let’s talk about rental prices for a minute. To rent a tiny apartment in Queens. You’ll find yourself forking out around $2,000 a month. And if you’re ever lucky enough to consider buying a place downtown Yoreevo explains that the average Manhattan apartment costs $2 millionLuckily visitors to New York don’t have to worry about these prices. And they get a taste of what it’s like to stay in an area, where the average apartment costs a cool $2 million. So if you’re looking for a place to stay in New York City without breaking the bank, I’ve got a few suggestions for you. 

Pod 51

Pod 51 New York City

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Pod 51 is a boutique hotel with two convenient midtown locations. It’s perfect for anyone who’s looking for a minimalist space with all the basic amenities. Time Out notes that Pod 51 is a few blocks from Times Square and other NYC attractions making it a convenient starting point for travelling around the city. The property offers six pod choices to choose from. Which can fit anywhere between one to four guests. It also has a cafe for some casual meals. Plus a rooftop deck where you can hang out with newfound friends. Or have a quiet evening on your own. If you’re interested in staying at Pod 51 rooms cost between $75 to $245 per night. All dependent on the type of pod you opt for during your stay. But if you want a less crowded location, away from the hustle and bustle of Times Square, you can stop by Pod 39 instead.

The Row NYC

Considering it’s located in Times Square, a night at The Row can be pretty affordable at $200 a night. The rooms have a relaxing, intimate layout. With amenities like Wi-Fi access, a 32-inch flat-screen TV and signature toiletries. When you book a stay, you also get access to a fitness studio with treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights, and recumbent bicycles. Just in case you fancy a workout whilst you’re away. The Culture Trip points out you’re also a few steps away from multiple subway stops making it a very friendly tourist location and the ideal base for your trip to New York City. If you want to sample great food and refreshing drinks, take your pick from the multiple restaurants near The Row NYC.

The Jane Hotel

The Jane Hotel Room

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If you’re looking for a prime West Village location along with river views and well-appointed amenities, you can stay at The Jane Hotel. It used to be a home for sailors back in 1908 before it was transformed into a boutique hotel. The property is inspired by luxury ships and train cabins. And it features amenities effectively designed to fit minimal spaces without compromising comfort. The Jane Hotel also has a ballroom where guests can enjoy a mouth-watering selection of dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Rooms range from $99 to $325 a night.

YOTEL New York

YOTEL, located just a five-minute walk from Times Square, has been my go-to accommodation for my past two trips to New York City. It’s impossible not to fall in love with the compact rooms that have been designed with functionality and aesthetics in mind. The cabins all come with gel memory foam, heated bathroom towel racks, and a relaxing rain shower. Which I must add is the best hotel shower I have ever experienced. Although the rooms are small, they make up for it by offering you a whole host of other amenities. These include Wi-Fi, business facilities, a gym, a bar and restaurant with outside area, plus bag storage too. The location is so handy as it’s close by to Hell’s Kitchen for amazing food and drinks options. Plus convenience stores and the subway too. You can even walk to Central Park from the hotel if you fancy it! And after a long day, you can relax at the property’s rooftop terrace, which is one of the largest outdoor hotel terraces in New York.

There is really no reason that you can’t visit New York City on a budget. There are so many accommodation options to choose from making it an affordable trip for many. Plus as well as the budget-friendly places to stay, there is also a range of affordable activities to take part in whilst in the city. Whether you fancy a street art tour of Brooklyn, a local food tour of the city or a cycle around Central Park, there is something for everyone.

*NB. This article is was produced in collaboration with Mary Adwell. But please note that all views are my own.

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