It's clean, it's cheap, it has wi-fi and it's close to Penn Station.
The smell of pot from across the hall and the scrum for breakfast (think British Bulldogs with bagels) can be put up with too.
I stayed there as part of my travels:
I have just read with interest your article on apartment rentals versus hotel rooms. Recently, a group of girlfriends and me travelled to New York for a few days of shopping and glamour. Rather than tripping over each other's overflowing shopping bags in our soon-to-be-purchased Louboutins, we decided to rent a apartment which would be much more spacious.
On the recommendation of a friend, we booked through an Irish site, newyorkapartments.ie, and we would all highly recommend it. We decided on a two-bed apartments in Mid Town East, which was close enough to all the designer labels we craved, but also just far enough from the hustle and bustle of Times Square to allow us to relax. The apartment was fantastic - really luxurious and, of course, spacious. Breakfast was available every morning and there was also a housekeeping service, which was great as we hadn't come all the way to New York to argue over who was to clean up! There was even a spa and aromotherapy centre - sheer bliss.
All in all, I can safely say that it had all the facilities that you would expect from a top class hotel, without the price tag and with the added bonus of that elusive (well in New York anyway!) extra space.
If you like saunas, go here. OK, it was humid, but it was really cheap. For a midtown hotel. It was clean and the shared bathroom was ok too. A couple of blocks from Times Square. All good stuff - check out my North American odyssey at writeronthestorm.wordpress.com
At the corner of 6th Ave and 38th street
Ideally situated, just south of the park and within walking distance of The Met, MOMA, Times Sq and Rockefeller Center. Also has the famous Burger Joint for cheap eats and Norma's for an expensive but high class breakfast. Just minutes from subway. Also has swimming pool and gym neither of which we had time to try.
I stayed in an artist's studio in Tribeca last year. I found it on craigslist under short term rentals.
People who have vacant apartments rent them by the night through craigslist. I also got a 3 month sublet a few years back through the same site.
Organization offering hundreds of bed and breakfasts throughout New York City.
You tell them your budget and the preferred area(s) and they send you a list of the options they have available. We stayed at the apartment of a very friendly lady at Upper East Side.
Office Ops is an arts center-cum- hostel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that has cheap and clean places for people to stay when visiting the city.
Worth checking it out if you are coming to NYC on a budget.
Radio City Apartments is an apartment hotel in the heart of the theatre district close to Times Square and 5th Ave.
It is excellent value for money. We paid $200 per night for a one bedroom apartment which comfortably took our family of four. Friendly, helpful young staff and clean and comfortable accomodation.
Big Apple Greeter is a voluntary organisation which was set up to give visitors to NYC a personal insight into The Big Apple. A Greeter meets up at your hotel and you get a five or so hour WALKING tour of your chosen neighbourhood, and it is all FREE. You even get a subway pass for the day. We had a great time. Check the websites for both for all the details.
RADIO CITY APARTMENTS
142 West 49th Street
New York, NY 10019
1-(877)921-9321 (U.S Only)
A fraction of the price of any hotel and because it is run by a church it is the only place where you don't pay the exorbitant city hotel taxes.
123 East 15th Street
New York, NY 10003
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Had to adjust our hotel booking due to changes to flights. The Milford hadn't been our first choice and so a hasty decision was made in booking it.
Do we regret it? Well, yes and no. It's a bit sad and needs updating so if you are after a bit of luxury, it's not the place for you. Other than that, the staff are helpful and efficient and security is very tight. The rooms, although dated, were clean and tidy.
We were out of the hotel 12- 14 hours a day so even if it was all-singing, all-dancing we wouldn't have used such facilities. Cheap and cheerful sums it up. It was very busy with guests and we weren't aware of anyone making any complaints so I guess most people were of the same mindset that it was simply a bed for the night and nothing more. We've paid more for much worse accommodation and service in the UK and other countries.
It's a great location on 8th and 45th, with so much on its doorstep. I would expect if it gets an expensive makeover in the next couple of years then the room rates will go up accordingly. Get it booked while it's still reasonable value.
8th Ave and 45th St, Midtown Manhattan
For a great cheap place to stay on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, I like Jazz on the Park Hostel. I was only there for two nights but thoroughly enjoyed the pub crawl and the great location.
Website where you can barter for a price for a hotel room. Rooms get cheaper on weekends as businesspeople stay at home. It's almost always cheaper than booking directly. You don't get to know exactly which hotel you'll be staying at - only the area. But a room's a room, innit.
It is not just a hotel telephone directory as it includes all of the hotel official contact info as well: phone, fax, email, postal address, website link.
Some hotels are featured with an additional hotel page where pictures, special offers and last minute deals are posted.
It is quite good to know that a hotel directory of this kind actually exists and that you can refer to it when tired of looking at hotel reservation services and not finding the hotel contacts!
A Youth Hostel on West 83rd Street in a great neighbourhood. It cost me $20 a night to stay - as you would expect, it is basic but clean.
I had a private room with shared bathrooms which are kept clean. Rooms are warm and came with a TV, fridge, microwave and sink.
A stone's throw from central park and a couple of blocks from two different subways that take you to most central locations. There is also internet access and a games room downstairs if you feel like being sociable.
Friendly and helpful multilingual staff. I would give this place a go, you can't lose.
106 West 83rd Street
Hotel in Tribeca, excellent value for money.
Near Ground Zero, a subway stop, walking distance to Battery Park and South Street Seaport.
I've now stayed there twice and would stay there again. Best rooms are the ones with two double beds, but these are more expensive.
95 West Broadway (At Chambers), New York, NY 10007
Hotel in Times Square. This is a luxurious hotel with attentive staff that is close to major shopping and attractions. 5th avenue is right outside the door, MOMA is down the street, Broadway shows are within a 5 minute walk. They have also opened a new restaurant "Fireside". Its going to be a new dinner hotspot in NYC.
21 East 52nd Street at Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
The Sofitel is part of the Accor hotel chain. It's an excellent choice with friendly staff and first class service.
For New York it has large and quiet rooms, especially on the higher floors. We've stayed in other hotels in New York but none with this combination of style and quality at reasonable prices if booked ahead. Very conveniently located in midtown between Grand Central and Times Square.
45 West 44th Street between 4th and 5th Avenue
Tel : (+1)212/354-8844
I have stayed in B&Bs in other parts of the world but this has been by far the worst experience. Although I was there for only 4 days, it felt like an excruciating 4 days because of the host.
Firstly, the host placed her dog in the kitchen during the day time and added a barrier at the kitchen doorway to discourage me from using her kitchen. She even warned me not to be friendly to the dog!
On the second day, the host was displeased that she found hair in the bath-tub. She specifically told me that "your hair is falling out" and subsequently told me to clean up the bath-tub after use. I was too shocked for words when I heard her say that. Talk about hospitality!
On the third night, I had an emergency medical condition during the night and needed to get to the nearest Emergency Room. I told her about my problem and asked if she could call a cab for me as it was already past 12:00 midnight. She said,"We don't call for cabs in New York at night." I sensed that she was obviously not willing to help and asked her to write me the address of the nearest hospital. At that point, she actually said, "It's kind of late now. Can I look it up and give you the address tomorrow morning?" I was stunned beyond words by the cold-heartedness of this person. Then she changed her mind and said, "Oh, I think I'd better give it to you now. I need to go out really early tomorrow morning." She scribbled the address on a piece of paper and left the room.
On this fateful night when I most needed to use the shower, I saw an officious printed note left on my bed by her. She duly informed me that the shower was out of order and there was no suggestion of an alternative solution to the problem. After I came back and contacted City Sonnet, they told me they could not do anything to compensate me.
I would definitely not recommend this B&B to anyone.
Rental Agent : City Sonnet
Address : 152 Bank Street #5B
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