There’s nothing quite like visiting New York City over Thanksgiving weekend and taking in the parade, holiday activities and “pre-Christmas cheer” in all its splendor.
But how do you do it without breaking the bank? Considering that average nightly hotel rates in New York hover around $350 a night, getting a deal is no small task.
Good news, Cheapos, we’ve been keeping an eye on hotel prices for Thanksgiving’s big ticket nights (Wednesday, November 21st through Sunday, November 25th) and were pleasantly surprised by the number of affordable hotel options still available.
Let us preface this by saying that hotels in New York, by and large, aren’t always cheap. In fact, during peak times the rates have a tendency to become fairly outrageous. Fortunately, our editors have recently scouted out dozens of budget hotel options that are central, cheap, clean and perfect locations to explore this wonderful city.
Here are five of our favorites that have availability and reasonable rates for this Thanksgiving holiday. Note: Rates quoted are based on double occupancy for searches conducted on Thursday, 10/25/12. Rates will likely increase as we get closer to the holiday.
Option 1: The SoHotel
341 Broome Street in the Lower East Side / Nolita
Thanksgiving Price: $186 / night
Perk: Trendy downtown location.
From our review: “The SoHotel is a fabulous 96-room hotel in Nolita, a tiny ‘hood between SoHo and the Lower East Side…” Rooms might be small, and there isn’t any elevator, but the location is very cool and rooms are clean.
Option 2: Hotel 17
225 East 17th Street in Union Square / Gramercy
Thanksgiving Price: $126 / night
Perk: Near Union Square’s holiday markets.
From our review: “There’s something just slightly precious about Hotel 17. Could it be the dark warren-like lobby and hallways? The receptionist’s uniform? The old-fashioned signage out front?”
The Hotel 17 is ideal for Cheapos who don’t mind sharing bathrooms, as none of the rooms have a private bath. However, rooms and baths are spotless, and this location near Gramercy Park manages to be both central and quiet.
Option 3: Chelsea Star Hotel
300 West 30th Street in Chelsea
Thanksgiving Price: $138 / night
Perk: Be near, well, almost everything.
From our review: “The Chelsea Star is an interesting beast, with hostel dormitories, cheap artist-shaped rooms with shared-facilities, and deluxe rooms with massive amounts of space…”
The Chelsea Star’s location next to Penn Station makes it convenient for those catching a train, or the nearby Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Option 4: Cosmopolitan Hotel
95 West Broadway at Chambers Street in Soho / Tribeca
Thanksgiving Price: $189
Perk: Be the only one in Tribeca not paying out the nose.
From our review: “The upscale neighborhood of Tribeca is known for pricey everything (including hotels), but the three-star Cosmopolitan Hotel offers a solid value for the area…”
The hotel’s rooms might be short on character, but they’re all equipped with a TV, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi.
Option 5: Mayfair New York
242 West 49th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in the Theater District
Thanksgiving Price: $197
Perk: Stay close to the parade.
From our review: “A love song to “classic New York,” the Mayfair Hotel shows its age, but the simple three-star hotel is a good value for the unfussy traveler looking for a clean, central place to sleep…”
Room decor is a bit busy and floral, and a far cry from contemporary, but it charmed us, as did the hotel’s old-fashioned lobby and superb Theater District location (it shares the block, in fact, with two Broadway theaters).
Which one would you choose, Cheapos?
Are you headed to New York this Thanksgiving? Tell us about your hotel! Also, if you’re planning a visit, be sure to read our previous post on the best spots to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade.