New York: Help us find new budget hotels!

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The Milford. Same great deal, fresh new look. Photo: EuroCheapo

The other night I had that odd yet ubiquitous New York experience: I saw a building I’ve never noticed before. Ever. Even though its lovely and old, and I’ve probably walked by it a hundred times.

Turns out said building, an elegant all-white number, is the soon-to-open Hyatt Union Square. I learned that it promises to be very hip—and also very un-Cheapo.

New cheapo hotels in New York?

This got me to thinking about what’s new on the New York budget hotel scene. A few months back, I added some new (and “like new”) hotels to our New York guide. These include:

• The high-tech and hip YOTEL near Times Square.

The Milford, a Theater District institution with a peppy new look.

• The Chelsea Highline Hostel, a hotel/hostel hybrid that offers budget-basic rooms and a fabulous location between Hudson River Park and the always-happening High Line Park.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be sprucing up our New York hotels, re-visiting some of our current picks and adding more cheap hotels in New York and (oh yes) Brooklyn. On my radar at the moment are the Pod 39 (sister to Cheapo favorite Pod 51) and Aloft in Brooklyn, a snazzy (and sometimes Cheapo) spot.

Your New York suggestions?

Help me decide what else to visit, and possibly include in our guide. Have you experienced the Pod or Aloft? And what’s your favorite budget hotel in New York? (Inquiring Cheapos want to know!)

Thanks for your help!



About the author

Suzanne Russo

About the author: Suzanne Russo thinks of herself as equal parts California Girl and New Yorker. She moved from San Francisco to New York four years ago to pursue her MA in English, and her obsession with all things New York life and history hasn’t dwindled yet. She is a freelance writer, director of the San Francisco-sponsored, New York literary pub crawl, Lit Crawl, and constant wanderer.

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3 thoughts on “New York: Help us find new budget hotels!”

  1. I recently scored a nice rate at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Tribeca. Not sure if it was a promotional deal but I appreciated the $110 nightly rate – definitely a good deal since the hotel is very solid.

  2. Really like the Pod 39 — stayed there twice — and love the bathrooms, both in their style and as an upgrade from the shared baths at Pod 51. It’s not always cheap, but you can often get a really good price. It’s clean, new, comfortable (though tiny) and a short, three-block walk to Grand Central. That makes it a primary “go to” option for upscale budget hotels (if “upscale” and “budget” can go together).


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