Is it possible to visit New York without breaking the bank?Here are cheap and chic hotel suggestions and alternative sightseeing activities that are both fun and affordable!
New York City’s average daily room rate in 2012 was a whopping $290, according to NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization. My philosophy is to save on accommodations and spend on entertainment.
Affordable Stay Pod 51
With a room rates starting at $89 per night, Pod 51 was one of the originators of the micro-hotel concept and accommodates the needs of today’s savvy, “young-minded” traveler. Located in Midtown East and a short walk from Central Park, this hotel offers vibrant communal spaces and amenities including a seasonal outdoor/indoor café, and a beautiful rooftop garden where you can hang out and relax after exploring the city.
THE OUT NYC
– Starting a $69 per bed per night, THE OUT NYC’s ‘Shared Luxury Accommodations’ comfortably sleep four
people, perfect for families on the go, a group of friends traveling together or the social traveler looking to make friends while traveling. The rooms are just steps from some popular destinations including Times Square and Broadway. In addition to the desirable location, guests who spend a long day on their feet can relax and enjoy amenities at The Spa at THE OUT NYC including saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools and more – the facilities are complementary to guests staying at the hotel.
– Following a full restoration, this 1907 West Village hotel has been reincarnated as an edgy 200-room micro hotel for plucky travelers with more “dash than cash.” The Jane’s famous 50 square-foot Standard room is offered at the exceptional starting price of $99 per night. All of the rooms are designed like luxury train cabins with a single bed, built-in drawers, luggage rack, personal television, and come with river views or a balcony.
Many of New York City’s best landmarks and attractions can cost a pretty penny. Even with a great hotel rate there are additional ways to stretch your travel budget for a splurge-worthy treat while still experiencing the best frill and thrills.
Skip the Tour Bus
– Sightseeing bus tours cost upwards of $54 a person. New York City was made for walking and Pod Hotels now offer their guests free guided city walking tours with authentic NYC tour company, Streetwise. From exploring the immigrant and hipster neighborhoods of Lower East Side and Chinatown to discovering the artistic character of the High Line and West Village, the Pod tours will show you the neighborhoods by day before you come back to experience them at night.
– Have a DIY attitude? Pick up a custom made guide map at The Jade Hotel and explore the windy and historic cobble stone streets of Greenwich Village; where 19th century row hoses and warehouses became the places where Jazz, art, gay rights and culture thrived.
Additional free activities can include…
– Wandering around Central Park
– Riding the Staten Island Ferry and experiencing amazing views of lower Manhattan
– Visiting Grand Central Terminal – celebrating their 100 year anniversary
– Reading your way through the New York Library
– Gawking at Times Square
– Visiting the Apple Store at 58th Street and Fifth Avenue which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year
– Window shopping along Fifth Avenue