Six budget New York hotels


By Mia Holt

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June 2017

From New York landmarks built in the 1920s to cool urban boutiques, lifestyle writer, Mia Holt, shares her guide to six affordable hotels in her favourite British Airways destination, NYC.

For strolling in Central Park: Hudson

The lowdown…

Hudson is situated just a few blocks away from the hustle and bustle of Columbus Circle and the calm of Central Park. With plush interiors and an equally wondrous English Garden-themed sky terrace, this hideaway is perfect for style-seekers.

Jump on the East River Ferry and take a boat trip to Governors Island or Brooklyn for just $4 on weekdays

Stay for…

This unconventional hotel has a hammock on the roof ready for you to unwind, plus a secluded private garden, decked out with antique furniture.

Don’t miss…

Don’t miss…

Explore Central Park by bike and hunt down the Strawberry Fields garden near 72nd Street, dedicated to John Lennon.

Budget tip…

Theatre fans should head to the TKTS discount ticket booth at Times Square for deals on same-day tickets. Ticket money also goes towards supporting the arts. Check out our insider’s guide to Broadway for more top tips.

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  • Marvel at an iconic piece of American architecture, The Roosevelt Hotel.

    A monument to time

    The Roosevelt Hotel has a deep and colourful history. Originally opened in 1924, the hotel has witnessed Prohibition, World War II and the Baby Boomers.

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  • Take a stroll or hirer a bike and explore Central Park © Getty Images.

    Did you know…?

    Central Park was originally established in 1857 on 778 acres of land. Since then it has expanded to its current size of 843 acres.

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  • Visit Tequila Park at the Hudson.

    Enjoy authentic Mexican

    The popular Tequila Park relaunched in 2015, and serves up the best the South has to offer – from hot tacos to ice-cold Mexican beer.

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For incredible views: Shelburne NYC

The lowdown…

Situated in the trendy neighbourhood of Murray Hill, the Shelburne NYC is in walking distance of Grand Central Station and an array of bars and brunch spots. The hotel itself is intimate, and the stylish rooms come with a pillow menu so you can escape from the buzz of the city in ultimate comfort.

Stay for…

The rooftop has mesmerising views of the Empire State Building and is the perfect setting for an evening drink overlooking the dazzling Midtown skyline.

Don’t miss…

Hidden between the Main Concourse and Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Station is the so-called whispering gallery; the spot where secrets can be shared and heard metres away thanks to the design of the archways, although no one knows if this was an intentional feature.

Budget tip…

Just a few blocks away is E34th Street, where you can jump on the East River Ferry and take a boat trip to Governors Island or Brooklyn for just $4 on a weekday and $6 on the weekend.

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For hitting the shops: DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan

The lowdown…

The elegant DoubleTree hotel sits on Lexington Avenue in the heart of Midtown East and close to the iconic sights of Park Avenue, the UN and Rockefeller Centre. Originally designed by famous architect Morris Lapidus, the landmark building was renovated in 2012 and its 764 guestrooms were given a sleek makeover.

Stay for…

DoubleTree Midtown has a specialised concierge service to help you make the most of your stay in the city, from what to see to making reservations.

Don’t miss…

With Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales within walking distance, this area is hot spot for avid shoppers. Grab an early morning bite to eat and gaze in the window of Tiffany’s for your very own Breakfast at Tiffany’s moment, or head to the Top Of The Rock and take in the city sights.

Budget tip…

Take to the skies with a trip across the East River to Roosevelt Island on the Aerial Tram. You can either use your metro card or buy a ticket for around $4.

Book a stay at Arlo Hudson Square

The lowdown…

The Arlo is a minimalist hotel with stylish guestrooms, a contemporary coffee lounge, retro dining space and spectacular rooftop bar. With the West Village and Tribeca nearby, it’s perfect for those who want to escape the crowds in style.

  • Relax in the sleek communal lounges at Arlo Hudson Square.

    Fine dining

    The Arlo Hudson Square also offers Harold’s Meat + Three, a delicious Southern dining restaurant. Tiled floors and vintage fixtures add the cool retro feel. Book flights from London to New York, plus a seven-night hotel stay from:£625 pp

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Stay for…

With Little Italy to the east and Greenwich Village to the north, you’ll have plenty of places to choose from for a spot of brunch or dinner.

Don’t miss…

You can either hop on the subway or make a day of it and explore the West Village by foot on a food tour, or make your way along Hudson Street to Chelsea Market where you can indulge in the treats from the tempting food stalls.

Budget tip…

Situated in the stylish Meatpacking District is the famous Highline, where you can walk the historic railway line elevated above the streets of Manhattan. The best part? It’s absolutely free.

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For top sightseeing: Roosevelt

The lowdown…

Named after US president Theodore Roosevelt, this hotel was opened in 1924 and features classic art deco styling, including impressive ceilings and large spacious rooms.

Stay for…

Known as the ‘Grand Dame of Madison Avenue’, the Roosevelt is renowned for its architecture and has been featured in many Hollywood films from Wall Street to Men in Black.

Don’t miss…

With the Chrysler Building, New York Public Library and St Patrick’s Cathedral nearby, the Roosevelt is perfect for those who want to explore the city’s incredible architecture.

Budget tip…

Nestled among the skyscrapers is Bryant Park, which offers an oasis of calm away from the restless pulse of the city. Try some of the famous babka from the Breads Bakery kiosk.

For the location: The Metro

The lowdown…

The Metro dates back to 1901 and features chic rooms with an art deco interior, and even an on-site hair salon. With New York’s famous garment and theatre districts situated on its doorstep - this hotel is a true gem.

Stay for…

The impressive views of the skyline from the dazzling rooftop bar while sipping their signature ‘Metrotini’.

Don’t miss…

Just 25 minutes away by foot is the Strand Bookstore. Head to the top floor where you can hunt through rare books and collectables, or make your way to the East Village and take part in a Craft Cocktails and Speakeasies walking tour.

Budget tip…

Head down Broadway and explore the world-famous Union Square Market where you’ll find fresh bakes from local producers for under $5.

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