New York’s best boutique hotels on a budget

Affordable hotels in New York

We love New York. Whether wandering through the backstreets of Brooklyn or lazing in the sun in Central Park, even just hopping into an iconic yellow cab – there’s an incredible, creative energy in the city that never sleeps. Whilst it’s a fantastic city to visit, there’s no hiding the fact that The Big Apple is an expensive place to stay. Finding charming, comfortable and affordable hotels is often tricky, so here we’ve shared with you some of the best places to stay in New York on a budget.

1. The Jane, West Village

Starting off in New York’s West Village, is the rather charming Jane Hotel. You’re right in the heart of it here – a few seconds from the recently re-located Whitney Museum – which showcases some of the finest contemporary American artworks, and a mere stumble from the buzzing Meatpacking district. There’s an eccentric vibe at the Jane – quirky fittings, taxidermy, glitter balls – and the epic Jane Ballroom. The rooms here start small – “Cabins” are themed on cruise ship style bunks, but they offer a great value option if you’re after somewhere small and stylish yet perfectly formed for you to lay your weary head. If you want more space, they have that too – it just costs a little more. With a tasty little French-Moroccan café downstairs, a terrace with views over the Hudson, free-bicycle hire and super-friendly staff – the Jane is a great choice for your stay in New York.

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2. The Brooklyn

A former warehouse, this stylish hideout has been refurbished to become an urban chic boutique hotel. Set between the Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights districts of Brooklyn, it’s just a saunter away from the subway which can whisk you away to all of the city’s iconic sights. The décor here is simple and cool, with exposed brick walls, designer light fittings and contemporary artwork adorning the walls. Rooms are kitted out with sleek showers and comfy beds, so you can catch up on some zzz’s after a day on your feet. Enjoy.

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3. Seton Boutique Hotel

Head down to Midtown East and you’ll find the Seton Boutique Hotel. The central location here is big bonus with many of the key sights like The Empire State Building just around the corner. Seton is housed in a 1930s apartment building, so there’s an Art Deco vibe. The basic rooms here are great value, but come with shared bathrooms whilst the premium rooms are bigger and have their own. This is a reliable and affordable boutique hotel, close to the centre of the New York. A good choice.

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4. The Paper Factory, Long Island City

Last but by no means least, heading out of Manhattan over the 59th Street Bridge you’ll find the Paper Factory. A refurbished print-works with a distinctly industrial feel. Think concrete floors, exposed brickwork and the odd-printing press thrown in for good measure. This is a great value find in Long Island City – an area of Queen’s which is developing into an arty district. You’re also only about 15 minutes by subway to Mid Town Manhattan. Rooms here are stylish and comfortable with plenty of little mod-cons to keep you happy. There’s also a games room and gym and a great bar and the South American inspired restaurant. A top pick for your stay in New York.

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See our full collection of boutique hotels in New York here

Roxane has a passion for budget boutique travel. From cheap and chic city boltholes or owner-run rural retreats in Europe to faded palaces in India and simple beachfront cabañas in Mexico - she believes that style doesn't always have to come at a price (and restaurants with plastic chairs, packed full of locals are invariably the best ones).