How to Find the Best Hotel in NYC

It’s easy to find NYC hotels; the city has hundreds to choose from, ranging from budget accommodation to some of the best and most well known hotels in the country. The average cost of a hotel in the city is around $300 a night, making it one of the most expensive places to stay in the US, although bargains can be found. Chain hotels are generally the most affordable option for anyone who simply wants a clean, comfortable room in a reasonable location, although you may not get the same quintessential NY experience as staying in a boutique hotel in SoHo, or a bed and breakfast in a Brooklyn townhouse.


Using a hotel search engine is still one of the best ways to find NYC hotels, although many chain hotels maintain that their lowest rates can be found on their own website, so always compare. Booking your room at the last minute often gets you a lower rate, as the hotel is more inclined to lower the room price, and you should make sure to ask for any potential applicable discount, such as military or AARP. Booking your hotel as part of a package including airfare nearly always works out to be cheaper than booking the components of your trip separately.

You should also decide what type of hotel you want to stay in. As mentioned before, with most chain hotels you know exactly what to expect and for the first time visitor to the city, staying somewhere with a familiar name can be reassuring. New York has more than a few boutique hotels; these are typically small, often luxurious establishments that place an emphasis on personal service, and often make you feel as if you are a guest in someone’s home. NYC does have bed and breakfasts, often found in the suburbs rather than in Manhattan, and there are also several hostels, which are ideal for anyone looking for the absolute cheapest place to stay.

Your choice of neighborhood is also important. You may want to stay in one of the larger hotels in and around Times Square, the area known as Midtown. However, you will probably pay more for the convenient location within walking distance of theaters and restaurants, and the area can be noisy and distracting. The Upper East Side is another pricey area to stay in, although it’s quieter and appeals to those who want a more residential neighborhood and easy access to the museums. Lower Manhattan and the area around Wall Street are busy during the week, but quieter at the weekend and hotels in this area tend to be less expensive.

Other areas to consider when searching for NYC hotels include the outer boroughs, each with their own attractions and even neighboring New Jersey, where room prices can be a lot lower than in the Big Apple. However, it’s all about compromise – what you save on your hotel room, you may spend in transportation getting into and out of Manhattan each day, and traveling during rush hour can be a challenge.