Budget Hotels New York City: Under $200 a Night

Finding a budget hotel in NYC is often hard, and at the first signs of warmer weather, New York City seems to double in population with locals emerging from their apartments and visitors flocking to the city for their travels. This makes finding a budget hotel in NYC even harder… 

New York City is one of the most iconic locations in the world and it can be difficult to figure out the best way to see everything the city has to offer in just four days.

If you’re pressed for time, this itinerary could help you experience some of the Big Apple’s most famous sights, esteemed architecture and memorable attractions.

New York is actually a fairly compact city, despite being one of the most popular cities in the world. And Manhattan alone can be walked in less than 30 minutes.

But behind the map, are an array of magical discoveries waiting to be found. There are glorious cafes, bookshops, rooftop bars, shops, museums and much more. New York is a wanderer’s delight with so much to see and do in a short amount of time.

Hotel prices also seem to double in the spring, but the below five hotels, which appeal to five types of travellers, remain under $200/night….

Budget Hotels NYC

Top 10 attractions in New York City

  1. Central Park
  2. Ellis Island
  3. Metropolitan Museum of Art
  4. American Museum of Natural History
  5. Grand Central Terminal
  6. Brooklyn Bridge Park
  7. Chrysler Building
  8. Empire State Building
  9. Guggenheim Museum
  10. National September 11 Memorial Museum

If you’re pressed for time, check my 4-day itinerary to New York, which could help you experience some of the Big Apple’s most famous sights, esteemed architecture and memorable attractions. I have pulled together my unique things to do in New York for this guide, from my trip to the Big Apple a few years ago. 


New York Hotels Under $200

Best for the Wellness-Obsessed Traveler: The James New York – NoMad

Rates start at $153 per night

Enlisting holistic experts for next-generation wellness offerings, the “Four Bodies” program at The James New York – NoMad focuses on physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health. Each area is overseen by one of The James’ wellness guru collaborators.

Emotional services are available on the “Readers on Room Service” menu, designed by The Numinous Founder Ruby Warrington. Guests can book in-room sessions with various counsellors for astrology birth chart readings, transformational coaching, tarot reading, hypnosis, reiki healing and/or sound healing.

Meditation master Khajak Keledjian curates the Mental menu offering with a complimentary one-month membership to INSCAPE, also known as “the Spotify of mindfulness.” 

Budget Hotels NYC

New York Hotels Under $200

Best for the Instagram Savvy: Kixby

Rates start at $200 per night

Located in the heart of Manhattan’s Herald Square and surrounded by photo-worthy NYC landmarks, like Macy’s and the Empire State Building, Kixby is ideal for anyone looking to capture the perfect Instagram photo.

Visit the flagship location of Black Tap Burgers & Beer on the ground floor of Kixby for their Instafamous CrazyShake, then head through the lobby to the hotel’s chic cocktail bar, Lot 15, to sip on an assortment of classic, expertly-mixed cocktails.

In the spring and summer months, enjoy Kixby’s rooftop bar, The Lookup, for its unbeatable views of the Empire State Building and fun selection of summery cocktails and bites. In the room, cuddle up in a Frette robe and plush Matouk linens for a cosy, in-room shot against the backdrop of Kixby’s calming blue walls.




New York Hotels Under $200

Best for the Solo Traveler: Pod Hotels

Rates start at $99 per night

Ideal for the solo traveller venturing to NYC this spring, the Pod Hotels provides all the basics for solo travellers. As America’s first micro-hotel, the Pod Hotels are conveniently planted in four NYC neighbourhoods close to major Spring attractions, like Central Park, the Macy’s Flower Show, Times Square and more, and are equipped with built-in storage and sleek furniture in compact rooms coming in at about 100 square feet.

Solo travelers can choose between Pod 51 in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Pod 39 in Murray Hill, Pod Times Square and Pod Brooklyn in Williamsburg. Each Pod Hotel is home to trendy restaurant and bar options, as well as social communal spaces, for guests to hang out, work remotely and meet other travellers.

Solo travellers can make the most of their getaway by taking advantage of the Pod Hotels’ free walking tours, which are led daily by an expert local guide, and complimentary bike rentals at Pod Brooklyn.

Budget Hotels NYC

New York Hotels Under $200

Best for the Dog Lover: Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel

Rates start at $140 per night

Designed to treat pets with the same quality of service given to their owners, the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel features an assortment of services and amenities to meet all travel needs for four-legged friends.

The hotel property that boasts unparalleled views of Times Square through floor-to-ceiling windows, and prides itself on its distinct atmosphere that serves as a respite from the bustling streets below offers the following complimentary (upon request):

  • An outdoor dog house for rooms with terraces
  • Cosy pet bed placed in the guest room
  • Pet bowls placed in the guest room
  • Pet amenity delivered to your room


New York Hotels Under $200

Best for the Hipster: New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

Rates start at $140 per night

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge is the best place for visitors to experience and explore Brooklyn; its central location is just five minutes from Brooklyn Heights and is a 15-minute walk to DUMBO and the Brooklyn waterfront. Other nearby attractions include the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and the Barclays Center.

When the hotel opened in 1998, it was the first new-build, branded hotel in the borough in over 64 years. While many others have since joined, the hotel stands out from the crowd due to its unique location, amazing views of the Brooklyn Bridge and a unique quirk — rooftop beehives with more than 2,000 bees, from which the hotel sources its honey. 

Budget Hotels NYC

New York Hotels Under $200

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