Let’s face it: accommodations in big cities eat up most of your travel budget. And in New York City, your money doesn’t get you quite as much as it does elsewhere. Similar to apartments, hotel rooms are generally smaller. But for me, that’s just fine. When I visit the city, I am happy to sacrifice the size of my room for great locations, reasonable prices, and hotel amenities. Here are just a few of the places that understand that tiny
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This stylish hotel brand has locations around the country. Their New York outpost has varying room sizes, including “mini” and bunk rooms for $139, which come with a mini refrigerator, fully-stocked minibar, free WiFi, vintage furnishings, bathrobes, and luxury toiletries. Their lobby has a popular coffee shop and lounge, always busy with digital nomads and remote workers, as well as three restaurants and shops.
Located in one of New York’s oldest neighborhoods, the modern-day Bowery House was built in 1927 as a hotel before it was reconfigured for lodging for World War II soldiers. Like with The Jane, it’s made up of single room cabins with communal hallway bathrooms that cost around $50 per night.
But they also have modern full sized rooms. Hotel features include free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, a store, and top-notch toiletries. It’s a short walk from trendy Nolita boutiques and Chinatown eateries.
Freehand New York
I’d previously stayed Freehand’s Miami and Chicago locations. Their New York outpost is in the Flatiron District in the former George Washington Hotel. It’s designed by Roman and Williams, the team behind their other spots, and decorated with Bard College student artwork. They have a podcast studio, their award-winning Broken Shaker bar, and chic rooms for around $100. The Artist room has a twin bed, Argan bath products, WiFi, and a TV.
Located in the trendy Meatpacking District, The Jane was originally a home for sailors that housed some of the survivors of The Titanic. I’ve stayed here twice because it’s usually around $100 per night and you can’t beat the location, steps away from the High Line and the Whitney.
Rooms are tight, but there’s storage for everything. Bathrooms are down the hall and you get a robe and slippers for your stay. The hotel also has a rooftop bar and a popular basement venue. There’s also an attached cafe where you can eat breakfast.
This hotel is close to the Subway and only a few blocks from the Javits Center. Amenities include self-check-in, luggage storage, free morning coffee, and an onsite restaurant and bar. They also host special events like pop-ups and there’s also a tattoo parlor.
The rooms are small, with storage mainly tucked underneath or on hooks, but have everything you might need. There’s a television and seating, with a sink in the bedroom and an attached bathroom and shower. This is a great option if you don’t plan on spending a ton of time in your room. The brand has locations in Times Square, Chelsea, Downtown, and the East Village.
On my most recent stay, I finally stayed at the Pod Hotels, which have multiple locations around the city, including Pod 39, Pod 51, and Pod Times Square. They are well located and have multiple room options, including bunks like this room that I shared with my sister.
Each bunk has its own plugs and television. The bathrooms are small, but the hotel itself has free WiFi, tours, and a tiki-style cocktail bar. It was also only a block or so away from the Subway and Times Square, with rooms for around $130 per night.
When I traveled to New York for work frequently, I usually tried to add on a day before or after for fun. I found this affordable 28-floor hotel in Times Square, which has its own mini food hall, bar, store, computers for guest use, and free WiFi.
Guests can choose the size of the room they want, like the under $100 deluxe rooms, but expect to pay more for larger rooms. They come with TVs and WiFi.
Another hotel known for its small but affordable rooms is Yotel. Located near Times Square and the Javits Center, you can usually get one of their rooms for under $100. Their Solo room has one bed, free WiFi, televisions, and ensuite bathrooms. The hotel itself has a luggage robot (!),
Don’t forget about private rooms at hostels, which can be just as cheap, if not cheaper, than these hotels. I recommend Hosteling International.
Would you stay in one of these tiny rooms?
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