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Budget Hotels
Budget Hotels

Best Western Manhattan
17 W. 32nd St.

Comfort Inn Midtown
129 W. 46th St.

Red Roof Inn Manhattan
6 W. 32nd St.

Quality Hotel & Suites Midtown
59 W. 46th St.

Quality Hotel Eastside
161 Lexington Ave., at 30th St.

The goal of these five Apple Core hotels is to provide inexpensive accommodations in very central locations — and they're more affordable than practically anywhere else in Manhattan. The rooms are generally charmless, but clean and well-appointed. Plus, all locations have fitness centers. Summer rates start at $89.

Chelsea Savoy Hotel
204 W. 23rd St.

Despite its burgeoning arts scene — not to mention the onslaught of trendy restaurants and bars — Chelsea's hotels remain few and far between. The Chelsea Savoy Hotel's 90 rooms are bare-bones, but if your guests want to be in this lively area, the address is ideal, and, at less than $150 a night, so is the price. Summer rates from $125; group discounts are available.

Howard Johnson Express Inn
135 E. Houston St.

Perfect for budget-conscious travelers who don't plan to spend much time in their rooms, the brand-new Howard Johnson in the East Village has cookie-cutter accommodations at just the right price. Opened in December, the 46-room hotel offers a clean bed in a clean room — just a stone's throw from SoHo and the East Village. Summer rates start at $139.

Mayfair New York
242 W. 49th St.

Located at the heart of the theater district, the Mayfair has all the basics covered. It's hardly trendy, and there's no bar on-site, but the small rooms offer good mattresses, comfortable bedding, and clean bathrooms. Note: All guest rooms have one bed, king- or queen-size. Summer rates from $110.

Quality Inn on Broadway
215 W. 94th St.

There's not much going on this far north on the West Side, but the Quality Hotel is a clean, inexpensive place for less-picky travelers to rest their heads. All 242 rooms were renovated in 1999, and basics — comfortable beds, decent closets — are covered. Summer rates from $89.

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