Home, sweet home: The Tribal Room
at Second Home on Second Avenue.
Below 14th Street
Second Home on Second
Pick your theme: Peruvian, Tribal, Caribbean, 20th-century Modern...
Each of the seven cozy rooms ($80-$195) has decorative touches that
are intended to evoke a cultural motif thankfully most are
too subtle to detect. Staying in five of the quarters does require
sharing a bathroom, but the charm of this 19th-century townhouse
(and its owner, Carlos) makes that trip across the hall in the middle
of the night worth it.
221 Second Ave., between 13th and 14th Sts., 212-677-3161, secondhome.citysearch.com
Howard Johnson Express
Despite the hip address, the accommodations are fairly run-of-the-mill
(you can take the HoJo out of suburbia but, well, you know). As
a result, this East Village over-nighter is perfect for those who
would rather spend their time hitting the streets than hitting the
hay. Rates start at $109 for a single and include a continental
135 E. Houston St., between First and Second Aves.; 212-358-8844, hojo.com.
TriBeCa's latest bargain hotel, the Cosmo offers 122 small, clean
rooms, ideal for business types looking to stay downtown. If you
do want a bit more space, however, they can accommodate book
one of their eleven 2-level mini-lofts with a lower-level sitting
area and upper-level bedroom area ($129 per night). Other features
include newly renovated rooms, all of which have color televisions
and private bathrooms. Rates for a single room start at $145.
95 W. Broadway, at Chambers St.; 212-566-1900, cosmohotel.com
East Village Bed and Coffee
Let you inner child out at this funky nine-room B&C (sorry, no breakfast here), where room options include the first-floor Treehouse room (which was used as Jennifer Tilly’s bedroom in the French film, Happy End), the relaxing top-floor Zen room, and the top-floor Children’s room, which is meant for “grown up kids” and decorated with the proprietor’s childhood artwork, a chalkboard wall, and a desk from the intermediate school down the street. And it won’t take too long to save up your allowance to stay here, as rooms start at just $80, with all taxes included.
• 110 Ave. C, between 7th and 8th Sts.; 212-533-4175; bedandcoffee.com
Union Square Inn
Artists of all kinds flock to this East Village inn, which is patterned after a European pensione and just steps away from lively Union Square, itself reminiscent of an open European plaza. Its 46 rooms are clean, simply furnished, and come with the expected basic amenities, but are also slightly larger than many comparable rooms in the city. Rates start at $109 for a single, or $119 on Friday and Saturday nights.
• 209 E. 14th St., between Second and Third Aves.; 212-614-0500; unionsquareinn.com
This Broome Street hotel claims to be the oldest in the city, and sometimes it shows—the rooms are small and amenities are sparse. But SoHotel has three things going for it: location, location, location. Just steps from Little Italy, Chinatown, and (of course) SoHo, its central downtown position is ideal. Actually, it has a fourth thing going for it, too—rooms that start at just $93.07, tax included.
• 341 Broome St., at Bowery; 212-226-1482; sohotel-ny.com
Saviour-faire: European-style charm
at the Chelsea Inn.
With its muraled art-deco bathrooms and flea market furniture, the
Chelsea Inn has all the bohemian charm of a Montmartre flat. They
offer a choice of private or shared singles and suites, ranging
from $99 to $259. Check often for seasonal specials where you can
snag one of their quaint singles for as little as $79.
46 W. 17th St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves.; 212-645-8989, chelseainn.com
If you're a country mouse visiting the big city, you'll feel right
at home in this European-style, Chelsea brownstone. It's quiet and
private, and with 26 rooms in an Americana style complete
with showers, televisions, and air conditioners you'll
be one rested, comfy tourist. Rates start at $95 for single occupancy.
318 W. 20th St., between Eighth and Ninth Aves.; 212-243-4499,
Chelsea Savoy Hotel
Not to be confused with its famous neighbor the Hotel Chelsea, amenities
in this 89-roomer are pretty spare and the overall experience is
not nearly as enchanting. But what it lacks in allure, it more than
makes up in location and price (singles begin at $99, doubles at
204 W. 23rd St., at Seventh Ave.; 212-929-9353, chelseasavoynyc.com.
Colonial House Inn
You wouldn't know it from the outside, but this charming Chelsea
inn doubles as an art gallery. The lobby is home to The 24 Hours
for Life Gallery, which has featured art by Keith Haring and
proprietor Mel Cheren. Some rooms have mini-fridges and fireplaces, with all rooms boasting free satellite TV. There's
a roof deck and the first floor lounge has Internet access. Rates
start at $85 and include a continental breakfast.
318 W. 22nd St., between Eighth and Ninth Aves.; 212-243-9669,
Apple Core Hotels
Apple Core's quintet of Midtown hotels lack flair but the rooms
are clean, supply the basics, and come with complimentary breakfast.
All locations have fitness and business centers, and the La Quinta
has a great view of the Empire State Building from its year-round
rooftop bar. Not a bad deal considering that doubles start at only
La Quinta, 17 W. 32nd St., between Broadway and Fifth Ave.; 212-736-1600
Comfort Inn, 129 W. 46th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves.; 212-221-2600
Red Roof Inn, 6 W. 32nd St., between Broadway and Fifth Ave.; 212-643-7100
Super 8, 59 W. 46th St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves.; 212-719-2300
Ramada Inn, 161 Lexington Ave., at 30th St.; 212-545-1800
The Gershwin Hotel
A veritable arts epicenter unto itself, the quirky Gershwin boasts
a pop art- festooned lobby with an actual Campbell's Soup can signed
by Andy Warhol; rooms with an array of wall murals and art pieces. In addition to an eyeful of art,
a stay here will get you Internet access, babysitting and dry cleaning
services, and discounted parking upon request. Also, don't forget
to ask about their specials and packages to get an even better deal.
Rates start at $99.
7 E. 27th St., between Madison and Fifth Aves.; 212-545-8000,
Murray Hill Inn
There may be a few things a pricier hotel offers that this east side inn does not (for instance, an elevator). However, there aren’t as many as you might think, as amenities here include air conditioned rooms, a 24-hour concierge, and daily maid service. Rooms start at only $89—just be sure to request one with a private bathroom.
• 143 E. 30th St., between Lexington and Third Aves.; 212-683-6900; murrayhillinn.com
Room with a view: Scenic style at
We didn't think it was possible, but you can find uber-chic rooms
with stunning river views on the Upper East Side for less than $150.
Seasonal rates vary, but most of the year a standard overlooking
the glittering Queensboro Bridge can be yours for the bargain price
of $135. Oh, and be sure to save some time in your busy itinerary
for a drink at the spectacular rooftop bar.
500 E. 62nd St., at York Ave.; 212-644-6000, nychotels.com.
Clean, beautifully-restored and historically-engaging, playwright and artist René Calvo's B&B celebrates its neighborhood's Renaissance. The good-sized rooms bear names like The Corky Hale, The Chester Himes and The Cozy Cole and décor such as an original pressed tin ceiling, beautiful claw-foot tub and large walnut dresser dotted with ancient cigarette holes. Singles go for $100 and doubles for $125, with discounts available for artistic brethern.
242 W. 123rd St., between Frederick Douglass Blvd. and Seventh Ave., 212-662-0678, harlemflophouse.com
This Upper West Sider makes a smart choice for travelers willing to lose some frills while still maintaining
their dignity. The hotel's clean, kitsch-free rooms come with large bathrooms, basic amenities, and refined touches like cherry wood desks and headboards. Doubles start at $105 while suites—which can comfortably house four—will set you back at least $175.
2528 Broadway, between 94th and 95th Sts., 212-678-6500, thehotelnewton.com
This charming, modestly-priced 19th-century bed and breakfast is arrayed with owner Harry Paul’s collection of Victoriana, with a meticulously assembled English rose garden to boot. Two doubles ($156.50 or $186.50) and one single ($128.50) are furnished completely with antiques and decorated
with ecclesiastical art, although secular amenities like a TV, VCR and,
thankfully, an air conditioner, offer 21st century comforts. Less modern is the
communal bathroom, shared by all occupants on the second floor.
294 Hoyt St., between Sackett and Union Sts., 718-935-1959, Baisley House website
Bed & Breakfast Marisa
Hidden on an unassuming, leafy street a few blocks north of Prospect Park, Marisa offers the choice of the garden-level apartment (a two-bedroom space with a living
room, kitchen, private bathroom and a separate entrance) or one of the two guest
rooms that share a common bathroom on the upper level. Décor is simple, understated and soothingly homey, heavily favoring wooden furniture stained in rich, earthy hues. Rates are equally lax, ranging from $95 to $130, plus discounts for extended stays.
288 Park Pl., between Vanderbilt and Underhill Aves., 718-399-9535, brooklynbedandbreakfast.net
Union Street Bed & Breakfast
At this Carroll Gardens brownstone, less than a block from Smith St.'s restaurant row, each of the six guest rooms is identified by its dominating color scheme. There
are two rooms with queen beds and two large rooms with two beds each, that begin at $150 per night and decrease
based on the length of stay, as well as two significantly smaller rooms at $100.
405 Union Street, between Smith and Hoyt Sts., 718-852-8406, unionstbrooklynbandb.com