The odds of winning the lottery may seem significantly greater than finding a cheap hotel in Manhattan, but it is not an impossible task. Mixed in among the larger than life — and outrageously expensive — luxury hotels, lie comfortable, stylish rooms that won’t break the bank. From chic and cozy, to simple and carefree, these five boutique hotels are the best-kept secrets in the city.
29 E. 29th St.
New York, NY 10016
Price: from $199 per night
After a multimillion-dollar renovation, this hotel boasts 276 sophisticated guestrooms that offer all of the creature comforts of home. Its expansive bathrooms, plush bedding and free WiFi make LOLA the perfect place to hit the hay. Its mod, clean-cut feel provides a clean, welcoming environment visitors love. Guests may also get in a workout in its sleek new fitness center, finish last-minute work at the fully equipped business center, or grab a drink at the Living Room bar.
4 W. 31st St.
New York, New York 10001
Price: from $200 per night
This historic hotel, opened for nearly 110 years, provides home-like lodging with old-world charm and hospitality that has housed the likes of Buddy Holly and renowned author Henry Miller. Every room offers a secluded and spacious place to unwind after a day of sightseeing, along with a free continental breakfast and high-speed wireless Internet. Guests may also take advantage of the concierge service for restaurant recommendations and tickets to local attractions, or work up a sweat in the fitness room.
The Bowery House
New York, NY 10012
Price: from $49 per night
This historic property operated as temporary housing for soldiers heading home from war in the 1940s. Today, it has been transformed with modern amenities, while still keeping true to its original spirit and craftsmanship. Rooms, or as they’re known here, cabins, are available in twin or full sizes and have just enough space for all of your essentials. Rooms with bunk beds are also available, the largest of which can sleep up to 12 people. While the bathrooms are shared, they have been renovated with heated floors, high-pressure rain shower heads and Italian marble sinks. Guests may also enjoy a private, landscaped green roof, which offers panoramic views of the downtown skyline.
TRYP New York City Times Square South hotel
345 W. 35th St.
New York, NY 10001
Price: from $369 per night for family rooms
For families, the new TRYP hotel near Times Square offers over-sized family rooms that sleep up to six people, including a king-sized bed or two queen beds, and bunk beds for the kids. The hotel aims to make families feel at home, with four-star comforts including a Nintendo Wii, wet bar, refrigerator, microwave, popcorn maker, HDTV and even coloring books in every family room. The attention to detail doesn’t stop there. The hotel also offers a 24/7 fitness center, free WiFi and a free breakfast buffet.
Colonial House Inn
318 W. 22nd St.
New York, NY 10011
Rate: from $180 per night for rooms with private baths
Located in the middle of one of New York’s trendiest neighborhoods, this hotel has been offering guests a home away from home for more than 25 years. Its 20 guest rooms and two luxury suites, are clean and comfy. Its economy and standard guestrooms have shared bathrooms. All rooms come with free satellite TV, free continental breakfast and original artwork, and a few include fireplaces and mini fridges. Guests may also catch some rays on the rooftop outdoor patio. The lobby of this quaint inn also serves as an art gallery.
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Traci Tournoux is a freelance writer living in New York. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.