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Make Your Money Go Further in New York City

New York is very popular with tourists and backpackers and cheap rooms go quickly. This section will help the savvy budget traveller get a really good deal when they visit New York, by booking online before they travel.

There's plenty of budget accommodation available around New York -- if you book early -- and some of these prices may only be available online.

The first thing to consider is whereabouts in New York you'd like to stay. To help you navigate the streets and avenues, we've also provided map references and links to colourful, interactive street maps. All New York maps will open in a new window.

New York Maps:
Navigating around Manhattan is generally easier when you know that Streets run across (east-west) and Avenues lengthways (north-south), with 5th Avenue being the main axis -- streets are east or west of here.

The higher the street number the more north you are, with Midtown Manhattan lying between 34th and 59th Street.

Central Park is west of 5th Avenue, between 59th and 110th Street -- with the Metropolitan Museum at 5th Avenue and 82nd Street.

Navigating in Lower Manhattan does get a little more tricky, so get a good map.
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All prices quoted below are per bed and may be subject to change (depending on time of year), so please use them as a guide only then check the website for availability and current price structure.

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If you're scrolling through this list of cheap places to stay in New York, we've arranged them from north to south -- as if you were travelling down Manhattan from Harlem.

Cheap Hotels in Harlem, New York, USA

East 125th Street

Washington Hotel -- (Dorms from $19.95; Privates from $22.50)
2289 Third Avenue (map)
A superior, budget class hotel/hostel, located in Harlem -- home to the Apollo Theatre and Magic Johnson's Magic Mall and Cineplex -- The Washington Hotel is a newly renovated 4 storey building with trendy atmosphere and decor.

Cheap Hotels in Upper Manhattan, New York, USA

Above 60th Street.

West 120th Street

The New Frontier Hostel -- (Private rooms from $32.50)
104 West 120th Street (map)
Located in a quaint, cultural brownstone in the Mount Morris Park historic district of Uptown Manhattan. Geared towards travellers visiting the U.S. for short term stays.

West 107th Street

Morningside Inn -- (Private rooms from $22)
235 West 107th Street (map)
Located in the trendy Upper West Side of Manhattan, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue -- an area with a distinctly academic flavour and many cafes, restaurants, clubs and shops. Near to the Cathedral of St John the Divine, Lincoln Center and the Museum of Natural History.

West 106th Street

Jazz on the Park Hostel -- (Dorms from $30.58)
36 West 106th Street (map)
Guests stay in newly furnished dormitory rooms that contain bleached pine bunk beds and lockers for their belongings, while sharing common bathrooms. Unlike most hostels, Jazz on the Park guests also receive complete linen and breakfast with their overnight.

West 104th Street

Hostelling International -- (15 bed dorms $29.50)
891 Amsterdam Avenue (map)
Located near Central Park and Columbia University, Hostelling International New York offers a lively program of walking tours, a hospitality desk staffed by neighbourhood volunteers, group outings to concerts and sporting events, and discount or free tickets to off-Broadway shows, comedy clubs and concerts.

West 103rd Street

Central Park Hostel & Inn -- (10 bed mixed dorms $25)
19 West 103rd Street (map)
One block from Central Park, facilities include a recreational lounge complete with pool table, a breakfast bar, a reading room, kitchenette, TV area, and an outdoor summer patio.

West 101st Street

West End Studios -- (Dorms from $25, Privates from $35)
850 West End Avenue (map)
This 6 storey building, with its Gothic design and European decor, is located in one of Manhattan's most historical and trendiest neighbourhoods -- near Riverside Park and the Hudson River. Many restaurants and speciality shops nearby, and in easy walking distance of Central Park and the Museum Mile.

East 94th Street

The Wanderers Inn -- (Dorms from $25; Privates from $32.50)
179 East 94th Street (map)
The newest hostel in New York is located in the exclusive Upper East Side of Manhattan, between Lexington and Third Avenues. The location makes this hostel -- owned and operated by the General Manager of the Chelsea International Hostel -- the closest to New York's famous Museum Mile.

West 94th Street

Riverside Inn New York -- (Private rooms from $22)
319 West 94th Street (map)
Refurbished Euro-style hotel with old-world charm and conveniently located in Manhattan's exciting Upper West Side, next to Riverside Park and one block from Broadway. A suite of private rooms share a full kitchen and bathrooms. A refrigerator is available in each room. This no-frills, yet attractive, set-up allows a pleasant and affordable stay in Manhattan!

West 76th Street

Amsterdam Inn -- (Private rooms from $42.50)
340 Amsterdam Ave (map)
Comfortable rooms in The Amsterdam Inn -- Upper West Side, Manhattan 25 comfortable, newly renovated rooms with colour TV, air-conditioning, maid service, telephones and your choice of private or semi-private bathrooms in the newest hotel on the Upper West Side. Ideal for students and travellers on a budget. Just a short walk to Central Park, Lincoln Center, museums, night spots and restaurants.

West 63rd Street

West Side YMCA -- (Private rooms from $35)
5 West 63rd Street (map)
The West Side Y, located just off Central Park West in a European landmark style building, is steps away form Lincoln Center, Broadway, American Museum of Natural History and the attractions of the upper West Side of Manhattan. There's also a restaurant and health & fitness facilities, including swimming pools, Nautilus equipment and indoor track.

Cheap Hotels in Midtown Manhattan, New York, USA

Between 34th and 59th Street.

East 51st Street

Pickwick Arms Hotel -- (Private rooms $75)
230 East 51st Street (map)
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Located in Midtown Manhattan within walking distance of the UN building, St.Patrick's, Rockefeller Centre, and the shops on Madison and 5th Avenue.

West 51st Street

Washington Jefferson Hotel -- (Private rooms from $114)
318 West 51st Street (map)
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Located in New York's fashionable Hell's Kitchen neighbourhood, in the midst of the Times Square Theatre District and Restaurant Row. The price might seem a little steep for a budget traveller but if you're looking to spoil yourself in Midtown Manhattan, this might be the place for you.

East 47th Street

Vanderbilt YMCA -- (Private rooms from $35)
224 East 47th Street (map)
Located on Manhattan’s fashionable East Side, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, the Vanderbilt Y is close to Grand Central Station and the United Nations Plaza. There's also a restaurant and health & fitness facilities, including swimming pools, Nautilus equipment and indoor track.

West 45th Street

Big Apple Hostel -- (4 bed mixed dorms $28)
119 West 45th Street (map)
Conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, in the heart of New York's famous Broadway Theater District and within walking distance of Central Park, the Empire State Building and other interesting sights. Also close to Greyhound and Amtrak.

Cheap Hotels in Lower Manhattan, New York, USA

Below 34th Street.

West 31st Street

Wolcott Hotel -- (Private rooms from $40)
4 West 31st Street (map)
Located in the centre of tourist New York (just off 5th Avenue), near the Empire State building, UN, Macys, Circle Line, theatre district as well as all public transportation. The hotel offers clean, comfortable and modern accommodation in an old world atmosphere at reasonable prices year round.

East 30th Street

Murray Hill Inn -- (Private rooms from $37.50)
143 East 30th Street (map)
Newly renovated European style hotel (between Lexington and 3rd Avenue) with all the amenities that you'd expect from a first class establishment -- private air-conditioned rooms, twenty-four hour concierge, daily maid service, cable TV and telephone -- for a fraction of the cost.

West 20th Street

Chelsea International Hostel -- (Dorms from $25)
251 West 20th Street (map)
Located in the historic Chelsea area of Manhattan, between 7th and 8th Avenues, the Chelsea International Hostel is close to mid town sites and right next to Greenwich Village. Free pizza on Wednesday nights.

West 17th Street

The Chelsea Inn -- (Private rooms from $44.50)
46 West 17th Street (map)
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These charming, renovated 19th century townhouses offer safe and comfortable accommodation, just off Fifth Avenue, in the heart of New York. Close to Union Square Farmer's Market, Loehmann's, Lower 5th Avenue Shopping, ABC Home, Greenwich Village and Soho.

East 3rd Street

Bowery's Whitehouse Hotel of NY -- (Private rooms $31)
340 Bowery (map)
Located on New York's famous Bowery, The Whitehouse was a well known 'Lodging House' providing housing accommodations to New York's working class close to 100 years ago. Today, the unique charm of the Whitehouse has been preserved to capture the 'feel' of yesteryear, but the property has been upgraded for the modern-day traveller.

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