5 hotels for a Shoestring budget
1) Pod 39 Hotel
For those whose only desire is to be out and about. Streamlined, compact rooms offer just what you need to stay in NYC and have extra cash to run around with. Whimsical rooftop space, hot-spot Salvation Taco, and a colorful lobby with room to relax or play a game of ping-pong can be your temporary havens.
2) The Gatsby Hotel
If you are looking to hit all the bars on the Lower East Side. An unassuming brick building with simple and tastefully sparse rooms sits on the border of the LES, East Village, and Nolita neighborhoods. Staff is friendly and accommodating. Note: some rooms are in the basement (C level).
3) The Jane Hotel
If you’re just looking for a room to crash in a happening hotel. Teeny tiny rooms, most without a private bath, with Victorian styling, that once housed survivors from the Titanic. The good news is that you’ll be IN at the grandiose, lively bar downstairs, and are situated in a most fantastic part of town.
4) Colonial House Inn
For those who prefer an intimate setting. A bed-and-breakfast with a decidedly gay clientele, but open to all. Half the 20 rooms have private baths. Suites are available and sleep up to 5 guests, one facing a private garden and the other with kitchenette. Founded by Mel Cheren, known as ‘The Godfather of Disco’.
5) Riff Chelsea Hotel
If you’re looking for just the basics. Located in no-man’s-land near Chelsea and Nomad, you’ll find a cheerful hotel with compact, optically-graphic rooms and an 80s rock theme. You’ll have to share a bath in some rooms, there’s a suite perfect for those with kids, or a group suite that sleeps up to 12. Outdoor courtyard. No elevators.
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