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.

room interior of Pod 39 Hotel

145 East 39th St (betw 3rd and Lexington Ave)

+1 212 865 5700



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).

interiror of a room at The Gatsby Hotel

135 E Houston St (at Forsythe St)

+1 212 358 8844



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.

lobby of the Jane Hotel

113 Jane St (betw Washington and West St)

+1 212 924 6700



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’.

interior of an apartment at Colonial House Inn

318 West 22nd St (betw 8th and 9th Ave)

+1 212 243 9669



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.

double room at Riff Chelsea Hotel

300 West 30th St (at 8th Ave)

+1 212 244 7827



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