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New York City Hotels on a Budget

Spend an evening or a week at one of these stylish hostels and budget-friendly accommodations.

One of the most essential details to think about when you’re traveling is where you’re going to stay. New York City has several hotels waiting for guests to visit, but their room prices may be too high if you’re traveling on a budget.

Upscale Hostels & Budget Accommodations in New York City

If you need a place to stay at an affordable price but still want to feel the city’s luxury, a hostel may be your answer! You’ll find several hostels in all five boroughs that are waiting for you to check-in and experience the city on a small scale. Here are some of our favorite inexpensive lodging options in New York City that still pack style and comfort into their low prices. 

The Local

If you’re looking for a great hostel that the whole family can enjoy, stop into The Local. This hostel in Queens treats their guests like family and has rooms that feel like a second home. The rooms are accessible for all guests and have amenities such as premium bedding, under-bed storage and ensuite bathrooms. The fun doesn’t stop in the rooms, however. You’ll find plenty of activities to do inside The Local, as they’re always hosting fun events like movie nights and visits from guest performers. If you want a quick drink, stop into their in-house bar on the first floor for some great draft beers, wines and cocktails. Prices for rooms range from $57.49-$119.49. 

Private Queen Room at The Local New York | WhereTraveler
Private Queen Room (Courtesy The Local)

American Dream Hostel

A popular hostel in Gramercy Park is American Dream Hostel. This family-owned business has been around for over 20 years and continues to welcome guests into its doors. Each private room comes with bunk beds, a sink, TV and A/C and a heater. You can also have other amenities throughout your stay, such as an internet kiosk and game room filled with board games that everyone can enjoy. Be sure to check out their complimentary breakfast in the morning of waffles with cereal, toast and fresh fruit. Afterward, you can visit the nearby attractions in the area like the Flatiron Building and Union Square. Prices for rooms range from $119.00-$169.00.

Incentra Home Chelsea

Another Manhattan hostel that will place you in the heart of the city is Incentra Home Chelsea. This hostel is close to famous attractions such as Hudson Yards, the Fashion Institute of Technology and the High Line. You’ll be treated to a private room with a perfect view of their secluded outdoor area. There are five floors for you to explore, and you have the luxury of experiencing seven bathrooms, three kitchens and a living room. At Incentra Home Chelsea, you can explore the city in the day then experience a home away from home at night. Prices for rooms range from $116.20-$149.80. 

A Room at Incenntra Home Chelsea New York | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Incenntra Home Chelsea)

New York Moore Hostel

If you want a taste of the city’s local culture, book your stay at New York Moore Hostel. This hostel wants guests to experience everything Brooklyn offers inside and outside its walls. Several rooms are covered in local artwork that helps brighten up your living space. Each guest can be treated to their own bed and a personal locker for their belongings. There are plenty of activities for you to enjoy during your stay, such as an outdoor area for relaxation and a free comedy show every Wednesday. The hostel is also located near several local businesses and attractions that are sure to give you a great New York City experience. Prices for rooms range from $43.70-$133.00.

 HI New York City

One of the biggest names in the hostel business is HI New York City. This hostel is located in Bloomingdale on the Upper West Side, so you’ll be close to all of the city action. The dorms and private rooms sit inside a large Victorian townhouse set apart from the rest of the city. You’ll feel right at home in this hostel, as you’ll be treated to amenities like smart showers, a guest kitchen and laundry and privacy curtains in their bunk beds. You’ll find plenty of fun here with the other guests in the game room, or you can have some alone time in their outdoor area. If you have questions about what to do in the city, don’t be afraid to ask the staff. They’re always willing to help with tours and tips on everything the Big Apple has to offer. Prices for rooms range from $55.49-$65.49. 

HI New York City | WhereTraveler
HI New York City (Courtesy Nita L.)