Where to stay in NYC without going broke | Hotels, airbnb and more

Where to stay in NYC without going broke | Hotels, airbnb and more


Hey there it’s Sarah and today I’m going
to be your New York City guide on where to stay when visiting New York City.
There are so many options and it’s extremely overwhelming. Plus it can be
really expensive. Did you know that average price of a hotel here in New
York is three hundred and fifty dollars a night? Pretty crazy. So today I’m gonna
walk you through some of the ones that I think are incredibly unique and worth
staying at that are under that 350 dollar mark. Let’s begin our journey
through New York City’s hotel scene but before I do this I want to give you two
quick tips. Number one if you are on a budget a good option is Airbnb. You can
find Airbnb places for as little as $30 a night here. It may be sketchy if it’s
$30 a night, just a heads up, but pretty good ones are like $70. So number two the
best time to visit if you’re trying to spend the least amount of money is
actually in January and the reason is because it’s freezing here
and we have less tourists in January. Everyone comes for the holidays. That’s
the most expensive time to come so the prices of hotels can be cut by five
times from New Year’s Eve to the end of the first week of January. Okay? So if
you’re looking to spend the least amount of money visiting New York come in
January it’ll be the cheapest. With that said let’s begin our tour of New York
City’s hotel scene some of my favorites come along. I’m here at the Paper Factory Hotel
where you can stay in what was once a 100 year old paper factory that’s now
been renovated into a beautiful industrial style hotel. The renovations
here cost 27 million dollars and were completed in 2012 I love the style here.
Plus the location is in Long Island City which is only a 15-minute ride from Manhattan
with beautiful city views. I love this area in particular because it’s at the
crossroads of Kaufman Studios and Astoria, which is a very international
area. It’s one of my favorite areas. I actually lived there for two years and
they also have Queens Comfort there which is a great brunch spot that I
talked about in one of my other videos. So tons of stuff to do in this area.
Close to the city yet still far enough to have a whole real New Yorker
experience, like a local. The eclectic decor and artistic ambiance here are
enriched by modern industrial accents reminiscent of the building’s past as a
paper mill Factory. Right here! They even have a game room with shuffle board and ping pong. So there’s plenty of activities to do here even if you’re
not out exploring the city. I’m here at James New York. This is a hotel in Soho
and I like this spot for a couple of reasons. One being their rooftop pool bar
called Jimmy at the James, which I’ve talked about before in my video on best
bars of New York. They’re also conveniently located in Soho which is
near tons of local shops, local restaurants. This is a place that you
want to go if you want a more local New Yorker experience. They’re also a very
contemporary and artistic hotel which brings a really nice vibe. This is their
penthouse suite it’s freakin beautiful and the views I can’t even imagine how
this looks at night. It’s an amazing view of the World Trade Center as well. The
hotel is conceived and designed as a locally inspired artistically
approachable and community focused and environmentally thoughtful hotel which
is perfect for the creative set seeking authenticity and a connection to
themselves and others. The James approach is to help you open
your mind, nourish your spirit, and create an environment that allows you to be
your best self and of course what better way to do that than a penthouse suite
but they also have tons of regular rooms available which are just as beautiful.
So this is their rooftop pool behind me and it’s connected to a bar that
serves cocktails with ingredients that are grown fresh from their garden.
There’s not a lot of bars in the city that do something like this and you get
a beautiful pool which is open during the warmer seasons
of the year. You can find out when it’s open on their site, not a lot of places
in the city have pools especially pools that with views like this. So you can
literally walk right from their pool and then come in here and now you’re in
their bar and this bar is awesome. They have floor-to-ceiling length
windows over here and just tons of seating area the cocktails are really
high quality so I definitely recommend stopping here when you’re in the city. I
mean just stay here it’s way easier and you can come up any time of day.
The James Hotel also has two awesome dining options. One is the David Burke Kitchen
which is an award-winning restaurant. They have an inventive culinary style
that showcases authentic regionally sourced and thoughtfully selected market
fresh cuisine and you’ll also find outside, during the warmer seasons of the
year, the David Burke garden and this is a great place to come enjoy a cocktail
and just bask in the Sun. Plus it’s a fun gardening vibe. If you don’t know who
David Burke is he’s an American chef and he’s appeared on
Iron Chef America so he’s kind of a big deal here. Hotel Giraffe is located on
Park Avenue and 26th Street which makes it walking distance to the Empire State
Building and conveniently located near tourist attractions like the Sex Museum,
which you have to be over 18, so kids hold it together, alright? Also the Math Museum, which sounds terrible but honestly it’s really cool and I hate math so that
means a lot that I’m saying that. Plus I love this place because they have
complimentary wine and cheese hour every night for guests from 5:00 to 8:00 in
their lobby with a live pianist and if you eat next door at this one Bread and
Tulips then you’ll get 20% off because you’re a guest of Hotel Giraffe. The rooms are beautifully decorated with settled giraffe art, plus two-thirds of
the rooms actually have a balcony overlooking Park Avenue like the one
right behind me and it’s actually really rare to have a balcony at a New York
hotel, especially one that’s reasonably priced like this one. This rooftop is
open during the warmer months and they sometimes even serve drinks out here.
What I like to do when I say is go downstairs get my breakfast and then
bring it up here and the best way to start the day
on a New York City rooftop just enjoying the views. So highly recommended they’re
also part of The Library Hotel Collection and next up I will be talking
about The Library Hotel and I’m going to show you this one with it’s very unique
library theme. So let’s go! I’m here at The Library Hotel, now this is one of my
favorite hotels in New York because it has such a unique theme. It’s literally
themed to a library so each floor is based off
the Dewey Decimal System meaning that each floor has its own category. I’m on
the religion floor right now and each room on the religion floor has its own
subcategory they have Buddhism, Mythology, Native American. I’m here in the Native
American room and every book and piece of artwork in this room has to do with
Native Americans. The other really cool thing about this hotel is that you can
actually take home advance copies of books that haven’t been published yet by
Simon and Schuster and bring it back home with you. I mean this is literally a
book lovers dream hotel. Just like Hotel Giraffe, they have wine and cheese hour
that is complimentary for guests here. Which is super awesome because drinking
is expensive in New York that’s the bottom line, so this saves you some money. Plus it’s classy I mean that is like the best way to enjoy your afternoon. I’m
here at the rooftop bar at the library hotel and it’s absolutely beautiful
right now it’s raining outside which sucks because normally you can go out
and enjoy this beautiful Terrace that overlooks Madison Avenue. Also this is
open all day for guests. For the public you can come starting at 4:00 and it
transforms into “Bookmarks” which is a high quality of cocktail bar essentially.
But the cocktails are incredible. I’m telling you, as a craft cocktail
enthusiast this place qualifies plus they have really good appetizers. Thank
you for watching this video though. If you enjoyed it remember to subscribe to
my channel, watch my other videos on New York, I have tons of them to help you
plan your trip. Thanks for watching follow me on Instagram and I will see
you next time. Now I am going back to lay down because I am exhausted. Ok bye! That’s enough for today.

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100 Replies to “Where to stay in NYC without going broke | Hotels, airbnb and more”

  1. Fantastic don't get the Library Hotel mixed up with the Library Pub on Avenue A which is a Rock Music Bar or you wont get any sleep. I stayed in the Mayfair Hotel I would not stay there again.

  2. Great video. I've been following you since my wife and I decided to go to New York in January. You got incredible points of view and we're definitely taking your suggestions pretty seriously. Please keep up with the great work. Thank you from Brazil!

  3. Ive already taken my trip to NY like 5 months ago but I still watch your videos because they are that good. Best NY tutorials out there by far.

  4. I am going to NYC for new years and the week after it. Staying with my mom in the Penn hotel. I love your videos! Is the knickerbocker hotel rooftop bar the best place to be to see the ball drop? Because i saw that you could be waiting 13 hours to see from ground level! And would you have to prebook? I guess you would.

  5. I was in NYC last September on my holiday from London, I was on a budget and was struggling to find an affordable hotel. Luckily I came across a fantastic hotel called The Jane, it was just brilliant. Its in the lively Meatpacking district, and offers either single rooms, (or cabins as they call them) or a double room which is a bit more expensive. The price for the cabin was only £90 per night, the hotel itself is full of old style charm, the staff even wear old Bell hop uniforms. So if anyone wants a good cheap hotel in a great location, you won't go wrong with The Jane!

  6. I've been to the international student residence on my trip and if you don't mind the walls don't reaching the ceiling and when you are only there to sleep you get a great deal!

    62 euro's for a private room in May 😀 which is pretty ridiculous!

    PLUS is located about 5 minute train (The J train) from bryant park.

  7. Hotel Wolcott in the city is reasonable. Great local bars and restaurants across the street. Hyatt down the street has an awesome rooftop bar.

  8. Sarah, any idea where I could leave my car for a few days while I stay in Manhattan? Perhaps some safe but reasonably priced car parking close to NYC? Any other options?

  9. When I was looking for options to stay in New York, Airbnbs didn't look good comparing with Airbnbs in other cities around the world … I was expecting New York's Airbnbs to be much better

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  11. A vacationer who visits NYC in January must be aware of the severe limitations the weather will have on your trip. I live in the NYC area and this year there were stretches of days when I did not bother to go outside. Just too cold. Or the icy conditions will make walking treacherous. Save your euros and come when it is warm. Besides, our economy needs the cash infusion that only $350/nite rooms can do. You can save money by visiting another American city; Big hint: the best American cities for visitors are on the coasts. The interior cities are rather boring.

  12. Great info. I am moving to NYC and had no idea what neighborhood to live in. I decided to stay in an Airbnb for my first year so I can move around and check out the different neighborhoods. While the info wasn't exactly what Im doing — it gave me so interesting alternatives.

  13. The library hotel averages about $350 a night. :/ The others were quite expensive too. If you really want to stay in NYC for cheap, I recommend staying at one of the YMCA's, or another hostel.

  14. Come in January and freeze your butt off. I would not trust anything on AirbnB for under $200.00. night. Anything else is going to be very much a dump. Save some more money and stay in a decent hotel.

  15. I was able to get a private room in Brooklyn on Airbnb back in July for $62 a night out the door. It was in a working class area but the area is not that bad and it definitely was safe walking from the subway station to the apartment at 3am.

  16. NEVER give hotel staff a tip…if you REALLY have to then scrunch up 3 or 4 dollar bills and hand them over…it looks like a wad but is not 😎

  17. I’m your fan. Thank you very much for your videos. I’m tourism guide in Ecuador in Ecuador, but I’m living in New York. Is there any this that I can help you here?

  18. Great info. One small suggestion, could you include the list mentioned in the description section? It will be easier for the viewers to keep track.

  19. 😂 'Complementary cheese & wine' by the hotel are no replacement for sitting at a bar for a few drinks. You want cheaper? Choose whatever hotel / airbnd and get your own from a supermarket/bodega.😂
    On the more fractical side, I wonder how many rooms are available at the lower price range in this video (each hotel '$200+' so whats the next price if all the 200 are booked…).

  20. I am going to New York in less than a month. Where could I find a place that is not more than $260 a night (3 people) and still in the city and is a decent place to stay? We have booked our nights at Americana Inn, but maybe you know better places? If not, still fine. Thank you

  21. Moving to NYC next month! I'm planning on staying at an AirBNB for a week or two until I find an apartment. Any tips on how to find an apartment? Is Craigslist semi-trustworthy? I would love to have roommates!!! Instant friends! Looking for a place that close to or easy to get to Lennox Hill.

  22. Pssst everyone…if you don't want to AirBnB or stay at a hostel, but desperately want to stay in Manhattan – you can snatch some serious winter deals in UWS and LES/Chinatown. Now you're not gonna get wine and cheese, but you know, sacrifice.

  23. all the hotels you mentioned i call them and they were all between 350 to 560& a night?? i would like to find one between 150 and 250$ a night if possible? thanks

  24. Amazing videos! Thank you, these videos definitely helped me plan my trip to New York this November-December 2018! Thank you so much!:)

  25. Hello people,
    I‘m planing a trip to NYC, in Summer 2019. Now I‘ve written all activities which I can do, even the prices from the must eat dishes and all the attracions :). So, my last issue is „AirbnB in NYC“ I‘ve read some articles that to rent a whole accommodation is illegal but to rent a private room is legal. Has this law topicality?
    Now, my last question to the New Yorkers, which quarters are safe? I don‘t know cause most people think New York is so unsafe that at daylight somebody could shoot at someone. I don‘t know if it is only a clishe in Europe.

    Greetings from Germany, you‘re the best NY vlogger and guide on YT, thank you

  26. Clicked for the poppin dress top, stayed for the tips and cool production. The view to subscriber ratio on all these videos is insane.

  27. I think backpacker hostels are cheaper than all these hotels and are of really good quality. Plus you get to meet new people so what could be better

  28. Could you please tell me where are the best places to go for new year eve? It's my first time after 29 years I can see NY 🙂

  29. She’s right! January is dirt cheap in NYC. And if you are traveling internationally, airplane tickets are also pretty reasonable roundtrip!

  30. The Carnegie Hotel is a music themed hotel that is only 3 blocks away from the South end of Central Park, directly across the street from Carnegie Hall, and also includes a complimentary wine and cheese hour each night. About the same price range as the above mentioned…maybe even a little less. I do believe that you have to go elsewhere for a full bar experience. We haven’t stayed there yet, but are booked to stay very soon! I’d love to go to some of the hotel restaurants/bars that you have mentioned here during our stay. Thank you for all of your awesome videos. You are our NYC go to. 😉👍

  31. I stayed in a super nice two queen size bed hotel room in Manhattan for $150. Split between 3 of us, $50 a night 😊 this was in May.

  32. When you say stay out side the city, what area's should I be looking at? Safe to walk around anytime with two teenage girls.

  33. Wow, I clicked on this thinking I might learn about some budget hotels. The first 2 options – The Paper Factory and the James Hotel – were certainly NOT budget!!! So, not worth watching anymore.

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  35. Sounds great! Can I park my car at any of these options and leave it there for 3 days while I explore the city?

  36. I typically stay at the Gallivant. A single room (small, tiny bed) is about $125-$170 a night. These petite rooms have balcony options with no extra cost. It’s in midtown Manhattan- which is perfect for me. It’s walkable to everything I want to experience (Broadway, Central Park, museums, etc). It’s literally 2 minutes from Times Square. This is only recommended to those who want the touristy experience lol.

  37. Thank you for the tip about Airbnb!!! I had no idea about this service and found a nice place for 80/d in Manhattan!! Not sketchy with 50+ reviews! 🙂
    Will use referral code!

  38. What is the designer of your dress? Gorgeous complimentary colors of golden yellow-orange an blue flowers. it's nice to see women wear fashionable dresses, and not just jeans.

  39. All yall looking for something around the 100$ range thats super clean and safe: West Side YMCA guest rooms. I can always depend on them being super clean and safe (they actually recently refurbished everything a year or so ago!) you get free wifi, fresh towels, clean sheets and beds. Its great for students or for groups (they have some rooms with a bunch of bunk beds for up to 6 people if youre traveling in a pack!) The bathrooms and showers are in a common area style that are hotel key access ((great privacy)) and if youre lucky to be assigned to a room on the outer side of the building facing the street you get a gorgeous view of central park with the sunrise in the back! Good luck to anyone visiting nyc! Have fun up there!

  40. Hi Sarah, where did you buy the yellow dress which you were wearing at the Paper Factory Hotel? What’s the Brand?
    It is awesome 😍😍😍😍

  41. What's it like there in first week of december? Is it worth going there for Christmas shopping? Any Christmas market?

  42. Her make up is REALLY bad!! Ages here. You can already tell she in her mid 30s, pushes her to her 40s. But she does do a very good video and is an amazing host! Not fan of the make up at all though!

  43. I was thinking the Millennium or the Paramount? $180 a night in August. I like to have a bar/restaurant within the hotel.

  44. Was curious if there is lodging with views of Statue of Liberty 🗽 and wondering if anyone has lodging on boats directly on the water with views of nyc skyline

  45. You mention that these Hotels you recommend at less than $350 per night. Very misleading indeed! I've checked some of these hotels and they are $900 a night.

  46. I stayed a day and a half in New York for New Years Eve cause it was my birthday and we stayed in Queens at a Howard Johnson’s

  47. Hey Sarah! Thank you SO MUCH for INSIDE tours of these recommendations. I'm doing research to try to bring up to 12 breast cancer survivors to New York City for a fun cancerversary style weekend (my favorite photographer is moving from Texas to Jersey, and I want to keep her – – so we'll just go to her). I LOVE the idea of staying in the Manhattan area, but I know it can be expensive. You cut out a lot of work for me by saying where these hotels are near. This vacation is meant to be for a glam experience, and I LOVE almost all your choices: The James Hotel because it's near the WTC and SHOPPING, the Giraffe hotels because of the symbolism of Giraffes and what they can mean to us as survivors, and I think the Library Hotel is my absolute FAVORITE from your reviews. I don't want my 12 ladies to feel overwhelmed, and they can relax and read during some down time while still enjoying NYC – – plus it's near Grand Central, Times Square, and SHOPPING. Could you recommend a vacation package for breast cancer survivors? Oh, also, do any of these hotels have a place to meet for a larger group (for seminars, or conventions – – for future reference?)

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