Lodging in the Big Apple

• 01 July 2009

























We are heading to New York this Autumn for a friend's wedding and I'm curious if any of you have any advice regarding hip, stylish & reasonably-priced accommodations (do those three adjectives exist in the same sentence in NY?) In the past we've always stayed with this soon-to-be-married friend, but obviously the weekend of her marriage it's not appropriate. So, before I grab something on Priceline, does anyone have any tips or advice? I'd love to try something different and non-chain if possible. Thanks in advance!

Lovely photo by dreamy Simple Takes--fun photography, great prices.

37 comments:

Kris said...

I'd check Craigslist, as there are a lot of people who will rent out their apartments nightly for reasonable rates, like the family M and I found in Northampton. Unlike our situation, though, the people typically rent it out when they are out of town, and the apartment is vacant.

Girlfrog said...

We stayed at a very charming and quaint hotel in the city a few months back. It was the Franklin Hotel and I loved it! I would forewarn you though that the rooms are tiny (but we didn't mind!).

Anonymous said...

Hotel 41 in the heart of time square...just google the name you'll find it. The rooms are small but everything is nicely decorated.

Erin

Brooke Rane said...

i've heard rave things about the ace hotel. the one in portland of the same name is great. photo booths, great design...and cheap.

http://www.acehotel.com/

we've been drowning in rain here, so hopefully the weather is better when you come!

Amy said...

saw a post yesterday on From the Right Bank to the Left Coast about a NY hotel that looked cool...
http://www.fromtherightbank.com/2009/06/hotel-on-rivington/

Anonymous said...

I used to live in NYC when I go back and need a place to stay I stay Park 79. It's between columbus and amsterdam in the heart of the UWS. It's a tiny boutique and inexpensive hotel.

Jessica said...

We stayed at Hotel Belleclaire on the Upper West Side and loved it. It's just a few blocks from a subway stop, Zabar's, Central Park, and the Museum of Natural History. We reserved a king room and were very comfortable. Even had a nice view of the Hudson.

Hotel Belleclaire

Pics of our room

Barchbo said...

www.mansfieldhotel.com

I stay there for work - midtown, friendly staff, cool but not TOO cool... I love it. Walking distance to almost everything, and the Greek restaurant across the street is fantastic. No one that I have ever sent there has been disappointed!

It's Always Sunny in Portland said...

one of my girlfriends from college owns this hotel. i can't get you a deal, but the prices are reasonable. its artsy and unique.

http://rogersmith.com/

Sophorn said...

We stayed at On the Ave Hotel ~ www.ontheave.com ~ and loved it. Ace Hotel already suggested is also a good one. i stayed at the one in portland.

Anonymous said...

I just wrote abou the Park 79 Hotel. While in NYC make sure and check out the Isabela Toledo exhibit at the FIT museum. I just saw it last week.....it's incredible.

Calee said...

I'd recommend either the Tribeca Grand or the SoHo Grand for beautiful and hip boutique hotels if you want to be in a non-midtown part of the city.

Anonymous said...

I highly suggest 6 Columbus hotel. It's a small boutique hotel that has amazing customer service and is hip and modern. They even have Kiehl products in the bathroom! The hotel is across the street from the subway and a shopping mall/Whole Foods. The hotel also has a sushi restaurant. I could go on and on!

We have stayed three times and 6 Columbus is the only hotel that we will stay at in NYC. We book at quikbook.com which has the best rates for that hotel and many more.

http://www.thompsonhotels.com/

Jordan said...

The ACE hotel. Hands down.

Also, shop at Muji.

Eat at Gotham Bar and Grill for the Prix Fix lunch--reservations required.

Julia E said...

Cooper Square Hotel - it's downtown, it's hip, and has relatively reasonable prices. But, like almost all NYC hotels, small rooms.

breckster said...

Sublet. Its the best way to go, especially if you contacts in the city who could find out if any of their friends (ward members) are going to be gone while you are there.

julianne rose said...

hi there! hope you don't mind my sister forwarded me the link to your blogging on la maisonette a few weeks ago because i used to live in france and am in love with all things beautiful! i have loved reading your blog - it is a little highlight for me at certain moments in the work day when i need something diverting :)

in any case, i live in manhattan and when my parents come to visit they stay at On the Ave hotel (another person recommended it too!) - it's really great. if you're into something a bit more "hip" (ha!) - check out The Jane hotel, down in the west village, which looks just like a wes anderson movie. it's where all the cool kids are staying these days :)

in any case, i love your blog and am very jealous of your french adventures :) my boyfriend is german and our dream is to live in a historic home someday and i sent him your blog as further inspiration for us :) so thank you again!

Jessica said...

I just stayed at the Tribeca Grand hotel and was stunned at the size of the room! It was hard to leave! Great location too...but I love lower Manhattan. Muji is only a few blocks away...

Jenilyn said...

We stayed at The Morgans and loved it. The rooms were designed by Andree Putman, beautiful and classic modern design. The complimentary breakfast was over the top in the in house restaurant and we had excellent service. Its a four star in midtown on Madison Ave and we got a great deal by booking online. Good luck.

http://www.morganshotel.com/#/home/

Anonymous said...

Lafayette House: http://www.lafayettenyc.com/

Anonymous said...

Ohhh! I love weddings in NYC! How much fun! I would recommend the Tribeca Grand Hotel. Great location in downtown Manhattan. Close to soho and the village. The rooms were great and the hotel is very hip! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I haven't stayed there - but my friend just did and loved it. It is lower Manhattan and is new. It's the Hilton Inn Garden Suites in Tribeca. Rooms really nice, great location, and good rates...

Wells said...

the Library Hotel, by the NY public library--so charming! each floor and room is themed with a different dewey decimal subject:
http://www.libraryhotel.com/

caroline said...

The Ravel Hotel in Long Island City is a boutique hotel with incredible views of the Manhattan skyline and totally reasonable rates: http://www.ravelhotel.com/
Very sleek, nice linens - really feels like a getaway.

mongzillas said...

vacation rentals by owner is a great site! check out the NYC listings!

http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/new-york/new-york-city/manhattan

Jeanne said...

I also recommend On The Ave Hotel. I recently moved away from New York City, but while I lived there it was a hotel my work organization used for business guests. My parents also stayed there one Thanksgiving and got a fantastic rate. The least expensive rooms are small, but it's modern and clean. It's also in a great neighborhood, and two new restaurants just opened on the ground floor! Have fun - I'm jealous!

Chelsea said...

I also HIGHLY recommend The Ace Hotel. Great not-so-touristy location, affordable for NYC, and hip as all get out. I just stayed there two weeks ago and it was fabulous.

Anonymous said...

On the Ave. is our favorite place to stay in NYC. I've been there 3 times and will definitely go back. Check their website for a great promotion they are offering. Incredible price for a wonderful hotel in a perfect location!

carly k said...

Oh! The Soho Grand is my favorite!

Anonymous said...

The Library Hotel in NYC is fabulous.
Here's a link to their website: http://www.libraryhotel.com/

Here's a description of the rooms: Each of the Library Hotel New York City’s guest room floors are dedicated to one of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System*: Social Sciences, Literature, Languages, History, Math & Science, General Knowledge, Technology, Philosophy, The Arts and Religion. Each of the sixty exquisitely appointed rooms have been individually adorned with a collection of art and books relevant to one distinctive topic within the category of the floor it belongs to. Choose your favorite or explore the unique delights of each room, one visit at a time. New York City lodging at it’s finest!

Good Travels,
Jenny

Jaime said...

On The Ave at 76th-ish & Broadway. We've stayed there and had loads of family stay there over the years. It is mod, sleek and affordable. Sadly, it is in our very un-hip Upper West Side. Give it a chance! You might like it!

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
I second the recommendations for On The Ave as it's inexpensive, family friendly--and near the park.

I have also stayed at the Ace and the only thing it had going for it was the fact that the people were nice. Other than that, the location was terrible, there was someone's sandwich in my fridge when I checked in, my toilet clogged immediately, and there was no heat in my room. When they sent the engineer up, he said their heating system wasn't working and if I wanted heat, I'd have to open the windows since it was warmer outside. (My associate was staying as well and had the same heat issue in her room.)

In the morning, they were 15 minutes late with my wake-up call--not helpful when I was in town for work--and I had only lukewarm water in my shower.

Oh, and I guess the rooms could be considered hip if you are a fan of prison chic. Way too dark and institutional, especially with kids.

It reminded me of why I left Portland for Northampton. (I own Essentials--thanks for the Raves!)
Just a bit too hip for my taste, especially if you can't get things right!

Chelsea said...

make sure to check homeaway.com You can find great thing in new york on there

Tally Girl said...

Lately I always use VRBO.com for rentals. It's so nice staying in a neighborhood and getting a feel for how the locals live. Good luck!

Mayor JennyG said...

steph - hi there! sara just sent me this posting. we are moving to nyc in two weeks and i was looking for lodging for when my parents come and visit! ;) i hope you are doing great! if you are bringing the kids with you to alison's wedding this fall -- let me know! i would LOVE to babysit! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Try the night hotel it's really cool and not to pricey the whole thing is black and white!

Hannah said...

The Grace-- It is super affordable, really modern and I think its technically considered a hostel but I am not quite sure why-- seemed like a hotel when I stayed there. We saw lots of Europeans families when we stayed there, and the pool is awesome.

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