Paying for a hotel can really rack up the cost of a vacation. And, if you happen to be visiting New York City — the
most expensive city in America — you can expect to be charged exorbitant rates just to spend the night in a tiny room overlooking a dim alleyway.
Staying somewhere halfway decent in a nice NYC neighborhood will typically cost you and arm and leg, but all hope is not lost: There's a growing class of mid-range hotels that balances tasteful design with a convenient location. Some of them even come with amazing views of the skyline and excellent on-site dining. Ahead, we round up six top contenders that average less than $300 a night — but offer five-star-quality experience.
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NYLO New York City
Waking up to views of Manhattan's iconic skyline doesn't have to cost a fortune: This Upper East Side escape has both Central Park, the Hudson River, and the San Remo building in its views. The loft-style rooms are much more spacious than what you can typically get in NYC hotels.
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Since its grand opening this past June, Public has been the hotel name on everyone's lips. Conceptualized by legendary hotelier Ian Schrager — who's had a hand in creating Studio 54 and the EDITION Hotels — the chic accommodation boasts uniquely modern features, from fast wifi to an ultra-efficient self check-in system. The hotel is practically
, with countless visitors 'gramming the panoramic downtown views, the leafy public spaces, and the neon escalator entrance.
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Ace Hotel New York
All the sharply-dressed hipsters congregating at the lobby bar can't be wrong: This hotel is one of the trendiest meeting places in town. Situated in a century-old building, the property impresses with a grungy, irreverent aesthetic and a denim-clad staff that's too cool for school. Each room features a unique decorative detail, such as a Gibson guitar or a gallery wall of colorful illustrations.
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Hotel 50 Bowery
Conveniently located in the heart of Chinatown, the hotel features designs and amenities that reflecting the history and cultural identity of the neighborhood: A permanent collection of graffiti stylings, black-and-white photographs from the Museum of Chinese in America is sprinkled throughout the rooms, as a love letter to Chinatown. Rice & Gold, an eatery on the ground level, serves contemporary take on dim sum. Beats your cookie-cutter chain hotels, for sure.
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The Hotel Wolcott
This Midtown gem has the touches of an opulent, much more expensive hotel — from the antique chandeliers to silk bed skirts. It can easily be mistaken for a grand European hotel from the turn of the century. The building is conveniently located within walking distance from the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center.
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The Frederick Hotel
First opened in 1845, The Frederick Hotel is the longest continually-operated hotel in Manhattan. However, you can hardly tell its age at all, thanks to a jazzy redesign. Many design elements of the boutique accommodation is an ode to its historical past, like the mid-century lighting accents and bathroom tiles printed with vintage NYC maps.
, the ground-floor restaurant, is known for serving some of the best homemade pasta in town.