The 5 Best Budget Manhattan Hotels of 2021

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Broadway Plaza Hotel — See Rates at TripAdvisor "The hotel is just a short walk to Madison Square Park, and is surrounded by restaurants and bars."

Best Design: Hotel Shocard at Times Square — See Rates at TripAdvisor "Rooms are fitted with high-quality bedding, flat-screen TVs, retro radios with iPod docks, free Wi-Fi, and private baths with rainfall showers."

Best Uptown: Aloft Harlem — See Rates at TripAdvisor "The 122-room Aloft Hotel has modern décor and a great location next to major subway lines and just one block from the famous Apollo Theater."

Best for Friends: Pod 39 Hotel — See Rates at TripAdvisor "Smack in the middle of Murray Hill in Midtown Manhattan, Pod 39 is a hip, playful hotel with a popular rooftop deck bar."

Best on the Upper West Side: The Lucerne Hotel — See Rates at TripAdvisor "The Lucerne Hotel has a prime location as well as regal, Old-World style at surprisingly affordable prices."

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Best Overall: Broadway Plaza Hotel

Broadway Plaza Hotel

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Located in the Flatiron neighborhood, the Broadway Plaza Hotel has fresh, modern accommodations, a prime location, excellent service, and reasonable prices. The 69-room hotel dates back to 1894 when it became the first public kinetoscope parlor in New York to air short films. Today, the hotel rooms have a sleek, modern design with silver, grey, and white color schemes, designer furniture and 175 to 224 square feet of space (in the smallest rooms). There’s also plush bedding, 42-inch flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations, high-speed Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. The hotel is just a short walk to Madison Square Park, and is surrounded by restaurants and bars. Parking is additional and not located at the property. 

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Best Design: Hotel Shocard at Times Square

Hotel Shocard at Times Square

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Inspired by the bright lights of Broadway's theater district, the 47-room Hotel Shocard is a stylish hub in the center of it all at. A bright neon sign on the side of the building fits in to the Times Square theme, and inside, the hotel features traces of brass hardware, tile floors and theater-style lighting set the tone. The room categories have theme names like “opening act” or “spotlight,” and the wooden panels in these rooms are modeled after old theater doors. Rooms are fitted with high-quality bedding, flat-screen televisions, retro radios with iPod docks, free Wi-Fi, refrigerators and private baths with rainfall showers. Guests can also kick back in Gleason’s Tavern, which serves American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as some happy hour drink specials. 

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Best Uptown: Aloft Harlem

Aloft Harlem

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Lined with beautiful brownstone homes and just a stone’s throw away from the northern section of Central Park, Harlem is a vibrant neighborhood with new shops and restaurants opening all the time. The 122-room Aloft Hotel has modern décor and a great location next to major subway lines and just one block from the famous Apollo Theater. Unwind in the bar and lounge and enjoy live jazz and DJ music or play a game of pool. You can also grab a quick bite from their light-snack selections or get a workout in at the fitness center. The eco-friendly rooms have plug-in stations, an oversized shower with spa bath products, and free Wi-Fi. Parking is additional and the hotel welcomes pets. 

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Best for Friends: Pod 39 Hotel

Pod 39 Hotel

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Smack in the middle of Murray Hill in Midtown Manhattan, Pod 39 is a hip, playful hotel with a popular rooftop deck bar. Décor is colorful and artistic, with a Southwestern style that meets urban New York flair. Rooms (or pods) are very small, but have a media center or iPod docks, glass-enclosed showers, flat-screen televisions, dimmer lighting switches and personal climate control. Some Double Rooms have bunk beds—perfect for friends reminiscing about those college days. There’s also a connected cantina restaurant for tacos and margaritas, ping pong in the play room and a trendy rooftop bar with killer cocktails. 

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Best on the Upper West Side: The Lucerne Hotel

The Lucerne Hotel

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The Lucerne Hotel has a prime location on the Upper West Side, as well as regal, Old-World style at surprisingly affordable rates. Standard Rooms have elegant décor with dark wood furnishings, flat-screen televisions, Keurig coffeemakers, granite and marble baths, free Wi-Fi and Sony Dream machine radios. Guests can relax with an in-room spa treatment or squeeze in a workout at the fitness center. Transportation to the airport or parking can be arranged through the concierge for an additional charge, and a French restaurant is located at the base of the hotel. 

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