The last story I saw in the New York Times about affordable hotel rooms had nightly rates over $300, which is not affordable for me. New York is expensive. I get it. But if you can’t come up with a real bargain, don’t pretend you have.
I also recall a Times story about dingy dive hotels that cost more than $100 a night, an article that functioned more as a series of horror stories than as any kind of useful travel advice.
But today’s Times had a much more helpful piece, a Frugal Traveler column titled “7 Manhattan Hotel Rooms for $150, More or Less.” Some of the establishments seem to be more like bed-and-breakfasts than hotels but they all sounded like sensible choices.
The column also mentioned using Priceline and Hotwire to get hotel discounts, noting that the savings are most substantial on weekends. I heartily endorse that strategy and would add that it can be much cheaper to stay just outside the city, along a subway or commuter train line that can whisk you into town fairly quickly. We’ve stayed in Jersey City (with a gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline) and in Stamford, Conn., at very reasonable rates.