7 Top New York City Hotels Outside of the Heart of Manhattan
Save money by staying in an up-and-coming neighborhood on your next trip to the Big Apple.
Take in iconic views and maximize value without compromising on quality experiences by retreating to top-notch properties in Brooklyn, Queens and beyond.(Getty Images)
You can experience the best of the Big Apple without staying in the epicenter of the city that never sleeps. Retreating to one the city's other vibrant and diverse boroughs may translate to a longer commute time to top tourist attractions, but you can secure a lower-priced room and get a better bang for your buck. Plus, budget-minded travelers can still enjoy sweeping views of iconic skyscrapers lining the horizon, along with flourishing neighborhoods filled with unique cultural enclaves and burgeoning art and food scenes. With that in mind, here are seven enticing New York City properties, away from the sky-high prices of Manhattan's trendy neighborhoods.
The Henry Norman Hotel
Brooklyn, New York
In its past life, the Henry Norman Hotel was a 19th-century warehouse. Today, the boutique features 50 loft-style accommodations featuring natural oak hardwood floors and antique furnishings. Guests have access to self-serve laundry, a 24-hour business center and a fitness room with wet and dry saunas. What's more, the property sits adjacent to trendy film studios and warehouses that close at night, offering an excellent place to get a good night's sleep. Nightly room rates start at around $240 and include complimentary shuttle service to the nearby Nassau Avenue subway station, where you can catch a quick 30-minute train ride to Times Square.
Hyatt Place Flushing/ LaGuardia Airport
Flushing, New York
Flushing is Queens's much larger, and perhaps more authentic, version of Manhattan's Chinatown. It's also near Citi Field, which is home to the Mets, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which is home to the 1939 World's Fair, and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, which is home to the U.S. Open. What's more, this Hyatt outpost offers a high convenience factor if you're planning to fly in or out of LaGuardia Airport, which is just a 3-mile complimentary shuttle drive away. Even better, the property is just a couple of blocks removed from the Main St. subway station, which offers easy access to Manhattan via the 7 train. Even better, most of the 40-minute ride to Times Square is above ground, making for a scenic commute through Queens. Nightly room rates start at around $170.
Four Points by Sheraton Long Island City/ Queensboro Bridge
Long Island City, New York
This Sheraton outpost is a convenient place to stay if you're planning to fly into LaGuardia Airport. It's ideally situated less than 5 miles from the major airport. Plus, it's cost-effective, with nightly rates starting at around $100. And, with public transportation, the hotel is only three blocks from the N train, which can get you to Times Square in 20 minutes. Of course you can also enjoy the city from the property's public balcony terrace and rooftop dining space, which offers striking views of the Manhattan skyline and the Queensboro Bridge.
Paper Factory Hotel
Long Island City, New York
An industrial chic setting meets extravagance at this Long Island City boutique property. And with its location near the M, R, N and Q trains, which can take you to Central Park within eight minutes, the hotel offers an enviable address. Housed in a former paper factory, the Paper Factory Hotel features graceful, 12-foot ceilings, concrete floors and unique decor, including a spiral staircase surrounding a column composed of 4,000 books. Hotel amenities include an on-site coffee shop and a dual-level restaurant. Nightly room rates start at around $130, but you should expect to shell out extra if you're looking to splurge for a lofty suite or penthouse offering commanding views of Manhattan.
The Box House Hotel
Brooklyn, New York
The Box House Hotel pays homage to North Greenpoint's blue-collar character and its maritime history (the neighborhood is bordered by Newtown Creek and the East River) with well-appointed rooms decked out in commissioned local art. All guest rooms are spacious and appointed with fully stocked kitchenettes and, in many accommodations, sweeping terraces. Plus, guests have access to on-site laundry and a fitness facility. Nightly room rates start at $260, and include complimentary shuttle service to the nearest subway station, a three-minute drive away. From there, it's easy to hop on a westbound 7 train and be in the heart of the city at buzzing Times Square in 15 minutes.
Brooklyn, New York
Most NYC apartments don't even have dishwashers, so it's hard to believe the rooms at this Brooklyn hotel boast this practically unheard of amenity. The property's 30 loft-style suites also feature fully stocked kitchenettes, 13-foot-high tin-plated ceilings and oak hardwood floors. Thanks to its lavish amenities (think: self-serve laundry, a sauna and steam room and a business center), along with its first-rate service, you can count on a quality experience. Even better, the hotel offers a coveted location within walking distance from the G train, which can transport you to the bright lights of Broadway in less than 40 minutes. Nightly room rates start at around $200.
New York, New York
As the first and only hotel in the cultural and historic hub of Washington Heights, the Edge Hotel has, well, an edge. Technically, it's on the island of Manhattan, but with an address at 168th Street, the property seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist districts down south. A popular area among working-class New Yorkers and Columbia University students, the closest subway stop (a block away from the hotel) is a quick 30-minute subway ride on the A,C and 1 lines to Times Square. The hotel's 54 rooms are modern, with minimalist decor. Nightly room rates start at around $150 and include breakfast. Plus, many rooms offer views of one of the city's most underrated bridges, the George Washington Bridge, which crosses over the Hudson River into New Jersey.
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