New York at a Price That's Right We've picked seven hotels as reliable, affordable places to stay in New York City. Budget Travel Wednesday, Dec 17, 2008, 5:05 AM Budget Travel LLC, 2016


New York at a Price That's Right

We've picked seven hotels as reliable, affordable places to stay in New York City.

'Hood Gramercy, whose leafy and quiet streets are bounded by 14th Street, Third Avenue, 23rd Street, and Park Avenue South.
First Impression It's not hard to see why Woody Allen filmed Manhattan Murder Mystery here, given the glamour of the hotel's old-fashioned, wood-paneled lobby and its narrow, winding corridors.
The Rooms The decor varies, but most of the 122 rooms maintain a stately, old-world feel, thanks to the muted color palette, dark wood trim, and mahogany beds and armoires.
Plus The staff is exceptionally friendly and happy to volunteer travel info, such as where to find the best local restaurant for a late-night bite.
Minus Not all rooms have private bathrooms. Be sure to specify your preference when booking.
Free Wi-Fi? No.
Credit Cards Accepted MC, Visa.
Details 225 E. 17th St., 212/475-2845,, doubles from about $120.
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'Hood Greenwich Village, but five blocks away from Union Square, a busy shopping district that's home to artisans, street performers, and the Greenmarket, a famous farmer's market.
First Impression The Larchmont strives to be a classy throwback, offering a lobby with dark furniture and windowed counters. But it can look a little rough during check-in and checkout times, when the lobby is sometimes crammed with luggage.
The Rooms No-frills rooms are outfitted with basic bedspreads, light pink walls, and rattan furniture that carries a faint whiff of the Caribbean. Rooms have sinks, but bathrooms are shared. One exception: There is a family room that sleeps a family of four and that has a private bathroom.
Plus The Larchmont feels safe and secure. New guests have to be buzzed into the lobby; once they've checked in, lodgers receive their own set of keys and can enter through a separate hall.
Minus The modest rooms and shared bathrooms are reminiscent of dormitories.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes, in the lobby, café, and some of the rooms.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.
Details 27 W. 11th St., 212/989-9333,, doubles from $119.

'Hood This part of Midtown is brimming with restaurants and bars and is not far from Bloomingdale's, Central Park, and the Museum of Modern Art.
First Impression The spacious lobby establishes the Pod's rep as a haven for the young and hip, with its funky murals, asymmetrical couches, and retro light fixtures.
The Rooms Colorful, mod-print linens brighten up the 360 sleek rooms. The tiny work spaces, brushed-metal sinks, and minuscule bathrooms (in most rooms) are marvels of efficiency.
Plus The common areas make the place—travelers can relax on the hotel's chic, outdoor patio and take in the bird's-eye view from the roof deck.
Minus The hotel has its name for a reason—the rooms are tiny. Note: Single and bunk-bed rooms have shared bathrooms.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes, in guest rooms and public spaces.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.
Details 230 E. 51st St., 800/742-5945,, singles with shared baths from $99.
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'Hood The East Village, a gritty zone that's home to many lively bars, cheap eats, and NYU students.
First Impression Peaceful and private, with no lobby or front desk, Second Home feels like its name. A skylight spills natural light into the airy duplex with wood floors. (The owner hates carpet.)
The Rooms New York properties are notorious for their small spaces, and that's why Second Home's five large rooms—and high ceilings—are such a refreshing surprise. Plus, no two rooms are the same; each has distinct flavor, such as Peruvian or Caribbean.
Plus Soundproof windows block out noise from busy Second Avenue outside.
Minus Two of the rooms share a bathroom. And there's only a tiny sign outside the guesthouse. Look for the Body Evolution studio, which shares the building. Enter through the red door. Also, there is a two-night minimum stay on weeknights, and a three-night minimum stay on weekends.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes, in guest rooms.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.
Details 221 Second Ave., 212/677-3161,, doubles from $160, includes taxes, coffee, and tea.
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