Price From $160
'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 Doubles from $160, includes taxes.