Price From $99
'Hood On Manhattan's gritty Bowery, but only a few blocks from Chinatown and the stylish boutiques of Nolita and the Lower East Side. Soho is five blocks west—about a 10-minute walk.
The Vibe After renovations that ended in early 2009, this 19th-century building now has exposed brick, wood floors, marble bathrooms, and a funky lobby with zebra prints and oversize lamps. The hotel attracts a mix of young foreigners and Americans who gladly accept an eccentric location for a good value.
Rooms Clean, pleasant, and basic—but often very small even by New York standards.
Plus The extra-large Regency Plus rooms, which sleep up to five, are a good deal for families and groups of close friends.
Minus Some guests may quail at the lack of an elevator, especially when they realize it's one flight up just to reach the lobby.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes, in public areas.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, Discover, Mastercard, Visa.