New York City: New (relatively) affordable hotels

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National chains are opening sleek, relatively affordable hotels in downtown Manhattan. Marriott alone will open 13 new budget hotels there in the next few years.

Visitors to the Big Apple are rediscovering the strengths of chain hotels. They're clean, well-lighted, quiet places, with crucial amenities in all of the right ways. Welcome to a stylish middle ground between staying in a costly closet or a fleabag motel.

You won't find the following four hotels highly rated on TripAdvisor—yet. They're too new.

But we're letting you know about them because they're well located, fully renovated, and well priced for Gotham.

Fairfield Inn, Chelsea

Opening in December on West 28th Street, this son-of-Marriott, budget business hotel sticks to the basics: Free WiFi, free continental breakfast, and fluffy bathroom towels. It's next to a row of commercial florists, making for a beautiful stroll to the Empire State Building. from $98,, map.

Holiday Inn Express, Wall Street

Holiday Inn isn't dead after all—your father's favorite roadside brand is back on the scene, disguised as a showroom for functional, Ikea-style furniture. This 112-room property, opened this summer downtown. It is a test model of sorts. Your nightly rate covers perks like free WiFi and a hot breakfast, and the decor makes it feels more real than any HoJo Holiday Inn you've ever visited. from $110,, Water Street, map.

Doubletree, Wall Street

Opening in December, this 399-room skyscraper is within a couple of blocks of a few major subway lines. On the downside, it is as impersonal as a conference tote bag. Rooms have mahogany wood tones and a bronze color scheme. But the hotel furnishes a surprising number of amenities (parking, concierge) at a fraction of what rival hotels charge. from $160,

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Courtyard by Marriott, Manhattan/SoHo

Opened on 181 Varick St. this fall, this outpost of the national chain battles snobbery in design. Its rooms are big and warm, making it a hotel counterpart to comfort food. Need more than one wastebasket in your room? Check. Need more than one mirror? Check. Need a box of facial tissues? Check. What's more, the place is well located. It's above two major subway lines, a few blocks from the shopping heart of SoHo, and down the street from America's leading independent movie house, Film Forum. from $249 after taxes,, map.


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