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Where to Stay Outside of New York City

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You don’t have to spend a veritable fortune on hotel fees when visiting NYC. It’s possible to see and experience all that the Big Apple has to offer while enjoying comfortable, budget-friendly accommodations, secure parking facilities, and easy access to the top local attractions. Whether traveling alone, with your family, or with a friend or significant other, you can find lodging that’s clean, affordable and rich with a diverse range of amenities.

Save on NY Hotels by Looking Outside Manhattan

On average, a three-star hotel in Manhattan costs approximately $250 per night. For a room in a swanky, luxury hotel in Times Square, some guests pay as much as $8,000 per night. If you plan on staying for several days or a week or more, even a budget room that’s been booked in advance can put a significant dent in your travel money. The good news is that just outside of Manhattan, there are well-furnished, amenity-rich hotels by the dozens. Learn more about the best time to visit Manhattan.

Travelers can book rooms at nearly half this cost. In fact, many new hotels have recently been opened in Brooklyn and Queens so that tourists have access to cutting-edge communal and in-room features and lodging that looks just as inviting as the over-priced alternatives in the heart of the city.

Best Places to Stay Outside of Manhattan

If you are wondering where to stay just outside of New York City, the Hyatt Place in Flushing, Queens puts you right by the LaGuardia Airport.  Considered a more authentic and significantly larger version of Chinatown in Manhattan, booking a room in Flushing will give you access to a number of top-rated options in food and shopping. The Hyatt Place itself is just three blocks shy of the Main St. subway station where you can take a 40-minute trip to Times Square. 

Best of all, with the vast majority of this ride being above-ground, you’ll have the opportunity to see multiple neighborhoods, various forms of local architecture, and a lot of other eye-catching scenery along the way. The Hyatt Place in Flushing has 168 rooms, an outdoor garden, and one of the most unique rooftop spaces in New York. It’s also got a lounge that boasts impressive views of Manhattan and the skyline.

While rooms at the Hyatt Place can run between $170 and $200 per night depending upon demand, you can stay at the Four Points Hotel in Long Island City for approximately half this cost. From this location, Times Square is just a 20-minute ride away on the N Train. The Four Points Hotel has a rooftop dining space, and a public balcony terrace, both of which offer clear views of the Queensboro Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

Best Places to Stay in Brooklyn

For those seeking the feel of a high-end NYC hotel without the heart-dropping price, The Williamsburg Hotel has it all. This top-rated location boasts a rooftop pool, luxurious suites and dining that artfully fuses culinary technique with market-driven seasonality. Guests can enjoy organic cocktails and foods with a strong focus on North and South American cuisine.

The Hampton Inn in Brooklyn is another popular choice among budget-conscious tourists seeking lodging outside of Manhattan. This location has a business center with Internet access, a comprehensive fitness center, valet parking, and Wi-Fi on the house for all guests. Guests can also take advantage of a free breakfast each morning to further stretch their travel monies. 

Guests can additionally enjoy rooms with fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, and an up-close view of the Manhattan Bridge. The Hampton Inn in Brooklyn is a stone’s throw away from the Barclay’s Center, Prospect Park, and the Metro Tech Center, among other popular attractions.

Best Places to Stay in Queens

If you want the unique experience of a boutique hotel, consider staying at the Collective Paper Factory in Queens. Much like the name suggests, this hotel was once a paper factory, and it still boasts many of its original architectural features. Among these are huge casement windows and cinder block walls. These features are complemented by velvet tufted upholstery, recycled wood and distressed leather furnishings.

The Ravel Hotel in Queens is yet another boutique hotel with reasonable rates and truly memorable rooms and amenities. Situated on Vernon Boulevard, it’s got two options for on-site dining: The Ravel Garden Grill and Penthouse 808. These terrace and rooftop-based spaces offer expansive views of the skyline. When staying here, you’ll have the benefit of a large room that’s fully furnished with all-natural fabrics and fibers. The hotel additionally provides to-and-from shuttle service to the nearest subway so that getting into and back out of Manhattan is always a breeze.

Best Places to Stay in the Bronx

The Residence Inn by Marriott is a safe, secure, and amenity-rich place to stay when looking for accommodations in the Bronx. At an affordable cost, you’ll enjoy a modern room, free hot breakfast and a full fitness center. The Residence Inn also hosts a regular event called “Mix It Up” where local restaurant chefs and food truck owners visit the hotel and prepare their best dishes.

For a truly unforgettable vacation, consider lodging at the William Vale luxury hotel. You can enjoy the same level of pampering and splendor as you would in any high-end NYC hotel, at a significantly lower price. Each of this hotel’s 183 rooms boasts a private balcony with exquisite views, and floor-to-ceiling windows. 

Best Places to Stay in Staten Island

Staten Island offers some of the most budget-friendly accommodations outside of Manhattan. One popular choice is the Comfort Inn. Located on Wild Avenue in Staten Island, this hotel offers free premium Wi-Fi and has comprehensive business and fitness centers. Best of all, it’s only 12 miles away from Newark Liberty International Airport, and a free ferry ride into Manhattan proper.

Victorian Bed and Breakfast of Staten Island is the ideal lodging for anyone looking to get away from the “big hotel” feel and relax in a room that’s much like home. Housed in an Italianate Villa that was built in 1864, it’s filled with original 1860 Victorian decor. Guests will experience the best of home cooking and warm hospitality and can even stay in a room that once housed the infamous gangster, Bugsy Siegel.

Choosing accommodations outside of New York City certainly won’t hinder you from seeing all that this fantastic location has to offer. You can travel by train through all the neighborhoods and boroughs, or take advantage of outstanding water tours. Sea The City offers relaxing hot tub boat tours, and high-adventure jet ski tours that place you directly in New York Harbour and right in the heart of all the action.
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