The summer holiday season is upon us and travellers who are going to New York City on a budget, are looking for inexpensive accommodations. Traditionally young travellers gravitate to the many hostels in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. In the past, these hostels have been very basic in terms of amenities and decor. Recently, however, even hostels have gone the “design” route.
For example, check out New York hostels, a site that lists many hostels and B&Bs. There you will find the hip New York Loft hostel in Brooklyn, a borough that has become the hot place for edgy indie boutiques and cool new restaurants. Marrakech Hotel on Broadway in Manhattan is decorated in a Moroccan style. Equity Point at Times Square is in the center of the action and boasts a lively well-designed lobby and minimalist rooms.
If hostels are not your thing, you can go to AirBnB to rent an inexpensive apartment with a few friends or you can opt to stay in a bed and breakfast.
New York City offers the budget traveller a vast selection of amazing, inexpensive ethnic food, for example, Saravanaa Bhavan (vegetarian southern Indian restaurant that is always packed and has 2 locations, one in the upper West Side and the other on Lexington Avenue between E. 26th and E. 27th) and Food Gallery 32 on 11 W. 32nd Street, an interior food court filled with Korean restaurants.
Although New York City has a reputation for being expensive, there are enough options for accommodations and eating out for the budget traveller.