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Affordable luxury in New York: feel like a VIP without the price-tag

Here are our tips that will take your New York hotel stay from ‘sparing the bucks’ to feeling ‘super luxe’ - and still be affordable!

It’s a well-known fact that New York is not a cheap city; long gone are the days of saving on the pound to dollar exchange rate and shopping your heart out on Fifth Avenue. However, there are still some savvy ways to enjoy a little luxury in New York. Eric from NewYork.co.uk has a few tips up his sleeve that will take your New York hotel stay from ‘sparing the bucks’ to feeling ‘super-luxe’.

First things first, for affordable luxury in New York, catch the worm and book early!

For me, luxury means relaxing, and something I tell everyone who comes to me for tips on planning a New York trip is that booking ahead saves time, money and stress. By booking early you can stretch your budget that little bit further, ensuring that you get a reasonable price on those luxury items and experiences. What does luxury mean to you?

Luxury is… enjoying unique art & design

For some, luxury can mean exquisite art and design. Luckily, the art scene in New York City is thriving, with galleries and museums regularly curating world-class collections.

The largest museum in the city, The Metropolitan Museum, is New York’s answer to the Louvre. With artefacts from ancient Egypt, armour from medieval Europe, fashion, photography and contemporary art, there’s something for everyone. For your dose of luxury, take the early morning VIP tour before the museum opens to the public.

Not only is there an abundance of museums in the city, but many boutique and design hotels have also started investing in art, sculpture, and unique pieces. Here are some of my favourite spots:

An affordable luxury New Hotel made for art lovers

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You don’t need to fork out lots of cash to surround yourself with exquisite works of art, the luxurious Chambers Hotel is both affordable and a veritable gallery of modern art pieces. These are David Rockwell designed accommodations, just a short walk from Central Park and steps from the luxurious designer boutiques on 5th Avenue.

The Chambers Hotel is a modern sanctuary, and New York’s art scene is perfectly embodied at this hotel with their eclectic collection of over 500 original works exhibited throughout. With their contemporary rooms, beautiful art collection, and fantastic location steps from Times Square, MoMA and Rockefeller Center, this hotel is an art lovers dream!

Chambers

Top rated
New York, 6.5 km to 911 Memorial
8.8 Excellent (1259 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.5 / 10
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Stay in New York's edgiest neighbourhood

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Located in New York’s edgiest neighbourhood, it’s no surprise that Hotel Indigo took inspiration from the graffitied streets of its Lower East Side location for their interior design concept.

Art is at the forefront of this hotel’s aesthetic, with a custom mural by graffiti icon Lee Quiñones, and the bright rooms offering locally-influenced design, each with a modern feel and a pop of colour. The 14th-floor lobby has panoramic city views, so head to the rooftop for a cocktail or a dip in the pool and to admire the cityscape VIP style.

Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York

Top rated
New York, 2.4 km to 911 Memorial
9.1 Excellent (2427 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.1 / 10
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A New York hotel where simplicity is key

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For clean lines, modern conceptual design, and luxurious simplicity book a room at Made Hotel. With a focus on nature, wood, green spaces and comfortable soft furnishings, this unique hotel is catered to creative thinkers with their motto ‘experiences are new luxury’. Just steps from the Flatiron building and Madison Square Park, you can indulge in a lobby bar, modern restaurant, and fantastic 18th-floor lounge with panoramic views.

MADE

New York, 4.3 km to 911 Memorial
Excellent Service 9.2 / 10
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Luxury is… receiving five-star service whilst saving

Five-star hotels are undoubtedly the ultimate in luxury travel. My advice to you? Make the most of seasonal savings to experience five-star luxury hotels in New York for less. If you don’t have an unlimited budget, consider planning your trip during the ‘off-season’. Between January and March, you can get some very reasonable deals on travel and accommodation.

Not only is it a time of year when hotel prices are at their lowest, but there is also a lot to do in the city. There’s a higher chance of snow, which turns Central Park into a winter wonderland. Strap on some skates and head to Bryant Park or Central Park to skate amongst the skyscrapers.

Or, if you prefer to watch from the sidelines, ice hockey season is in full swing during this time too. Head to Madison Square Garden and see the Rangers play. The atmosphere at a hockey game is fantastic; even if you don’t like sports, it’s a fun night out for all.

Here are some hotel options that, when booked off-season, can allow you to enjoy five-star luxury at an affordable price.

A luxury New York hotel that exudes opulence

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Located at Columbus Circle above a designer shopping centre and opposite Central Park, you really get your money’s worth in this five-star location. The Mandarin Oriental is walking distance of Times Square and Broadway and with a subway station on the doorstep, access to the whole city is no problem from here.

The hotel itself exudes opulent New York glamour, with indulgently large rooms and suites, all decorated in a chic, oriental style. A fantastic restaurant overlooks Columbus Circle and Central Park, and an indoor pool with panoramic city views lets you feel like a true VIP.

Mandarin Oriental, New York

Top rated
New York, 6.8 km to 911 Memorial
9.0 Excellent (655 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.3 / 10
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A cool hotel in NYC

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Situated right next to one of New York’s most popular parks, the High Line, The Standard is a cool hotel, with a cool style, in a cool neighbourhood. With no lack of amenities, the 338 modernly minimalistic guest rooms have floor to ceiling windows and fantastic views over the city or the Hudson River.

If you don’t fancy leaving the hotel, you can relax in the hotel’s very own German beer garden on the ground level, or party at their world-famous club, Le Bain, on the top floor. And in the winter months, the hotel even boasts its own ice rink!

The Standard High Line

New York, 3.3 km to 911 Memorial
8.1 Very good (395 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.2 / 10
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One of the prettiest rooftop bars in town

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A luxury hotel in the heart of Times Square, The Knick is nestled between the bright lights of Broadway and the oasis-like calm of Bryant Park. It’s just a short walk to main attractions such as the Top of the Rock and MoMA, and close to an abundance of shopping opportunities on Madison and Fifth Avenues.

This hotel also offers one of New York’s prettiest rooftop bars, St Cloud, looking out over Times Square with twinkling lights and cosy outdoor seating areas.

The Knickerbocker Hotel

Top rated
New York, 5.4 km to 911 Memorial
9.1 Excellent (3357 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.5 / 10
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Luxury is… experiencing incredible views

A real luxury in the city is to see the amazing views from high up in your own hotel suite, or hotel terrace. And as far as hotels with views go, the options are endless if you have an unlimited budget. But if you’re looking for something affordable with luxury views included, here are my recommendations:

An affordably luxurious New York hotel that is all about old-school glamour

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For some old-school New York glamour and a great location, the Wyndham New Yorker is a great option, located close to Penn Station and within walking distance of Times Square. The art-deco style building dates back to 1930 and was once the tallest building in the city. For great views, book one of the higher-level rooms with a balcony and a view of the Empire State Building- you won’t regret it!

Wyndham New Yorker

New York, 4.8 km to 911 Memorial
7.7 Good (30909 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.1 / 10
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Stay right in the middle of Midtown

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Right in the middle of bustling Midtown, with Times Square and Broadway on your doorstep, the Hilton Times Square’s 44 stories soar over the city. The large yet cosy guest rooms offer panoramic city viewing with their floor to ceiling windows. Standard guest rooms start from the 22nd floor and Deluxe rooms are all located on the 33rd; but above all, each one offers great city views.

Outside of your room, you can find the lobby restaurant on the 21st floor, where you can enjoy breakfast looking out over Times Square or have a pre-show cocktail in their stylish bar.

Hilton Times Square

Top rated
New York, 5.4 km to 911 Memorial
8.9 Excellent (11463 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.4 / 10
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A sleek hotel near Madison Square Park

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A short walk from Madison Square Park on the chic Park Avenue is the Royalton Hotel. This stylish hotel, formerly the Gansevoort Park Avenue, has recently been renovated and rebranded as the Royalton. With it’s sleek, modern interiors, an abundance of amenities and great views from a fantastic rooftop pool area, you’ll be living the life of luxury!

Royalton Park Avenue

Top rated
New York, 4.3 km to 911 Memorial
9.1 Excellent (5245 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.2 / 10
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Luxury is… high tech personalisation

High-tech features and virtual reality experiences are the newest forms of tourist attractions in New York. From seeing the vast world below the ocean in virtual reality on Times Square at Ocean Odyssey to testing your own American Football skills and knowledge at the NFL Experience.

There are a few hotels in the city that offer a modern take on the hotel experience, with gadget and high-tech features adding a touch of pure luxury to your stay.

A sense of calm in always bustling Manhattan

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This is one of my favourite hotels in New York, due to its no-nonsense comfort, modern amenities and a fantastic location right in the middle of the city. Borne from a need for a new kind of travel experience, citizenM offers affordable stays in a luxurious surrounding.

For tech fans, you’ll love the in-room tablets that can be used to control everything in your room, including the temperature, smart TV, and mood lighting. Combine that with the huge, plush beds, this hotel ensures you get your beauty sleep in pure personalised comfort.

citizenM New York Times Square Hotel

Top rated
New York, 6 km to 911 Memorial
9.1 Excellent (8466 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.6 / 10
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A vibrant New York hotel near Times Square

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Row NYC is a modern, vibrant hotel which is luxurious yet affordable. Boasting a premium location close to Times Square and all the city has to offer. With speedy WiFi throughout the hotel, as well as in their iMac internet lounge (with a great view of 8th Avenue), you can ensure that you stay connected during your trip.

Other facilities include a fitness centre, iconic M grocery store,  and ‘District M’ – their in house restaurant- serving great pizzas, cheeses and charcuterie.

Row NYC

New York, 5.6 km to 911 Memorial
7.3 Default (29848 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.1 / 10
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A classic New York hotel in the Theatre District

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The Novotel Times Square is right in the heart of New York’s’ theatre district, with Times Square just around the corner. Having played host to famous figures over the years, including Marilyn Monroe, this 1920’s hotel offers a taste of classic New York in all its glory. To experience unbeatable views of Times Square, make sure you head up to the beautiful wraparound terrace.

Novotel New York Times Square

Top rated
New York, 6.2 km to 911 Memorial
8.7 Excellent (10155 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.5 / 10
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We’ve teamed up with Eric from NewYork.co.uk to bring you an insider’s guide on where to stay, what to eat and where to explore in the Big Apple. Get your free New York mini-magazine here. Need some more tips for whilst you’re there? Be sure to follow Eric on Facebook where he posts loads of photos, tips and inspiration for your trip to New York.

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