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Where to stay in New York City

New York: The global leader in architecture, music, art and food. Not to mention, it’s filled to the brim with iconic sights. In fact, the only thing better than New York City, is New York City at Christmas. Cue the holiday jingles because December transforms the city into one big, festive, winter extravaganza. Imagine buying the perfect Christmas gifts, soaking up the post-Christmas glow during the January sales, or flying over to the Big Apple for a special occasion - because nowhere says special like New York City. It’s no secret that New York has a neighbourhood for every personality. Midtown is the spot for those iconic sightseeing adventures, the Meatpacking District is ideal if you like to stay out until 3am, Tribeca will send your stomach to heaven and the Upper West Side will tantalize your fantasies of that wholesome family holiday.

With over 700 hotels and accommodation eating up the lion’s share of your holiday budget, deciding where to rest your head may just be the most important choice.

My selection of some of the best affordable hotels in the city cover different neighbourhoods, making them perfect for any second-time visitors looking to experience a different neighbourhood vibe. We also have a personal relationship with most of these hotels, ensuring they go the extra mile when taking care of any Abbotts Travel clients.

The Roger Smith Hotel

Think of staying at The Roger Smith Hotel as more like staying in a good friend’s really cool apartment. Located among the boutique hotels in Midtown NYC, this family-owned and family-friendly gem is a welcome find. Affordable and centrally located to bustling Midtown East. Space is a rarity in New York, but rooms and suites here stand out for their notable size. You’ll also find plenty of space to collaborate with colleagues or celebrate with friends, from five vibrant meeting and event venues to Lily’s Bar and Lounge and Henry’s Rooftop Bar, where the NYC skyline views are the star attraction.

Walker Hotel Greenwich Village

Known to locals simply as ‘The Village’, the nightlife and restaurants in Greenwich Village are an integral part of the vibrant energy that draws a crowd to the neighbourhood. Drawing from the distinctive spirit of Greenwich Village and Golden Age New York City, each of the 113 luxury accommodations at Walker Hotel showcases timeless and progressive charm with Art Deco lines, sleek furnishings and stylish amenities. Guests are walking distance to landmark attractions and neighborhoods such as Washington Square Park, Union Square, The High Line, Meatpacking District, SoHo and Chelsea.

Walker Hotel Greenwich Village is running a fantastic discount on group bookings and the newly opened sister hotel in Tribeca has a great special for the remainder of 2019, with rooms starting at $195.00 per night. Get in touch to make a booking.

The Time Hotel

A hidden gem nestled in the Theater District and just steps from Times Square offers a luxury lifestyle experience for all guests. A destination for the creative class, The Time Hotel draws inspiration from its talented neighbors in the worlds of music, theater and multimedia. Inside a secret world unfolds. Intriguing geometric artwork; a hidden lounge and bar; a surreal elevator ride to perfectly cued accommodations – the further you venture inward, the more exciting your stay becomes.

The Tuscany, St Giles Hotels

Situated on a tree-lined street in the historic Murray Hill neighborhood, The Tuscany – A St Giles Signature Hotel channels its storied past to create a sophisticated experience, combining modern design and fine furnishings with the thoughtful touches of a bygone era. Set apart from the crowd in the center of town, The Tuscany is your oasis in the city, offering quiet luxury and elegant comfort in the heart of Manhattan.

Hotel 50 Bowery

Created to excite international explorers, creative professionals and New York locals alike, Hotel 50 Bowery celebrates the energy of New York—with a richly-textured design style, cultural discoveries and a magnetic nightlife. Located in the middle of a medley of restaurants, shopping, and galleries, the pet-friendly urban oasis offers modern furnishings, an on-site art exhibit, and the most incredible panoramic views of New York City from our glass-enclosed rooftop deck, The Crown.

San Carlos Hotel

The San Carlos Hotel brings spacious, apartment-style living and personalized service to the heart of Midtown Manhattan. With room sizes starting at 350 square feet and home-style conveniences like Wi-Fi and kitchenettes with coffeemakers, mini fridges and microwaves, they’re a fantastic choice for business travelers, couples and families. Not to mention, their Garden Terrace Penthouse Suite has nearly 1,500 square feet of space and a wraparound, outdoor expansive terrace, providing incredible views of the Manhattan skyline which can be admired from the ceiling to floor windows throughout.


Ideally placed at the corner of Park Avenue and 38th St in the annex of Murray Hill, Kitano offers a tranquil and relaxing oasis from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. Where traditional Eastern graciousness meets modern Western hospitality, indulge in an array of upscale services, including valet parking, two restaurants, and Wi-Fi access at this urban sanctuary in Midtown. Steps from iconic landmarks and famed local attractions including the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, and Times Square.

Kimpton Ink 48

Accessibly located in Midtown’s hip Hell’s Kitchen, Ink 48 welcome the creative types who want a genuine Manhattan immersion complete with micro-bars, flea markets, underground donut shops and other hidden gems to uncover. Situated near some of New York City’s newest marvels like The Glasshouse event space or Manhattan’s newest neighborhood, Hudson Yards, you’ll always be a stone’s throw away from unforgettable experiences. Fall in love with their bold design and loft-like comfort in one of the 222 guestrooms and suites, most with city or river views (or both).

Whether you’re looking to organise some pre-Christmas shopping, a place to spend the holiday season, or thinking ahead to those January sales, we can find the perfect place for you. For more information, or to book your dream New York City getaway, get in touch. Julian

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