Where to stay in NYC without going broke | Hotels, airbnb and more

Where to stay in NYC without going broke | Hotels, airbnb and more

Hey there it's Sarah and today I'm going to be your New York City guide on where
to stay when visiting New York City. There are so many options and it's
extremely overwhelming. Plus it can be really expensive. Did you know that
average price of a hotel here in New York is three hundred and fifty dollars
a night? Pretty crazy. So today I'm gonna walk you through some of the ones that I
think are incredibly unique and worth staying at that are under that 350
dollar mark. Let's begin our journey through New York City's hotel scene but
before I do this I want to give you two quick tips. Number one if you are on a
budget a good option is Airbnb. You can find Airbnb places for as little as $30
a night here. It may be sketchy if it's $30 a night, just a heads up, but pretty
good ones are like $70. So number two the best time to visit if you're trying to
spend the least amount of money is actually in January and the reason is
because it's freezing here and we have less tourists in January.
Everyone comes for the holidays. That's the most expensive time to come so the
prices of hotels can be cut by five times from New Year's Eve to the end of
the first week of January. Okay? So if you're looking to spend the least amount
of money visiting New York come in January it'll be the cheapest. With that
said let's begin our tour of New York City's hotel scene some of my favorites
come along.
I'm here at the Paper Factory Hotel where you can stay in what was once a
100 year old paper factory that's now been renovated into a beautiful
industrial style hotel. The renovations here cost 27 million dollars and were
completed in 2012 I love the style here. Plus the location is in Long Island City which
is only a 15-minute ride from Manhattan with beautiful city views. I love this
area in particular because it's at the crossroads of Kaufman Studios and
Astoria, which is a very international area. It's one of my favorite areas. I
actually lived there for two years and they also have Queens Comfort there
which is a great brunch spot that I talked about in one of my other videos.
So tons of stuff to do in this area. Close to the city yet still far enough
to have a whole real New Yorker experience, like a local. The eclectic
decor and artistic ambiance here are enriched by modern industrial accents
reminiscent of the building's past as a paper mill Factory.
Right here! They even have a game room with shuffle board and ping pong. So there's plenty
of activities to do here even if you're not out exploring the city.
I'm here at
James New York. This is a hotel in Soho and I like this spot for a couple of
reasons. One being their rooftop pool bar called Jimmy at the James, which I've
talked about before in my video on best bars of New York. They're also
conveniently located in Soho which is near tons of local shops, local
restaurants. This is a place that you want to go if you want a more local New
Yorker experience. They're also a very contemporary and artistic hotel which
brings a really nice vibe. This is their penthouse suite it's freakin beautiful
and the views I can't even imagine how this looks at night. It's an amazing view
of the World Trade Center as well. The hotel is conceived and designed as a
locally inspired artistically approachable and community focused and
environmentally thoughtful hotel which is perfect for the creative set seeking
authenticity and a connection to themselves and others.
The James approach is to help you open your mind, nourish your spirit, and create
an environment that allows you to be your best self and of course what better
way to do that than a penthouse suite but they also have tons of regular rooms
available which are just as beautiful. So this is their rooftop pool behind
me and it's connected to a bar that serves cocktails with ingredients that
are grown fresh from their garden. There's not a lot of bars in the city
that do something like this and you get a beautiful pool
which is open during the warmer seasons of the year. You can find out when it's
open on their site, not a lot of places in the city have pools especially pools
that with views like this. So you can literally walk right from their pool and
then come in here and now you're in their bar and this bar is awesome.
They have floor-to-ceiling length windows over here and just tons of
seating area the cocktails are really high quality so I definitely recommend
stopping here when you're in the city. I mean just stay here it's way easier and
you can come up any time of day. The James Hotel also has two awesome dining
options. One is the David Burke Kitchen which is an award-winning restaurant.
They have an inventive culinary style that showcases authentic regionally
sourced and thoughtfully selected market fresh cuisine and you'll also find
outside, during the warmer seasons of the year, the David Burke garden and this is
a great place to come enjoy a cocktail and just bask in the Sun. Plus it's a fun
gardening vibe. If you don't know who David Burke is he's an American chef and
he's appeared on Iron Chef America so he's kind of a big
deal here.
Hotel Giraffe is located on Park Avenue and 26th Street which makes
it walking distance to the Empire State Building and conveniently located near
tourist attractions like the Sex Museum, which you have to be over 18, so kids hold
it together, alright? Also the Math Museum, which sounds terrible but honestly it's
really cool and I hate math so that means a lot that I'm saying that. Plus I
love this place because they have complimentary wine and cheese hour every
night for guests from 5:00 to 8:00 in their lobby with a live pianist and if
you eat next door at this one Bread and Tulips then you'll get 20% off because
you're a guest of Hotel Giraffe. The rooms are beautifully decorated with
settled giraffe art, plus two-thirds of the rooms actually have a balcony
overlooking Park Avenue like the one right behind me and it's actually really
rare to have a balcony at a New York hotel, especially one that's reasonably
priced like this one. This rooftop is open during the warmer months and they
sometimes even serve drinks out here. What I like to do when I say is go
downstairs get my breakfast and then bring it up here and the best way to
start the day on a New York City rooftop just enjoying
the views. So highly recommended they're also part of The Library Hotel
Collection and next up I will be talking about The Library Hotel and I'm going to
show you this one with it's very unique library theme. So let's go!
I'm here at
The Library Hotel, now this is one of my favorite hotels in New York because it
has such a unique theme. It's literally themed
to a library so each floor is based off the Dewey Decimal System meaning that
each floor has its own category. I'm on the religion floor right now and each
room on the religion floor has its own subcategory they have Buddhism, Mythology,
Native American. I'm here in the Native American room and every book and piece
of artwork in this room has to do with Native Americans. The other really cool
thing about this hotel is that you can actually take home advance copies of
books that haven't been published yet by Simon and Schuster and bring it back
home with you. I mean this is literally a book lovers dream hotel. Just like Hotel
Giraffe, they have wine and cheese hour that is complimentary for guests here.
Which is super awesome because drinking is expensive in New York that's the
bottom line, so this saves you some money. Plus it's classy I mean that is like the
best way to enjoy your afternoon. I'm here at the rooftop bar at the library
hotel and it's absolutely beautiful right now it's raining outside which
sucks because normally you can go out and enjoy this beautiful Terrace that
overlooks Madison Avenue. Also this is open all day for guests. For the public
you can come starting at 4:00 and it transforms into "Bookmarks" which is a
high quality of cocktail bar essentially. But the cocktails are incredible. I'm
telling you, as a craft cocktail enthusiast this place qualifies plus
they have really good appetizers. Thank you for watching this video though. If
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York, I have tons of them to help you plan your trip. Thanks for watching
follow me on Instagram and I will see you next time.
Now I am going back to lay down because I am exhausted.
Ok bye! That's enough for today.