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Best Affordable Hotels in New York City's Chinatown

Updated on May 2, 2011

Where to find affordable hotels in the Big Apple

New York City's Chinatown in lower Manhattan has some of the most affordable and budget hotels for travelers who don't want to spend too much, yet stay in a decent neighborhood with plenty of sights and shopping nearby. It's an ideal location for exploring all parts of New York City including the theater districts, museums, Times Square, Central Park and downtown Manhattan because there are many subway stations near hotels in Chinatown. It's also a perfect place for budget travelers since Chinatown has the cheapest eats out of all the ethnic neighborhoods that make up the Big Apple.

Located in lower Manhattan, Chinatown is a very robust neighborhood that never ceases to grow. In a diverse city such as New York, staying in Chinatown will also put you close to Little Italy for the best Cannoli on the east coast to Little Brazil in mid-town. Though there are many Chinatowns in the 5 boroughs of New York City, the one in Manhattan is the original and very strategic for visitors who want to get around the many tourist attractions that draw millions of visitors from all over the world every year.

New York City's hotels are considered expensive but you can find really good deals if you know where to go. Though many are affordable especially in Chinatown which is an ideal location for budget travelers visiting NYC. One of the best ways to find deals and special discounts for hotels in New York City is to reserve your hotel room through the services of an online hotel agency that is based and specializes in hotels in the USA.

A few of the most highly recommended hotel agency for making hotel reservations in New York City is and, both are very reliable companies and trusted sources for last minute room deals in the Big Apple. From my research both are the best websites to reserve hotel rooms in New York City.

However if both companies do not have room availabilities for the hotel of your choice take a look at's New York City hotel lists. They are huge Internet hotel agency that specializes in the Asian hotel market but appear to have a lot of leverage on obtaining last minute hotel deals in all of the 5 boroughs that make up New York City.

Holiday Inn Downtown Manhattan Hotel
Holiday Inn Downtown Manhattan Hotel

Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel Review

Bordering Chinatown, Little Italy and Soho, Holiday Inn Downtown has no shortage of eclectic neighborhoods to visit from its doorsteps.

It's not the newest hotel in the neighborhood, matter of fact this Holiday Inn was one one of the first big name hotels to arrive in the areas growing popularity. The rooms here are a bit old but it's well maintained to keep up its reputation for clean rooms, friendly and professional service.

The hotel is just a few blocks from the souvenir shops in Canal Street and the entrance to the number 6 train line as well as the A, C, E, so whether it's the east or west side you want to get to you won't have any troubles at all. Do try the dim sum at the hotels restaurant, you won't regret it.

Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel
Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel

Best Western Bowery Hanbee

Bowery Street is not too far away from Canal Street, Little Italy and the old Jewish quarters of the lower east side. And it's about time a nice big hotel such as the Best Western is supplanted a rapidly changing Chinatown.

The Best Western is the newest hotel in Chinatown offering reasonable rates. Okay, the prices here are a bit pricey (although deals can be found) but if you are traveling in a group you will save a lot of money by eating at the nearby Chinese restaurants surrounding the hotel.

Since the Best Western Hanbee is new the furnishings are very modern and comfortable. Most importantly the size of the rooms are quite spacious and not cramped as most newer hotels are being built today.

Comfort Inn Manhattan Bridge Hotel
Comfort Inn Manhattan Bridge Hotel

Comfort Inn Manhattan Bridge Hotel

Comfort Inn is another budget branded hotel making a foray on the heel's of Chinatown's popularity. Though it's located more towards the lower east side's old Jewish quarters all you have to do to get to Chinatown is simply take a walk across the park.

This is a new hotel but the rooms here are small and compact but comfortable if you are not planning to cram too many people inside.

The nearest train stations here is on Grand Street which is only a few blocks away from Comfort Inn. For those into the bar scene take a short walk to Orchard or Hester Street where many sleek watering holes are popping up all over the area.

Hotel 91
Hotel 91

Hotel 91

Hotel 91 is named after its street address 91 East Broadway. This location is as Chinatown as it gets. I mean that by the sheer amount of Chinese markets, restaurants and shops surrounding the hotel.

This is also a new hotel so the rooms are smaller but clean and sufficient for a good stay int he city. One word of caution though since the Manhattan Bridge is immediately right above the hotel you will hear the rumbling noise of the subway running on the bridge's tracks.

The F train station is about a good 15 minute walk from the hotel, but there is an M15 bus stop just a few minutes from the doorsteps. There are also a few locally run bus stations that can take you to Boston, Washington or Philadelphia for like $20 or so USD near the hotel.


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      Edwin Clark 7 years ago from Thailand by way of New York

      Hey travelespresso! Yes the hotels in these neighborhoods are in safe areas. I do understand your concern though, sadly NYC is seeing an increase in crime and it really breaks my heart.

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      travelespresso 7 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Great summary of some budget hotels in the NYC area. What's the safety around this area for a sole female EC? That's one of my main considerations.