There’s nothing quite like visiting New York City over Thanksgiving weekend and taking in the Macy’s parade, holiday activities, shopping and “pre-Christmas cheer” in all its splendor.
But how do you do it without breaking the bank? Considering that average nightly hotel rates during Thanksgiving in New York can reach well above $500 per night, getting a deal is no small task.
Good news, Cheapos, we’ve been keeping an eye on hotel prices for Thanksgiving’s big-ticket nights (Wednesday, November 27th through Sunday, December 1st) and were pleasantly surprised by the number of affordable hotel options still available.
Let us preface this by saying that hotels in New York, by and large, aren’t always cheap. In fact, during peak times the rates have a tendency to become fairly outrageous. Fortunately, our editors have scouted out dozens of budget hotel options that are central, cheap, clean and perfect locations to explore this wonderful city.
Here are five of our favorites that have availability and reasonable rates for this Thanksgiving holiday. Note: Rates quoted are based on double occupancy for searches conducted on Thursday, 10/10/19. Rates will likely increase as we get closer to the holiday.
#1: The Jane Hotel
113 Jane Street in Greenwich Village / West Village
Thanksgiving Weekend Price: From $125
Perk: Charming neighborhood and free bicycles for guests
From our review: “Part SRO (Single Room Occupancy) and part hipster den, the Jane Hotel is a beautiful beast, a glammed-up flophouse in a gorgeous ‘hood. And best of all for visiting Cheapos, the Jane offers twin rooms with shared bath for low prices.”
Staying in the West Village is a treat that will usually cost you a bundle. If you’re looking for something that’s a little bit quirky and fun, The Jane might be for you.
#2: Pod 51 Hotel
230 East 51st St. in Midtown East / Murray Hill
Thanksgiving Price: $189
Perk: In the heart of Midtown near the subway
From our review: “The two-star Pod Hotel is an appealing and affordable option in the heart of Midtown East, offering well-designed (if tight) rooms with seriously low rates.”
The rooms might be really tiny but they’re also well-designed with a modern look. If you don’t mind sharing a bathroom, you’ll have a great location near Grand Central Terminal and the United Nations. The famous Fifth Avenue stores and holiday window displays are also a quick stroll away.
#3: Seafarers & International House
123 East 15th St. Broome Street in Union Square / Gramercy
Thanksgiving Price: $102
Perk: Near Union Square’s holiday market
From our review: “The Seafarers and International House is run by the Augustana Lutheran mission as, officially at least, a sanctuary for sailors and sojourners… In addition to its great location, a stone’s throw from Union Square, and affordable rates, the Seafarers and International House provides a friendly — if undeniably religious — atmosphere.”
Rooms might be basic, but with an incredible location like this for such a cheap price, we’ll happily hop on board!
#4: Hotel 31
120 East 31st Street in Murray Hill
Thanksgiving Price: $143
Perk: Old-school neighborhood feel close to Midtown.
From our review: “Hotel 31 offers simple, clean rooms and is a dependably inexpensive alternative to the pricier hotels crowding the neighborhood. All rooms are equipped with television and air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi is offered for free throughout the hotel.”
Hotel 31’s location is a 10-minute walk to Grand Central and the Empire State Building, and the neighborhood has lots of affordable restaurants.
#5: Mayfair New York
242 West 49th Street in the Theater District
Thanksgiving Price: $223
Perk: Stay close to the parade.
From our review: “A love song to “classic New York,” the Mayfair Hotel shows its age, but the simple three-star hotel is a good value for the unfussy traveler looking for a clean, central place to sleep…”
Room decor is a bit busy and floral, and a far cry from contemporary, but it charmed us, as did the hotel’s old-fashioned lobby and superb Theater District location (it shares the block, in fact, with two Broadway theaters).
Which one would you choose, Cheapos?
Are you headed to New York this Thanksgiving? Tell us about your hotel! Also, if you’re planning a visit, be sure to read our previous post on the best spots to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade.