findIn my many months of travel, there is one peculiar thing that i have noticed. Many people usually give up good deals even before they try to get one. Bartering as an art seems to be lost on most folks as is the art of comparison-shopping. Every cent that you save while on vacation or travel when making purchases on food, accommodation and transport is an extra cent that you have to spend on adventure and entertainment.

In the awesome city of New York, there is much that you can do as you go about your business here and a vacation in this city is like an Alice’s adventures in wonderland. This city has so much to offer that its hard to know where to start from. One of the things that i would strongly recommend is to make arrangements to save some cash before landing in New York. You can do this by taking time each evening to reflect and take notes about whom you’ve had a chance to talk to and what they offered you in terms of price & perks for accommodations.

Be Resourceful

Due to high competition, many hotels in New York are willing to offer perks to their clients in order for them to sleep in their hotels. The managers of these hotels are aggressive in selling the properties they manage since they know the more rooms they fill the more money they will make for the hotels resulting in secure jobs for themselves. If you are aggressive enough and make notes of the hotels you’ve had a chance to visit and make tentative arrangements with, you will most likely work out a deal with one of them that is better that what they originally offered you.

new york picnikThis method will probably not work if you try to secure a deal during a weekend that is popular for travel so it is not a good idea to search for accommodation in New York if you’re considering a popular holiday or an extended weekend for your trip. Other than that the rest of the weekends are open for grabs unless there are some large or popular local events that will pull in a huge crowd for the local hotel industry.

Remember what i said in the beginning that many people usually give up good deals even before they try to get one? Not only can you get better deals by comparing competing hotels in New York, but can also get free perks such as meals, tickets to shows, spa packages at the respective hotels and gift certificates at the hotel gift store. You will be surprised at the length hotel managers will go in order to get business from you. The manager will be willing to risk doing business with you on the assumption that he will make up the “losses” in add-on and other purchases.

Observe Tipping

tippingPlease remember to be a generous tipper as some New York hotel managers can get angry and confuse being frugal or cheap. Being cheap is one thing and being frugal another. If you treat the staff badly they will remember you long after you’re gone! But lets not go there as that is another long story all together. The trick is being polite and nice when dealing with hotel managers over the telephone and going with your best deal.

Please remember that the best deal is not necessarily getting the cheapest room. Look at it this way; if you are getting one or two meals per day when staying with the hotel yet you are only paying 5 or 10 dollars more a day, then i believe you are getting a very fair bargain, particularly if one of those meals is dinner.

3 thoughts on “How to Find Cheap New York City Hotels


  • Sylvia says:

    Most hotels observe early booking discounts, especially during off-season times. I guess they usually drop their rates up to 50% off during off-seasons. Good luck!

  • Gordon says:

    Most cheap finds are not well-maintained buildings. I experienced some cockroaches under my beddings the last time I booked on a cheap hotel. I guess quality and price really are relative.

  • Dina says:

    Yeah, I agree, tipping is customary to most Hotels – even on other places not just New York. Most people tend to give out their best service to those that appreciate them well. Giving out tips is the best way to show how you appreciate people. 🙂