New York Week: Where to Stay

New York Where to Stay

Booking New York accommodation is pretty overwhelming, because there’s so much choice and everything is expensive. I usually stay in SoHo, because that’s the area of New York I’m most familiar with, but for my latest visit to the city I thought it was time to try something new. So I set up camp with my friend Daniella in Murray Hill and Central Manhattan, which actually worked out great because it was easy for us to travel both uptown and downtown (like J.Lo before us, we spent a lot of time on the 6).

We split our trip in two, staying at a budget destination and a luxe boutique hotel, and we were highly impressed by both choices. So here’s a brief review if you’re wondering where to stay on your next visit to New York…

On a Budget: Pod 39

Pod 39 New York
Pod 39 New York Guide
Where to Stay in New York Budget

Both Daniella and I had heard a lot of great things about the budget Pod hotels, so we decided to spend our last two nights in New York at Pod 39, which is a few blocks away from Grand Central, located just between 3rd and Lexington Ave.

The Pros: Although our bunk pod was tiny the room was so well designed that it didn’t feel as cramped as we expected. The beds were really comfortable, we were able to open the window (a huge bonus, because I hate air conditioning), the shower was incredible, we each had a TV at the end of our bunk, so could watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians in unison, and there was free Wi-Fi access.

The Cons: Almost all of the bunk pods are located near the elevators, so it was fairly noisy throughout the night. Also – as you would expect – there’s no space to properly unpack so you have to live out of your suitcase.

Pod 39 and its sister hotel Pod 51 offer a wide variety of rooms, from bunks to single and double beds, and prices start at around $200 a night, depending on the time of year. {Photos via Pod Hotels}

Affordable Luxury: The Roger

The Roger New York

New York Hotel Guide The Roger
The Roger New York Review

Where to Stay in New York The Roger

I’ve wanted to stay at The Roger hotel on Madison Avenue for many years, because it’s supremely-stylish and has a great central-Manhattan location. And the opportunity finally presented itself on my latest visit to the city.

The Pros: The Roger is beautifully designed, with a stylish exterior and luxurious lobby, so it was a joy to return to at the end of a busy day. We adored the friendly and very dapper hotel staff, who were able to answer all of our most pressing questions (e.g. “where is the nearest Starbucks?”). The beds were insanely comfortable, the rooms were lovely and quiet with windows that opened, and free Wi-Fi access was provided. Plus, many of the rooms have a view of the Empire State Building, which is a pretty incredible sight to wake up to.

The Cons: The only thing we felt could have been improved upon were the showers, which weren’t quite as powerful as those at Pod 39. But that’s just nit-picking. We honestly had no real complaints, and would both return to The Roger in a heartbeat. Daniella is already planning a return visit with her mum…

Rooms at The Roger start from £149 a night, although most sit around the £260-£300 a night mark. {Photos courtesy of Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels}

Where do you like to stay when you visit New York? Share your recommendations in the comments section below…

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Coco’s Tea Party was a guest at The Roger, although all views are my own. Lead image taken with the Olympus Pen E-PL7

  • So helpful, The Roger looks awesome! x

  • christycaplan

    We’re so happy your stay at The Roger Hotel was fabulous. Your pictures tell the whole story – we love them! ~Christy Caplan on behalf of The Roger Hotel

    • cocos_tea_party

      Hi Christy! I absolutely loved it and will definitely be back. Please thank the whole team from me, as they were all so lovely and helpful.