Whether you’re in New York for Carrie-esque shopping sprees, long, lazy brunches in Brooklyn or to get stuck in at the museums, finding accommodation that doesn’t break the bank is nearly impossible. Yet with a number of new concepts forgoing extra luxuries such as room service, you can now book a decent hotel room in New York from as little as £150 a night – impeccable design, accessible locations, rooftop views and Michelin stars included.

Sister City, Bowery

Taking up residence in a former Salvation Army building, Sister City sits at a midway point between Nolita and the Lower East Side. Brought to you by the studio behind Ace Hotel, Sister City differentiates itself with a muted palette and low-key furnishings – think lots of white brick, terrazzo surfaces and potted plants. Hotel guests and Bowery locals can tuck into a breakfast of Jerusalem bagels served with pistachio, labneh and za’atar and banana-macadamia pancakes at the hotel restaurant, Floret. Come evening, linger on the 11th floor, at neighbourhood cocktail bar, Last Light. We’ll be the ones sipping on natural wine and ordering ricotta toast with all the trimmings.

The Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Located in the heart of Brooklyn’s former industrial neighbourhood, this newbie scores points for design, comfort and location. Hygge is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you open the door to your sleek guest room, done up in tasteful Scandi style. The turquoise tiled bathrooms with marble sinks and brass handles ask to be snapped on the spot, while the bedrooms feature oak floors, leather stools, custom headboards and wood panelling. On-site restaurant Harvey and two rather quiet, tucked-away bars will soon be joined by a café, a rooftop pool and a bar atop a refurbished water tower.

Boro, Long Island City

Located in Dutch Kills just a short distance from Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Boro is the first design-led boutique property in the rapidly evolving neighbourhood that is home to the MoMA’s PS1. Inside the industrial building, minimalist furnishings incorporating leather, cork and hemp meet the complex’s original concrete and cinderblock shell, scrubbed oak floors and pallet-wood panelling. While none of the 108 guest rooms are exactly alike thanks to collaborations with local design houses, all include floor-to-ceiling windows and custom light fixtures. The whole place feels homely: guests check in at a communal table in the buzzy open-plan lounge, while speciality coffee and cocktails are served in the café. Currently only serving snacks, the hotel will soon launch a ground-floor restaurant along with an outdoor patio and rooftop bar overlooking Queens.

  • +1 718 433 1375
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  • 38-28 27th Street
    Long Island City
    NY 11101

Arlo Hotels, Soho and NoMad

With two prime Manhattan locations and a distinct aesthetic, it’s hard to believe that you can sleep at this stylish hangout for £150 a night. With all major sights at your doorstep, you’re greeted by a light-filled reception area amid concrete columns. The studio, co-working space and lounge are decked out with parquet flooring, bookshelves, artwork, cosy rugs and an eclectic mix of leather and velvet chairs. The NoMad branch has three bars: colourful BARIo, The Heights up on the 31st floor and 24-hour Bodega. Restaurant Massoni serves “Italian-ish” cuisine (think Detroit-style pizza and poached-egg pasta) against a brick backdrop. The rooms are rather small but come with warm walnut furnishings and rain showers, as well as high-speed wifi, LED TV and bluetooth speakers. If your budget stretches to another $100, book a sky-view rooms with wraparound windows – no high-tech TV can compete with Manhattan’s cityscape.

Public, Lower East Side

This popular haunt owned by the Andy Warhol of the hospitality industry and Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager is all about accessible luxury – without front desks, bellboys and room service. Instead, you get a multidimensional space featuring a lively rooftop bar, hidden garden – complete with a magnolia tree, Japanese maples and rhododendrons – neon-lit (and already Insta-famous) escalators and Bose speakers in this 367-room hotel. Whether it’s yoga, club and comedy nights, cocktails or concerts (Angus & Julia Stone will play here next month), Public draws in a creative international set and is making waves in the hotel scene thanks to its laid-back Airbnb vibes.

  • +1 212 735 6000
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  • 215 Chrystie Street
    Lower East Side
    NY 10002

Ace Hotel, Midtown

Ace hotels have established themselves as firm favourites among design-savvy travellers worldwide. While you can no longer expect the most cutting-edge locations, you’re guaranteed chic interiors and an interesting crowd. This midtown Manhattan branch is close to many major sights, though it doesn’t give you many reason to leave the premises: regular artist residencies fill the space with multimedia installations, there’s a 24-hour gym, or you can join the freelance crowd who use the communal spaces as an office. As for food, let the Michelin-starred team speak for itself: sustainably sourced seafood meets farm-fresh meat mains, cocktails are in the hands of experienced mixologists and it goes without saying that you’ll get your artisan flat white. The downside? The budget-friendly rooms may look good on your Insta-story but are less good for the claustrophobically inclined.

The Pod 39, Midtown

Pod by name and by nature, these hotels mean compactness and functionality. But with three locations in New York, they also mean accessibility to the best neighbourhoods. Slap bang in midtown, Pod 39 is a like an upgraded hostel. The rooms are by no means spacious (the queen-sized is akin to your average Manhattan shoebox) and forego minibars and high-tech extravaganza. This branch offers a rooftop bar complete with terracotta columns and brick arches, as well as various indoor communal spaces where crowds of laid-back locals and travellers gather. As for dining, head to Salvation Taco on the first floor; run by Michelin-starred April Bloomfield, internationally inspired fare – think pork belly, kimchi and sticky rice – is served all day in a colourful environment of mismatched furniture.

Gild Hall, Lower Manhattan

If the financial district and Wall Street summon up images of white-collared city types, Gild Hall challenges that in the form of an Aspen-inspired hotel. Mixing luxury country house with contemporary details – think brass, marble and leather interiors – it’s sophisticated but homely. Downstairs, the hotel’s Tuscan restaurant, Felice, brings some dolce vita into your stay with regional fare and an extensive wine list. On the first floor, La Soffitta serves heady cocktails among bottle-lined walls and wine cages displaying a carefully curated collection of Italian vintages.

  • +1 212 232 7700
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  • 15 Gold Street
    Lower Manhattan
    NY 10038

Paper Factory, Long Island City

A far cry from neighbouring Manhattan’s towering skyscrapers, this four-storey hotel with 123 guest rooms mixes industrial accents with vintage furnishings. The former 20th-century factory once manufactured radios and paper, with the past reflected in eclectic interiors. In contrast to the clean lines of its Brooklyn counterparts, retro is the name of the game at this quirky address. Polished concrete floors, metal doors, exposed pipes and expansive windows meet contemporary artwork, sleek lighting and comfortable sofas. From the lobby – complete with a spiral staircase with a central column encased in books – guests have access to a co-working space, gym, café and beer garden.

  • +1 718 392 7200
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  • 37-06 36th Street
    Long Island City
    NY 11101

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