5 Cheap New York City hotels for Thanksgiving visits

See the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for less! Photo: Musicwala

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 2016 in New York hovered around an average of $318 a 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 22st through Sunday, November 25th) 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 recently 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, 10/30/17. Rates will likely increase as we get closer to the holiday.

Jane Hotel

The enchanting lobby at The Jane Hotel.

#1: The Jane Hotel

113 Jane Street in Greenwich Village / West Village
Thanksgiving Price: $113

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.

Pod 51 Hotel

Pod 51 Hotel makes a fun and affordable Thanksgiving stay.

#2: Pod 51 Hotel

230 East 51st St. in Midtown East / Murray Hill
Thanksgiving Price: $175

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.

Seafarers & International House

A clean and comfy room at Seafarers & International House.

#3: Seafarers & International House

123 East 15th St. Broome Street in Union Square / Gramercy
Thanksgiving Price: $186 / night

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!

RIFF Hotel Chelsea

A renovated room at the RIFF Hotel Chelsea.

#4: RIFF Hotel Chelsea

300 West 30th Street in Chelsea
Thanksgiving Price: $186 (for a one-bedroom suite)

Perk: Be near, well, almost everything.

From our review: “Situated a block from Penn Station, the RIFF Hotel Chelsea (formerly Chelsea Star Hotel) offers easy city access and a totally ‘80s aesthetic. Whether you opt to stay in a hostel dormitory, artist-designed room or a deluxe apartment (in the sky), you’ll find the things comfortable and affordable.”

The RIFF Hotel Chelsea’s location next to Penn Station makes it convenient for those catching a train, or the nearby Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Mayfair Hotel

Score an excellent deal at the Mayfair Hotel close to Times Square.

#5: Mayfair New York

242 West 49th Street in the Theater District
Thanksgiving Price: $194

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.