Budget Hotels, Expensive Cities: New York City

by Justin Ocean

Hotel East Houston, Lower East Side, New York City

From huddled masses to hungover ones, the Hotel East Houston's transformation from crumbling tenement to hipster hideout is emblematic of the new Lower East Side. But unlike at the neighboring Thompson LES or Hotel on Rivington the struggling creative class can actually afford the new luxe behind Hotel East Houston's six-story historical brick facade. The 42 small, high-spec rooms dip as low as $199 for singles and $229 for doubles, and feature a rich palette of gold and wood, baroque wallpaper, and marble bathrooms offset with a frosted glass divider, all in boudoirlike chiaroscuro. Wi-Fi, local calls, bottles of Fiji water, and continental breakfast come free, and the private ownership comes through in friendly staff. Based here in the bustling borderlands of the LES, Nolita, East Village, and Bowery, night owls and cool hunters will be well situated; you can't walk a block without hitting a bar, gallery, live music venue, hole-in-the-wall restaurant, or boutique. BYO cocktails on the rooftop terrace, with the lights of Midtown twinkling to the north, is a great way to kick off the night.

Hotel East Houston
151 E. Houston Street
Lower East Side
New York City, New York
Tel: 212 777 0012

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