The Manhattan neighborhood of Chinatown is a sprawling and rich one. While many visitors think that if they want to visit Chinatown they need to stay elsewhere, that is not at all the case. The hotels in Chinatown run the gamut and can boost the coffers of your traveling budget. Obviously traveling at certain times of the year (New Years, summer, big events in the area) will run you a little more, but you may actually be able to find a lot more value in a place like Chinatown during these busier times and even more of a discount during the downtimes.
Hotels in Chinatown New York City: New World Hotel (101 Bowery New York, NY 10002. 212-226-5522. www.worldhotelinc.com): If you’re looking for an authentic New York City Chinatown experience, you can’t go wrong at the New World Hotel right on the Bowery in Manhattan. New World Hotel has many different style rooms with different layouts and designs for different guest configurations. Not all the rooms have private showers so you should call ahead and make sure you’re getting the room you’re looking for. However sharing isn’t a big deal to many people and can result in significant savings. New World Hotel does not have an elevator on site and pets are not allowed at this hotel so you should be aware of that. The property looks to have once been apartments which were converted due to the commercialization of the neighborhood. These factors shouldn’t stop you from seeking value and comfort at the New World Hotel.
Hotels in Chinatown New York City: Hotel 91 (91 East Broadway New York, NY 10002. 646-438-6600. www.hotel91.com): Having worked there when they first opened up, I have a special affinity for the Hotel 91 than many of the other hotels in the area. However Hotel 91 also holds a special place in my memory because I lived there for about six weeks when I had relocated to Manhattan from the west coast. Regardless, there are many good things about the Hotel 91; price, location, private bathrooms, attentive staff, and the manager over there has been there as long as the hotel’s been open so he can answer just about any neighborhood or hotel question you’ve got. The Hotel 91 is right by the elevated train but East Broadway is quiet enough and the trains don’t regularly run on that line all night on the weekends and if memory serves only twice an hour on the overnights during the week.
Hotels in Chinatown New York City: Sun Bright Hotel (140 Hester St. New York, NY 10013. 212-226-7070. www.sunbrighthotel.com): Another property located in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown is the Sun Bright Hotel. Sun Bright Hotel has many of the same attributes as New World Hotel with each room being appointed with TV, phone, central air/heat, wireless internet, free newspapers, free HBO, no elevator, and no pet’s policy. Sun Bright Hotel also has a compromised bathroom situation which you should inquire about before making your reservation because Sun Bright Hotel also appears to be converted apartments. However the Sun Bright Hotel’s central location on Hester between Canal and Grand Streets means that travelers are going to be able to get anywhere in the neighborhood and beyond without any difficulty at all.
Hotels in Chinatown New York City: Conclusion: Hotels run the gamut in New York City; especially so in Chinatown. While you’re not going to find The Plaza downtown, most that are staying down in Chinatown aren’t looking for The Plaza. There are your chain hotels like Days Inn but consider these three or others if you’re looking for an authentic New York City Chinatown experience.