Five of the best budget hotels in New York City

New York accommodation doesn't come cheap, especially in desirable parts of the city. But it is possible to stay somewhere convenient and clean without shelling out hundreds of dollars a night.

Here are five hotels that are well-located, rate highly on TripAdvisor and other booking sites, and are pretty affordable by New York standards.

Of course, at these prices you'll have to sacrifice some amenities. But look on the bright side: you'll spend less time in your hotel room and more time out exploring the city, which is how you'll really get your money's worth.

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The Jane Hotel

This quirky hotel could be a Wes Anderson set with its uniformed bellhops and ship's cabin rooms. The seafaring theme has to do with the hotel's history - it was built in 1908 to lodge sailors and famously hosted Titanic survivors in 1912. Space is tight in the majority of the cabins and bathrooms are mostly communal. But the West Village location can't be beat; the Whitney Museum, the High Line, and the chi chi Meatpacking District are so close you won't even bother with the hotel's complimentary bicycles.

Double rooms with shared bathrooms from $US89, www.thejanenyc.com

Hotel 31 and Hotel 17

There are several other properties in this family of hotels, which are sensibly named for the street they're located on. They're all solid choices but 31 and 17 have the best locations (near the Empire State Building and Union Square, respectively) as well as the best reviews. The rooms are spotless although the interiors are extremely dated - we're talking floral wallpaper and ornate wooden paneling. Rates are reasonable for the location, especially if you're willing to forgo an ensuite bathroom.

Double rooms with shared bathrooms from $US89, www.hotel31.com and www.hotel17ny.com

St. Marks Hotel

This no-frills hotel isn't for everyone, but if you don't mind roughing it a bit you'll be right in the thick of downtown nightlife. The East Village has the highest concentration of bars in the city as well as restaurants and venues galore - which also means it's noisy at night so pack a pair of earplugs. Guests report that the rooms are clean, the beds are hard, the staff is friendly and the location is awesome. The hotel doesn't have an elevator, so be prepared to lug your bags up the stairs and to pay upfront in cash.

Double rooms from $US92, http://stmarkshotel.net

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Pod Hotel

There are already two of these slick capsule hotels in Manhattan, but a third location will soon be added in Brooklyn's uber-trendy Williamsburg neighbourhood. It's a prime location one subway stop from Manhattan, although there's so much to do within walking distance of the hotel that you could easily spend the bulk of your time in Brooklyn. Like Pod's other properties, this one will have tiny rooms and large common areas - and hopefully the same moderate prices despite the area's cool quotient.

www.thepodhotel.com

LIC Hotel

An affordable three star hotel with an almost perfect TripAdvisor rating? Welcome to Queens, which doesn't yet have Manhattan's prices or Brooklyn's cachet. That means you can get extra bang for your buck - like an on-site gym and complimentary hot breakfast - while staying only one subway stop away from midtown Manhattan. But don't overlook the neighbourhood itself, which has some worthy bars and restaurants as well as MoMA's sister museum, MoMA PS1.

Double rooms from $US90, www.lichotelny.com

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