(Last Updated On: January 11, 2024)

I’ve found some great places to stay in New York City over my 3 most recent trips. I’d recommend each of them depending on your circumstances and preferences. See below for some great New York City Lodging ideas!

Pod 39 – great for solo travelers

Pod 39 accuratly calls itself chic and budget friendly. I stayed here on a 5 night solo trip and it was perfect for me! Clean, safe, great location, close to Grand Central Station. Perfect space for a solo traveller. I think with even one other person it would be pretty cramped. It felt a bit like a ship stateroom.

The hotel has a Rooftop Bar and Lounge which is open seasonally. There is also a tavern with some food offerings and a pool table called Allerton Club. Free coffee and for sale continental breakfast items are available in the morning.

There are a couple of other Pod Hotels which I imagine are similarly good. This one is on 39th Street near Grand Central Station, another one is 12 blocks uptown on 51st Street, and a third is near Times Square.


Hyatt Centric Times Square – great for couples or families

Great location 1/2 a block away from Times Square. Good location for a first visit to NYC when you might want to want to see a bunch of tourist stuff in a short time. We stayed here on a visit when we saw the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade and it was a short walk 1 1/2 blocks east to reach the parade route.

This is a new-ish Hyatt ($$$) with tiny NYC sized hotel rooms. Still roomy enough if you get a two queen bed room for a family. There is a restaurant off the lobby as well as a billion restaurants in the general area.

Also, there’s a cool rooftop bar, Bar 54, with nice city views. 

BlueGround – furnished apartment for rental of at least 30 days

This company has furnished apartments all over NYC to rent for a minimum of 30 days at a time. They also rent in many other cities. They have a good website with lots of photos and information about the apartments. You can filter the results in many different ways including buildings with a doorman, apartments with a workspace, laundry facilities, etc. 

I booked a one bedroom apartment on W. 34th Street when I stayed for 5 weeks and worked remotely from NYC! It was one of the most fun and exciting things I’ve ever done! Booking through an established company who handled everything made me feel very safe as a solo female traveler. I ended up in an apartment building with a doorman which really added to my ease of mind from a security perspective.

BlueGround has a mobile app which you can use to contact them at any time for assistance. I used the app a couple of times. Once when my bathtub wouldn’t drain and another time when one of the blinds wouldn’t work correctly. Their response was quick and the problems were resolved smoothly.


Manhattan is such an amazing place to visit! I think having a place to stay that makes you happy is part of that joy! Please let me know if you have any lodging recommendations for me to try next time I visit! Thanks for reading!


Map of Mentioned Lodging

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