Hey there it’s Sarah and today I’m going
to be your New York City guide on where to stay when visiting New York City.
There are so many options and it’s extremely overwhelming. Plus it can be
really expensive. Did you know that average price of a hotel here in New
York is three hundred and fifty dollars a night? Pretty crazy. So today I’m gonna
walk you through some of the ones that I think are incredibly unique and worth
staying at that are under that 350 dollar mark. Let’s begin our journey
through New York City’s hotel scene but before I do this I want to give you two
quick tips. Number one if you are on a budget a good option is Airbnb. You can
find Airbnb places for as little as $30 a night here. It may be sketchy if it’s
$30 a night, just a heads up, but pretty good ones are like $70. So number two the
best time to visit if you’re trying to spend the least amount of money is
actually in January and the reason is because it’s freezing here
and we have less tourists in January. Everyone comes for the holidays. That’s
the most expensive time to come so the prices of hotels can be cut by five
times from New Year’s Eve to the end of the first week of January. Okay? So if
you’re looking to spend the least amount of money visiting New York come in
January it’ll be the cheapest. With that said let’s begin our tour of New York
City’s hotel scene some of my favorites come along. I’m here at the Paper Factory Hotel
where you can stay in what was once a 100 year old paper factory that’s now
been renovated into a beautiful industrial style hotel. The renovations
here cost 27 million dollars and were completed in 2012 I love the style here.
Plus the location is in Long Island City which is only a 15-minute ride from Manhattan
with beautiful city views. I love this area in particular because it’s at the
crossroads of Kaufman Studios and Astoria, which is a very international
area. It’s one of my favorite areas. I actually lived there for two years and
they also have Queens Comfort there which is a great brunch spot that I
talked about in one of my other videos. So tons of stuff to do in this area.
Close to the city yet still far enough to have a whole real New Yorker
experience, like a local. The eclectic decor and artistic ambiance here are
enriched by modern industrial accents reminiscent of the building’s past as a
paper mill Factory. Right here! They even have a game room with shuffle board and ping pong. So there’s plenty of activities to do here even if you’re
not out exploring the city. I’m here at James New York. This is a hotel in Soho
and I like this spot for a couple of reasons. One being their rooftop pool bar
called Jimmy at the James, which I’ve talked about before in my video on best
bars of New York. They’re also conveniently located in Soho which is
near tons of local shops, local restaurants. This is a place that you
want to go if you want a more local New Yorker experience. They’re also a very
contemporary and artistic hotel which brings a really nice vibe. This is their
penthouse suite it’s freakin beautiful and the views I can’t even imagine how
this looks at night. It’s an amazing view of the World Trade Center as well. The
hotel is conceived and designed as a locally inspired artistically
approachable and community focused and environmentally thoughtful hotel which
is perfect for the creative set seeking authenticity and a connection to
themselves and others. The James approach is to help you open
your mind, nourish your spirit, and create an environment that allows you to be
your best self and of course what better way to do that than a penthouse suite
but they also have tons of regular rooms available which are just as beautiful.
So this is their rooftop pool behind me and it’s connected to a bar that
serves cocktails with ingredients that are grown fresh from their garden.
There’s not a lot of bars in the city that do something like this and you get
a beautiful pool which is open during the warmer seasons
of the year. You can find out when it’s open on their site, not a lot of places
in the city have pools especially pools that with views like this. So you can
literally walk right from their pool and then come in here and now you’re in
their bar and this bar is awesome. They have floor-to-ceiling length
windows over here and just tons of seating area the cocktails are really
high quality so I definitely recommend stopping here when you’re in the city. I
mean just stay here it’s way easier and you can come up any time of day.
The James Hotel also has two awesome dining options. One is the David Burke Kitchen
which is an award-winning restaurant. They have an inventive culinary style
that showcases authentic regionally sourced and thoughtfully selected market
fresh cuisine and you’ll also find outside, during the warmer seasons of the
year, the David Burke garden and this is a great place to come enjoy a cocktail
and just bask in the Sun. Plus it’s a fun gardening vibe. If you don’t know who
David Burke is he’s an American chef and he’s appeared on
Iron Chef America so he’s kind of a big deal here. Hotel Giraffe is located on
Park Avenue and 26th Street which makes it walking distance to the Empire State
Building and conveniently located near tourist attractions like the Sex Museum,
which you have to be over 18, so kids hold it together, alright? Also the Math Museum, which sounds terrible but honestly it’s really cool and I hate math so that
means a lot that I’m saying that. Plus I love this place because they have
complimentary wine and cheese hour every night for guests from 5:00 to 8:00 in
their lobby with a live pianist and if you eat next door at this one Bread and
Tulips then you’ll get 20% off because you’re a guest of Hotel Giraffe. The rooms are beautifully decorated with settled giraffe art, plus two-thirds of
the rooms actually have a balcony overlooking Park Avenue like the one
right behind me and it’s actually really rare to have a balcony at a New York
hotel, especially one that’s reasonably priced like this one. This rooftop is
open during the warmer months and they sometimes even serve drinks out here.
What I like to do when I say is go downstairs get my breakfast and then
bring it up here and the best way to start the day
on a New York City rooftop just enjoying the views. So highly recommended they’re
also part of The Library Hotel Collection and next up I will be talking
about The Library Hotel and I’m going to show you this one with it’s very unique
library theme. So let’s go! I’m here at The Library Hotel, now this is one of my
favorite hotels in New York because it has such a unique theme. It’s literally
themed to a library so each floor is based off
the Dewey Decimal System meaning that each floor has its own category. I’m on
the religion floor right now and each room on the religion floor has its own
subcategory they have Buddhism, Mythology, Native American. I’m here in the Native
American room and every book and piece of artwork in this room has to do with
Native Americans. The other really cool thing about this hotel is that you can
actually take home advance copies of books that haven’t been published yet by
Simon and Schuster and bring it back home with you. I mean this is literally a
book lovers dream hotel. Just like Hotel Giraffe, they have wine and cheese hour
that is complimentary for guests here. Which is super awesome because drinking
is expensive in New York that’s the bottom line, so this saves you some money. Plus it’s classy I mean that is like the best way to enjoy your afternoon. I’m
here at the rooftop bar at the library hotel and it’s absolutely beautiful
right now it’s raining outside which sucks because normally you can go out
and enjoy this beautiful Terrace that overlooks Madison Avenue. Also this is
open all day for guests. For the public you can come starting at 4:00 and it
transforms into “Bookmarks” which is a high quality of cocktail bar essentially.
But the cocktails are incredible. I’m telling you, as a craft cocktail
enthusiast this place qualifies plus they have really good appetizers. Thank
you for watching this video though. If you enjoyed it remember to subscribe to
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plan your trip. Thanks for watching follow me on Instagram and I will see
you next time. Now I am going back to lay down because I am exhausted. Ok bye! That’s enough for today.