Q I’m a college student in Boston and I would love to go to New York City with a friend. All the hotels all seem to be super-expensive, but we don’t want to couch-surf. Any suggestions for a cheap, non-buggy, New York hotel?
Jarrett Kelley, Lexington
A Start packing. The Wolcott Hotel, just three blocks from the Empire State Building, is offering a $110 rate in honor of its 110th anniversary this March. Book by the end of this month, and you can reserve a room for anytime throughout 2014 at that rate — a discount of more then 50 percent. And this is no fleabag. Located in Murray Hill, the 200-room hotel is an old-school beauty and has hosted guests such as Mark Twain and Buddy Holly. Even at its usual rate, it’s a good deal, cropping up on lists of “best bargain hotels in New York” time and again.
4 West 31st St., between Broadway and Fifth Avenue,212-268-2900, www.wolcott.com
If you’d like something a tad more high tech and modern, try the Pod Hotels. Rooms are definitely snug (some have bunk beds), but if you’re simply looking for a place to crash, they’re great. Free social events, such as walking tours and Ping-Pong tournaments, make for fun mingling, and Pod 51 has an on-site gastropub, Pop@Pod, with cheap eats specials.
Pod 51, 230 East 51st St., 212-355-0300, rooms from $89; or Pod 39, 145 East 39th St., 212-865-5700, rooms from $119; www.thepodhotel.com