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Apartment vs Hotel: Best Holiday Accommodation in New York

New York Holiday Apartments vs Hotels

Visiting New York for a while? This is an exciting experience for anyone, even if you’re not fond of big cities in general. It’s extremely important that you secure your accommodation early on though, as this can be quite problematic in NY. There are lots of choices to pick from, true – but that’s exactly the problem, as you can quickly get overwhelmed by the multitude of options available to you.

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In general, it boils down to deciding between staying at an apartment versus a hotel. Both have their pros and cons, and it really depends on the purpose of your stay and its duration.


If you’re staying for longer, or want a bit more relaxed conditions with your accommodation, renting an apartment is usually the better option. You’ll not only get a better rate for a longer period of time, but you’ll also avoid having to comply with the strict rules and regulations that most hotels have about their rooms.

Want to throw a party after completing that work project? While some hotels will allow you to do that, with an apartment you generally don’t even have to ask, and you certainly won’t have to restrict the fun. You also won’t have to worry about coming home late and having to look for the missing receptionist.

On the other hand, apartments in New York can be a bit of a hit and miss scenario, mainly due to the lower regulations that they have to abide by compared to hotels. If you are searching for a nice apartment, view holiday apartments in New York here. There are some reliable apartment rental options, like SkyCity Apartments, as well as RentHop which lets you compare offers easily, but in general, be careful and inspect the room before signing anything.


A hotel is typically the choice of a short-term visitor who’s not planning on sticking around in their room for long during their stay. It’s more expensive per day than renting an apartment, but if you only need to stay for a few days, most NY hotels can give you a great deal for your money.

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Try the Days Inn (at the Bronx-Yankee Stadium) if you’re looking to make your stay cheaper. Hotel Pennsylvania can give you similarly good offers for relatively little money; on the other hand, if you’ve got more to spend on this trip, try the New York Palace Hotel or the Hampton Inn.

As you’ll quickly find out, there are lots of other great hotels where you can stay in NY, and there’s something fit for every pocket around the city. Just make sure you make your reservations early enough, as a major city like this tends to have a lot of traffic around its hotels, and the more popular ones tend to be perpetually booked weeks in advance.

This is equally valid for the cheaper places as it is for the more expensive ones, don’t count on price exclusivity to ensure that you’ll be able to find a room at a particular place. New York is incredibly busy, and you’ll have to get used to planning in advance if you want to stay here.

Searching for the best hotels, resorts, and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our list of affordable New York City hotels and resorts via Agoda, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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