Modern, Mid-Priced Carvi Hotel, New York
Well-located, mid-priced, with a simple, chic interior - The Carvi Hotel is a steal ! At Lexington and 55th, its midtown residence is central to everything but far enough from Times Square mania (and a very short walk from main subway lines.) While the rooms err on the small side, they're modern, minimalist, and packed full of all the amenities a weary traveler might need. My favorite part is definitely the rooftop terrace - with its bright orange couches, rustic lights, and flowers, it feels like a mini oasis to escape the noise below ! On my last trip I spent a good deal of time up there - to read a book, eat my lunch, enjoy a nightcap. The hotel is owned and managed by a Brazilian family, and their staff are amiable, helpful, and multilingual. I'd nearly given up on finding a clean, decent New York hotel for under $200; this boutique hotel is now my go-to for every trip !
Rooms can cost more than $300 during high season, so there's a trick to paying under $200 / night - the hotel has a few rooms with no windows that can be discounted up to 30 percent ! A windowless hotel room feels a bit stranger than you might think, so if you're someone who spends a lot of time resting in their room, this might not be ideal for you. But if, like me, you spend all your time in New York out and about - book over the phone with a receptionist and request one of their windowless rooms for an amazing deal. Safe travels !