Ever since our first Airbnb experience last year in Brazil, Max and I have become huge advocates of Airbnbing around the world. So when Hipmunk asked us to share our recommendations for the best budget accommodation options in New York, we immediately gravitated towards Airbnb.

Airbnb is a perfect alternative to hotels and is a great way to save on accommodations in large cities like New York. If you are new to Airbnb, check out our recent article with 10 Tips for a Great Airbnb Experience

Let us be honest: New York is one of the worst places to travel to on a budget. We’ve already talked about why crossing the bridge to Brooklyn will help you experience a much more authentic New York and ensure that your stay doesn’t break the bank. But despite our advice, we know that many of you are still not convinced and are hoping to find some reasonable accommodation options in Manhattan. So let us help!

Below are our top 3 picks for Airbnb accommodation in New York

Upper West Side Apartment Starting at $99/night

This Upper West Side apartment offers a great location and a lovely space fit for a couple, a group of friends, or a small family looking to stay in NYC for a prolonged period of time, as the cheap rate only applies to those staying for 10 nights or more. The unit has a double bed, a bathroom, and a living room/kitchen area with an additional sofa bed. The hosts are an outgoing young traveler couple who love meeting new people. They don’t live in the flat but are readily available to answer your questions about New York’s best local spots.

One-Bedroom Apartment in Times Square Starting at $109/night

Despite its incredible location, this clean and well decorated Airbnb apartment is only $109 pernight. The place has over 100 reviews raving about the unit and Luiz, the host. The apartment is recently renovated, offering lots of natural light and brand new furniture. It comes complete with a kitchen, 32-inch TV, and all bathroom amenities. Because of its close proximity to Times Square, this place is an absolute bargain.

One-Bedroom Apartment in the Heart of East Village from $155/night

This great little apartment provides you with the authentic East Village experience. You can comfortably fit three people, although additional fees apply, making it a great place to stay in NYC for about $75 per night, per person. This beautifully designed unit is located on the second floor and consists of a living room with a sofa, a double bedroom and a bathroom.

The host, Alexandra, has a ton of great reviews, so you can book with confidence knowing that you’ll be well looked after during your stay. Cheap Airbnb options aren’t limited to the ones above; there are hundreds of other cheap hotel options in New York ranging from private rooms in locals homes to beautifully designed stand-alone units.

On average, Airbnb accommodations in NYC will cost you half of even one-third of the price of a hotel in the area, making it the best alternative to expensive hotels.

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