Staying in apartments in New York has become increasingly popular. And understandably so: many want to enjoy the city like locals do. And if you travel with your family, staying in an apartment is cheaper and more convenient than booking several hotel rooms. If you book your apartment through one of the well-known hotel booking websites, you’ll be assured of a place that is officially approved for short term rental, which is not always the case when you book through a site like Airbnb, which offers privately owned apartments. Below I’ve listed a few good apartments in New York.
WeLive Wall Street Apartments
In Downtown Manhattan, you can find the more modern apartments from WeLive Wall Street. This Aparthotel offers apartments ranging in several sizes, from studios to 4-bedroom units. It’s an affordable accommodation option in New York for families and groups of friends.
Sonder Apartments in New York offers luxury apartments in various locations in the city. Sonder offers self-check-in, professional cleaning and spacious rooms with various amenities, such as high-speed WiFi and a good coffee maker.
Sonder at Battery Park
Sonder at Battery Park offers studios and suites in the bottom tip of Manhattan. Wall Street and the 9/11 Museum are within walking distance.
Sonder – One Platt
A little bit further, near the East River, you will find Sonder – One Platt. The 183 studios and suites are modernly furnished and the property has a roof terrace and fitness room.
Sonder – The Nash
Sonder – The Nash is located near the Chrysler Building. Here you can book a studio or a suite with a separate bedroom. Due to its central location, many sights are within walking distance.
Radio City Apartments
The Radio City Apartments are located centrally, close to Times Square and Radio City Music Hall. There are various types of apartments available, from queen studios to one-bedroom apartments. All apartments have a kitchenette and free Wi-Fi.
Airbnb rules in NYC
Unfortunately, it is illegal in New York to rent a privately owned apartment for a short term, unless the apartment’s resident stays there with you. So when you book an entire apartment via for example Airbnb, know that this is often illegal. There’s no risk of getting a fine if you would book an apartment like that, but chances are that the host gets ‘caught’ and your booking will be cancelled. If this happens shortly before your trip, it might be difficult to still find a (decently priced) hotel room.
I’ve also heard a lot of complaints of people being scammed. The apartment wasn’t as the pictures described it to be or it even didn’t exist at all. Renting an apartment in New York also isn’t cheaper than booking a hotel room. The apartment itself might seem relatively cheap, but you often have to pay extra fees (like a cleaning and service fee) that can still make your stay rather pricey. Therefore I think you are better off staying in a hotel in New York or in a company-owned apartment booked via a hotel booking website, like the selection above.