Prices for accommodation in New York are well above the norm for the USA as a whole. Most hotels charge more than $200 a night (although exceptions for under $100 a night do exist), and for anything better than four stars you’ll be lucky to pay less than $400. Most of New York’s hotels are in Midtown Manhattan, though more and more chic spots are being built downtown. Booking ahead is strongly advised; at certain times of the year – May, June, September, October and the run-up to Christmas and New Year, for example – everything is likely to be full. Hostels offer savings, and run the gamut in terms of quality, safety and amenities. It pays to do research ahead of time to ensure satisfaction upon arrival. Average hostel rates range from $30 to $60.

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