The cost of a New York hotel room in the 1930s

Today, a room at the 27-story Radisson Lexington Hotel, at 48th Street, would probably run you three or four hundred bucks a night at least. 

But back in the 1930s, soon after this colossal structure was built, room rates were more like three or four bucks a night. That’s when it was known simply as the Hotel Lexington.

And look at the possible accommodations: two people, two twin beds, no higher than $8 a night!

See the hotel as it looks today here.

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3 Responses to “The cost of a New York hotel room in the 1930s”

  1. Dennis Hernandez Says:

    At a time when most working stiffs made $7 – $14 a week that was pretty pricey. By comparison today’s rates are a bargain!

  2. Christopher Says:

    $8 adjusted for inflation is about $125 dollars in 2008 dollars (if you set the base year as 1932), so there’s still rate inflation going on. Actually a considerable amount.

  3. Christine Says:

    Too bad they had to put the Starbucks sign in the front entrance.

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