Posts Tagged ‘cheap hotels in New York City’

A Chelsea hotel room for just $2.25 a night

November 24, 2010

“Modern accommodations at moderate rates” proclaims the back of this colorful postcard, circa the 1940s or 1950s.”One stop from Penn Station.”

It’s an ad for the Hotel Cornish Arms, on 23rd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.

I can’t find much on the hotel, but a reader comment from an earlier post explained that the hotel really did welcome new Cornish arrivals.

It certainly didn’t have the architectural charm and boho appeal of another hotel down 23rd Street, the Chelsea.

Here’s an older view of the Cornish Arms, from 1933, with the gorgeous but long-gone Grand Opera House on the corner. Today the building still stands; it’s now the Broadmoor Apartments.

Seedy hotels that keep hanging on

July 14, 2009

The Standard. The Bowery. The Cooper Square. Even with the recession still taking its toll, these and other new luxury hotels continue to infiltrate the city.

So it’s reassuring to know that some of the best lowlife dives continue to thrive as well. (Plus, they have better signage.) Like what I’ve always dubbed the Pepsi-Cola Hotel, at Ninth Avenue and 42nd Street:


The Park Avenue Hotel is a nice one. Park Avenue and 125th Street, that is:


This photo was taken a while back, but I’m hoping the Leffert’s Hotel is still operating in Clinton Hill: