What Kind of Hotel Will $10 a Night Buy You in New York?

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Sun Bright Hotel

Given that New York is the priciest city in America, it's not surprising that a night in the Big Apple will leave you digging deep. But if you don't want to pay the $281 that an average hotel room will cost you for a night, there's another option: In Chinatown's Sun Bright Hotel, you can have a room for just $10 per night.


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This photo of Sun Bright Hotel is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Admittedly, $10 doesn't buy a lot. For a sawbuck, you get a tiny, 35-square-foot space, bounded by chicken wire. As the New York Post recently reported, that's less than half the size of a solitary confinement cell in a New York prison. For that matter, the noise, smells, and potential for violence also make it a troublesome choice for tourists. Then again, New York is the city that never sleeps....

Sun Bright Hotel New York
Sun Bright Hotel New York A photo of the ceiling of a cubicle, approximately 90 inches by 58 inches, separated above the door frame by chicken wire.


Even outside the rooms, the accommodations at the Sun Bright leave a lot to be desired. The hotel is six stories tall, but doesn't have a working elevator, which means that getting to your room may be a bit of a struggle. Then again, since it also doesn't have a gym, the six flights may be a good option for anybody hoping to get a workout. Also, the bathrooms are shared, which means that the 100 men renting space in the semi-private cells share a bathroom with two shower stalls and four toilets.

Sun Bright Hotel


The Sun Bright is one of a few super-cheap hotels still in business in New York. For travelers interested in a little living history, the Bowery's White House hotel is the last of that area's once-multitudinous flophouses. And, with prices ranging from $30 to $73 per night per room, it remains a cheap deal. Then again, given the hotel's problems with mold and roaches, it's hard to classify it as a bargain.

On second thought, maybe it's smarter to just go couch surfing with Airbnb!


Pictures of Sun Bright Hotel - Hotel Photos
This photo of Sun Bright Hotel is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Bruce Watson is a senior features writer for DailyFinance. You can reach him by e-mail at bruce.watson@teamaol.com, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.

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Charlie Savilo

I have to travel alot for my business, mostly in Europe,but often in the states i used to use sites like Travelocity.com ,but i quickly found out a better way to find better deals is to go to the second level,those sites like reserveaffordable.com who compare the hundred of different booking sites into one single search. So you not only see trivago or expedia deals but ALL of them in one place. i must’ve saved over 3,000 dollars since i started using them. i agree looking around different top booking sites for a good offer is not the best idea.

September 26 2013 at 10:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
redwingirish

Better spending $10 a night in New York than spending $1000 a night in oakland!

August 07 2013 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davefromfwb1

It's all a matter of perspective...if all you have is 100 dollars it's a mansion! If you have 100,000 dollars it might not be. No sense in putting down a place if you can afford more...it's called class warfare and America's Government has us turned against one another....their ideal of a perfect American is conquer and divide....if us citizens criticize everything and anything....we'll never focus on the things that will make this country great again. Not everyone will be rich, not everyone will be poor but we're all human and can defeat this unfair unequality in this country.

August 07 2013 at 9:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ordobtrebla

Nothing wrong with NY... It's better then that peckerhead town you probably live in...

August 07 2013 at 7:56 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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redwingirish

NOPE!

August 07 2013 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nonucantmakemee

who in their right mind would want to go to new york?

August 07 2013 at 12:57 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
ifamoose

Here's another option. A flea bag hotel that used to be called a flop house but located in Trendy Chelsea where the hipsters live. Convenient to transit, theatres, and Madison Square Garden.
It even gives free bug spray. Enjoy your stay.

http://www.businessinsider.com/a-night-in-the-vigilant-hotel-2012-3

And thank you Mayor Bloomberg for the affordable housing you failed to provide and the affordable hotels for tourists who aren't millionaires that's also lacking. It's so great here now!

August 06 2013 at 6:29 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
cmay3

Wonder what 20 bucks get you ?

August 06 2013 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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randallalbin

well, it is in the big apple. this is affordable housing? huh?

August 06 2013 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
achiphunter

The cockroaches walked out in protest for better living conditions !

August 06 2013 at 3:16 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
john

bedbugs ? YEP

August 06 2013 at 3:07 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply