Resting your head in the Big Apple isn't cheap, but these spots will get you the most for your money.
OUT NYC 510 W 42nd St. (212) 947-2999 This “straight-friendly” urban resort in Hell’s Kitchen is well suited for the slick traveler in search of luxury. Although it’s a short commute from the Theater District and Chelsea, the OUT NYC offers guests every reason to stay on the premises during their trip. Melt away the stress of travel with a massage and a hot tub soak at the spa or enjoy city views under the skylight of the astro- turfed lawn. If solace isn’t your thing, the hotel also has its own 14,000 square foot dance club called XL, complete with drag shows, sexy dancers, and three bars. A regular queen bed room will cost you four star prices but for fashionistas on a budget, the OUT NYC also offers a shared room with up to four bunk beds, each with their own privacy curtain and flat screen television.
Ace Hotel 20 W 29th St., New York (212) 679-2222 You know you’re at a hip hotel when the locals come just to sit in the lobby. Every detail of the Ace Hotel was hand selected from hipsters, from the meticulously sourced Stumptown coffee to the DJ sets hosted in the lobby (like JD Samson for instance, who will be spinning at four different Ace Hotel locations during Pride). There’s even a store where you can buy all of your much needed rock star accessories like a new guitar strap, a moleskin notebook, or a canvas bag to tote all of your records. The rooms are just as hip with soft beds and tastefully cool art adorning the walls. The Ace goes out of its way to make you feel like you’re one of the cool kids.
Chelsea Pines Inn 317 W 14th St. (888) 546-2700 This cozy bed & breakfast located on the border of the West Village and Meatpacking District is consistently rated among the best guesthouses in the city because of its courteous staff, adorable rooms, and reasonable prices. The building doesn’t have an elevator but that’s the only caveat to an otherwise comfortable and charming experience. The attentive staff will make you feel so at home that you might forget that you’re in New York City.
Colonial House Inn 318 W 22nd St. (212) 243-9669 Built in 1850, this townhouse occupies important space in LGBT history. It was owned by music mogul and “The Godfather of Disco,” Mel Cheren. Cheren was a pioneer in AIDS activism and in 1982, donated space in his Inn to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Today, the Colonial House Inn operates as a cozy and affordable solace from the city’s noise while still being steps away from the Chelsea nightlife.