Finding discounts on a chain hotel room in the heart of Manhattan certainly is possible. If you find such a deal and the location fits conveniently into your itinerary, book it.
As a general rule, however, so-called name-brand hotels in Manhattan will cost $300-$600/night, and sometimes far more than that. Fortunately, there are several alternatives.
Small budget hotels abound in desirable areas such as the Upper East Side. Sometimes they are converted apartment houses with quirks, but they offer location at a price that's less than half the going room rate for chain hotels. Budget hotels with amenities and boutique hotels are other alternatives that could save money.
A third option is to find a hotel stay in New Jersey. The Meadowlands and Newark Airport areas offer a large selection of hotels at rates far below what their Manhattan counterparts will charge.
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