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New York State is one of the most visited destinations in America, though many tourists mistakenly believe that accommodations here have to cost a premium. In fact, there are many New York destinations with budget-friendly hotels, as well as some great deals if you know how to find them.

The following are affordable hotels in Buffalo, Long Island, Lake Placid and more cities across New York.


Buffalo is located in Western New York, and it sits on the shores of Lake Erie. Affordable hotels here offer rates as low as $99 per night.

For those seeking cheap hotels in the area, the Howard Johnson Inn Fort Erie is a great option offering rooms under $100 per night. The Millennium Airport Hotel Buffalo is ideal for those looking closer to the airport, and it includes 15 days of parking as part of your stay.

Long Island City

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Visitors to Long Island City are drawn to the Long Island Sound and the bustling metropolis of New York City. With sandy beaches and easy access to New York City’s eastern neighbourhoods, Long Island City is a beautiful and exciting destination in New York, with plenty of cheap accommodation to choose from.

The key to finding an affordable hotel is to stay in central Long Island. Look into hotels in quiet neighborhoods like Ronkonkoma, Central Islip, and Nesconset. You’ll want to avoid staying on the eastern end of the island.

If you’re looking for views of New York City, you should stay in Long Island City. Cheap hotels here include the Comfort Inn, the Holiday Inn and the Fairfield Inn and Suites.

White Plains

If you can’t find affordable accommodation in New York City, placing yourself north of the city at a hotel in White Plains is a great solution. Hotels here are a lot cheaper, and you’re only a short train ride or drive from the heart of Manhattan.

A fantastic option in White Plains is the Residence Inn by Marriott White Plains Westchester County. If you’re looking for alternatives to hotels, Airbnbs are available in the area, too.

Lake Placid

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Lake Placid is a favorite destination among families and those who love the outdoors. The city has a diverse range of activities based around arts, culture, and food. Located in the Adirondacks, this is a fantastic destination for those who love hiking.

Hotels are cheapest during March, though the weather at this time can be bitter and cold. For cheap accommodation and mild weather, aim to travel during shoulder season, which includes April, May, September, and October.


Ithaca is a small town in New York State, and it’s ideal for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. There are many cheap hotels here priced around $100 a night, as well as a variety of options for Airbnb, too.

The best time to travel to Ithaca is in July when the weather is a beautiful 78 degrees, perfect for water activities and hiking. Be aware, however, that this is peak season, and hotels usually start from $185 per night at this time.

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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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