100 UNDER £100 is a series exploring some of the best boutique hotels, B&B’s and guest houses in the world where you can stay for under £100 a night. This week is a round-up of the ten best places to use as a base when you’re exploring destinations on the east side of the USA and Canada: Think art deco hotels in Miami Beach, cultural hotspots in Toronto, and four - yes, four! - very affordable places to rest your head in New York City.
Hotel St. Augustine, Miami Beach
Rooms from approximately £99 a night
A night out in Miami Beach can you leave you feeling in need of a thorough scrub down, which is where the spa-like facilities at Hotel St. Augustine come in their own. Clean, bright, spacious (if basic) bedrooms come fitted out with above-average bathrooms that transform into mini steam rooms when the multijet showers are switched on. The art deco exterior and free continental breakfast are welcome additions, too.
Location-wise, you’re near enough to Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue to feel close to all the action – but not so close that it’ll keep you up at night.
The Jane, New York City
Rooms from approximately £66 per night
New York does lots of things well on the cheap – taxis, dive bars, the perfect slice of pizza at 2am – but hotels don’t tend to be one of them. That’s why The Jane is the first of four NYC hotels included on this short list: a heavy bias, yes, but then who isn’t constantly looking for a way to afford/justify a trip to New York?
If you’re want a great location, great rates and hipsters in abundance then The Jane delivers beautifully. Its rooms may be small and some of its bathrooms may be shared, but you will struggle to find a better place to stay on a budget anywhere in the city. The inhouse facilities are also excellent: Eat orange blossom waffles at Café Gitane, have a cocktail in the gorgeous Ballroom Bar, or head out into the enchanting surrounding neighbourhood of Greenwich Village for a walk along the High Line.
Townhouse Hotel, Miami Beach
Rooms from approximately £73 per night, including breakfast (when using advance booking discount)
Like New York, Miami Beach - which is separated from Miami itself by several causeways, FYI - is hardly synonymous with affordable accommodation. But there are stylish places to stay if you want to reserve your cash for bottle service and beach loungers, with The Townhouse being a prime example.
After a day of hard sunbathing on Miami Beach, you can retreat to the cool, crisp environs of the Townhouse to chill in an all-white room that comes complete with a flat screen TV, iPod docking station and free WIFI. Pre-game with a drink at the rooftop and fuel up on sushi at resident restaurant BondSt Lounge before a night out on Ocean Drive.
Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
Rooms from approximately £98 per night
Toronto is the arts capital of Canada, and the super-stylish Gladstone Hotel is a perfect base from which to explore it. Located smack-bang in the hip Queen Street West district, you only need to walk outside to discover some of the city’s best boutiques, bars and restaurants.
And if you can’t be bothered to leave the hotel, then you won’t have to travel far to sample the best and brightest of Toronto’s vibrant cultural life: The Gladstone regularly hosts bands, DJs, lectures and parties in its various events spaces, as well as serving food and cocktails from two in-house restaurants: a casual café and an upmarket restaurant-lounge. Even the rooms themselves are each decorated by a different Canadian artist, with themes ranging from ‘Teen Queen’ to ‘Urban Voyageur’.
Pod39 Hotel, New York City
Rooms from approximately £66.50 per night
Bad things about Pod39: its location in the slightly touristy part of midtown New York. Very small rooms. Good things about Pod39: Clean, stylish, modern decor. MP3 docking stations and LCD TVS. A rooftop cocktail bar overlooking Manhattan. An appealing inhouse restaurant in the form of Salvation Taco. Close proximity to subway stations and all the delights of downtown Manhattan. THE PRICE.
I’ll leave it up to you to weigh up the pros and cons…
Le St. Suplice, Montreal
Rooms from approximately £88 per night
If you like to get serious bang for your buck, then the all-suite Le St. Suplice (located in the Canadian city of Montreal) is a boutique hotel worth investigation. Each luxurious suite starts at around 550sq feet and many come with fireplaces and terraces overlooking a central courtyard garden. Food-lovers will enjoy the excellent in-house restaurant Sinclair, whilst adventurers can go in search of poutine on the nearby streets of the busy Old Port.
Hob Knob, Martha’s Vineyard
Rooms from approximately £99 per night
The small colony of Martha’s Vineyard – located just off Cape Cod, Massachusetts – is the type of place where affluent East Coasters like to ‘summer’. It’s not hard to see why: this unspoilt, low-key paradise island makes for a fairly idyllic escape.
If you want to spend a weekend in a headscarf and pastel Capri pants, channelling summertime Jackie O., then head to eco-friendly boutique hotel Hob Knob in pretty Edgartown. Each of the 17 rooms in this Gothic Revivalist-style house come with plush king-sized beds and bathrooms, as well as flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. The hotel offers offers a gym, sauna and steam room; serves local, organic breakfast; and is a short walk from the harbour and beach.
The Bowery House Hotel, NYC
Private rooms from £73 per night
A trip to New York is all about location, location, location, and hotels don’t come much better placed than this one on the Bowery in Nolita. The Bowery House pays homage to its location on Manhattan’s oldest throughfare and history as a former lodging house for soldiers with a restored, 1940s-style interior that’s part hotel, part museum.
At The Bowery House you’ll find cabins, not rooms, which range in size and price: the original sizes are just about big enough for individual travellers, while the full cabins are a slightly more spacious option for couples. Single-sex bathrooms are shared throughout – an offputting prospect, perhaps, but be reassured that all come equipped with rain shower heads and Italian marble floors. The hotel is also home to a rooftop garden and a brand-new restaurant in the form of Pearl & Ash, which is already gaining rave reviews for its innovative small plates and delicious cocktails.
The Independent Hotel, Philadelphia
Rooms from approximately £89 per night
The second largest city on the East Coast is often hidden in the shadow of the first largest, but Philadelphia is a city with a soul of its own (it did spawn The Roots and Jill Scott, after all). Spend the day exploring Philly’s countless historic landmarks and/or the gastropubs and art galleries of hipster hood Northern Liberties, then bed down in The Independent. It’s not the most happening hotel you’ll ever visit in your life, but it makes for a modern, affordable base nonetheless.
3B Bed and Breakfast, New York City
Private rooms from approximately £99 a night (2 night stay minimum)
These days, there’s (almost) as much to explore and discover in Brooklyn as there is across the bridge in bustling Manhattan. If you’re planning to investigate the galleries of Dumbo, the hip restaurants of Cobble Hill or the tree-lined streets of Fort Greene, then it makes sense to have a handy base, and 3B is it.
In true Brookylnite style, this bright, comfortable Bed & Breakfast is run on a cooperative basis, meaning that the staff live communally in separate quarters of the same house. Together they keep this green guest house safe, clean and comfortable, and serve up a locally-sourced breakfast of homemade granola, coffee and orange juice (and much more) each and every morning.