New York City's Soho neighborhood doesn't have the same tourist attractions as the Upper East Side or Midtown West, but it is the city's haute, bohemian fashion epicenter. Avant-garde boutiques, mainstream retailers, and be-seen restaurants dominate the area's historically preserved cast-iron industrial buildings, and most lodging options fall into the pricey boutique-hotel category. But for budget travelers wanting to stay in the hip neighborhood, here are Soho's best good-value hotels.
The 42-room Solita Soho Hotel is a small, stylish, mid-range hotel in hip location, five minutes from both Chinatown and Little Italy. The immediate area is teeming with upscale shopping options and the cheaper stores on Broadway are within easy walking distance as well; restaurants are also plentiful in the neighborhood. The rooms are plain but serene and available at competitive rates for the neighborhood. All have contemporary fixtures including work desks with an Aeron-style chairs, reading lamps, irons, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs with cable, safes, and coffeemakers. Bathrooms feature handsome slate-gray panel tiles and dual-massage showerheads.
The Holiday Inn SoHo -- on the border between SoHo and Little Italy -- is a mid-range chain hotel and lacking in distinctive style (Solita is slightly more snazzy), but it's a clean, contemporary option that delivers on all of the brand staples. Rooms feature flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. Free newspapers are delivered daily to the rooms, and there is free coffee and tea in the lobby. Popular with business travelers, Holiday Inn has a large meeting room and 24-hour business and fitness centers. Families may like the size of the rooms, which are more spacious than can be found at many mid-range options in New York City. There is also an on-site restaurant that is open for breakfast and dinner. In all, this Holiday Inn offers excellent value for the hip downtown location.