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Top TEN New York rooms ..on a budget; From Brooklyn to SoHo... find a room in the Big Apple that won't take a huge bite out of your bank balance with these smart stays.

1. Cosmopolitan Hotel THIS hotel in trendy Tribeca has bargain family rooms as well as cheap and fun "minilofts" - suites with a bathroom and sitting room on one level and a staircase leading up to the sleeping area. Book ahead because this friendly and efficient hotel is deservedly popular.

PRICE AND HOW TO BOOK: Doubles from EUR175 ($239), room only. See 2. Hotel Metro IF you want a package holiday with flights included, the Metro is a good option. It has generously-sized, well sound-proofed rooms and, if you're in the mood to shop, it is minutes from Macy's department store. There's a gym, roof terrace and a bar with a staggering view of the Empire State Building. There is a restaurant on the ground floor, free breakfast (rare for New York hotels) and free wifi.

PRICE AND HOW TO BOOK: British Airways has three-night city breaks in New York from EUR916 per person, departing between now and December 16, including flights and accommodation. See 3. Hotel Williamsburg AS well as being freshly painted and eager to please, new hotels can offer great bargains, too. This one , opening this month, offers rooftop bars and a rooftop swimming pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn's hippest neighbourhood. It is billed as an urban resort and rooms are designed to be fun - each with a record turntable (there's a library of discs to borrow). Brooklyn itself has museums, parks and restaurants and Manhattan is less than 10 minutes away by subway. PRICE AND HOW TO BOOK: Rooms start at EUR169 ($229). See 4. Canal Park Inn IN New York the prices of hotel rooms vary - sometimes wildly - throughout the year. But B&B charges are more constant and it makes sense to head to one when Manhattan's hotels are at their busiest and most expensive. Ca nal Park Inn is a real find, a block from the Hudson River in down town Manhattan that's part of a small theatre and next to a park. The rooms are far bigger than the Manhattan norm and have free wifi. Breakfast cafe is included. PRICE AND HOW TO BOOK: Rooms from EUR132 ($179) a night. See 5. New York Manhattan Hotel THIS newly renovated budget property a block from the Em pire State Building and Macy's is a good choice for sightseeing families and shopaholics. Under 12s stay free and there is free wifi and continental breakfast includ ed.

The Mezzanine lounge offers free coffee and hot chocolate 24 hours a day.

PRICE AND HOW TO BOOK: Rooms cost EUR228 ($309.99) a night. See 6. Sohotel YOU won't have much space to swing your shopping bags here - like most budget New York ho tels rooms are compact. But the Sohotel is in a great position be tween SoHo and the trendy Lower East Side, just off the Bowery. It's been a hotel for more than 100 years and the decor is stylish, with brick walls and groovy furniture. It is minutes from the subway and with friendly management it is one of New York's best budget hotels.

PRICE AND HOW TO BOOK: Doubles from EUR147 ($199) room only. See 7. The Gershwin THIS hotel aims to attract a mix of guests, including artists who get to decorate the lifts and pro vide paintings in return for a free stay. A bar that holds regular poetry readings and exhibitions also helps to set the bohemian tone. But there are rooms for all budgets, from dorms to expensive suites, and The Gershwin is packed with history. It's in a great midtown location near Madison Square Park - the family rooms always get booked up fast.

PRICE AND HOW TO BOOK: Doubles from EUR148 ($189), room only, dorm rooms from EUR37.75pp ($49). See 8. Air B&B A SURE fire way to cut the cost of accommodation in Manhattan is by using an apartment. The cheapest is by renting the owner's spare room but you can also find apartments where you can stay by yourself. Getting in is easy - most New York apartment blocks have doormen who can give out keys and advice on what to do. PRICE AND HOW TO BOOK: A two bedroom apartment sleeping four near Times Square starts at EUR113 ($155) a night. See www.sun daymirror. 9. The Ace Hotel THERE are few visitors to New York who don't want to combine a trip with catching a Broadway show. Currently the hottest ticket is the Book of Mormon, written by the creators of South Park. It's sold out for the next year but you can get guaranteed tickets and two nights at the Ace Hotel for $799pp. The Ace, on Broadway and 29th, is one of New York's trendiest hotels - Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Karen Gil lan stayed there earlier this year. A package deal with New York Guest is a good saving on the price you would normally pay. PRICE AND HOW TO BOOK: Two nights from EUR589pp ($799) in cluding two tickets to Book of Mormon. See 10. YOTEL ANNOYINGLY, New York's new est budget hotel isn't actually that much of a bargain - unless, that is, you book at the last minute. However, if you fancy a splurge, Yotel delivers on experience. It is packed with gadgets and 21st century innovations - including a robot to store luggage, beds that turn into sofas at the push of a button and free wifi. Being in trendy Hell's Kitchen means you're moments away from the action. There's a superb wrapa round roof terrace with a bar.

PRICE AND HOW TO BOOK: Rooms from EUR147 ($199). See www.sun daymirror. Cosmopolitan Hotel...

great family bargains 1 Hotel Metro... grab a fly-stay package trip 2 Hotel Williamsburg... relax in rooftop pool 3 Canal Park Inn... stay in downtown Manhattan 4 New York Manhattan Hotel... great for shops 5 Sohotel... small rooms but in a great location 6 The Gershwin... packed with art and history 7 Air B&B... cut costs by booking an apartment 8 The Ace Hotel... take in a show on Broadway 9 Yotel... a hotel with its very own robot 10
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Oct 9, 2011
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