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6 Best NYC Hotels with Kitchens (Photos: Courtesy of Element, iStockphoto)

6 Best NYC Hotels with Kitchens

We scoured the New York City hotel landscape to find some of the best hotels with kitchens in the rooms -- so you can stay in style and still save money

It goes without saying that New York is an expensive city for a vacation, and a big chunk of that is often eaten up by hotel and food costs. One easy way to save some money and still have a great time on your NYC vacation is to choose a hotel with a kitchen in the room — and it does need to be a “real” kitchen, not just an alcove with a microwave and sink. If you’re willing to fill the fridge and do some basic meal-prep, you can keep costs way, way down. After all, Zagat Survey reported in 2013 that the average price of an NYC dinner out is a hefty $48.56 per person. Diligent shoppers can shave $35 bucks or more off that cost with a trip to the grocery store. Whatever your reason for cooking in your room — whether you have allergies, need an extended stay, or simply like the idea of a trip with some extra space and the freedom to plan your own meals — hotels with real kitchens in the rooms offer serious value in a city where the mantra is more “spend” than “save.” Here are the best six, along with info about nearby grocery stores or grocery services.

 

Hotel Beacon

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Hotel Beacon
Hotel Beacon, located in the tree-lined Upper West Side neighborhood, is well positioned near New York City attractions such as the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park and Lincoln Center. It offers 260 spacious rooms and suites (standard king and double rooms average 320 square feet, one-bedroom suites 650 square feet), but its real draw is that every standard room has a stocked kitchenette and every one- and two-bedroom suite comes with a fully equipped kitchen. No matter which room you book, expect pots and pans, a tea kettle, coffeemaker, microwave, fridge and stovetop. Stuffing the fridge couldn’t be easier with a large Fairway supermarket across the street and the famous gourmet market Zabar’s five blocks uptown. The convenience of its kitchens and kitchenettes has even made the hotel “a popular place for runners in the New York City Marathon,” says Geraldine Traino, director of sales and marketing at the hotel. Several years ago, marathoners requested colanders to strain their pasta, and since then, a colander is found in every kitchen in the hotel. It’s not just runners, however, who want to control their meals. In October 2013, Hotel Beacon welcomed the Dalai Lama. His personal chef used the in-suite kitchen to prepare his food. Rooms from $225. 2130 Broadway, 212-787-1100, beaconhotel.com

 

Box Hotel

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Box House Hotel
A former factory turned hotel with sunny suites and sizeable lofts, the Box House Hotel in Brooklyn is a worthy match for visitors craving space and a home-like environment. Located on the edge of the industrial-cool neighborhood of Greenpoint, this hotel has rooms designed more like New York apartments with full kitchens and separate dining areas. The hotel also offers free transportation in classic 1970s Checker cabs to nearby subways, stores and attractions. Its modern kitchens all come with cooktops, toasters, coffeemaker, tea kettle and complimentary coffee and tea. Full dishware and gratis bottled water are on offer, too. There’s a C-Town grocery store about a half-mile away, and the front desk has a list of nearby affordable specialty markets for more selective shopping. Savvy customers might also want to experiment with the grocery delivery service FreshDirect, which will deliver right to the hotel’s front door. Rooms from $249. 77 Box St., Brooklyn, 718-383-3800, theboxhousehotel.com

 

Affina

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Affinia 50
Designed to evoke artistic New York City apartments, the rooms at Affinia 50 in Midtown East are full of homey touches — eclectic artwork, varied lighting fixtures and quirky bookshelf wallpaper. Of the 251 rooms, 100 have sleek kitchens with a stovetop, fridge, sink, microwave and tea kettle. Ask in advance about grocery shopping services and the hotel’s recent partnership with FreshDirect, which is offering customized grocery kits containing all the ingredients you need to make a meal. The Healthy Kit, for example, includes fruit, vegetables and Greek yogurt. Additionally, this Midtown retreat is home to an on-site market called The Cupboard, which sells food, drinks and sundries. And when you do leave your room, make sure to check out the complimentary nightly wine hour from 5 to 6pm in the lobby. Rooms with kitchens from $249. 155 East 50th St., 212-751-5710, book now

 

The Benjamin

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The Benjamin
A residential-style hotel, the Benjamin has earned a solid reputation for its sleep program (seriously, it’s led by sleep expert and co-author of Sleep for Success, Rebecca Robbins), which includes an extensive pillow menu to encourage a restful night’s sleep — Water filled? Swedish memory? 5-foot body? After sleeping comes eating, of course, and the Benjamin has a kitchenette in every room, from the studios up through the suites. Kitchenettes have granite countertops, fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers and complimentary tea and coffee. And the available locally sourced snacks like Tate cookies and Mast Brothers chocolate are celebrity chef-approved (charges apply). “Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian has hand-selected products to stock in-room snack boxes,” says a hotel spokesperson. Families might also be drawn to the Lions and Tigers Cereal package, which includes milk and fruit in addition to cereal. Rooms from $359. 125 East 50th St., 212-715-2500, thebenjamin.com

 

Element New York Times Square West

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Element New York Times Square West
The eco-friendly Element New York is in the thick of the Midtown action, but the presence of kitchenettes in every room means it’s easy to escape the bustle of Times Square for a home-cooked meal if you wish. Equipped with energy-efficient microwaves, stoves, refrigerators and dishwashers, the kitchenettes at the Element best many local New Yorkers’ kitchens. And if it’s value you’re after, know that the hotel also offers a complimentary breakfast buffet and Wi-Fi. There are also 71 connecting rooms — perfect for families that need an extra bedroom. A full-sized grocery store, Food Emporium, is about five blocks away, but there are numerous smaller delis in the area that carry basic food items. Rooms from $332. 311 W. 39th St., 212-643-0770, book now

 

Staybridge

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The Staybridge
In an area of Midtown where basic rooms prevail, the Staybridge Suites are a refreshing alternative. All 310 smartly designed studios are equipped with kitchens, and complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi are also standard. Kitchens here are impressive with shiny stainless steel appliances, including a full-size fridge with icemaker and a microwave, coffeemaker and dishwasher. Conveniently, the Staybridge also has a 24-hour pantry on-site that’s replete with a variety of food and personal products (Forget your toothpaste? Need a pint of ice cream? No problem). You could walk the four blocks to the Food Emporium, but it would certainly be easier to take advantage of the hotel service in which the hotel staff will shop and fill your fridge before your arrival. Rooms from $248. 340 W. 40th St., 212-757-9000, staytimessquare.com

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