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If you are travelling to New York for the first time, it is as important to choose the right location as the budget. No point staying at a cheap hotel 20 miles away or spending a fortune on your hotel and cut costs on other things. Here are a few good budget and mid-scale hotels at good locations in New York City. Perfect for your first trip to the city.

1. Wellington Hotel: Located right in the heart of the city. 5 minute walk from Central Park and 2 minutes on foot from Carnegie Hall. Not super cheap but a great deal if you see the location. Book in advance and try including a weekend for better prices.

2. Novotel New York Times Square: Located, well, at Times Square. Can get good rates if you book in advance. If you are on a long trip or have a few more trips planned for the year, this Accor membership could save you a lot of money. Do your calculations though.

3. Hilton Garden Inn New York/Times Square Central: Great location and great deals regularly. You might have to wait for offers though. You also get an additional 15% off if you book more than 30 days in advance.

4. Three-star Manhattan hotel close to Times Square: If you don’t have to know everything in advance, this surprise deal can save you a lot of money. You know the area and the price, but hotel details are shared after booking. A small price to pay to pay a small price for your stay. 😛