Best NYC Locations, Cheap, Budget, Closest

The best New York Marathon hotels book up very quickly, as our 5 borough marathon shows off over 50,000 runners to over 2 million spectators, many of whom are visiting NYC. Whether you want to see the start, middle or end of the race, which is always held the first Sunday in November, "there’s a hotel for that." The NYC Marathon Route kicks off in Staten Island and continues through Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and finishes in Manhattan in Central Park, next to Tavern on the Green.

2021 Updates – The marathon is scheduled for November 7th and will have 33,000 finishers. Runners who were part of the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon resolution and ranked 2021 as their top choice have guaranteed entry. There will be no draw for 2021.

2020 Info: Even though the NY Marathon takes place in November (Sunday, November 7, 2021), participants and their fans begin making hotel reservations in January, when registration and the draw take place. The next draw is February 26, 2020, with registration open January 30–February 13, 2020.

Runners will generally take the Staten Island Ferry or the Bus to Staten Island for the start. The 1 train will let you out in the same terminal (Whitehall Terminal/ South Ferry) and the 4/5 trains to Bowling Green will leave you 3 blocks away. If you are a registered runner, the Marathon website offers you all the best ways and times to Fort Wadsworth.

Hotels Closest to Staten Island Ferry

For those running who just want to wake up and be on the Ferry, these are the closest hotels allowing you to walk a few blocks and hop right on for the scenic 30 minute ride right past the Statue of Liberty.

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New York Marathon Hotels Manhattan

Riu Plaza Manhattan Times Square

The brand new Hotel Riu Plaza Manhattan Times Square, not to be confused with the Riu Plaza New York Times Square on 46th St, is HUGE with more than 650 rooms with mini-fridges and free Wifi. A huge hotel means super competitive rates at a Times Square hotel opening at the (hopefully) end of a pandemic – nevermind their sister hotel down the street also has 600+ rooms to fill! Reservations open August 2021 making this a 2021 marathon steal!

Hotel Riu Plaza Manhattan Times Square

Equinox Hotel Hudson Yards

Equinox Hotel Hudson Yards, opened August 2019, is NYC’s premiere hotel focused on health & athletics. Equinox offers the ultimate fitness experience in their 60,000 square foot club in the hotel which has indoor + outdoor pools, cryotherapy chamber, infrared sauna, group fitness classes and much more.

It’s about a 30 min walk, 12 min subway or 5 min taxi to the bus stop and the 212 rooms are dark, quiet and cool with over 60 healthy food mini bar options, face masks, sleep supplements and much more. If I were running the marathon and could stay anywhere, I would pick Equinox!

Equinox Hotel Hudson Yards

Crowne Plaza HY36 – Catering to athletes both pre- and post- race, Midtown Manhattan’s Crowne Plaza HY36 offers a dedicated NYC Marathon package complete with race day prep kit, dedicated carb-loading pasta dinner at the hotel’s restaurant and post-race in-suite ice baths /ice bags paired with in-room Zeel-powered massages. The hotel will provide giant posters and markers at the front desk for supporting friends and family.

the Quin – “I stayed here…as I was running the NYC marathon and wanted a hotel in walking distance of the finish line. Best choice ever!”

Hampton Inn Manhattan – Times Square North – “The bed was comfortable, and I appreciated the in room fridge. The black out shades were awesome, and the room is definitely larger than most hotel rooms in Manhattan. It was also very convenient for the marathon”

Hilton Garden Inn Times Square – “I stay here during every NYC Marathon and will return next year…can’t wait!”

New York Hilton Midtown – Marathon Official Headquarter Hotel, if you wish to be at the hub of pre-race activities, and serves as the marathon’s professional athlete center. The 1,878 room hotel reopened as of October 2021.

Sheraton New York Times Square – Marathon Official Headquarter Hotel if you wish to be at the hub of pre-race activities.

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Crowne Plaza Times Square – “I went to run in the NYC Marathon and the atmosphere was amazing with runners from all over the globe everywhere we went!”

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – “I took my family to New York to run the 2011 New York Marathon. We booked two rooms which were adjoining and they were large luxurious and very comfortable.”

The Bryant Park Hotel – “We had a fabulous stay!! What an amazing location. First, the concierge decorated the room, as I requested, as this was my husband’s first time running the NYC Marathon. It was done so well! We were in a Terrace Room which was spectacular.”

***Reviews provided courtesty of Trip Advisor and

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Hotels Near the Starting Line Bus Pickup in Manhattan

The Marathon Bus Pick up is at the New York Public Library, on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Midtown East and Midtown West hotels are your best bets within walking distance to the bus.

Cheap Budget Hotels Midtown East

Midtown East is one of the best value spots in Manhattan since there are so many hotels from which to choose! Staying near Midtown East puts you in walking distance to St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, the UN, Grand Central Station, great NYC Shopping and much more. The hotels are mostly big skyscrapers, commercial brands and offer amenities targeted towards both business and tourist travelers.

Cheap Budget Hotels Midtown East

  • Pod 39 Hotel - marketed as "hip and thrifty," with multiple room types from private to shared (photo)
  • Seton Hotel - Look for the Seton Economy Option, (SEO), designed for travelers on a budget
  • Vanderbilt YMCA - less than $100 a night to be in the heart of NYC at Christmastime. Small rooms, shared or private baths.

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Finding cheap hotels in Midtown West NYC is less difficult than you may think, as this is one of the best value spots in Manhattan. You'll be right near the Empire State Building, Garment District, Times Square, Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen, all while possibly paying less than $100 per night for a clean and fairly spacious room. So, if you have reasonable expectations and can't wait to stay in the very center of Manhattan, these are the best value deals in Midtown West NYC.

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Midtown East offers tons of great boutique hotels, like The Library, Roosevelt, Dylan, Giraffe and many more. Staying here puts you close to the NY Public Library, Grand Central Station, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Boutique hotels offer a lot of character and unique amenities not found in other types of hotels.

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Many NYC visitors love staying in Midtown, putting them within a mile of Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, Grand Central, Empire State Building, Broadway, Times Square and tons of restaurants and shopping. One could easily spend 2-3 days in Midtown alone and only see a fraction of all there is to offer. Some of our top spacious and family-friendly Midtown Suite Hotels include:

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New York Marathon Hotels Near Finish Line (for Runners)

For runners who want their hotel to be a few blocks from the finish line, without having to jump on a subway, these are your best bets. These are different hotels than those which provide a spectator view of the race, although they are all about 20 minute walk to the last mile.

  • Hotel Beacon – “We chose the Hotel Beacon because it was close to the finish line of the marathon. Nice and clean boutique hotel. Helpful and friendly staff.” (2130 Broadway @ 75th)
  • Arthouse Hotel – "Really close to the New York Marathon finish, and perfect location to get anywhere in the city." (formerly the NYLO, 2178 Broadway @77th)
  • Hotel Belleclaire – "Located just a short walk away from the finish line, Hotel Belleclaire is one of the most convenient and comfortable NYC Marathon hotels." (250 W 77th)
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites – "For anyone that’s running in the NYC Marathon, this hotel is near the West 72 St exit of Central Park. After crossing the finish line, I walked right to the hotel." (31 W 71st Street)
  • Mandarin Oriental – 80 Columbus Circle
  • 6 Columbus – A SIXTY Hotel – 308 W 58th Street @ Columbus Circle
  • 1 Hotel Central Park – 1414 6th Avenue
  • Phillips Club – 155 West 66th Street
  • Inn New York City – 266 W 71st Street (possibly closed in 2020)

Super Cheap Hotes Near the Finish Line

These are your two best bargains near the finish line.

  • Hotel Newton – 2528 Broadway Ave at 95th St – 3 star modest hotel, but always get raves reviews!
  • West Side YMCA – 63rd St @ Central Park West – bunk beds with shared bathrooms

The exit for runners is around 73rd & Central Park West (to find it on a map, look up Tavern on the Green or Strawberry Fields in Central Park). The official family reunion area, organized alphabetically, runs along Central Park West from West 60th – 66th Streets.

You will exit Central Park at the Post-Race Poncho exit at West 77th Street, approximately one-half mile past the finish line. You will reach this exit approximately 30 minutes after you cross the finish line. After you exit, you will receive an insulated, waterproof, wind-resistant poncho.

We also recommend you reserve a postrace meal, as the local restaurants get very crowded.

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More Hotels Near the NYC Marathon Finish Line

Tip: The yellow marker is where runners exit the race. Just change the dates below. Do not hit search. November 7, 2021.

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New York Marathon Hotels Near Finish Line (for Spectators)

Want to watch the last mile and cheer on your favorite runners? Then, you’ll want to be along Central Park South or Columbus Circle. Top choices include:

Central Park NY Hotels

These are NYC Insider hand picked hotels that are not just “near” Central Park, as most NYC hotels claim to be…but on the Park itself, either Central Park South, Central Park West or Fifth Ave. Many other hotels are nearby, or within a few blocks, but these are the closest, and all offer Park views from select rooms.

Central Park NY Hotels

Some of our top value picks near Central Park include:

See the Insider Guide for dozens more Central Park NY Hotels and download our free Central Park map at Central Park NY Guide

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Brooklyn Marathon Hotels

Hotel Le Bleu – “There’s a small balcony view of lower Manhattan and we got to enjoy New York’s 45th Annual Marathon as runners past on street below.” and “I stayed here with my family the weekend of the NYC Marathon (which I ran). Perfect location- kids watched me run by the hotel which is right on the marathon course (mile 7)”

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Discount NYC Hotels

Discount NYC Hotels – These are my hand picked hotels that start at $25 per night. They are not always listed on generic hotel travel websites or they may be listed as ‘specialty lodging,’ and therefore hard to find.

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While you may have to compromise to stay in one these hotels, like a shared bathroom, or no television, you cannot beat the prices for these locations.

  • Seton Hotel – two blocks from Grand Central, check out their Seton Economy Option, offering a price point significantly lower than traditional midtown Manhattan hotel rooms. More Info: Seton Hotel
  • Seafarers & International House – in Union Square, where I live, and just one subway stop to Grand Central, with a simple transfer to the 7 train
  • Leo House – 10 blocks from Penn Station
  • Menno House – near the E train, which goes to Penn Station with a simple transfer to LIRR
  • NYC Soldiers Sailors Marines Club – 6 block walk to Grand Central

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More Info New York Marathon

  • – offical marathon site
  • Marathon week includes shorter races for adults and kids, a marathon eve dinner and a three day expo at the Javits Convention Center.

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