I am from the UK and would like to visit NYC next April as a birthday present for someone else. Everyone I speak to tells me it's not somewhere you can really visit on a budget and the more I look into it the more it seems that way. To start off with I am really struggling to find hotels, which is odd as there seems to be plenty of choice. I know I am supposed to budget for like £200 ($300) a night but I just can't afford to pay that. When I do manage to find hotels within my budget (which is more like £75 ($110) a night) there are well rated but located in places like Stanton Island / Queens and reading on the forums everyone seems to think it is too far out of the city to make it worth it.
I really would like to stay as centrally as possible, and by that I mean I am happy to travel up to 30 minutes to get to the city centre. Is this possible on my budget and can anyone recommend any nice districts or even hotels that I can start looking at. I think, given my tight budget I might even need to consider self catering facilities if we not going to be able to afford to eat out.
As this is a gift I really don't want to have to stay in a run down place or airport hotel. It needs to be special, and by that I mean comfortable, clean and simple, we won't need anything flashy.
If anyone can help me or give me some ideas on where to stat I would really appreciate it.