Make Brooklyn Your Base - For a Perfect Solo Trip to NYC

New York's expensive hotels, complicated transport, and crime risk are daunting to face on your own. Here's an offbeat solution: base your stay in Brooklyn. The borough is friendly and convenient, and Brooklyn hotels are much cheaper than Manhattan.

Easy Airport Transfer

If your hotel doesn't offer a free shuttle from JFK, don't worry. Public transportation is easy. Take the AirTran to Howard Beach for $5. If you'll be in the city for a week or more, buy a Metro card at Howard Beach. From there, you can take the subway (ask your hotel ahead of time which line to use, and which station is closest to them.) Solo travelers usually travel light, but if you're bringing more than a small bag, take a taxi for around $30. 

A Room Of Your Own

Finding a room that isn't priced for two people is the biggest challenge for solo travelers. Hipmunk is a great place to conduct your search because it will let you compare hotels, hostels, and alternative lodging side by side. If you're looking for budget lodging, a hostel or YMCA room will be your best bet. The B Hotel & Hostel in Williamsburg has single rooms at a great rate. Williamsburg is a little further from the Brooklyn Bridge than downtown, but the B Hostel is close to the subway and just a short subway ride to Manhattan.The YMCA Greenpoint also has single rooms at great rates, but it's even further from the bridge. 

There are plenty of hotels in Brooklyn where a single traveller can afford a room built for two, though. The Days Inn on 39th Street is a five-minute walk from the subway and very close to restaurants and cafés, plus there's a fridge and coffeemaker in your room. The Days Inn even has bathtubs in the room. The Best Western also gives you a tub, and a microwave and fridge for your leftovers. 

Stepping Up

A great location and unique hotel will make your trip to New York City truly special, so pony up for a boutique hotel close to the bridge if you can afford it.  The Nu Hotel is a bright, fun space with a great location and good pricing. Aloft also has a modern, whimsical decor, and a rooftop terrace to soak up the NYC atmosphere. A number of very nice chain hotels are available in this area, too, including a Hampton Inn, Mariott, and Sheraton

Getting Out

A $2 subway ride will bring you into Manhattan to enjoy everything the city has to offer. Exploit your single advantage by snagging up those leftover tickets to Broadway shows. Window shop on Madison Avenue, or get lost in the Met museum. Eat tasty hot dogs and falafel on the street. Did you know you can walk across the Brooklyn Bridge? Bring your camera and a little cash for a drink or snack along the way, and take a water taxi back to Brooklyn. 

Cheap rooms and easy access to Manhattan make Brooklyn the perfect base for exploring NYC as a solo traveler. 

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