The Solita Soho, an Ascend Collection Hotel sits right at the junction of three lively Lower Manhattan neighborhoods: on Grand Street, where vibrant SoHo gives way to Chinatown, just steps from Little Italy. And the Solita Soho's affordable price means you'll have a little extra cash for the dozens of restaurants, bars, galleries, and must-shop boutiques all within a few blocks. (Not a boutique shopper? Canal Street, with its street vendors and open storefronts, is less than a 5-minute walk away.)
Spend some time checking out SoHo's historic cast-iron buildings--it doesn't cost a thing. For more perspective on the area's rich past, visit the Museum of Chinese in America, just around the corner. Exploring these neighborhoods can take some time, but when you're ready to expand your horizons, head about 3 minutes south to the Canal Street subway station and catch a train: You can be in Midtown in about 15 minutes.
After a day on your feet, return to your comfortable, air-conditioned guestroom to take a load off. Relax with cable channels on the plasma TV. Complimentary wired (high-speed) Internet access helps you stay in touch, and local calls are also free. More thoughtful touches: bathrobes, complimentary bottled water, and weekday newspapers. Staying a few extra days? Laundry facilities are an added convenience--and the staff can assist with dry cleaning services, too.