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Hilton's brand new budget-friendly Motto hotel opens in New York City

Jan. 15, 2022
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Hilton's brand new budget-friendly Motto hotel opens in New York City
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There is a fun new addition to the New York City hotel scene.

Hilton has opened a Motto hotel in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. This is only the third property Hilton has opened under this brand, which was introduced in 2018.

These micro hotels in urban destinations were designed to compete with hostels by offering small, affordably priced rooms.

(Photo by Joe Thomas for Hilton)

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There are two other Motto hotels currently open in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, and there are about a dozen others in development, including one in New York’s Times Square and cities including Boston; Dublin; Lima, Peru; Rotterdam, Netherlands; San Diego; Savannah, Georgia; and Tulum, Mexico.

Related: Philadelphia's Motto by Hilton at Rittenhouse Square

How to book

The 374-room Motto by Hilton New York City Chelsea, which is located on 24th Street near Madison Square Park, will cost about $150 a night on average. A room on Jan. 23 is priced on the lower end at $125, and on the higher side on Feb. 26 it costs $229. You can also book it for 44,000 Hilton Honors points. The hotel has a full-service restaurant, craft bar and lounge called Bar Cicchetti on the ground floor of the 42-story building.

Related: Hilton jumps on the hostel bandwagon

Small rooms in Motto micro hotels feature bunk beds and king beds that stow in the wall. (Photo by David Mitchell/Hilton)

Rooms at hotels under the Motto brand are small, with an average size of 163 square feet. Let's be realistic, though, most hotel rooms in NYC are small.

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Related: The award traveler’s guide to Hilton Honors

Up to three rooms can be connected for friends and family traveling together, and there are flexible sleeping setups that include bunk beds and king beds that fold into the wall. Rooms feature smart technology that allows guests to stream shows and adjust the temperature and lighting through the Hilton app.

How to earn bonus points

(Photo by Sarah Daneke for Hilton)

Hilton Honors members can earn 10 base points per dollar spent at the hotel. If you use the no-annual-fee (see rates and fees) Hilton Honors American Express Card to book, you can earn 7 bonus points per dollar, or if you hold the premium Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card, which costs $450 a year (see rates and fees), you can earn 14 bonus points per dollar.

The information for the Hilton Aspire Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

For rates and fees of the Hilton Honors Amex Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Hilton Honors Amex Aspire Card, click here.

Featured image by JOE THOMAS/HILTON
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