Originally Posted by gdl203
Do you have access to corporate rates? That can often get you rates below $300 in many good hotels.
If not, I'd say that it's pretty much impossible to stay in a proper hotel in NYC for that price nowadays. Try either a depressing hotel (read 2* Times Square fleabag, Econolodge...) or a proper hotel not in Manhattan (Jersey City, Brooklyn). If you're young enough, go for the Gershwin or another of those budget...