There are a very large number of hotels in New York City. It is surprisingly hard to work out how many estimates varying from 245 to 1237. There are according to city records in excess of 91,500+ hotel rooms available on any one night in the city but the number of rooms on its own isn’t sufficient information.
What is important is there is a very high occupancy rate, almost 90% at the slow times and higher when there is a huge event on. This means that if you are planning on staying in NYC you must plan ahead and not expect you can just pick a bed when you arrive.
Just to give you some idea, over 10 million International visitors and over 53 million domestic visitors come to NYC each year and those numbers have been increasing year by year so you have a lot of competition for those available beds.
The good news is that there is now a newcomer on the scene Airbnb. Airbnb is part of New York’s Share Economy, people in NYC renting out, in this case rooms to visitors. This has extended the range of choices for people wanting accommodation, expanded the number of beds available and given you a more informal experience than sleeping in a hotel, the opportunity to interact with a New York native. There is at present some dispute about how long Airbnb beds can be rented out, i.e. whether short stays of say 2-3 days are possible or whether only long stay of a month or so are all that will be allowed.
It is not all that clear exactly how many Airbnb beds have been added to the number offered by hotels but it is enough that some hotels are crying foul which is a bit rich when you consider how hard it is to book a room in a hotel. There are also a number of Airbnb competitor sites, none nearly as popular as Airbnb itself, but as there are 9 of them it means more beds overall which is great.
As well as hotels and Airbnb beds there are also short term rentals available which are very good for family groups. It allows for a fuller family experience in a more home like setting.