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Hostelling International-New York Hostel in New York, NY

Hostelling International-New York Hostel in New York, NY


Hostelling International-New York is the largest hostel in North America, and hosts over 70,000 guests a year at our landmark Upper West Side location. HI-New York boasts easy access to New York City attractions all over, with nearby access to the 1,2,3,B and C trains within easy walking distance.

Our rates are among the most affordable in New York City, and we offer an abundance of free activities every day ranging from walking tours of neighborhoods around town to outings to clubs and bars at night.


Established in 1990.

In 1880, the Association for the Relief of Respectable Aged Indigent Females purchased land on Amsterdam Avenue from 103rd to 104th Street. The building remained a home for elderly women until the 1970s, when the last tenants moved out and the building fell into disrepair.

Before the Association's board was able to tear the building down, Columbia University Historic Preservation students launched a campaign to save the building from destruction. The building is then landmarked in 1983.

From 1977 to 1990, Hostelling International (then American Youth Hostels) worked with the City of New York, the local development corporation, and a private developer to re-design, finance and rehabilitate the building. It opened January 19, 1990 as New York City's first official youth hostel.


Company Info:

Rating: 3.91

Address: 891 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY, 10025
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Comments (68):

1. Brittany W.
i now live in NYC but wheni was here for a week looking for an apt..
i stayed here... .... very clean...
theres a kitchen.. downstairs....and a place to keep your food cold.. as well...

met a buncha cool peeps from all over the world... toured the town with them on some days... i would never change having to shower in flip flops.... for the privacy and luxury of a hotel...

had alot of fun here....
like a huge dormatory...

1.NYC residents cant stay here....
2.the prices were really cheap i stayed for seven days.. it the only totaled $207 bucks... super reasonable.....

30/06/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Layla P.
If you're going to NYC with friends and you don't want to spend oodles of money for a hotel, this is a good option. The beds are clean and decently comfortable, the bathrooms are clean and have hot water. There's 1) a cafe downstairs where you can get a cheap breakfast and coffee to start your day 2) internet for $3/30 minutes and wireless if you have your own 3) a gift shop where you can pick up last minute souvenirs 4) lots of entertainment going on downstairs (movies, games, etc.). They offer tours and little group outings and you can meet lots of cool people from around the world. The main bad thing I would say is the location - you don't want to be coming home late by yourself or with just a few girls, not safe. But once your inside everything is fine! So take a cab to get home at night, no subways and you'll be good. Also, reserve reserve reserve! When I was in the lobby I saw lots of people coming in looking for a bed/room and they were told that the hostel was completely full - so book IN ADVANCE!

21/09/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
3. Kristen F.
Ok, I hated this place.  If I was 10 years younger, it would have been great but I did the dorm/community bathroom thing in college and it wasn't fun then, so it's definitely not now.  I arrived about 1:00 and was not able to check-in so they pointed me to the lockers where I could pay $5 to store my luggage for 24 hours.  I did not get back until 11:00pm.  I reserved a 4-bed female room and was given a 6-bed co-ed room for just a few dollars cheaper.  When I got to my room, 4 of the people were there and already in bed and it's pitch black in the room.  Someone gets up and shows me that I have a light at my bed which basically lights up the whole room anyway.  The bathrooms were disgusting, the counters were wet, the floors were wet, just not a pretty sight.  They do provide bedding and towels here.  Plus most of the people staying there looked like they were in their early-late teens.  I thought I would feel better once I got some sleep but no, nothing had changed so I went on line and found a hotel and checked-out.  It was after check-out but they still gave me my money back except for the $6 they keep for not giving them a 24-hour notice for an early check-out.  You need to buy a membership which is $28 or you can pay $3 extra a night to stay here.  They are literally all over the world but I don't travel to many places where I would need to stay at a hostel.  Again, it would have been nice if I was younger as there was plenty to do.  They had a snack bar, a gift shop, several computers with Internet access, what looked like a movie room which a large screen and chairs, another room with multiple chairs/couches and plasma TVs.  The location is nice but a bit out of the way.  It is on the Upper West Side, a block off the 1 train and 2 blocks from Central Park.

07/08/07 | Link | Rating: 1.0
4. Laur T.
This was where I stayed when I first visited NYC as a backpacking traveller. Pretty standard amenities. Even though it's located in the UWS, it's easy to get around with the subway, which was really close by.

31/12/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
5. Mags L.
I really enjoyed my stay here.  The beds weren't the most comfortable, but I didn't spend enough time in them to really have complaints.  It's located pretty close to things, so it made going out and seeing the sights very easy.

I stayed at the hostel by myself, but quickly met people who were also staying at the hostel.  I had a blast travelling with them.

If you're looking for a cheap alternative to hotels, and don't require amenities like private bathrooms or bedrooms, give HI a try.  I think you'll like it.

17/09/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. David S.
Excellent hostel. I recommend the Sunday night pub crawl with Barbara. She's delightful. She'll make you feel welcome in New York City and will introduce you to some good bars and good friends. Cheers!

28/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Sam E.
A hostel is a cheap place to stay where you sleep in a group room (6-12 people) on bunk beds.  Its just like being at some type of camp when you were younger.  Usually, the crowd of people in the hostel are of the younger variety and are a fairly easy bunch to get along with.    

It is certainly not the most luxurious way of staying.  Sleeping in a room with 6-12 people has a fair amount of challenges.  For example, not everyone goes to sleep at the same time.  Some people wonder in later and there is noise that will wake you.  Sometimes there are cellphones and other alarms that go off in the middle of the night.  The room has different odors at times depending upon how many people are in the room.  

The rooms in hostels are co-ed.  This isnt so cool, at least for myself, because you cant hang out in your bed without a shirt and basically have to watch what you do and say.  You have to get dressed in the showerroom versus getting dressed in the hostel room.  I guess you can walk around without your shirt on or get dressed in the room, but I feel a little bit awkward doing so in front of some random women.  Its simply not appropriate.  If you do happen to "hook-up" with someone in the hostel, you cant very well take them back to a co-ed room.  An all-guy room would usually be understanding of you taking back a woman to the room, but some woman in the bunk below probably wouldnt.

This particular hostel is the best I have ever stayed in.  The bunk beds were larger then ones I found in other hostels.  The bathroom was **very clean** which is unusual for a hostelling situation.  The showering area was notably clean.  There is liquid soap dispensers in the showers.  Each shower has a small dressing room.  You get out of the shower and can get dressed in private versus the old fashioned locker room way of getting dressed in front of everyone in the bathroom.  

The crowd of people in this hostel was mainly international and very cultural.  A good crowd.  

There is a small cafe downstairs with notably cheap prices.  

Now let me get to the story for me staying in this hostel.  I had gone out with my friend to a bar.  He said it was ok to stay over at his place.  We then came back at 3am and his roommate was going crazy and didnt want me to stay over.  I then went back to my car and found that it was towed and placed in a yard that isnt open until Monday.  I needed a place to stay and this is what I found.  $40 for a night which was better then hanging out on the streets of NYC.

If you are coming to NYC and need a place to stay while you find an apartment or just need a place to stay, this is a good deal.  You wont be able to find a cheaper place anywhere else in the tri-state area.  

This hostel is cleaner with more amenities then others I have experienced.  Believe me, these hostels can get really dirty and simply nasty.

I would regard this as a good emergency place to stay.  If you want to travel to NYC on the cheap, this cant be beat.

04/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Jason Y.
I've stayed in hostels all over the world, both independent and HI-affiliated, so based on my experiences, this is what I come to expect from a HI-affiliated hostel:

- ultra clean
- sterile, bland social environment

So, this is my opinion of the HI New York:

Cleanliness: In terms of HI standards, below average, mostly because of the bathrooms.  They weren't filthy, but they were due for a cleaning.  The bedrooms and common areas were fine.  Overall, pretty much what you'd expect at an average independent hostel.

Social atmosphere:  Above average for a HI hostel.  At most HI hostels I've stayed at, most people are in bed before midnight and not a lot of people socialize in the common areas.  Here, the common areas were jammed full of people.  Granted, most of them were staring at a computer screen, but at least people weren't shutting themselves off in their own rooms.

Staff:  Probably could use a bit of an attitude adjustment.  They always answered your questions, but it seemed like they weren't happy doing it.  When I actually got one of the staff to smile, it felt like a major accomplishment.

Not a bad place to stay, but since you're not getting the ultra cleanliness you'd normally get from a HI hostel, you're probably better off going to an independent hostel with a better social atmosphere.

20/09/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
9. Keane L.
One of the best hostels I've stayed in during my East Coast trip. While Boston (equally as good in different ways) has free baggage checking, breakfast, and consistently working internet terminals, the NYC HI offers better shower facilities and more professional service. It's also just two blocks from the subway.

Occasionally, an internet terminal will steal your money. Feel free to report it. No one there gives a damn. They won't even put up a sign. I've had to personally save many a poor traveler from repeating my mistake.

And the rooms hold a LOT of guys...

(3 am)

Guy In Top Bunk: *SNORE*

Guy In Bottom Bunk: Ugh...


GIBB: Groan... [kicks the bed above] *cough* *cough* *COUGH!!*

GITB: ...

GIBB: ...

GITB: *SNOOOOORRREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*

GIBB: Sigh... [gets out of bed]

GITB: *sn..*

GIBB: *rustling of plastic bags*

GITB: ...

GIBB: *rustling of plastic bags*


Me: (Oh, shit! He killed him!!)

24/09/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Wally M.
Well I sure do like the fact that it's on Amsterdam. Makes me think of "New Amsterdam!" And that makes me think of being Dutch. And being Dutch makes me think of going to Europe. And going to Europe makes me think of that time I went to Italy for this Go Green convention. And the Go Green convention makes me think of that time I met Carmen Electra there and we took a photo together. Carmen Electra makes me think of...wait what was I talking about? I don't remember, but I like this hostel. It's not bad, but it's no Wadorf Estoria. And at least nobody gets killed like in that movie.

16/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. Akira C.
I found the location reasonable (considering the price), it's about 2 blocks from the subway and buses are available nearby to get you downtown.

You do get a comfortable bunk bed in a dorm room shared with a few other people. You have a locker but you'll need your own padlock (you can buy 1 from the reception). I was in a room facing the road and I had the bed right next to the window. On the up side is you get the sunlight in the morning to wake you up, on the down side you get the traffic noise.

I must say the area feels a bit rough at night but if you travel with other people then it should be ok.

While I do enjoy the luxury and privacy of staying in a hotel, staying at a hostel is a totally different experience. The best thing I found about staying in a hostel is the people you get to meet. I was sharing with a bunch of english people and we ended up travelling together and made a few new friends I'd never have made if I stayed in a hotel.

NB: You'll need to be a member of YHA/HI to stay there, if you are a non-member, you'll have to buy a 'stamp' for each night of your stay. Get 6 stamps and they will exchange it for a 1 year membership.

30/06/06 | Link | Rating: 3.0
12. Adam G.
This hostel was A+

very clean, excellent staff & affordable

The bunks had clean linen and the bathrooms & showers were spotless and new!  I will definately come back

03/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Carolin C.
I had a wonderful time at HI New York.  I missed my flight and had 24 hours in the city.  The Hostel found a bed for me and even gave me great directions to get there.  The staff was super friendly and the beds were very clean.  They helped me organize a midnight tour of the city so I could take advantage of my time there, too.  I'll definitely be back.

28/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Cathy K.
This was my first time staying in a hostel. I think I should've had this experience earlier in my life.

Reasonably so, this building is old. From the outside it has a lot of character, reminiscent of a historic orphanage. Inside, our floor was undergoing renovation. The floor above ours was a lot nicer.

My friends and I shared a private room that sleeps four. Room included two sets of bunk beds; 4 lockers large enough to store a reasonable-size suitcase; desk; sheet + blanket for each bed. Be sure to bring a lock for your locker, unless you want to purchase one at the hostel. We used the shared bathroom down and around the hall.

Bathrooms were dingy. 3 shower stalls. 1 of the 3 had a bench to set your stuff on. The other two didn't and you had to make due with hanging your clothes/toiletry on hooks. It was awkward to use. I smashed a cockroach while showering, I only had one sighting thankfully...during peak hours you had to wait to use these showers.

The social areas of this Youth Hostel were nice. Lots of places to lounge on the main floor:

- Lounge with lots of books and magazines.
- Lounge that looked loungy.
- Internet pay-station areas.
- Courtyard with strung festive-colored lights - sometimes they have a DJ.
- I didn't see the kitchen, but read they have one.
- Snack bar.

They also have a list of sight-seeing / activity trips that you can sign up for. Info. desk helpful to point you in the right direction.

Elevator doors occasionally got stuck while we were there, but we eventually got the hang of unsticking them. We used the stairs many times during our stay and got a 'free' workout.

This hostel is conveniently located a block away from a Metro station.

All-in-all stay here if you're looking for an economical place to store your things and sleep, mingle with folks from all over the world, and don't mind that lived in feeling.

19/06/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
15. Hans M.
I can't believe that nobody has rated Hostelling International NYC yet!?

Back in my first year in college, I was 18. A group of us decided that we were going to NYC to for the Thanks Giving weekend. Although I had been to NYC many times before, it was the first time that a group of young kids taking a trip to a different city. We were poor and wanted to save money, so we booked into the Hostelling International NYC. They have three types of rooms --- Big Hall Style (reminds me of boarding school) with 10 + bunkbeds, Medium Size with 3 buckbeds and individual room with a twin size. HI - NYC offers probably one of the cheapest place to sleep in the big apples --- for less than $40/night (back then) clean sheet, clean pillows, the price was really good.

They have breakfast, but it's NOT free. There is a food court in the lobby and it opens in the morning. Stuff aren't cheap in NYC. There's also internet room, tv room on the first floor and laundry room on the 2nd floor.

11/07/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Amy S.
Yes, its a hostel.  Don't expect a 5-star hotel experience.  But for what you pay, you get a pretty darn good experience.

My 1st time staying here was not by choice.  Friends were visiting from the UK and wanted to stay here, and so that's where I stayed as well.  Having never stayed in a hostel before I was a little nervous.  But the staff was accommodating, making sure that even though I arrived several days after my friends, we were still in the same room together.  

Some people don't like the idea of staying in a dorm style room with 12 or so other people, but I loved it!  We made so many friends that we still keep in touch with and visit on occasion in their countries.  We also took advantage of the hostel sponsored activities and made friends with the staff that runs them and so we felt like we were a part of the New York scene and not just visitors.  Just realize there will be people snoring, laughing, and moving around at all hours of the morning and so ear plugs are a plus.  Or just do what we did and partied all night so we were too tired to care!

We brought locks for the lockers, which I recommend, but little things we usually just left laying out and we borrowed each others hair dryers and such.  It was such a friendly atmosphere.

The cafe serves decent food for a decent price and there is internet available, or you can bring a wi-fi enabled device and use the wi-fi in your room.  I've come back several times and plan to do so again soon!

28/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Qui K.
most awful experience ever!!!!! musty smell as soon as i walked in. drama in the dorm i was staying in due to HI's bad. they double booked one bed. whatever, but i had to hear all about it from the roomie. what really killed it for me was the huge rat keeping all of us up all night. so disgusting!!!!!! this may have been a cool experience for other people but i would never ever recommend this place. oh yeah, when i asked for a refund i had to wait 3-5 business days to get it back, even in one of worst hurricanes ever! terrible customer service. just gross gross gross.

05/11/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
18. Scott B.
This is the second Hostel I've stayed at with Hostelling International and I was not disappointed. The rooms were very clean and the bathrooms didn't make me want to go without a shower for a few days.

I was pretty upset that their wifi was pretty dodgy so I had to pay a couple times to use their computers. I think they need to work on that being a hostel.

The location is great since it's only about one block from the 1 subway to dowtown and Queens or the B,C line which can take you all the way to Brooklyn and I think even JFK. The neighborhood was not too bad, but being NYC you have to smart about it.

For what I paid for, I got a great deal.

23/02/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
19. Paris J.
I stayed here for a class trip to NYC. Our stay was paid for by our university, but at $40 a night, it's still a great deal that I could totally afford on my own.

My last two visits to NYC, I stayed in hotels, so this was my very first hostel experience. You run into a lot more foreigners here, which I love, because it keeps things interesting. This place holds welcoming parties on Mondays, with free beer & wine where you can meet all the other people staying at the hostel. Aside from that, they also provide tours and pub crawls. I attended one of the pub crawls and got pretty wasted on the free sangria and screw drivers courtesy of this event. And this was just at one bar. So yeah, good times for FREE!

There is a pretty large kitchen in the basement floor with several stoves, sinks, and large refrigerators if you wanted to prepare a meal or a few to cut back on food costs during your stay in this high-cost-living city. The showers & toilets were fine; water pressure in the showers were good & water was always hot. No clogging toilets, with automatic flushing.
The rooms/dorms are decent & clean. Also, for $3, unless you bring your own, you can rent a lock to keep your valuables in the ginormous lockers they provide in the rooms. The blankets are kind of stiff, but kept me warm, so no complaints there. Lighting is dim as hell with one mirror on the wall opposite of the windows making it kind of difficult to apply makeup & whatnot with 8 other girls in the room.
There is also a theater in the basement area, two reading rooms/nooks where you can do work on your laptop, and an eating area next to their small cafe inside the hostel. I didn't get much reading done at night though outside of my room; they play music everywhere downstairs, so it was difficult to concentrate.

All in all, I'm probably just going to opt to staying in hostels from now on when I travel, unless I actually have friends or family living in the places I'm visiting. It's cheap, clean, and they make an effort to reach out to their guests with free events.

18/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. Jenn L.
We stayed about 5 Days here and it went from 48-55 bucks a night. It was a really nice hostel though, had a full kitchen, movie theater, lounge area, patio, pool table and computer area. It made for really enjoyable nights in.

They also had plenty of tours and events for nights out. The front desk people are super friendly and more than willing to give you tips on what to do.

The room was clean, you get a towel and a locker. The beds are really squeaky though, I felt as though it was lined with plastic? So you can hear any little movements from everyone in the room.

Bathrooms were also clean, the girls bathroom was WAY TOO HOT to get ready in during the summer. (No vents, windows only go up a crack so it was a sauna in there)

If you get the premium room, it was only 5 dollars more than our reg. room but you get shower slippers, a breakfast voucher (careful they do run out of food) and a comforter instead of just a thin blue blanket.

Only downside was that the place was so crowded we had to jump rooms because they ran out of bookings. So check out is at 11 Am and you can't check straight into the other room till 3 PM. They charge 5 dollars for putting your luggage on hold. (it still wasnt too bad, we were able to cram everything in for the day so we could explore)

Met plenty of great people, would stay here again!

05/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
21. Joselita T.
The hotel is pretty easy to get to from La Guardia airport through the M60 bus. However, being situated at the North side of Central Park, it's a little far from the main attractions in New York, such as Times Square, financial district, Soho, etc. Good thing it's fairly close to the Metro.  Walking is a little uncomfortable really late at night though and my access card still didn't work even after I protected it from all my cell phone and credit cards, etc. It easily gets demagnetized.

The facilities are nice and clean.  They have really nice spaces to hang out like the theater downstairs, the game room/international lobby, computer center, cafe, and the outdoor patio.  Clean bedrooms (roommates make them messy :) and nice big lockers!  Such a cool place to stay.

02/10/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
22. Lee S.
Here is my experience with Hi-Hostel NYC: I got in to check in at about 2:30am and made arrangements with the hostel to assure that my reservation would be saved. It worked out fine, except for there were three tourists at the desk in front of me, and the attendant was trying to find them a room because they did not have reservations. Common sense would dictate that you say to the person standing behind these tourists (that would be me), "Do you have a reservation? Well, let me check you in!" before continuing to browse the rooms for the three tourists. See, I stood there for about 25 minutes while the do-do-bird attendant was trying to find beds for three guys who wanted to share a room but had NO RESERVATIONS. This is after I spent all day traveling to NYC from California, so I was not having it. If management reads this, train your employees to ACKNOWLEDGE people as they walk in, and if they have a reservation, give them priority access instead of having them stand around for 25 (!!!!) minutes while the attendant tries to figure out what beds are open and which ones are not (again, it took me less than 5 minutes to book my reservation, shouldn't take your attendant 25 to figure out if there is room for three men!).
Once I checked in, I went up to my room and of course all my roommates in the 12 bed dorm were asleep. Got into my bed, which was very comfortable!
When I awoke, I went to the bathrooms to shower and get ready and was impressed with the cleanliness. There were definitely the sounds of people masturbating in the shower areas, but thats to be expected, right?!
Downstairs is their lounge and cafe - the cafe was well stocked, had great prices ($5 for a breakfast sandwich and coffee), and the staff was hit or miss - one day I had great staff, the other some had slight attitudes. I also ordered a muffin one day and it was rock hard, so the guy microwaved it for me - but in reality, it shouldn't have been on the shelf. It looked rather delicious, though!
The website video says they sell MetroCards at their concierge desk, but when I asked, I was looked at like I was stupid by the taller African American male who works the late night shift with glasses who is maybe in his early 40s or so. He wasn't very friendly every time I had interactions with him. Not fun!
I also bought a lock for $3 at the front desk, which was cheaper than at RiteAid around the corner, where they were asking $11 for a similar style. WOW!
Joined the bar crawl on a Sunday night and had a great time - met lots of people.
Overall, I felt safe, clean, and glad to find such a great deal for $40 a night. The guys I stayed in a room with kept mostly to themselves, but the ones I did interact with were very pleasant.
I am planning on returning to NYC and will definitely stay at the Hi Hostel when I do!

26/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
23. Ron N.
What a lovely hostel.  It was like the DORMS all over again.  If you didn't have a pleasant dorm experience this probably isn't the place for you.   But if you can take lounges w/ leather couches, a full kitchen, gaming room, home theater, nice people, and clean bathrooms for cheap then I'd highly recommend staying here.  

I came with a group of 12 and we each paid $33/night.  We got there hours before check-in and were allowed to store all of our belongings in a room while we shopped around as we waited for the time to pass.  They have optional hostel activities during the day and night (i.e. touring, free clubbing/bars).  As mentioned above, the bathrooms were kept clean every day.  My only wish would be more shower stalls, but this wasn't too much of a problem because there were stalls on every floor.  I couldn't really ask for more from a hostel.  If I ever come back to NYC I'm definitely staying here again.

4.5 out of 5 stars

27/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
24. Sagi P.
I love HI. I've been to HIs in Japan and in USA. They all have the following characteristics in common - clean room, clean bathrooms, friendly staff I just love it because of its affordable yet comfortable accommodation.

08/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
25. m t.
Very, very  basic. Staff was somewhat friendly. Wasn't familiar with staying at a hostel. Awakened in the middle of the night by staff person for not sleeping in right bed. Really? Was that necessary when there were 6 other empty beds?

12/02/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
26. Calvin H.
This hostel is in midtown Manhattan, about a block or so removed from the subway, and a couple blocks from Central Park.  It's a good size, but the staff vs volume ratio is such that you should be prepared to wait a bit if you're checking in (read: It's hella busy around check-in time).

They run tours and other events throughout the week, which I only took in a couple (a welcome party and a comedy night), but everything was executed quite nicely.

The biggest complaint was there seemed to be a night where the heat didn't work very well in my room, but that seemed to be fixed by the next morning, so it wasn't a huge bother.

Definitely considering them for the next time I'm in NYC.

20/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Alan C.
The Good

- Lots of common rooms. They had a few lounges, a computer room and a movie room.

- Cost, the cheap of the hostel is really cheap and totally worth it.

- Clean, at first I was afraid that it might be pretty dirty, but everything especially the bathrooms are very clean.

The Bad

- I don't know if they have a crappy software for checking in or making changes, but each time something had to be done, like extending for 2 more days or changing a bed, it took well over 12 minutes even if no one else was there.

- The showers have barely any water pressure

- The heat only comes in waves - it'll be on for about 10 minutes per half hour.

All in all, it was a nice, good place to live on a budget and I'd definitely go back again.

09/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
28. Elaine M.
The film hostel kind of ruined it for me, but my good old future mother in law was down, so what did I have to fear.

I'm going to say for fifty bucks a night, it was a sweet deal, the hostel was clean and well the people staying here were from all around the world, I had to go on a pub crawl and even clubbed with the hostel people. It was a great experience and the hostel staff was very friendly and accommodating. I would recommend for anyone traveling alone, because here, you never feel alone, literally you have got 3 other bodies sleeping in your room.lol

03/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. P America S.
Very polite cafe staff.  Very clean, great ventilation.  Very nice atmosphere.

12/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. Sarah S.
It's a hostel, in New York. The neighborhood is rather boring except for the DING DONG LOUNGE which is a few blocks away - so make that your home away from home while you're at the hostel. It's a huge place, and I was happy to find the bathrooms were well attended too. The staff is decent but a bit slow (they seem to never have enough help) and the key cards like to stop working when they shouldn't. The elevator is the slowest in the world, so take the stairs. They have a little cafe which has really nice and fast service for a continental breakfast or lunch.

I don't socialize at the hostel, so I didn't deal with that aspect, but, they seem to have some really cool activities (the big chalkboard in the entrance is quite nice) to participate in!

18/06/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
31. Amber K.
I've always had fearful notions of hostels based on horror films and hearsay, but this actually seemed like an enjoyable place. Granted, I only spent a couple of hours here and didn't actually spend the night, but from a superficial perspective, some of my hostel phobias were put at ease. This place was very much like a dorm, with a little bodega-type store, lounge and computer room on the first floor. The courtyard is a beautiful space, great for outdoor get-togethers and barbecues. I spoke to a traveler staying at the hostel and she was saying there were a great number of events the hostel threw and I liked that they encouraged people to be social. I think this would be a great place to stay for anyone needing a place to stay in NYC!

29/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
32. Raymond C.
Thank you yelpers!!! This place was exactly as y'all described. Very friendly, comfy, affordable, and convenient. They even give free earplugs which was a plus. The room are cleaned every morning. Sharing with 6 other strangers was not a problem because most of the day, we are out. As far as snoring goes, just plug your ears.  They don' try to rip you off with overprice foods. Come here if y'all want to visit NY. Worth it!!!

19/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Jessica S.
This place is pretty straight up right Awsome! I was a bit skeptical about this place first walking in because I this place is so big. This was my first time at staying in a big hostel such as this.
I was easily able to make online reservations, before arrive to ensure i had a place to stay, which was very nice, because they book up fast.

They had All Male, All Female, and co-ed dorms, I was placed in a co-ed dorm only because that is all they had available. Witch was Ok, I was hoping to be places in a All Female dorm only because it would have made me more comfortable but oh well, they were all filled up. But i was hopping that you can specify which type of dorm you want to be in upon making your reservation

We first checked in with Betsey  the front desk clerk at the time, and i didn't know why she put me in a co- ed dorm, i thought i put in my reservation that i would have liked to be in a all female dorm. I would have liked to see if any female dorms were available but  she didn't really explain anything to my boyfriend and I,  and didn't really answer my questions, overall she wasn't very friendly, she wasn't smiling or anything and she was not helpful.

Then i asked another  front desk clerk Alysia and she was very nice and very helpful and said if anything opened up in the morning, she be happy to let us know.
THANk you that all i wanted to hear.

The Hostel also host pub crawls, tours, BBQs, clubbing nights and all types of  events for you to meet and talk to new people who are also staying there from all over the world!!  I LOVE that

For being such a big hostel, I was very impressed, by how safe i felt there. also impressed by how CLEAN the bathroom and dorms were!! The bed sheets are very white and clean!  GREAT JOB!!

AC/ Heater
personal lockers in every room.  but be sure to bring your own pad lock.

there's so much more to explain, but this is a wonderful place to stay,  deeply recommend this hostel.

23/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
34. Karen S.
For a hostel - this place is pretty darn great!  As we were travelling as a group of 14, we were able to have 2 rooms entirely to ourselves.  The only missed point was that the staff extended the stay of another guest without checking that the room was entirely booked for us and we had to unfortunately move that guest to another room.  Otherwise, it would have been one strange girl in a room full of guys.

Lots of good stuff:
- clean, spacious rooms
- unexpectedly clean bathrooms
- air flow controls in every room
- towels are included
- lockers in the bunk rooms (bring your own lock)
- friendly, helpful staff
- very close to the 1 line subway (103rd street)
- lots of planned activities and tours to sign up for
- random abstract art on the walls
- free wifi

Other notes:
- While convenient by subway, it's a bit far away from the major attractions and things to do in New York.
- This isn't luxury of course, but a very affordable way to say in NYC.  I would definitely stay here again only if I was in a big group.  Wasn't there much anyway except to sleep and leave luggage.
- $2/person (if you're in a group) to store luggage if you're checking in too early, leaving after check out
- The response was incredibly slow and inconsistent when booking.  Just keep on top of it and it should be fine.

Random side note:
- Why were people in kilts practicing bagpipes outside the hostel at 5am in the morning??

09/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
35. Hugo F.
Worst hospitality management I've ever experienced. Their computer administrative software obviously sucks, because they're always having problems, the staff are incompetent, rude and dismissive. Obviously no training in customer service etiquette. I've been to the HI in San Fran and it seemed better, granted I was only there for one night. If there were more options, I wouldn't support this business.

13/03/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
36. Gaby L.
I loved staying at this hostel, everyone was so nice!  I met tons of people from all over the world and if you're are looking for a cheap place to stay I would highly recommend it.  The subway is located one block away and the events/tours the hostel puts on are a must.

01/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Grant L.
Fun place, cool location, (relatively) cheap rate.  Overall, I'd really like to give this place high marks, except for one truly fatal flaw:

Some of the dorm rooms only have two power outlets, for 10 people.  Sometimes a hostel for me is a place where I just need to come "home" and crash, and I need my cell the next day.  Cell phones are vital today, especially so for travelers and youths.  Unacceptable.

11/11/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
38. Anthony Z.
This's the first time I lived In hostel and it's just prefect!
You cannot imaging how amazing it is. I lived in a 10 person's room, I guess it wouldn't be so nice when I booked it but I was wrong. Room is clean all the time, all the roommates are super nice, we from 6 different countries and sharing the stories and culture together!
You can simply get the breakfast at Lobby, also you can cook by yourself! Kitchen is clean, too. Also there is a small theater downstairs (actually just a DVD player but it's doesn't matter, does it?)

Anyway, it was a wonderful experience living in a hostel like this!

01/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
39. Karen D.
This was my 1st Hostel! It was good for the price. I had a large room with multiple bunk beds so it was feeling a bit too cramped for me. The good thing about the room are the lockers available, even though there's no lock....The bathrooms were clean and shared and provided body wash. The location was close to the train, so traveling was convenient. There are also food vendors and machines inside. I'm not sure if I'll stay again just because I'm not a fan of hostels. But it's a great place for backpackers =D

02/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
40. Amanda F.
I stayed here in May on a solo trip to the Big Apple and was quite impressed.

I spent a bit of time in hostels while I studied abroad, and I have to say that hands down, this is one of the cleanest hostels I have ever been in. Showers were nice and clean, any messes in the bathrooms were cleaned up super quick, and each day I could tell our room had been straightened up (without it being invasive).

Other amenities of note: lockers are nice and big (I'd recommend bringing your own lock so you don't have to pay for one), the cafe makes is nice and easy to grab snacks, kitchen is huge!

This definitely isn't the place for someone looking for a smaller, homey hostel. I stayed in one of the smaller rooms (6 people) with breakfast included and it worked out well. I stayed for five nights, got a good breakfast every day, and paid just under $300--a steal.

Location is great--central park is nearby, neighborhood felt safe, and three subway lines are within walking distance.

The only thing I could gripe about is that the outlets in my bunk didn't work, and staff didn't seem too on top of it when I brought it up, but it wasn't a huge deal. There were outlets in common areas to be had anyway.

Overall, I'd recommend checking this place out if you're looking for a cheap way to do NYC!

30/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. Mia L.
Nice staff. Easy and quick check-in/out 24/7. My bed was right next to the room window so it was kinda chilling when sleeping. Well, horrible weather at this time in NYC.Room was clean and had decent lockers large enough to throw your backpack in. I loved the kitchen.but if you need to store food there, don't be too upset if someone took away some. The lobby has plenty of space for socializing. They also offer lots of daily activities, too bad I just stayed one night there and had to leave early the next day. haha.

25/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
42. Chloe F.
Huge disappointment. Our stay here was miserable, for a few reasons.

The biggest problem is that this hostel is just too large. It takes up an entire city block, from 104th to 103rd- with multiple stories, countless rooms, and 6 to 10 people per room, you can only imagine how many poor souls are staying here at any time. This means that you must wait in line for 10 minutes in order to talk to staff, which causes a lot more problems.

When I got to my room on the first night, my bed was made prison style. Just a fitted shit and a thick, stiff blanket. (This was a problem because the room was stifling hot.) I didn't realize anyone else had a flat sheet until the next morning when I could see in the room. So I had to wait in line to talk to someone to get the sheet, because housekeeping didn't notice it when they checked the room again that morning.

The other thing that made my stay so horrible was the unbearable heat. Let me clarify: it was NOT hot outside. Yet it was boiling hot in our room. There were 4 other people staying in the room, who had been there longer than my boyfriend and I had. I made the mistake of assuming that if anything could have been done about the heat, that surely, one of these seemingly reasonable people would have done something. Apparently there was an AIR CONDITIONER inside the room! Be warned: it looks like a heater. And the staff will not tell you that your room has air conditioning. In fact, they won't tell you ANYTHING at check-in unless you ask. In which case, you have to wait at least 10 minutes for a chance to speak to staff.

They provide free breakfast, and you definitely get what you pay for with that. The bagel is untoasted and smeared with fake cream cheese that tastes more like cream cheese frosting. The donuts are stale.

If you want to overpay for a boiling hot room with no sheet, in a former retirement home that is now populated by the same kind of people that you HATED in your university dorm (you know the ones-- they never left the lobby), then this is the place for you. I sincerely regret staying here and really wish I could go back in time and save up the extra money for a real hotel in New York. This place ruined my experience of the city, because I was exhausted during the few days I got to spend in New York because after not being able to sleep in a hot, foul-smelling room.

22/05/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
43. Randy V.
5 stars: For the price, cleanliness, and proximity to the subway station!

This is my first time at a hostel on US soil and wanted a cheap alternative to sleep and shower. I didn't need a gym, ironing board, and fancy room service. Just a place to sleep and shower and approximately $50 a night. Since I was traveling alone, it made sense to stay here, if I were traveling with other people, I could have stayed at a hotel and split the cost with others.

Time of travel: End of August, 2 nights, Thursday and Friday night. Summer. Weather in the upper 80Fs and humid.

Location to subway: Its a short 1 block away from the 1 train at 103rd Street. I'm not a fan of the #1 train because it stops at every single stop. But if you get off at 96th street, you can catch the #2 or #3 express train and bypass 5 local stops!

Check-in: Check in begins at 4:00pm. It was quick and easy. They guy at the counter was very friendly. SInce I had booked online, my check in process was fast.

The room: Stayed in a 12 person room with 6 bunkbeds. I was the last person to be assigned to this room on the 4th floor. I had a top bunk which I did not mind at all. They provided 2 pillows, 1 towel, 1 flatsheet and 1 blanket. It was nicely folded on the bed upon my arrival. A stacked locker was next to each bunk bed. Luckily since I had the top bunk, the locker was tall enough as a bed stand. I was able to put my water bottle and other things on top of the locker. THe lockers were a good size. I was able to stick my bag pack, clothes and other things in there.  Each bed had a personal light on the wall and 2 electrical sockets. The room had AC which was on the whole time. And compared to the hot humid air outside, the AC did a fairly good job. The guys in my room kept to themselves. I only spoke to one guy from Germany. I usually get back to my room at 11pm and noticed half of the people in my room were already in bed. With the lights off, its hard to see in the dark. Being considerate, I didn't want to turn on the main lights and wake people up. I used the light on my phone to navigate through the darkness.

The bathroom: There was about 3 men's bathrooms on the floor. Each had several showers and toilets. Both were in private stalls and very clean. I showered at night and there were barely anyone in the bathrooms. They provided body wash in the showers. There are no paper towels in the bathrooms but hand blowers/dryers. Not a big deal for me. The men's room were missing urinals though!! You'd see some folks peeing with the seat down.

Downstairs: There was a cafe downstairs. I bought apple juice and a muffin before I would head out in to the city in the morning. There were other drinks, orange juice, Gatorade, Starbucks, etc. There were other several rooms, a lounge and a computer room. Both of which I didn't use.

I didn't stay inside the hostel that much. Only to sleep and shower. So I didn't meet a lot of people, but if you put effort in to making friends, there are a lot of people to meet. I had a tight 2 day schedule so I tried to do as much as I could.

02/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
44. Stephanie T.
Perfect for a young, lone, adventure hungry traveler!!

- Daytime tours daily tours of varying parts of Manhattan/Brooklyn (only $10)
- Nightlife group activities- pub crawls and clubbing nights ($10 men, ladies=free)
- Welcome parties every few days perfect for meeting people and getting some free booze
- Located so close to Central Park and the Subway
- Front desk has maps and will help you find anything

- The week I was there we went to the same club two nights in a row despite the poster stating we were going to different places.  Variation next time please!
- One of the male pub crawl/clubbing leaders comes onto every woman!! (Name begins with an "R," be aware ladies)

04/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
45. Jean-Guillaume D.
I though staying in hostels were going to be a bit uncomfortable for me but I was certainly wrong. I actually met great people most of them from Europe and I actually spoke all the languages I am able to speak here and even helped them get their way down to the sight seeing areas of New York City. Wow I am not even a native here at all and it's my first time in the city that never sleeps and I'm already helping people how to get around.

There were some things that were negative here but then fortunately they got overshadowed with the good.

The first day I came to NYC it was HOT, it was 81 degrees Fahrenheit, whoa it's only spring I wonder how it is during the summer. Well I met my roommates who were all very welcoming and friendly and I met others who were coming in too. We were all unaware that this room had AC. It was stuffy and hot like if we were in an oven. I actually could not sleep at all and I had to go around walking down to the kitchen and be around that cool cold air that comes out really icy, it was paradise.

The bathroom are really really clean and loads of privacy, the bathrooms and showers are really good it just gets REALLY full in the morning so either wake up really early or wait I guess. The water pressure is not the best but that is no problem for me.

So I was happy to go out in the morning and know that my valuables are protected due to the lockers that are given to us. Bring your own lock or purchase one in the front desk for $3.25 or $3.75 I can't recall. Also at times it might get busy at the check in desk so be prepared to do some waiting. Also if you make a reservation earlier than the check in time you can leave you luggage here in a room where it's safe and when you come back just show your ticket so you can get it back. This place is open 24/7 so that is beyond good.

So I went out to the city to explore and when I came back to the room I was discouraged to go in and rest because the air inside the room was not going to be good, but when I went inside....I was the happiest person in the universe, there was an AC on and it was cold and very relaxing. It was the best feeling in my life, this uplifted me, I was very happy. At times it had a weird smell but it came and went on. Also I don't know if they use soap to wash the sheets and towels but it's not a very nice smell to use.

As far as location, I was really happy with it. I thought it was going to be ghetto. It was really good restaurant around and really useful Metro lines like the 1 and the A, B and some other ones. Also Central Park is like 2 blocks away which is a plus. The Upper West Side is nice and very diverse and everybody loves everyone one here and live in peace from my experience

The television is nice under the main common room as well as the kitchen, best kitchen in the world. Also it has water fountains so I can refill my water bottle. Also the windows don't open all the way but I think that's for a reason.

The outside patio is great for a cool off and just to relax and it's huge.
There's many activities this hostel offers. I actually went to the Central Park tour and I had a really great phenomenal time with the people I went and the one who guided us, I think her name is Larisa(I think that was her name and how you spell it).

I do recommend this hostel for people trying to save money and people who like to meet others. I will definitely for sure come back here in the future. My plan is to come during the winter when NYC has a massive amount of snow around January so I will be staying here for sure no doubt. Personally it was a blast staying here and will do it again for sure. I'm happy. And will definitely stay for a longer time than I did this past time.

25/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
46. Lisa H.
I'd probably stay here again, but in a smaller room. Having 11 noisy roommates made for an awful night's sleep (but that's not the hostel's fault)!

The cafe downstairs had delicious M&Ms cookies, and the location of the hostel itself is spot on. So close to Central Park and the subway, and not in a touristy area. Perfect.

Good staff, too.

20/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
47. Cameron S.
Awesome place to stay in Manhattan, one block away from the Subway. Has American guests as well as the usual eclectic mix of travellers. Bar/Club crawls highly recommended!  

I stayed in January and can't wait to go back in 2014! Shared a 4 bed room with a Belgian guy and made a few life long friends here!

The only issue I had with my room is a very noisy heater, maybe worth asking about, unsure if they were in every room.

26/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
48. Starr C.
I stayed in this hostel while I was on Alternative Break this past March. I have never stayed in a hostel anywhere before, so I was a bit nervous about the experience.

It. Was. AWESOME. I led the trip this year and was here last year, and I'm glad that Hostelling International was part of my experience both years.

The only way I can describe my experience here is by just walking you through what happens when you arrive at the hostel.

Since we stayed for a full week, the hostel actually provided us with one-week subway passes. We waited in the New York room? as our group coordinators got things sorted. Then we got our key cards and went up to our room. Each person got a bunked bed (top or bottom), a locker space, a towel + bedding, an extra blanket, and a light above their bed. (You can purchase a lock from the front desk.) Bathrooms were pretty clean, although there was definitely a rush in the morning and the evening for sinks and showers. There's a hairdryer also, if I remember correctly.

The kitchen is awesome. Big fridge and they provide little label stickers so you can label your own things. Everything that isn't food is provided - pots, plates, cups, cutlery. Just make sure to wash and you're good to go. Dining area is a bit small, so I don't know if they expect everyone to eat at the same time. XD

Adjacent to the dining area is the theater area. They have a projector and will display TV, sometimes movies. Very comfy seating in this area, it's a good place to just chill and unwind, although if people are watching TV I would not recommend this spot as a place to hang out and talk.

The hostel provides a lot of fun also. You have your pub crawls, which are apparently standard hostel practice? (I'm an under-21, so I couldn't take part.) Also, free clubbing which I didn't get a chance take advantage of. In addition to their fun tours of nearby attractions, there was a welcoming party at the beginning of the week with free wine and beer (and soda!) for the residents.

All in all, this is definitely an AWESOME place to stay, affordable compared to hotels, and a great place to make fun international friends. :)

09/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
49. Amanda J.
I stayed at HI - New York in March of 2010.  Better late than never on a review, I guess.

This was the first HI hostel I had ever stayed in, and at the time, I thought it was fantastic.  Although, I think it was $25/night then.  As I've stayed in other hostels, this is my least favorite hostel of the group.  At the time, they were remodeling, and the hostel was far too small for how many people were staying there.  Three showers for an entire floor lead to some major morning issues.  The staff is fairly friendly, and the hostel is secure.  The rooms are packed with people, limited outlets, no hot water, but it's a hostel.

The highlight of this hostel is the location.  It's 1 block away from the 1 train at 103.  It's one stop away from the 2,3 too, which helps this up to 4 stars instead of 3 stars.  The other side of Broadway is mostly apartments owned or rent controlled, and the hostel side is not quite as great.  It's not terrible but exercise caution at night.  The hostel has some great and inexpensive tours.

There is some cheap food in the area, but I would venture to other parts of the city to go out to eat.  I have lots of recommendations on my profile.  This is my favorite city in the entire world, and you should definitely come to visit.

16/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
50. Maria K.
If you are looking for a cheap place to stay while in New York, I would recommend this hostel.

Facilities are clean, the staff is friendly and they have lots of great organized events every night of the week.  With everything from comedy shows to exploring a particular neighborhood, they encourage you to see the city even if you are traveling alone.  They also have all the amenities you might need.  Computers and printers are available for use (for a nominal fee) so you can get some work done or print out any confirmations or tickets you might need to.  Also, I loved that they had a lot of outlets conveniently located so I could keep electronics charged without worry.

I loved the location even though it wasn't quite in the middle of the city.  The surrounding neighborhood has some cute cafes, coffee shops and restaurants, so if you want to stay in a slower paced part of the city, this area offers everything you might need.  It is within a couple blocks of a subway stop, so it was very convenient for getting around the city and meeting up with friends who were staying a bit further north.  An entrance to Central Park is fairly close as well...I loved being able to stop by the park before catching my morning flight home so I could bid adieu to the iconic landmark after a great vacation.

22/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
51. Anna V.
"We should have had your bachelorette party here!" my wise friend suggested.

I was only here for a special event, which was held at the ballroom. Yep, a hostel has a ballroom! And it's pretty decent, a potential blank canvas for any kind of event (once you get passed the hostel crowd gathering for the nightly pub crawl).

While waiting in the lobby for my friends to arrive I got a glimpse of the energy and the next day's pub crawl meeting time.There is also a decent looking cafeteria on premises and promises of a garden? I've stayed in hostels in Ireland and Scottland (and have attempted pub crawls), but this place was a whole other level of psycedelic awesomeness (at least that was the impression from standing in the lobby for half an hour).

This is a really busy spot for the youthful in body or heart. Ahh, the good old days of pub crawls, salsa nights and lavish spare time to take historic Brooklyn Bridge walks. There is a bulletin board of a million activities and a daily schedule of each. Even if you come here alone, you will not be bored, they just won't allow you to. Great place to meet great people, I'm sure.

If you, like me, never really got the typical college experience or have never survived a pub crawl as a result, since you commuted to school while living with your parents. Most importantly, if this still bugs you, I would highly suggest staying here for a couple of nights. Get it out of your system! (Otherwise you may be doomed for life, in my non-psychologist opinion.) From what the concierge told us (Yep they have a concierge too and an information desk) the rates off-peak can be as low as $30-$40, day. As long as you're ok living with 16 other strangers. It is a hostel after all.

Now, how many times did I mention pub crawl?

26/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. Anthony O.
Stayed here during the cold spell, I enjoy my stay here and love how helpful the staff was. It is definitely a huge hostel and it could be quite difficult to meet people however there are opportunities since they provide many tours and outings to do different activities.

I stayed in a 12 dorm room and I enjoy the bed that I stayed at. However it did have a odd odor and I was constantly awake by people coming in the room so it was kinda difficult to sleep at night. However I like the fact that the bathrooms were clean and the showers provided body wash/shampoo to wash yourself plus a place for you to dress up. I definitely enjoy the water fountains where I got the chance to refill my water bottle.

Unfortunately there is no free breakfast at this hostel and I had to pay $3 along with my room stay since I am not a HI member so that kinda drag.

But I gave it four stars because there are a few subway lines nearby such as the 1 train from 103rd st and the B/C train from 103rd street. Plus there are several bus lines and taxis to get around as well.Along with that, you could walk down 96th st where you could catch the 2/3 to go express into midtown Manhattan.  I also love how nearby it was to Central Park and how walkable the neighborhood is in terms of restaurants, grocery stores, and bars as well. I felt safe the entire time I was there even though I came back at around 3-4am.

I will not mind staying again in this hostel and I recommend anybody to stay here.

12/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
53. Aimê A.
If you are looking for a cheap place to stay while in New York, I would recommend this hotel. So close to Subway and Central Park. Great Neighborhood and any doubt you have employees are really friendly helping you!
The only negative point is the key that stop working once and awhile.

31/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
54. Bungo H.
This place was awesome!
When the night there was some events I just watched jazz musical I loved it
But let me say little bad things
My room was smell maybe that was from AC and wifi was so slow.
But I really enjoyed in this hostel anyway!!

29/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
55. Francis R.
My first time in New York was amazing thanks to Hostelling International.  Greeted by friendly staff that were very helpfull giving directions and answering any questions I had. As a female solo traveler I felt safe here. The fact that it is open 24 hours is the best. Make sure to join the pub crawls and other events they host! Also, the rooms and bathrooms are clean. Loved this place and will be coming back!

29/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
56. Simon S.
They have a great team of people there, always willing to help you out when they can and very friendly. I arrived just before Halloween and stayed a week. It was great. The bunk beds were creaky, as they all are, but the rooms were set to a decent temperature and the facilities work as expected. Charlie and Patrick are my standout go-to guys. They $3.99 breakfast is a steal too. I filled up on the sausage and egg bagel, a banana and a hot chocolate almost every day. Would recommend this place to anyone. Transport is a block away

12/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
57. David P.
One of the nicest hostels I've stayed at compared to Chicago, San Diego, Boston, Miami.....

Bathrooms VERY clean & staff incredibly organized, knowledgeable, and friendly. Rooms were spacious with half of them overlooking the decent park and open patio area that was a relaxing hangout spot when weather was good.

The small deli in the hostel was convenient but overpriced, even for NYC standards. A muffin would run you $2.45, 1 block away the same muffin was $1.50. The main guy that worked the deli with the black goatee was very intelligent and willing to get involved in controversial discussions with sound arguments when it was quiet late at night. Good guy!

I paid $52 a night, the most I have paid for a hostel ever BUT I didn't mind since it SO well kept and professional. I stayed Ina. 10 bed male room and only had 2 roommates during my Sunday-Tuesday stay.

I was able to go run ALL of Central Park and get back to the Hostel (6.5 miles) in under an hour too!! Good location!!

I would recommend!!

14/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
58. Caylynn H.
I really enjoyed this place. I booked a 6 person girls dorm online way in advance and had no trouble. The hostel was clean, spacious, and the location was incredibly convenient to all my touristy needs. The breakfast vouchers were a good deal for me, and gave me one less thing to have to think about. There are loooots of bathrooms and showers which insured that there was never a wait. Most importantly I felt safe there, both inside and in the surrounding area.
-1 star because it could be really hard to get hold of an employee when you had a question or problem, the towel situation was weird, and they did forget to give me the flipflops I'd payed when I checked in. Minor things, really. I'd definitely come back.

17/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
59. Cody B.
Absolutely love this place. Honestly the best hostel I have stayed in. Staff of the hostel are all very nice and have never had problem with any of them. Great full kitchen to prepare meals. Hostel is always clean, everything from the bathrooms to the bedrooms. Hostel also plans nightly events and outings, making it easy to socialize with other guests.

14/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
60. Xinting Y.
Nice place to stay, rooms are clean and spacy. I like the shower room, I don't have to bring my shampoo. There is fresh food and drinking in the lobby almost 24 hours. The traffic is really convenient, line 1 can go to Times Square, south ferry and need no exchange.

27/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
61. Angela C.
I'd never stayed in a hostel by myself before so I was a little weary, but this hostel was wonderful!  I had done my research of all the hotels under $150 in Manhattan, and all the other places sounded like a nightmare, and this was the only cheap place (around $100!!) with good reviews. And they were right!

The thing that amazed me the most was how impeccably clean the showers and bathroom area were! My #1! I am usually disgusted and too scared to walk barefoot in any sort of public bathroom/shower areas. But their showers were cleaner than my own, there was not a hair or trash or anything in sight in the showers. The bathroom has towels and the shower has a soap/shampoo dispenser.

The rooms were clean too; well the carpets were dark so i couldn't really tell and the decor drab, but there was nothing dirty that caught my eye. The bunk beds and linens looked clean and folded. The 8 girl dorm was roomy enough for everyone to be able to have their luggage there, and the bunk beds were basic but comfortable enough.The bunk beds included a light linen and light fleece blanket and a pillow. Although there were 8 girls in one room, luckily and surprisingly everyone was quite courteous and there were no crazies.  I was super tired that day, and even though people did come back around 12 am, they were very quiet and tried not to talk or disturb anyone.

However, one big negative was that everytime i stepped out of my room, my key card would not work when I came back. It was super annoying, especially after I just took a shower and had to walk downstairs looking like a mess to ask for my card to be re-activated.

I would definitely come back the next time I ever come back to NYC and need an affordable $100 stay!!

16/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
62. Steven L.
I spent a few weeks in the hostel, rather unfortunately.

Look, the place is pretty clean, the staff are friendly enough, the cafe is pretty cheap, and the kitchen facilities are pretty good too (but don't stock up too much, you'll probably have your food stolen). I was there for Thanksgiving and they put on a free dinner too, which was lovely.

The front desk is staffed 24 hours, which is handy. Each bed has its own decent sized locker, plus there's a large locker room down in the basement if you have too much stuff. They can sell you a padlock for your locker at the front desk, you can also get a pair of thongs/flip flops for the showers for just $1, and there's a lot of tours and activities through the hostel.

It's sounding pretty good so far, but it's not all great. Don't expect your bedding or towels to be replaced at any stage during your stay, even if you are there a few weeks. But you can always grab a spare towel down at the front desk or from the staff when they're turning over unoccupied rooms.

While there's a laundry with a washing powder dispenser, washing machines and dryers, all reasonably priced, the change machine in the laundry never worked in the three weeks I was there. Nor did the change machine in the downstairs area. You can get your quarters at the front desk, but I had a 15min wait for that while they were checking people in.

The cafe lists a whole bunch of things, none of which they will make for you. You can only have what's premade. Unless you speak spanish, then they'll whip it up for you, I found. Unfortunately I was not the spanish speaker.

While there were no bed bugs, the beds were too short, I had to sleep crouched the whole time, and the mattresses are thin; I ended up with bruised hips from sinking through to the metal base.

The bathrooms get a regular clean, but a good number of the showers are not useable. Rather than a shower, it's one direct stream like you get from a tap thanks to missing parts from the shower heads.

The room keys constantly stop working. Expect to head to the front desk for a new key every second day. No, I wasn't keeping it with my phone, it wasn't just me, it was everyone in the room, and usually every key stopped working at the same time. This is where that 24 hour front desk comes in handy, when you pop out to use the bathroom and there's no one in your room to let you back in. Don't go out of the room in anything you don't want to be seen in wandering through the foyer.

Over all, it was okay. It was cheap, and could have been a lot worse. If you can't afford a hotel room in NYC, this place is okay for a few nights.

16/12/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
63. Audrey W.
Best Hostel I have ever stayed at!  Also the only hostel I've ever stayed at.  The rooms were nice and really clean.  I lucked out with super sweet bunk mates.  The showers and bathrooms were clean too.  It was super close to the subway making it easy to get to where I needed to go.

Two days in a row I walked from this hostel and ended up at Battery Park one day and over on the Highline the next.  Lovely walk but my feet weren't loving me.

I would stay here, and I plan on staying here, again.

07/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
64. Eunice L.
I will definitely stay at this hotel if I ever get to New York again. It is in the perfect location, 1 block from the Riverwalk & Alamo. We had the best service .I loved the free hot breakfast!

28/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
65. Eve Laure R.
The service is very nice and welcoming. There is a lot of people you can meet. It is very clean and calm at night.the bedroom is comfy and safe as we have lockers. Breakfast is great and the location too.

10/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
66. Audrey D.
I arrived June 18 and left June 22, 2014, staying a total of 4 nights at this hostel.  I had some issues booking a bed at this hostel, even a month in advance, but the customer service representative I spoke with on the phone was very accommodating and allowed me to book beds in several rooms for my stay.  Still, I would recommend booking as far in advance as possible.  The prices ranged from $58 to $65 per night for female only rooms.  I did get one night free, however, with a coupon I had from my HI membership, which I highly recommend you get if you are going to be staying at multiple HI hostels in any given year.  
The hostel was clean.  The location was very convenient.  I enjoyed the Ethiopian restaurant nearby.  The subway was less than a 5 minute walk away.  This is the place I'd stay if I were gonna go to NYC by myself again.

12/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
67. Francesca M.
I slept there just two nights so i didn't stay enough to say exactly how it is, but i found it as a place very clean and cozy. The breakfast, instead, was terrible.

15/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
68. Drea V.
I thoroughly enjoyed staying here on my recent trip to NYC! Everything was super clean and well put together, the staff was attentive and helpful, and you can't ask for a more convenient spot. It's super close the subway, there are HUGE lockers for every bunk, and there is a charming little outdoor patio.

You'll spend just as much (if not more) to stay at a second-rate hostel with bedbugs, so stay here instead!

08/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0