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Chelsea International Hostel

1.0 of 5 Hostel   |   251 West 20th Street, New York City, NY 10011
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

That hostel is definitely not used to its full potential. The buildings have lots of character, nice old wooden stairs, wooden floor that create an intimate and restful atmosphere, impeccable cleanliness, storage space (shelves) and sinks in private rooms, excellent location. The problem is the lack of vision. It would not take much to change the appearance of the rooms:... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at this place for several nights whilst staying in New York around the start of October. We booked because of the location and the fact it had a kitchen. I was dreading staying here due to some of the very harsh reviews it had received, so I was pleasantly surprised when I realised most of the negative reviews... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Paid quite a hefty price for a private room here, as I holidayed alone last year. I didn't feel like forking out 1 to 2 thousand dollars to rest my head, especially for one person and this was before the time of air you know who. So I opted for this hostel. My room was like a high class military... More

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Paris, France
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Do not make the same mistake as me, this is hostel, which means that you will face young noisy people in corridor all night long... No A/C in my room and it was at the street level, no protection on window to prevent homejacking... No soap... Only good thing is breakfast included [Coffee, Orange juice + bagel with marmelade /... More

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Hastings, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

It's a hostel for goodness sake! Value for money!!!!!!!! The facilities may be basic but I found the staff (except the good looking guy) from front desk to the cleaners to the breakfast guy all very friendly. And the location and neighbourhood is 5 star.

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Barcelona, Spain
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is really good value for money when you consider it's location and the fact you get breakfast. If you're the kind of traveler that ony requires a bed for the night and a shower, then this is a great choice.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We made arrangements over the phone and we had no great expectations. We arrived midnight and everything was ready for us. Two metal bed room was clean but we felt we were in some 3rd world country or a prison cell. Sheets and towels were clean but worn out and had wholes in them. Everything was functional and the room... More

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I had the displeasure of staying here with 2 of my friends. We were appalled at how dirty the toilets and showers. I asked if they would be cleaning them at any point but was met with the most rude and uncaring response from the staff. The only redeeming thing is the location and neighbourhood it's in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Staff was friendly, the bathroom was clean, although the building needs repair, location was very good, we had a free bagel for breakfast, comfy beds and quiet surroundings... What could one ask for more? Thanks!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I definitely would not recommend this hostel. We heard loud talking outside all night, and the showers and bathrooms weren't recently sanitized. The location is close to a few of New York's major attractions, which is great, but it was hard to feel safe when our room door didn't shut properly. However, the worst part was being overcharged for our... More

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Additional Information about Chelsea International Hostel

Address: 251 West 20th Street, New York City, NY 10011
Location: United States > New York > New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Chelsea International Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 150
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