I wrote a glowing review about this hostel back in August. Unfortunately, when I returned in October for a week stay I was VERY DISAPPOINTED. First, "Ledo" (owner) was not around and despite having contacting him he never had courtesy to reply. Although, he was in constant contact with staff. First, the hostel guest now must use rear door entrance (like second class). The hostelers are barred from the front (before, we had free access). The staff (all female) seems to be a like "Charlie's Angels" if you get my drift. Lastly, to my horror throughout the day homeless people, hikers or campers can enter for a shower ($5.). However, the shower is the one we pay for and our room/belongings are unattended and these people (although, video cams watch) could steal something and New Paltz Hostel claims no responsibility. The staff was not friendly and merely interested in collecting money. Although, I was given permission to remain a few hours after check-out to wait for my bus back to NYC. The charm of this place has certainly diminished. Don't think I'll return except to take a shower.
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