For around $100 per night, cheaper than most hotels anywhere near Manhattan, this hostel isn't terrible, but it certainly isn't very comfortable. For those who are on a budget and are only staying one night, this is an okay place to stay. It's definitely not for those who are looking to spend more than a night or are Goldilocks travelers.
We booked with HotelClub and saved about $20 on the room fee. My friend and I shared a single room with a bunk bed in room 649- the room at the end of the hall, very close to the women's bathroom and showers.
There was one small window with a window AC unit and wooden blinds, no curtains. The view was better than I had expected. By no means did it have a view of Times Square or anything like that, but we weren't facing a brick wall. Outside noise was not a big problem; normal big city noises, like multiple horns honking at the same time, would happen, but it wasn't so disturbing that it interrupted sleep during normal nighttime hours. During the night, there was little to no noise from other guests. The walls do seem to be quite thin, though.
The mattresses were hard and springy, but once laid on, they were more comfortable. The pillow was almost totally flat. However, the biggest disappointment was the blankets, or rather lack thereof. The room got colder as it got later into the night (dropped to around 40 degrees outdoors), and I was awoken twice because I was cold even while wearing basketball shorts and a t-shirt to bed. The sheets were clean and white, no bed-bugs (I checked!), but the comforter had the same consistency; it was thin and provided close to no shield from the cold air.
The floor was kind of gross. It looked like no one had swept and/or mopped it since the last guest had been there. Part of my necklace had broken, and as I was looking on the floor for a piece of it, I noticed nail clippings along the side of the bottom bunk. I wouldn't recommend walking with bare feet on room floors.
The room included a mini-fridge, which kept a large bottle of water chilled. The outlets are old and don't grip plugs very well, but they work perfectly fine. The television and remote control worked perfectly, and all the major networks/basic cable channels were available. There were many shelves to put our stuff as well as drawers beneath the bottom bunk, a four-drawer dresser, and a closet. We kept most of our things on the desk, though, as we were only staying one night. We were only given one medium-sized towel each; since we didn't use it very often and didn't need more, we didn't bother to ask for more/bigger/smaller towels. The towels were in good condition: no holes, no threads, adequate thickness. They gave us a wifi password when we arrived, but the connection was hosted on another floor and we weren't able to connect to it.
The bathrooms were close by, thankfully. The men's and women's restrooms/showers are located on opposite sides of the floor, so I wasn't running into anyone of the opposite sex while in my pajamas in the middle of the night. There are two toilets, three sinks, and a shower in the restroom and two showers in the shower room. It doesn't seem like much for an entire floor, but there was never a line for the toilets or showers when I needed to use them. A number code is needed to get into the showers; they give you that at the front desk when you check in. Your room key is required to get into the restroom. The bathrooms had hooks, so there was no need to leave towels and/or clothes on the floor when showering or changing. During the day, the bathroom was clean as a whistle, but during the night, it wasn't so tidy. There were some paper towels tossed about and pieces of hair on the floor, but what else could you expect from an entire floor sharing a restroom? On my trips to the bathroom, there was almost always a cleaning staff by the commercial elevator with a cart of supplies. Since the hallways are narrow, it was kind of difficult to get around the cart, but they were happy to move it out of the way.
The elevators were the only place we saw other people; we didn't go into the lounge. Lots of travellers from other countries stay here; we heard French, Spanish, as well as many others that I couldn't place. I don't think we saw one person whose first language was English except for the front-desk staff.
The staff were slow checking us in but were friendly. The man sitting at the desk during the night was very courteous, which I was surprised by after seeing many complaints about night employees from other reviews. Check out was faster, and we were able to check out early at the desk.
The traffic was terrible (ended up spending around $100 in cabs & didn't do any sightseeing), so I'm glad we were able to save some money by getting a room at a low price, but I wouldn't stay here again. The coldness of the room and sharing of a bathroom with an entire floor of people, most of which didn't speak English (exchanges were usually awkward because of this), outweighed the bargain.
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