I stayed here for 2 crap nights. They've crammed too many beds, typically, into the rooms. I stayed in an 8 bed dorm, which they called a "Premium Dorm". Gee, would hate to see what the "non-premium" dorms are like. The room should have only had 6 beds. 8 was far too cramped. Then there was the inability to breathe with the room so very hot. It has a 1950's heater which is loud.
Another bad thing about the room is that the bunk beds lack privacy, have no shelves or power points for top bunks. Not to mention there were no personal lights for any of the beds so people just turned the main and only light on, regardless of the hour if they needed to do something.
The location isn't central or close to Downtown but close to the Subway.
Unlike other HI's I stayed at (but wouldn't stay at again), there was no free breakfast.
Finally, Hostelling International's infamous no alcohol policy. Grow up HI.
Don't stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HI-New York is located in a landmark building on the Upper West Side.One block from Broadway and a main subway line. Minutes from glorious Central Park. Situated near Central Park and Columbia University, the hostel is in a historic Victorian Gothic-style building on the Upper West Side. It organizes walking tours, sporting events, group outings to concerts and more. There is capacity for 672 guests, and facilities include internet access, kitchen and laundry. From an all-day walking tour to a viewing of a New York movie in our cozy TV room to a quiet cup of coffee in our cafe, Hostelling International New York has everything you need to make your group happy. Play the latest games on Play Station 2. Check your email without leaving the hostel. Wash and dry your clothes in our new laundry room on the second floor. Pick up subway/bus MetroCards, sundries, NY souvenirs, calling cards, and more. The hostel is located steps from the subways and minutes from Times Square and other major NYC attractions. Ask our friendly staff what they can do for you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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