So this was my first experience at a Hostel and I would definitely return. The area was great; there were a lot of restaurants to choose from, a ton of brand name clothing stores, small boutiques, & a couple of "adult" stores (lol). Also, there are some subway stations close by and the time it took to get to Times Square from the Hostel was about 5-10 minutes by taxi, which is about $10-$15.
While I was here, it felt like I was living in a downtown apartment. The room was clean, the beds were comfy and each room had 2 lockers, a sink and mirror in it. Each housing unit had 4 floors with each floor having 3-4 rooms with 1 room with a shower and another with a toilet. Since everyone had their own plans and came home at different hours of the night, the shower and toilet rooms were never busy. Also the staff was very friendly at the Hostel.
The common area was small but they had outdoor seating as well. There was a fridge, microwave, stove and 3 computers with free wifi, but only available in this area. At 8AM, they would offer breakfast which included an oversized bagel with butter and jam, an apple or orange, and unlimited orange juice, coffee, milk, & cornflakes. They even had a conveyor belt toaster for the bagel, which I did not expect. For me, this was enough but if you were still hungry, you can just pick up more breakfast along the street at one of the stores.
All in all, I really liked this Hostel. Don't be fooled by the negative reviews, they're the ones who expect the same quality and service from a hotel. Obviously, it won't be the same as a hotel. Since you'll have a jam packed day full of sight-seeing and shopping, you'll only be there to get some sleep, it's not like you're gonna go all the way to New York City just to stay in a hostel the whole day. In short, you'll go to the Chelsea International Hostel with low expectations but then realize how wrong you were. 2 thumbs up, 5 stars, & all that :)
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