Some great things:
24 hr. reception - I had a flight early in the morning and had to check out at 3am to catch my airport shuttle. They were open and made checking out very easy.
I lost my passport before my trip, but had a photocopy of it and they accepted it (I am a US citizen though, so that was probably not as big of a deal).
The staff was really friendly and helpful with answering questions. They give you a good subway map when you check in (definitely a +++)
Towels are free, just turn them in downstairs when you check out.
The bathrooms are cleaned daily and the sink, shower, and toilet are separate so you have less conflicts using the bathroom in the morning.
My room (12 bed male) was on the top floor so it was plenty warm, even during November weather. However, I wouldn't suggest this hostel for physically disabled - there are a lot of stairs both entering the reception area and up to the rooms.
The common room was a nice place to meet fellow travelers - mostly europeans.
Security is top-notch. I felt very safe during my visit. They have 24 hr. cameras monitored by the front desk covering the entrances/exits and the stairways.
The hostel was quiet - barely any noise at street level while you are trying to sleep.
It's cheap! The least expensive and also the greatest value among the hostel choices.
Some not-so-great things:
Breakfast is bland, minimal, and served only 8:30-10:30. I had meetings downtown during my stay beginning around 8:15, so it was impossible to take advantage of the otherwise free breakfast except for one morning during my stay when I got to try it. BUT it is free, and most other hostels in the area do not offer breakfast, let alone free breakfast.
The location is okay. It is a bit far from the sights I wanted to see, but there is plenty of things to do in the area. Central park is only 3 blocks away. Also, I felt relatively safe in Harlem, but felt a little nervous late at night. Be careful to pay attention to the express versus the local subways when returning in the evening. You might get stuck having to walk 10-12 blocks late at night if you don't get the right train stopping at 110 St./Cathedral city station along the B/C line.
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