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Explore Hotel and Hostel

415 38th St, Union City, NJ 07087-4805
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#2 of 3 Specialty lodging in Union City
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Game room
Table tennis
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
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Barnaby Probert wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom9 contributions2 helpful votes
The dorms here are not spacious, but at these low dorm prices one can be thankful for the warm welcome at reception and the safe atmosphere of this hostel (I did not see the hotel rooms, so can only comment on the dorms). Individual lockers are provided in dorms for your additional security. You will meet travellers from throughout the U.S. and the world. I was here for Thanksgiving, and hostel residents were invited to a free Thanksgiving meal in a small church centre next door to the hostel. Union City, just over the river from NYC, is a wonderful place in which to stay. Do not expect to find English spoken outside the hostel. Spanish is the first language in Union City, and most staff in cafés, clothes shops and grocery stores cannot communicate in English comfortably. But if you are a foreigner, people here will be very happy to see you in their cafés and shops. Most tourists don't know about Union City. It's a hidden gem. The Explore Hostel is just off Bergenline Avenue, which is a long street worth knowing about if you are somebody who likes to experience real life away from the tourist trail. From Bergenline Avenue, catch one of the small Spanish buses (known as jitneys) to NYC for just two or three dollars. Try to find a jitney to take you from NYC to Union City when you arrive, because if you get a taxi you will be charged a hefty fee to cross the state line (expect to pay over $40 for the taxi, compared to just two or three dollars for the jitney). From the Explore Hostel, you can take a one hour walk to historic Hoboken if tourism is more you.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
Aich wrote a review Apr 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Do not go to this hostel! Discusting place and major thiefs! They owe me a refund of nights i did not stay there after one hell of a night. SCAM PEOPLE. I cancelled at the reception and the receptionist gave me a paper with confirmation that i Will receive a refund. A big lie. Tried with hotels.com and suddenly they could not refund me.... i fles this place because i had to share a bed with a girl i did not know but she had the same booked bed as me. There were cockroaches, gang and drugs practices. A nightmarre!
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
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tomasz3105 wrote a review Nov 2018
25 contributions5 helpful votes
Everything was awful - starting from cold water (seriously you can’t fix it???), dirty towels wójt holes (really?!) and doubtfully clean sheets.. Drama! Fully understand it’s NOT a 4-star hotel, but these are the basics! You were NOT willing to give at least any discount for this.. No contact with the manager, NOT the same room as it was booked - it had to be a double bad, and it was tier one.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Matthew W wrote a review Oct 2018
New York City, New York91 contributions20 helpful votes
This hostel does have a better location than the other Explore Hotel and Hostel, but my 2 week stay at this one was not that great. 1. The staff wasn't super friendly. 2. Never one had hot water. It was cold. The whole time. In November. No bueno. (I truly appreciated having access to a water heater once I had access to one again) 3. Transportation in/out of NJ from NYC is expensive (okay not hostels fault). 4. Common area is super messy. But for the price, it was great. I wouldn't stay here again though.
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Date of stay: November 2017
Trip type: Traveled solo
Kinga L wrote a review Jun 2018
8 contributions4 helpful votes
The location and the price is really good and the staff was helpful. Not the best hostel I have ever been, but for a few nights for this price it was ok. The room and the beds looked like a little bit old, but it was clean.
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Explore Hotel and Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Explore Hotel and Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Hamilton Park (0.6 miles), World War One Memorial (0.6 miles), and Gallery at the Park (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Explore Hotel and Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a fitness center, and dry cleaning.
What are some restaurants close to Explore Hotel and Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rumba Cubana Restaurant, Casa De Napoli, and Charrito's.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Explore Hotel and Hostel?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Is Explore Hotel and Hostel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Union City.
Are any cleaning services offered at Explore Hotel and Hostel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Explore Hotel and Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Explore Hotel and Hostel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum (4.4 miles), World Trade Center Memorial Foundation (4.4 miles), and Hamilton Park (0.6 miles).