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.…
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!
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.
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.
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.