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Hostelling International - New York
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

I stayed in this hostel for the first time in March 2002 and I have been back 6 times after that (last trip was January 2013). I love NYC and HI New York has become my home away from home. I have seen the improvements they have made throughout the years which has shown me that they care about their guests and are always trying to make it a better, more comfortable place.
- The beds are comfortable and most of them have a reading lamp for each one. Bedding, one blanket and one towel are provided.
- The showers and bathroom are cleaned frequently during the day. The showers, although located in common bathrooms, are in individual stalls with a latch in the door. They also have a space before the shower (separated by the shower-curtain) where you can leave your clothes and change.
- There is a big kitchen on the basement equipped with fridges, stoves, microwaves, pots and pans and china. You can cook or heat your food. There is also a dining room next to the kitchen.
- The common rooms are spacious and comfortable.
- There is free wifi.
- It's only one block from the subway station (train 1).
- The staff is always very friendly and helpful.
- There is a locker for each bed so you can keep your valuable there (you have to provide the padlock)

My only complaint is the very slow elevator but I think all the good things overshadow this one handicap.

Those who have never stayed in a hostel must understand that a big part of your experience will have to do with the people staying in your dorm. People in hostels come and go at different times and most probably someone will make noise and/or turn on the light while you are sleeping. Unless they are especially noisy, you have to accept that. If you are too sensitive to noise/light or if you are a light sleeper maybe a hostel is not for you. Try to keep your things in your locker/suitcase or on your bed. If your roommates are too messy, don't hesitate in asking them (kindly) to tidy up a little or leave them a note.

Room Tip: Dorms with less beds also have more room to leave your suitcase and move around.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

I swear by the Hostelling internationals everywhere and NYC was no exception. In a city that never sleeps, one needs to live at a place that never sleeps either and HI-NYC is just that. It has an ever welcoming and pleasant staff ready to address all your travel queries and requirements. The Hostel is clean, safe and buzzing with life. Just two minutes away from the 103rd street subway station, it is easy to reach and is located at the most premium 5th Avenue, Central Park West. There are always events happening that guests can be a part of: Pub crawls, comedy nights and guided city walks. For the price it charges, it is definitely the best pick for budget travellers!
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*Make sure you pick the discount coupons for various attractions in the city, available in the computer room (I got a $5 discount at Madamme Tussad's wax museum tickets!).
* Carry a padlock for your locker.

Room Tip: If you are expecting breakfast, make sure you book a premium room, breakfast is not included for eve...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

New York was the last place I visited on my 6 week adventure around America and I stayed here for 12 nights!! The location is great.....it may be on 103rd street but it is right by Central Park and really close to the subway.....and you an be at Times Square within 10-15mins easily....! I found the hostel staff very friendly and nothing was too much for them, the hostel is really big....lovely patio at the back and clean...with lots of places to sit and socialise, the hostel also offers a lot of daily activities and tours which is a great way to see NYC

I really enjoyed my stay here and would like to thank the staff for being so hospitable and helpful throughout my stay!!

It's like few min walk to Central Park....and the area itself is really safe...and there is lots around locally!! Everything is so easily accessible by subway and you can gets 7 day unlimited pass for $30 so well worth it if you will be using a lot

Thank HI NYC for making the end of my trip amazing

Jen x

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

I really liked to stay there. Clean and comfortable. Free WiFi to use. About the breakfast offered in some rooms like mine, I didn't like. Good to stay and very close to subway, line red and orange. Very close to Central Park and other places good to know. I recommend!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

This really is one of my favourite places to stay. Sure it's huge, but it's really homely. The facilities are great, very clean. Spend some time doing some of the great activities that the hostel offers. The walks are amazing, and for just $10 you can't go wrong. The staff are friendly and helpful. They know the best things to do/see, just ask them. I've stayed twice already and have booked for my return trip next year. I can't wait!

Room Tip: Higher floors have better hot water in the showers.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

I stayed in the HI in Amsterdam Avenue for three nights (my first time in NYC) and I was really happy about choosing this hostel! It is located near the central park and you can reach the next bus or metro station in a few minutes, so it is an ideal place to explore the city! Check-in is available 24 / 7 which was really practical, as my plane left very early on my departing day. The rooms (I stayed within a 12-bed-female-dorm) were clean and comfortable, but you should consider, that you do not have that much storage for your belongings (only one locker per person). To close it you need a lock that you can either bring by yourself or rent at the desk. If you are a international traveller, do not forget do bring a travel transformer, for that you can use the plug! The shower rooms were clean and tidy, too, and they seemed big enough for all people on the etage, so that there was almost no crowd in the morning.

Furthermore I was IMPRESSED by the additional offers at the hostel: You have free Wi-fi, a TV-room in the cellar, a lovely veranda to sit outside, printers and computers are available and you have a nice cafeteria offering different kinds of café, pastries, sandwichs and other snacks. Additionally the staff offers guided tours (just put your name on the list in the foyer) and a nice barbecue on thursday evening, where you can meet interesting people!

I highly recommend the Hostel to all young people, especially for those travelling alone! It is cheap and offers a really high quality!!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Stayed in HI for my first time in NYC was a great idea.
I was surrounded by people in a very similar situation. All very friendly and helpful.
Checkin was easy and the rooms were clean and big, although they could do with a bit better lighting and security.
The building is massive and it come was a nice lounge area and huge courtyard, perfect for a night in.
The location is not centrally located, but is very easy to get to, the walk from the 103rd/Central Park stop can be a bit scary by yourself at night. But there is a closer stop on the red line.
Would recommend to others.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Address: 891 Amsterdam Ave, at the corner of 103rd. Street, New York City, NY 10025-4403
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Upper West Side
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 162 Specialty Lodging in New York City
Price Range: $39 - $159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostelling International - New York 2*
Number of rooms: 105
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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