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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hostelling International - New York Hotel New York City