For $30 a night in Manhattan it could be rat infested for all I care!! (It's not though).
The rooms are single 'cell' type things, closet space really, but what else do you need? It says on their website that the rooms are tiny with no electrical outlets and no ceilings, and warns that it might be noisy. The girl at the front desk was careful to ask if I knew what the rooms were like when I checked in, I think they must get a lot of grief from people who don't know what they're letting themselves in for! I personally was quite charmed by my little 'closet'. When you've stayed in enough crappy dorm rooms, privacy becomes a luxury.
The bathrooms were fine, and showers had good pressure, but did take a minute to warm up. Someone on reception 24hrs a day and all staff were helpful and happy to answer any questions.
I would recommend light sleepers bring earplugs/eyemasks because it can be quite noisy. Most people are good about being quiet but sometimes people have had a few to drink and forget to keep their voices down. Also, this being NYC there is always noise from traffic etc.
I haven't found a backpackers yet in the USA with free wifi but there is a starbucks down the road, so if you're desperate to check your facebook you can always go there.
Overall, good location, close to several subway stops, or an easy walk to most sights - if you like walking. I walked back from central park one evening, didn't take too long. Easy ten minute walk to the chinatown bus also.
Would definitely stay here again. Just make sure you know what you're in for, if you're expecting luxury look elsewhere and don't abuse the staff just because you haven't done your homework!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Whitehouse Hotel of NY is one of the most affordable hostels in New York, offering single and double air-conditioned units with the privacy and security you're looking for. Located in New York City's No-Ho district, our New York hostel is the perfect choice for backpackers, students and travelers on a budget. ... more less