Travelling on my own to New York, I stayed here for five nights in a private room. The hostel runs across five houses on 23rd St between 7th and 8th avenues. It is a nice area, with lots of restaurants, pubs etc nearby. I walked home from Times Square in 20 mins, and there is a subway a couple of blocks in either direction. There is a police station across the road and it always felt very safe. My room faced onto the street at street level, and even with the window open I slept easily every night.
Other reviewers have talked about the staff - they won't win any happy smiles competition, but they do their job competently and efficiently. The hostel attracted a wide variety of travellers, from students to people in their 50s and 60s. Had some great conversations at breakfast and lots of sharing information with other travellers. There is a common breakfast room with an outside area to the back which runs across all the houses and was very pleasant to sit and chat in, when it was warm enough. There is a cooker, kettle, microwave, food storage area and tea and coffee always available.
The room was small, but clean, with a hand basin, the toilet was opposite and the shower up a couple of steps. The place was well cleaned, given the amount of people going through, but could do with a complete overhaul, refit, repaint etc. But if that happened, it would no longer be affordable.
So it is cheap, great location, friendly .... so what if it is a little run down!
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