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Jazz on the Town Hostel
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Jazz on the Town Hostel
Chester, UK
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58 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Cheap, small, convenient, take a chance!”
Reviewed July 24, 2009

Tiny hostel, well situated within easy walking distance of Union Square subway. Bearing in mind that you won't be spending two much time here, it's perfectly fine for a short stay (I stayed for ten days). The six bed room (three bunk beds, just opposite reception) was small, but just large enough, bathroom adequate, bedding was clean. Staff welcoming and helpful. This is the sort of place you have to take a chance on; I had a lovely time with great considerate roommates and helpful and engaging staff, but I suppose you could be unlucky. I would definitely stay there again. Basically, it's a small no-frills hostel and you have to take everything that comes with such a price and location - but take some ear plugs, and maybe a spare towel.
Excellent knitting shop next door with cafe with excellent coffee and cakes, although it may be relocating in Jul09.
Take the SuperShuttle from JFK, you can 'book' ahead or on arrival at the airport, but make sure you book your return trip, so the minibus can pick you up from outside the hostel. Time and stress saver.

  • Stayed April 2006, traveled solo
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london UK
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82 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed June 28, 2009

My friend and I stayed in this hostel because it looked like they were clean, cheap and cheerful - which is what you need when you dont want to blow your whole budget over XMAS and NYE. The place was easy enough to find, close to most things - midtown, different subways buses etc. It was a bit of a pain having to go cross town to get to most places of interest for us but it wasnt bad. The staff were variable - a couple of really nice people and some that really didn't appear fussed. The place was clean and most of the other people were nice and respectful of public spaces. We were lucky because we had a 6 bunk room to ourselves for a couple of nights and the rest of the time nice enough people stayed. The bathroom was a bit grotty with cracked tiles and a bath/shower that just never seemed to be clean enough. Towels, hairdriers etc were always available.
I probably wouldnt stay there again just because I think I am over the hosteling part of my travels - but for a younger traveller - a good deal

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with friends
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NY
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2008

Ok, read a lot of reviews on pretty much all the hostels available in NYC. I thought this one would be a great choice due to two main factors in my selection: 1) location (I've lived in NYC for a year), 2) price. Indeed, the two were very much answered and justified but all the rest, well you can forget about it.
The room we had received (we were a group of 6 young students, experienced travelers) felt like someone was trying to answer the riddle: "How many beds can you fit inside a 9x6 feet (3mx2m )room?". Any normal person would answer: not more than 4. Guess again, perhaps try 6!!! As you can probably imagine, 3 bunk beds (expected and acceptable) crammed into a tiny space with no room whatsoever to maneuver any luggage or people. The space between the two bunk beds was measured by us as: 1.5 feet (0.5m) = just enough space to squeeze yourself through, don't even think about trying to go through if someone is standing in your way!
On top of all that, the owner is never present at the location and all you have there is a measly receptionist (I can't even call him that because he is just a random guy seating there charging you for your rooms) that can't do much simply because his owns no responsibility and this is not his place.
Storing bags for the day (prior to your departure) is $5 per item.
Good points to be said are: clean sheets, towels at your disposal (free), AC.
Disclaimer: All the written above concerns the rooms numbered: 202, 302, 402 (if I remember it correctly). The rest of the rooms are MUCH more spacious for the same price (~$40).

  • Liked — towels, free wifi
  • Disliked — Room size, room space
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
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1 Thank trinjo
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Philadelphia, PA
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2008

Stayed here for two nights last year. It's in a brownstone within walking distance to the east village and NYU. this place probably isn't super convenient for midtown tourist sites, but the subway is like 3 blocks away. The daytime staff were polite and helpful. The room was very small (but hey it's manhattan) with metal bunk beds and small cube lockers. The other travellers we met were cool and friendly. However, in the middle of our second night, the overnight security or desk person (I'm still not sure who) came in screaming while we were all asleep because this poor guy had accidentally left his suitcase on one of the empty beds. He woke the entire 8 bed dorm up, screaming at the top of his lungs that he would "toss him out on his [--]". That was absolutely ridiculous treatment of paying guests. Only stay here if you can sleep though angry screaming psychopaths.

  • Liked — right near the village
  • Disliked — psycho night gaurd
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with friends
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1 Thank stargzrlilychk
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Detroit
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 8, 2008

This dorm style hostel has is in a great location. Walking distance to some of the most fun younger areas of New York. Value wise though you get what you paid for. My friend and I stayed in both a 6 and 4 person dorm.

The six person was very loud due to the people coming in and out and a European pair that felt leaving the windows open (14th street as with all New York has traffic at all hours of the night) was better than the air conditioner. The bathroom in this room was not unclean but definitely were in need of repair. The toilet flushed LOUD and there cracked/glued tiles visible from where people had riped things off the walls.

The four person room was vnice. The room afforded you more space and the bathroom in much better shape.

In both room types you are going to find plastic covered mattresses that make the movements of anyone in the room sound like a trashbag being opened.

I would still give this hostel a good rating because you really get what you paid for. The location is great. If you go to New York and spend alot of time in your room then your wasting your trip.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Noisy beds
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank slee64f
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed May 6, 2008

Terrible checkin! Despite having booked a shared room for me and two friends online we were stuck waiting for over an hour at 4am while incompetent and downright rude checkin staff messed around with some new booking 'system' which they apparently had no idea how to use. It is a small hostel, so why they could not just make a note to organise the rooms manually I don't know. We then each got allocated three different dorm rooms even though beds were vacant- erm, thanks for that! A group of people in front of us in the checkin queue had the same problem and groups of friends all seemed to be put in different rooms. Neither mine nor my friend's bed had been made up, so we had to then wait for them to do this even after the very labourious checkin. Having said that, on the plus side the location is great, really convenient, and there was a friendly vibe in terms of others staying there - it was just all a bit tarred by the staff and checkin.

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  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank Vietnam08
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Toronto, ON
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25 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2008

Great location! Walking distance to the subway and the super fun east village!
The positives: location, cleanliness, price
The negatives: no elevator, bathroom was a bit small, especially for so many people.
I would definitely stay here again as you can beat the price!

  • Liked — Location, price
  • Disliked — Bathroom
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with friends
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Thank the_traveller_from82
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Property: Jazz on the Town Hostel
Address: 307 E 14th St, New York City, NY 10003-4202
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Gramercy Park , Manhattan
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Ranked #102 of 162 Specialty Lodging in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
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