The main pull when choosing this hostel was the location and it certainly fits the bill in terms of a well located place to stay in Manhattan. It's on 24th St which means it's never too far between the northern and southern attractions of Manhattan and for anything further afield, the subway is only a few minutes walk away. It's also felt very safe whatever time I was leaving or returning with plenty of people about.
The staff on the whole were very accommodating. I actually had three separate stays where I needed to store luggage between each stay and while most of the staff were happy with this, when it came to checking out the first time I came up against a guy who told me I couldn't because of 'insurance reasons' on orders of the owner. However after showing him a chain of e-mails I'd printed just in case of this very scenario, I was allowed to - just something to be aware of.
Complimentary self-service breakfast is provided in a small kitchen. It's a good breakfast though with plenty of options and enough to eat to keep you going for a while.
I stayed in three different rooms while I was there, the first had pipes running through that made a horrendous amount of noise almost on the dot every hour through the night waking me up each time (room 16 - avoid). The other two were fine though. All rooms include a wash basin but I don't think any are ensuite. The shared bathrooms are basically a single shower and toilet (with a separate toilet next door too), I never had to queue to get in and they are well maintained and clean, something which can be said for the whole place.
It's worth mentioning too that this isn't at all a party hostel. Apart from the kitchen, internet rooms, there is no bar or communal area. However, why would you want to stay in your hostel when you are in New York City anyway!
All in all, I would happily recommend this to travellers such as myself who aren't looking for anything other than a bog standard reasonably cheap place to stop while you explore New York. If you are after an unnecessarily high level of comfort, you probably aren't reading this review anyway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A family owned business, American Dream Hostel welcomes you to New York City. Our prices include breakfast in the morning and WiFi. You will be in Manhattan, Flatiron District/Gramercy Park, close to the most exciting locations and events; most main points of interest including restaurants, bars, clubs, shops and stores are studded around the neighborhood and all within walking distance. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- American Dream Hotel New York City