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American Dream Hostel
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Australia
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“The BEST of the best.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Coming in at $79 each a night, my friend and I were sceptical about a seemingly expensive hostel, but were left with little alternative in the ever-expensive New York.

All aversions flew out the door when we arrived (albeit we had to scale a long, steep set of steps to reception with heavy suitcases - no lift), in the sweet-smelling, extremely clean, kitsch hostel. It has quirky, Art Deco decor and a friendly vibe.

They put most other hostels to shame with their breakfast; available between 7 and 11am, with inclusions such as waffles, eggs, cream cheese, bagels, multigrain muffins, all spreads, donuts, fresh fruit, porridge, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds and dried apricots. After a few sneaky brews we would make our way into the kitchen too and they didn't care, the owner would sit and play music for us before we hit the town!

The location is great, if you're a first time visitor it is virtually the centre point between all your main locations (upper east and west side, lower east and west side, Times Square, Brooklyn, Central Park, etc.) three or four blocks walk to the nearest subway station and citi bike rentals.

The staff are all very knowledgable when it comes to the area and what to do, especially affordable ways of getting around. There is fee wifi and computers:printing station available for use.

The only downside would be the hard mattresses and pillows, but this is usually par for the course in hostels! Rooms were reasonably sized, and each had a large lockbox to place valuables in.

I would 100% recommend staying here! and wouldn't hesitate to stay there again myself!

Room Tip: Book this place in advance as they are extremely popular and usually don't have many free spaces...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The hostel is located in middle Manhattan, near train stations, the Union Square, making many of NYC atractions close enough to get walking.

The room and the bathroom were very clean, and the breakfast was honest for the price.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

A very friendly place to stay. Good location. Very reasonable for New York. Generous breakfast provided. Tea and coffee available all day. Share bathroom facilities but that was no problem. The staff were very helpful.

Room Tip: The street is noisy but ear plugs fix that.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Basic rooms. Bit noisy. But that's what you can expect in New York. Friendly staff. Beds could be better. Located near Madison Square Park, Empire State Building, Chrysler buildin, Flat Iron, easy access to the metro and close to some affordable restaurants which are definitely worth your while if you're not expecting michelin star food. Same goes for the hostel actually. If you're not looking for luxury but just for practicality this place will suit you like a glove.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Before making the reservation I read all the reviews about this hostel but still my expectations weren't high. I didn't believe the hostel was that great, but it is! What an excellent hostel! I honestly felt at home. This hostel has a very nice family atmosphere, warm and cozy, very different from all the hostels I know. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms aren't that big but it was more than enough. All the toilets/bathrooms were always impeccably clean!
The breakfast was great. Every morning we had home made waffles, plus bread, cereals, fruit, very good coffee, tea, juices, etc. It was fantastic starting off the day eating waffles with nuttela :) Plus breakfast were a good time to interect with the other guests. I met very nice people at this hostel.
This hostel is situated in a nice neighborhood, not far from the Flatiron building, and next to a subway station. Next time I go to NYC I will stay at this hostel, that is for sure!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Cagliari
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

The place is a hostel, so after booking a single room I actually got a room with bunk beds all for me, which of course didn't make any difference to me. I must have been unlucky, though, considering all the reviews here on TA that praise the cleanliness of this hostel, for the shared bathrooms and the room's floor were fairly clean, but the sheets on the bed left a lot to be desired: they were crumpled and definitely didn't smell as if freshly laundered. My fault I didn't speak up about that immediately, but I was too tired after travelling for 12 hours and didn't feel like arguing.
Apart from that, this hostel is good value for money: the price is unbeatable in Manhattan; location is excellent, on the East Side near Madison Square Park and the Flatiron Building; breakfast is good, with coffee, milk, waffles, fresh fruit, cereals (though, maybe because I would have breakfast at 7, I never saw things other reviewers mentioned, like pancakes, eggs and pretzels), and my room was even provided with an air-conditioner (small, a bit noisy and rudimentary yet effective). All in all, I would recommend this place to non-fussy travellers (provided you check your room and speak up if something should be wrong :-).

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

As a couple who are normally accustomed to staying in hotels, we found this hostel to be excellent. The staff were friendly and helpful, the rooms were on the smaller side but spotless and anyway, who needs a big room in NYC? The bathroom was always clean and we never had to wait and the kitchen provided a great simple breakfast and the ability to feed oneself during the day. However, the best thing about this hostel was the location. Two blocks from the subway that then took you to 14th Street Union Square (one stop) or to Grand Central (two stops), allowing you to travel pretty much anywhere in the city. I would highly recommend this hostel to anyone. I have even persuaded my parents that it would be a viable option for them when looking to stay cheaply in NYC. The only negative I can say, and it really does pain me to do this, is that there was some noise from the traffic outside but this is Manhattan and you visit because it is the city that never sleeps.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: American Dream Hostel
Address: 168 E 24th St, midtown Manhattan, New York City, NY 10010-3703
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , Murray Hill
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 195 Specialty Lodging in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 30
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 
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