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1.5 of 5 Hostel   |   341 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Formerly B Hotel & Hostel)   |  
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Marsascala, Malta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“What we needed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Booked this on the day and didn't expect much. Pleasantly surprised! Rooms were small yet modern, warm and comfortable and very safe! There is CCTV everywhere, key card access required and a safe available. The common room is huge and the kitchen very well equipped. The rooms don't have a ceiling so you can hear the rest of the (many!) guests however most were like me...wiped out from a day in NYC and made no noise. You may get a room near the train but you can get ear plugs from reception (for free I believe). I wouldn't plan on staying here for more than a couple of days simply because the rooms are so small. Great location, safe, never troubled.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I stayed here for New Years as everywhere on Manhattan was either booked out or cost a HUGE amount. The rooms are more like cubicals. It is one big loft split into dozens of rooms by walls that are not joint to the ceiling. So you can hear everything. Mind you I was there at the busy time.
The common room area is nice with two TVs, PCs and some activities as well as a kitchen, Subway stop is minutes away and the location is great for exploring Manhattan. There is no lift though.. I had great fun lugging my 25kg+ bad up the stairs. Staff were friendly and helpful. Rooms were cleaned each day.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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NC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

The location is excellent, very close to the metro, don't be foolish by the surrender street, looks like getto but really is not that bad. There is plenty of stores around to get cheap and good food. Also a huge spare room, internet runs very fast. Only problem showers and bathrooms have no heat but the shower has a lot of hot water so no problem. Staff is wonderful, very nice people. Worth the money.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Belem, PA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The hostel was a blessing considering I had no reservation when I got there and it was not very expensive (I paid 90 dollars for two nights, which is one of the best prices you can get in NY). Although the hotel is in Brooklyn, there is a train station one block away (the train noise at the rooms may be a problem for some people, but it was not for me). You can get in Manhatan in around 15 minutes.
The staff was not very friendly at B hotel, but at least they were not rude and explained everything I needed to know. The room and the common bathroom were clean. The only problem is that the rooms are roofless, so if you neighbour decides to arrive late at night and tell his mother everything he bought in Manhatan, prepare to hear all his conversation and share his roomlight turned on. As I was tired to death, this is another minor problem :)
There is free wi fi and a nice common space with pool and a kitchen.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

The location is good as very close to the Metro for east access to Manhattan. The hostel is very clean and comfortable beds. It has a very nice communal area with good kitchen but as it's next door it isn't used much could do with knocking a big whole in the wall to connect the two buildings. The major let down is the way the rooms are designed, there are lots of small rooms but the walls don't go to the ceiling which means you can hear everything from every room. Because the rooms feel private guests don't try to be quiet like in a normal dorm and if someone lets their alarm go off that's the entire floor awake. It may have saved money in construction but this is not a clever design. If you're on a budget and can sleep through anything go for it, if you're a light sleeper keep looking.
With a bit more sound proofing this could be a great hostel

Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

The rooms are roofless so you can hear any laughing, snoring, or sexing on your floor (good for them...not for their neighbours trying to sleep). It's in Williamsburg. Really cold bathrooms. The staff are helpful and the kitchen is very spacious. Overpriced. But if. You stay here you HAVE to try the coffee and bagels from Otha's two blocks west at the bottom of the Marcy Ave station staircase. So good!!

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank user1945
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Rome, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

I paid for a single "room". No rooms at all. Please travelers take note: no rooms. And it's not only a problem with the single rooms:they simply don't have walls. Only a 1.80 m separée which closes just the space of the bed. I was able to hear my floor mates whispering, speaking and listening to the radio (and they did it till 4 am in the morning). Plus the light of the other rooms, which of course lights YOUR room too (no walls as i was saying). Wi-Fi only at ground floor; it stopped working the night i arrived and, although several advises from the hosts they didn't fix the problem (i stayed other two nights). All this for a ridiculous amount of money (200 dollars for 3 nights). A complete waste of money.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Property: International Student Residence
Address: 341 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Formerly B Hotel & Hostel)
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Location: United States > New York > Brooklyn
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Ranked #23 of 48 Specialty Lodging in Brooklyn
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Hotel Class:1.5 star — International Student Residence 1.5*
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