I travelled to NYC with a friend and our main priority was to find an affordable place to stay around midtown Manhattan. This was the place since it fitted our budget (considering it was in NYC) and close to Times Square where we could walk in about 15 minutes. The location of this hostel was basically the only good thing about staying there. The rooms are so tiny!! We had two suitcases on the floof and there were almost no room left to move around! Another annoying thing was that the walls and the door were so thin that everything could be heard inside the room. So if you're a light sleeper, bring ear plugs or don't stay here.
We could't close the window in our room all the way and therefore also every noise from the street got in our room. Because of the window the room was quite cold when we first got there but luckily we got the heating working (it was still autumn but I don't know how effective the heating system is during the winter if the window cannot be closed all the way). There were really old curtains and they didn't work as a shade, so we had to arrange our own shade using a scarf! The bunk beds were awful, I slept in the upper bed and I'm not even that heavy but the whole system seemed to swing from side to side when I rolled over. Obviously not made for a bigger person, in fact, I'm not sure who can use the beds comfortably. The shared bathrooms were disgusting, hair and wet towels lying on the floor which people didn't seem to bother picking up. All in all going to the toilet/bathroom and just moving around in the tiny hostel room required slippers, so make sure to bring your own.
Definitely not suitable for families or couples. Think it's meant for solo travellers or friends. We stayed there for 4 nights and I think that was the maximum I could have stayed there anyway but for budget traveller who doesn't mind about anything else than a good location, this is a good choise.
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