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Hostelling International - New York
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

I only stayed here for one night, but for a big hostel it does pretty well.
Great info desk, 24/7 reception, loads of activities on offer.
It doesn't have complimentary breakfast, but the cafe downstairs has pretty much everything you could want for brekkie. The rooms are relatively large, although don't get room 112 -- apparently every other room each bunk has a light and a powerpoint and there's none of that to be seen in 112.
That said, New York is an interesting place for a solo traveller. I think if you don't participate in group activities, it's more difficult to meet someone. New York has so much to offer, and everyone has their own agenda of what they want to do.
The communal areas are great, but the location is average. It's close to the subway, but it would be more convenient to stay a little further downtown.

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Reviewed 24 May 2014

I've been there 2 times. The first time I was travelling alone. I loved this place. There are so many free activities. For example you can visit Central Park with a guide or go on a new yorker pub crawl at night. The second time I went there, I was travalling with my a friend and my brother. We stayed three nights in this hostel. We were in a 6 bed dorm which was very clean ans silent at night. We had such a good time in this hostel! The staff was very friendly and always kean to help with anything! The location is perfect, in a safe area and only 10 minutes away from Times Square. It's also a great place to make friends from all over the world! On our first night the hostel organized a bbq and a jazz concert! Great way to experience the american life!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 May 2014 via mobile

I was travelling with a friend, stayed 6 nights in this hostel. We had a co-ed 12 bed dorm, where half of the beds had new people every night, the other half were there the whole time and we made good friends with the people in them!

The hostel has every amenity you could need, well equipped bathrooms and an amazing kitchen where we cooked every night. Spacious common areas also with a pool table.

The highlight has to be the activities offered by the hostel. They have daytime tours like walking tours of the city (the Harlem gospel tour with Evan was particularly interesting), discounted tickets to Yankees games and bar crawls/clubbing in the evenings. The evening events always have a crowd of people waiting to go at reception and are definitely a good way to meet people.

My only issues with the hostel were no breakfast provided, not the end of the world though. It would be good if they provided at least cooking oil, salt and pepper in the kitchen as people who are only staying a few nights are not going to waste money buying a whole bottle of oil!

Also the prices charged for the lockers once you have checked out of your room is too high ($5 for 24h) considering the lockers in the rooms are free, you just need your own padlock.

The staff were generally pleasant, helpful and knowledgable, especially on the information desk.

Definitely would stay again next time I am in NYC!

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

The HI New York has thought of most things a traveller requires - even a large touch screen of the activities and bars/eateries around and descriptions of them. They have a million maps and pamplets so you are well informed! Only downside of the hostel is the cost. For a couple, it cost us $130 for us both to stay in a mixed 6 person dorm. However, to stay in a new york hotel or motel it is twice this. Only alternative is airbnb! But the hostel has a good vibe as it is full of people keen to explore the city so you would miss this interaction if you stayed elsewhere. Rooms a good size and have large lockers and your own lamp, plugs for charging things. Would stay again, just hurts the bank account!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

It is in a very central location, clean, and with friendly staff. Quite big dorms (I slept in a 10-persons dorm), but very quiet at least at night (less in the morning). Only problem is that it's outrageously expensive: over 70$ for a dorm bed? breakfast not included...Ok that we are in NYC, but it is still a hostel (and a dorm)

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Reviewed 12 May 2014

I've been two times to NY and I stayed both times there. Staff is friendly and the hostel is huge. Metro station is close by and central park too. I stayed there in the summer of 2006 and for 2008 new year's eve. I had a great time there, met many good travelers there. Pretty safe location. I will visit again!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

It was my first time to stay in a hostel... It is a descent place in a very nice building. The location is not ideal but it was a cheap option. The service was very good and all you can see is huge smiles ready to provide any information. The bathrooms are new and very clean but the rooms not really... I think it is a little expensive but all types of accommodation are in NYC. I would recommend it only as a cheap solution.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Address: 891 Amsterdam Ave, New York City, NY 10025-4403
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Upper West Side
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 163 Speciality Lodging in New York City
Price Range: £35 - £123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostelling International - New York 2*
Number of rooms: 92
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
HI-New York is located in a landmark building on the Upper West Side. One block from Broadway and a main subway line. Minutes from glorious Central Park. Situated near Central Park and Columbia University, the hostel is in a historic Victorian Gothic-style building on the Upper West Side. It organizes walking tours, sporting events, group outings to concerts and more. There is capacity for 672 guests, and facilities include internet access, kitchen and laundry. From an all-day walking tour to a viewing of a New York movie in our cozy TV room to a quiet cup of coffee in our cafe, Hostelling International New York has everything you need to make your group happy. Play the latest games on Play Station 2. Check your email without leaving the hostel. Wash and dry your clothes in our new laundry room on the second floor. Pick up subway/bus MetroCards, sundries, NY souvenirs, calling cards, and more. The hostel is located steps from the subways and minutes from Times Square and other major NYC attractions. Ask our friendly staff what they can do for you. ... more   less 
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