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.
- 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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