Fifth time here – four times in a private single room, and once – the first time, as a student – sharing a dorm.
I was there the last time last week. It’s very clean, very safe (there’s a cop shop opposite) and absurdly good value for money. No frills but I don’t go to New York to linger in my room. $80 for your own single room in Manhattan with your own bathroom is great value anyway, but especially for Chelsea, which is close enough to walk to and from the East and West Village, SoHo, as well as the more touristy areas a bit further up in midtown. Chelsea is a fantastic area, so vibrant and with so much to do. Subway stations are very close by, on 23rd and 12th streets. They do breakfasts included in the rate – one bagel and either an apple or orange, together with as much cereal and coffee as you want. True, there’s much better breakfasts nearby (I recommend the Paradise Café on Eighth Avenue between 16th and 17th streets, a five minute walk away) but all the food the hostel provides for breakfast can easily set you up for the morning.
Perhaps some people reading this would think that that all the guests are travellers or students but no, there was a diverse mix of people there the last two times I've been, a sign of the times maybe.
Only downside was the noise last week. I was in the front facing the street and I heard people coming and going in the early hours. But hey, it’s a hostel so what do you expect? I didn’t feel tired on any of the days as the energy from New York kept me wired. And for $80 a night? It’s a total bargain for Manhattan and certainly worth a five star rating.
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