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“For a hostel: Good choice!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chelsea International Hostel

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Chelsea International Hostel
The Hague, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
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“For a hostel: Good choice!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2012

We've booked for 3 people (2 guys, 1 girl)

The guys shared a room and I (the girl) was put in a 2-person room with another girl.
The rooms were in the same building and were near eachother.
The rooms were OK, bunkbeds and a sink in the room. There was little space, but it's enough.
The bathrooms (shared) we're not so OK, it was old and that made it look dirty.
The nicest thing about this hostel; you have breakfast in the courtyard. It is good and easy breakfast and you'll get to learn people that also sleep in the hostel.

The neighbourhood was good, felt really safe and it was close to the subway and supermarket/shops/pubs, etc.


If you're looking for a Hostel, this is a good choice!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2012

Me and friend stayed here for the last night of our NYC trip, it was short notice but the staff we great. Rooms are reasonably priced for the central location, secure if a little basic. Breakfast consists little more of an orange and a bowl of cereal so don't expect wonders in the morning!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2012

Hostels seem to be few and far between in the states. Having travelled all of oz in hostels, this was a bit of a culture shock. Upon first glance it looks very dark and gruesome. However, once you get out in to the big apple you soon forgot those 4 walls!

A bit of a harsh start... The hostel is clean, secure and well located. It's in a gay friendly area which is a bit full on but the area has a good vibe. My negative start is more aimed at the hostel culture in America in general. Chelsea has many cafe's, delis and supermarkets to keep you going. A top little place.

Overall 6/10. But, would I go again? Yes.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2012

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.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2012

Great location in Manhattan accessible to multiple subway lines. Can't beat the winter rates.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Thank competitvetraveler
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

Unhelpful staff; small, cramped rooms; shady looking bathrooms and bloodstains on the toilet door.
Still want to stay there? I'll also mention its complete lack of atmosphere and steep narrow stairs where the railings are held together by duct tape.
Only positive is I didn't get bed bugs.
We were supposed to stay there for 4 nights in a private room but cancelled the rest after the first night's stay.
Seriously, fork out the extra $5 to stay at a decent hostel in New York, don't get trapped here.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank DigbyDickingson
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

I stayed here for 5 nights just recently. Here are som pros and cons:

Pros:

- GREAT location
- Close to a Subway (23rd street and 18th Street)
- Very Safe area
- Rooms are very clean
- Toilets and showers are very clean.
- I had a private room with shared bathroom but there was a sink in my room which was VERY handy
- Always plenty of hot water in the shower.
- Quiet hostel. Didn't really hear people coming in and out at all. (Besides the street noise)
- Decent size single private rooms. If you're on your own, it's ideal. Plenty of space to folder your clothes, a few hanging hooks and there is more than enough room to put your luggage. It's not huge but not too small either.


Cons:
- Staff aren't that friendly
- The fact that you have to carry your luggage up the most ridiculously steep stairs I've ever seen. Seriously, it's actually a hazard. It's very unsafe, way too narrow and steep.
- The room I had (Private room) was facing the street so I found it quite noisy in the mornings.
- Single bed (Private room) wasn't that comfortable. Did the job I suppose.
- Wifi only in the common area.
- Breakfast isn't worth the free "ticket" they give you for it.


Overall, the Pros definitely out-weight the cons. At the end of the day it's a HOSTEL. You're only there to sleep. And I think the most important thing is how clean the place is, and it was very clean. The location and cleanliness was the bigger winner here.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Chelsea International Hostel
Address: 251 W 20th St, New York City, NY 10011-3501
Region: United States > New York > New York City > Chelsea
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 166 Speciality Lodging in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Chelsea International Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 150
Also Known As:
Chelsea International Hotel New York City

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