My sister and I stayed in the Chelsea International Hostel for 6days over Christmas in NYC, 2013.
First thing is first - the location is great. It is out of the crazy hustle and bustle of NY, settled in the cool, trendy, quirky neighbourhood of Chelsea. A 5minute walk to get the the High Line makes for a great morning stroll, stopping by the Startbucks on the way of course. We caught the subway on 19th street to anywhere we wanted without a problem (I would highly recommend getting the $30 7-day pass for the metro, you save alot especially in Winter where walking long distances is not so tempting).
Although we didn't have the budget to, the Meatpacking district in which Chelsea is situated is host to many fantastic and trendy restaurants.
Between the hostel and the subway station is a movie cinema (Bowtie), two Chinese spa's ($10 manicures!) and a must-do : Murray's Bagels (the best bagel I have ever had, and voted as best in the city).
The area was safe and fun, and the set up of the hostel with apartments blocks each with their own front door opening onto the sidewalk makes one feel like they have their own little place in New York.
We had our own room which was simple and spacious. A heater which worked wonderfully, hot showers (3 per block which was more than enough) and all of the blocks link to one common area with wi-fi, a kitchen and a cool social space.
The hostel had a few rules which they enforced well - such as quiet hours, so although the walls were thin, it was never a bother. Very cosy, warm and clean rooms and areas.
The staff were very friendly and the bagel breakfast included was great. Courtyard very cute, although it was way too cold to go outside when we were there!
Great stay here, very good value-for-money and we felt right at home, which was lovely over Christmas. The only complaint I would have is that there is no free baggage storage area, so if you arrive before you can move into your room, you will be paying $5 per locker to store your suitcase for the day. Otherwise - a great hostel that I would recommend to both young and old.
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- Also Known As:
- Chelsea International Hotel New York City