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American Dream Hostel
Certificate of Excellence
Wallington, Surrey
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“American nightmare”
Reviewed 23 July 2008

From the other reviews I have written I hope you understand that I am not a perfectionist. Taking this into consideration, I would strongly advise you never to make the mistake of staying here for the following reasons.

1) The carpets in the hallways are filthy.
2) The windows are covered with grime
3) The rooms are tiny box rooms
4) The air conditioner in my room only operated as a fan. The owner had blocked the window so I could barely get any ventillation in the room.
5) The bathroom was in need of serious repair and had a rusty nail in the shower.
6) Window-sills in the rooms were filthy.

I have stayed at plenty of hostels but this is definitely the worst ever. I would strongly advise you never to stay here (particularly in summer when the weather is very hot in NYC). The only good point about the hostel is that the sheets on the bed were clean.

  • Liked — Good location
  • Disliked — Airconditioning not working in room, filthy carpets in communal areas and filthy bathroom
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled solo
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Upper Austria
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 23 July 2008

I stayed in the AD Hostel in July of 2006 for 13 nights in a Private Double Bed Room (for one person). I knew what I had to expect cause I've seen lots of Reviews and Pictures. But I wasn't disappointed. For the very cheap price you get what you pay for. The staff, especially the owner Lou was very friendly.

First I stayed in the 2nd floor in a nice Private Room with sink, but after one week at a rainy day some water came down the the wall and out of the lights. I told it Lou and he immediately provided me a new room in the 1st floor (but without sink), right next to one of the perm residents, Eddie.

He is the older guy with the cat (called Tiger II). And he was a great guy to talk with, we spent a lot of time between our doors, he had a lot of very funny and interesting stories of his life and also the house. So personally I think and I'm sure you never will have to be afraid of him. He always appreciates Postcards, Letters and everything eles from the guests and their countries and collects them in his shelf. The breakfast was fine, very much and ok for the price. Just the carpets - as already posted - should be changed. I always used the linen to cover the floor. The Bathrooms and Shower were always clean.

The best on AD Hostel is the great location, 24th Street has the Subway very very close to the Hostel, you have lots of Delis, just a few minutes to lots of Locations and Hotspots...What else do you need for a New York trip with a low Budget?

  • Stayed July 2006, travelled solo
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Johannesburg
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2008

Before you book into the American Dream Hostel, it's important to understand what you're getting. It isn't the Waldorf, and that's why it doesn't cost a fortune.

I wanted somewhere central as a base for exploring Manhattan, and got what I expected - somewhat run down, very small rooms, and no frills. The place was clean, I saw no evidence of roaches or rats, the staff were extremely friendly, the free breakfast was a nice bonus, and I felt safe. The old carpets are just that - old - but I don't choose hotels for the carpets. I don't believe I could have done better for the money, and I would recommend the place to anyone on a tight budget or paying in a valueless currency like me (Rands)

There was an old man who lived there, I assume since the days when it was a rooming house, who spouted a lot of (possibly senile) nonsense, but I found that if you ignored him he didn't bother you.

Save the money you would have spent on something more expensive for shopping and stay at this hostel. I would stay there again.

  • Liked — Central, clean and safe
  • Disliked — stairs
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled solo
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 5 Contributor
25 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2007

Like another poster, I read the reviews and thought okay some good some bad, I'll give it a go. The building is really old and god love them, they do their best to clean it, but it really is awful. The first night or so was ok, but then we started to meet the cockroaches. They were everywhere. I came back another time and discovered that 'something' had been in my suitcase eating my chocolate!!!!!!! We just wanted to leave and go to a hotel but decided to stick it out. The window may as well have had no glass in it it was so noisey, the small radiator banged throughout the night - thank God for earplugs.
We never took the breakfast and the few staff we did meet weren't at all friendly. We spent as little time there as possible.
The only good points were the shower was nice and hot, (although I did have to queue a couple of times) they really did make and effort to keep the place clean, the bed was fairly comfortable and the sheets were clean.
If you are on a really tight budget then this place is ok, and the location is good, but if you are tossing up between this and spending extra on a hotel - go to the hotel!!!!!

  • Liked — The price left us plenty of money for shopping!!!
  • Disliked — Everything !
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled with friends
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Mexico
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2007

I read all the reviews before booking this hostel. Some were good and some bad, so I thought: "OK I will take a chance, specially because it is so cheap". The thing is that there should not be any discussion... here's the truth. THE PLACE SUCKS. The carpet's dirty, the rooms are so very small (smaller than any other hostel I'be ever been to), and it's not very close to all the tourist spots. There were a lot of dead roaches on the floor when we got there, and the bed was in terrible conditions.
Also consider that there is no safe deposit box to leave your passports, money or whatever...
The only good thing is that the place is in a fairly safe neighbourhood.
So in general, if you are on a VERY low budget, book the hostel, only if your intention is to stay the WHOLE DAY outside doing sightseein (as you always should in NY). But if you plan to stay in the hotel more than necesary (that is, to sleep and take a shower), then you should invest some extra dollars and find another one. Specially if you are traveling with your family, wife, girlfriend, etc.
I hope that you all find this review useful.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — Everything in there is old and dirty
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Missouri
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2007

This is a former rooming house revamped as an international hostel. Although it is somewhat run-down phyiscally, it is a suitable place for visitors looking for cheap, well-located accomodations with a friendly atmosphere.

American travelers from the suburbs used to staying at Day's Inn will likely find themselves uncomfortable here. The room I stayed in was quite basic; small, with no mirror, although I understand that the 3rd floor rooms are larger. The bathrooms and toilets are in separate rooms and are small but adequate. Although there is nothing dirty or unsanitary (no rats or roaches that I could see; clean sheets, bathrooms, etc.), it is worn & rough looking with the musty smell common to many old NYC apartment buildings.

On the plus side, the kitchen is sunny, the complimentary breakfasts are generous, and the staff and guests are great. I had great conversations with guests from all over the world in the kitchen, and found the owner and his workers to be friendly and helpful.

The owner could easily improve the ambience by simply having a real contractor replace the baseboard and the several layers of rumpled, worn carpet, which, as others have mentioned, really does look bad; even better would be to spend some bucks having a professional re-frame and square-off the interior walls and rooms.

It's true that there are a couple of permanent residents still iving here; the one I talked to was very friendly, but his stories about living here when it was a crack house 20 years ago will make your hair stand on end. It's apparently come a long way since and my guess is that it will continue to improve.

  • Liked — Location, staff, guests
  • Disliked — General upkeep of facility
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled solo
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Red Deer, AB
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2007

I stayed at this hostel for 5 nights with my 16 yr old sister and my mom. I have stayed in hundreds of hostels around the world, but it was a first for them. The location of this place is great. The neighbourhood was great. We always felt safe walking around. The subway station is only about 3 blocks away. There was lots of little delis and coffee shops around to grab breakfast or a snack. There are quite a few stairs at the property, so keep that in mind if you've got lots of luggage. The carpets are dated, but the rooms themselves were clean. Nice white sheets on the beds and a sink and TV in the rooms. Bathrooms and showers were shared and down the hall. Never had to wait for them and they were always clean with hot water. If you are expecting a hotel, you will be disapointed. If you just want somewhere clean to sleep and are going to spend the rest of your time out exploring the amazing NYC, I would recommend it. We rarely saw anyone else that was staying there, and didn't eat the breakfast that was offered. If you're on a budget and looking for something cheap, stay here!

  • Liked — Location and Price
  • Disliked — The scuzzy old carpets
  • Stayed June 2006, travelled with family
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Property: American Dream Hostel
Address: 168 E 24th St, midtown Manhattan, New York City, NY 10010-3703
Region: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , Murray Hill
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 163 Speciality Lodging in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A family owned business, American Dream Hostel welcomes you to New York City. Our prices include breakfast in the morning and WiFi. You will be in Manhattan, Flatiron District/Gramercy Park, close to the most exciting locations and events; most main points of interest including restaurants, bars, clubs, shops and stores are studded around the neighborhood and all within walking distance. ... more   less 
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