I am a 26-year-old, female, solo traveler that comes to NYC a few times a year on business. I honestly chose this hostel out of pure desperation to escape the horrible situation that I was experiencing at a disgusting, bug infested, unsafe, rudely managed hotel - The Latham Hotel (I have warned you! It's straight out of a bad scene in CSI NY!)
Anyway, I called American Dream Hostel at about 11:00pm after I found it on my map on my iPhone after I typed in "hotel". The man on the phone (I'm kicking myself for forgetting his name - the owner's son) was amazingly understanding and kind and although American Dream didn't have any openings, at the time, he said that the time for "no-shows" was at midnight and I was more than welcome to come and sit at the hostel to gamble with an opening. To my joy, midnight arrived and there were two no-shows so I was able to get a room. The owner's son was nice enough to walk me to both of the available rooms to let me pick which one I preferred.
The rooms aren't anything but ordinary but, THEY ARE CLEAN! I just read a review about American Dream that was posted about how some of the windows leading to a brick wall (like practically touching, no alley, kind of amazing actually) and that was something I found kind of humorous - it also made the room really quiet because there wasn't any outside noise. The bathrooms are also very clean, which I totally appreciate.
Another really neat thing about the hostel is that breakfast is included in your stay. It's basic breakfast but, I'm not an extravagant breakfast eater I guess...
Bottom line, I already booked a room there for October and I'm looking forward to it. If you are in need of frills, unnecessary square footage, and a private bathroom, this is not the place for you.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- American Dream Hotel New York City