Featured Hostels in New York

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Bowery Grand Hotel
Bowery Grand Hotel
1.0 out of 5.0 143 Bowery, New York, NY
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2.1/5 (897 reviews)

The hotel was somewhat run down.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020
Located in Bowery, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of New York University, 5th Avenue, and Washington Square Park. Wall Street and Union Square Park are also ...
NY Moore Hostel
NY Moore Hostel
2.0 out of 5.0 179 Moore Street, Brooklyn, NY
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3.9/5 (371 reviews)

Nice n clean n smell good n beautiful rooms nice view

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2020
Located in East Williamsburg, this hostel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Prospect Park, and Barclays Center Brooklyn. New York University and ...
Jazz On The Park Hostel
Jazz On The Park Hostel
2.0 out of 5.0 36 West 106th Street, New York, NY
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2.9/5 (143 reviews)

Bed was fine. Fixtures on sinks were difficult to use and soap dispensers empty. In a pandemic its important to have this!!! Coronavirus not approved!

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020
Located in Manhattan, this hostel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Central Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Times Square and Broadway. Rockefeller Center and Grand Central ...
The Local
The Local
2.0 out of 5.0 13-02 44th Avenue, Long Island City, NY
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4.3/5 (544 reviews)

This hostel was quite nice and well kept.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020
Located in Queens, this hostel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Roosevelt Island, United Nations Headquarters, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Chrysler Building ...
The Bowery House
The Bowery House
2.0 out of 5.0 220 Bowery, New York, NY
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3.1/5 (979 reviews)

Cleaness and location. Excelent staff and very quiet

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020
Located in Bowery, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of New York University, 5th Avenue, and Washington Square Park. Union Square Park and Bleecker Street are ...
HI New York City
HI New York City
2.0 out of 5.0 891 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY
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4.2/5 (683 reviews)

Everything is fine. The room and restrooms are clean. Because of COVID-19, I stayed alone.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2020
Located in Upper West Side, this eco-friendly hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Central Park and Columbia University. Mount Sinai Hospital and Beacon Theater ...
West Side YMCA
West Side YMCA
2.0 out of 5.0 5 West 63rd Street, New York, NY
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3.7/5 (999 reviews)

It was really close to Central Park and we loved that. But the room was too small.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020
Located in Manhattan, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Central Park, Lincoln Center, and Metropolitan Opera House. Columbus Circle and Carnegie Hall ...
Central Park West Hostel
Central Park West Hostel
2.0 out of 5.0 201 W 87th Street, New York, NY
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2.8/5 (210 reviews)

The Central Park West Hostel was a pleasant surprise. Abundant hot water and pressure, clean bathrooms and rooms, not all that noisy, and a great location for multiple public transportation options. The building itself is a little rough looking and the neighborhood too, but don't be fooled, it's ...

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020
Located in Upper West Side, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Central Park and Beacon Theater. American Museum of Natural History and Metropolitan Museum ...
Vanderbilt YMCA
Vanderbilt YMCA
2.0 out of 5.0 224 East 47th Street, New York, NY
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3.5/5 (1000 reviews)

Lovely staff from check-in to security to passing cleaners in the hall. All so lovely. Room and shared bathrooms where clean and I had no issues being disrupted by other guests. I did have the issue of VERY loud banging pipes which I was aware of thanks to other reviews so was prepared for but couldnt ...

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020
Located in Midtown, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of United Nations Headquarters, Chrysler Building, and Grand Central Terminal. St. Patrick's Cathedral ...
Broadway Hotel and Hostel
Broadway Hotel and Hostel
2.0 out of 5.0 230 W 101st St, New York, NY
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3.4/5 (993 reviews)

Perfect

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020
Located in Upper West Side, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Central Park and Columbia University. Mount Sinai Hospital and Beacon Theater are also ...
Chelsea International Hostel
Chelsea International Hostel
2.0 out of 5.0 251 W 20th St, New York, NY
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Located in Midtown, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Chelsea Market and 5th Avenue. The High Line Park and Chelsea Piers are also within 15 minutes. ...
Kamway Lodge & Travel Inc.
Kamway Lodge & Travel Inc.
2.0 out of 5.0 40-36 77th St, Elmhurst, NY
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2.8/5 (23 reviews)

Real close (5 min walk) to major public transport and close to LGA (10 min), lots of stores, all kinds of food places in walking distance, all in all a nice low cost place with excellent service, had a reservation in a hotel in lower Manhattan but I canceled after they asked for $100 daily deposit ...

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2020
Located in Queens, this hostel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Arthur Ashe Stadium, and Citi Field. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center ...

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Best Hostels in New York

 

Travel is all about experiences, whether you’re trekking across the world or just miles away from home. And while you may think of backpacking students when cheap hostels come to mind, modern-day hostels appeal to a much more diverse group of people. Hostels are traditionally beloved as a great way to meet fellow travelers and as a more affordable option to hotels. They’re the perfect place to rest for the night and then get up and go on your next day of exploring New York and beyond.

 

What is the difference between a hostel and a hotel?

 

It’s customary for hostels to contain multiple bunk beds in a dorm-style room to be shared with friends (or strangers). So, can couples stay in hostels? The short answer is yes. Some of the best hostels in the world (and maybe even in New York) are private room hostels that feature larger beds and more privacy. There are even bookable accommodations that offer family hostel rooms that provide even more space. Hostels are more commonly found internationally, but USA hostels are beginning to pop up around the country.

If secluded quarters and quiet accommodations are a priority to you during your travels, there are boutique and luxury hostels that offer upgraded private rooms, elevated décor, and higher end amenities. It’s possible to get the affordability and energy of a hostel with some elements of privacy that you’d usually only find by staying in a hotel.

 

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