Featured Hostels in New York

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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 (552 reviews)

Great value on the single private rooms. I love no tv in room.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 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 ...
Bowery Grand Hotel
Bowery Grand Hotel
1.0 out of 5.0 143 Bowery, New York, NY
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2.1/5 (904 reviews)

Excellent location when using Public Transportation to get around NYC. The Hotel should provide a Microwave Oven for the guests who may wish to warm up their food especially in cold weather.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 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 ...
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 (149 reviews)

Look like the floors haven’t been mopped or n days. No tv no washing machines I can only eat in da lobby and tha parking is horrible

Reviewed on Aug 1, 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 ...
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 (685 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 (997 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 ...
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. ...
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 (211 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 ...
Manhattan Bowery Lodge
Manhattan Bowery Lodge
2.0 out of 5.0 81 Bowery, 2nd Floor, New York, NY
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2.6/5 (61 reviews)

It was a tiny room no TVs,and they offered towels no rags. Worst ever they have bedbugs!! If it wasn’t freezing I wouldn’t check in. I was disappointed never again!

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020
Located in Chinatown, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Wall Street, New York University, and Brooklyn Bridge. National September 11 Memorial and 5th Avenue ...
Rostel- Hostel
Rostel- Hostel
2.5 out of 5.0 160 E 116th Street, New York, NY
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2.8/5 (25 reviews)

Sucks

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2018
Located in Manhattan, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Central Park, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Columbia University. Apollo Theater and Solomon R. Guggenheim ...
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)

Actual space was not like what was listed, very noisey and tight quarters.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 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 ...

Alternative Accommodations – Hostels

 

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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