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affordable and well placed...in the center of the apple
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Historical Traveler Reviews Central Park Inn New York City
Saved the Day
After having a horrible time at Big Apple Hostel, our saving grace was Central Park Hostel, which turned out to be a Wonderful little place that was VERY clean and cute. It was located very close to the subway and was just a block away from Central Park.
I went there with the worst expectations ever, and the place turned out to be pretty neat and decent. The location is excellent. I thought that the staff were quite helpful. Obviously it's no luxury hotel, but hey, i was only looking for a place to shower and sleep. Me and my friend had a twin room right next to the bathroom, so it could be a bit noisy, other than that the room was clean and so was the bathroom. I had a wicked time, and would consider staying there again in the future, especially if i'm on a budget holiday
it's the worst hostel that i've ever been! i had huge trouble because inside of it someone stole my bag but people who work there didn't want to help me! woman in reception is always busy. after it was happened nobody wanted to talk with me. it was suspect... be careful if you choose this hostel
Best Hosel we have ever been at
I am the scoutmaster for a boyscout troop, and we took 8 boys down to tour New York. We had 2 rooms booked at an area hotel, but when we arrived, the hotel clerk got our reservation screwed up and had us checking in 2 days later. Naturally, the night we got there he had no more rooms. I made a call to the hostel, and the more than pleasant receptionist offered us a room with 10 bunks. We took that room and headed to the hostel not knowing what to expect. Fantastic!!! The place was phenominal. In New York, you couldn't ask for a better place to stay on a budget. There was plenty of room in each individual room, the place was clean, neat, no odor. The rec room downstairs was enjoyable for the boys. There was a pool table and a foos ball table. We had to share bathrooms, but at any hostel I have ever stayed at, this is always the case. Nonetheless, they were clean, and all 8 boys showered and had plenty of hot water. The hostel was quite a bit uptown, but the subway was 1/2 block down the road and from there we could go anywhere. The hostel sits 1 block from Central Park. You can bet we will visit again in the future!
My First and Last Hostel
A friend and I shared a twin private room that was very basic and could just fit the two beds and a locker. There were a few bathrooms on each floor however, some of these were falling apart and not that clean. There were often queues in the morning for the showers; however, we did get clean towels and our beds made everyday.
However, the hostel is close to the metro station at 103rd Street and ideal for walking to Central Park. Although all of NY's major tourist attractions are quite far away. Between us it cost $75 per night and I believe that if you book in advance you should be able to get a better hotel room closer to the attractions for around $15 more.
The hostel did not provide any food; however, there is a small corner shop over the road and some restaurants on Broadway in walking distance. In the hostels basement there is a TV, some computer kiosks to access the Internet and some places to store and eat food.
The staff at the hostel were friendly but only accept cash for reservations which is okay since there is an ATM in the building. The hostel is fine for people who want to spend most of their time in the city just to come back and sleep then get up and out early the next day.
I would not stay here again
One of the couple of good things about this hostel was the location. Get off the subway and it's just a few steps up the block. Even on the outside, it didn't very good.. plus there were kinda shady-looking people on that street hanging out on their porches as I walked to it.
The people were friendly who worked there, but the one guy who was cleaning up and talking to me let me know my window was broken. I walked in the room, and it was absolutely nothing but two beds and a full length mirror.. oh yeah, and a row of lockers. And this was a private room! I thought I'd at least have a bathroom too. I should not compare because I know NYC is more expensive, but I just was kinda ticked off that I spent the same amount for a private room at the hostel I stayed at in Chicago, and there it felt much cleaner, I had my own bathroom, two nice beds, it was very much nicer there. But this is NYC afterall. Luckily I was just staying for the night and I didn't get back to the room till 5 am anyway so I guess it really didn't matter.
Waiting to get in the shower was a pain because the one on my floor was always occupied.. I even walked in on a guy! Luckily I found an open one on another floor, but it did not feel clean at all.
The most positive thing was the internet access, it was cheap and it got me the information I needed quickly. Also, the guy who had told me about the broken window helped me out in giving me directions and pointers about where I was heading to, and he even lent me money to use the computer because I had no ones. So I guess the staff was pretty decent, but the place felt dirty and there was nothing much to the rooms at all. Stay here if you just need a place to SLEEP and that is all.. I would even consider taking your shower somewhere else.
This hostel make me feel so welcom and very comfortable! YOU THE BEST!!! Only one block from central park and the subway station. The front desk always help us with any question. it will be nice to have more bathrooms. but anyway i have nothing bad to say about it. I will will stay there anytime.
Confused but nice receptionist who didn't seem sure of anything, Key which dosen't work. Screaming permanent tenant on level 5 whom goes to bed at 8pm each night and hurls abuse at anyone who accidently closes the door too loud or happens to talk or giggle in the hallway. My roomates were actually scared of this person. There are no towels, (can't even hire one). Bed linen had bloodstains, there was no pillow on my bed and when one was asked for - a stained, uncovered pillow was received. A guy wandering around in casual clothes turned out to be the Security guard but there is nothing about him to indicate he is the Security person (he looks like a traveller), even though he is very helpful and nice. I would recommend that you don't expect a lot but it is close to the subway and central park. The bathrooms are modern-ish.
Beds are rickity but the rooms are painted. This hostel aims high but still has a lot of tidying up to do in some departments.
After 5 months on the road ,around the world . We are going home tonight it has been great and we have seen lots of places and lots of hostels. This being the last hostel we stayed at ,we are very satisfied with the rooms beds ,facilities and personal! no doudt the central park hostel the best hostel in the usa as far as we know . The worst one in the world was actually in Washington D.C thank you for a good three nights and days in New york and for all the help we got when we asked our stupid questions ! JERGEN AND BARD MOJLI.
Ok definitely one of the worst hostels i've stayed in. Right from the start, the receptionist was too busy talking on the phone and forgot to give me all the forms and receipts. Then i was told they actually didn't have any more sheets/pillows because the last person took them with them. So I had a bed but no linen, and no door key either - they'd lost it so i had to borrow someone elses. Then when i went to make a phone call in the lounge to my boyfriend i was being sexually harrassed by a psycho staying there. Did i mention i couldn't breathe because of all the weed the other residents were smoking..... some of whom had just crawled in the fire escape - they weren't actually staying there.
Would i recommend it? Take a guess.