Chelsea International Hostel
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Totally fine in every way
I've stayed at the Chelsea twice over the last five years, and have been pleased with my accommodations both times. Both times we stayed in a private room for two for a very reasonable price. It's one of the most affordable places in NYC where you can still get a private room. Shared bathroom goes with the territory.
The rooms are tiny, but that's par for the course in NYC, unless you're paying the big bucks. Besides, it's New York - if you're planning on spending a lot of time in your room, stay home!
The first time we stayed the room had mice who ate our bread, but never bothered us otherwise. The front-desk staff seem to always be ridiculously lifeless and disinterested and it can be a bit noisy when people are clunking up and down the stairs, but hey - you get what you pay for, and I would recommend the Chelsea for what you pay. Sheets are always clean, building and rooms feel safe, there's never a long wait for the bathrooms, and the neighbourhood is great, great, great. It's walking distance to Greenwich, Soho, and Midtown, and it has a fun, neighbourhood feel with some great restaurants, pubs and nightspots nearby. There is easy access to two or three subway lines, and I love the fact that Chelsea is so gay-centric. My first time staying in the neighbourhood, in 1999, it was just me and my best friend, and we loved walking home at night 'cause the guys weren't interested and no one even gave us a second glance. It was a wonderfully surreal experience that made us feel very secure. Of course, the second time, just this past October, I was with my boyfriend and he attracted a bit more interest (lol)!
But we were never bothered, and I enjoyed my trips both times. The Chelsea is a great spot if you don't want to pay a lot, don't mind sharing a bathroom, and know what to expect. It makes a perfect base for exploring the city and coming home for a quick catnap or to freshen up. Book it - and enjoy New York!
stayed in may 2004. staff were rude and unhelpful as other reviews suggested but rooms are secure and neighbourhood central and safe with good places to eat. room was quite smelly and no a/c made it very hot but cheap for central NY so I'd recommend it so long as youre used to hostels and arent expecting luxury.
kitchen and large eating area and courtyard nice for brekkie. showers very clean.
Had a great time - I recommend this hostel
I stayed in this hostel for a week in late September 2003. While the rooms are fairly small and basic this was one of the most enjoyable stays I have ever had in a hostel. The location is excellent but most of all there is a great friendly atmosphere in this hostel. The central courtyard is a great place to make friends. Also stayed in Jazz on the Park (Central Park West) but found the Chelsea International far better.
Pretty decent for the price
We stayed for 4 nights in a double room during September 2003. The room was small and basic but clean. Had no problem with sharing the bathroom/showers, hardly saw anyone else from our floor. Room could get quite hot even in September. Our room was right on the courtyard so could be noisy (especially if you had the window open) but quietened down by about 12.30pm.
The area felt very safe, there is a police precinct across the road.
Lockers are pay-lockers (kinda expensive) despite what it says on their website - "we provide the lockers, you provide the locks". The staff aren't overly friendly but aren't rude either.
It was pretty decent for the price (NYC is notoriously expensive for accomodation). Good for budget travellers or anyone who isn't planning on spending a lot of time in their room.
Stay away from the chelsea!
Two of my friends and I decided to visit New York over Fall Break.
Being (poor) college students, we decided to stay at a hostel, and Chelsea International was the only one that had rooms available at that time.
When we first arrived at the hostel, we were surprised to find that the room was quite nice, and one friend even described it as "kind of cozy". Yeah, it sure was "nice and cozy", before we returned later in the night to discover our other hostel-mates spraying hairspray in the room and lighting things on fire. "What's going on?", we asked. Turns out they were trying to kill the COCKROACHES in our room. Suddenly the room didn't look so nice anymore.
We planned to stay at the hostel for three nights, but by the second night, we couldn't stand it anymore (especially since our other roommates decided to check out after one night, leaving us defenseless against the bugs). The room was dirty, small, had a strange damp smell to it, and the linens were unwashed. The lockers they provided were filled with cockroaches crawling around. The worst part was probably knowing that the cockroaches were carrying eggs, and I didn't feel leaving anything on the ground (including my luggage) was safe at all.
When we reported the bug problem to the staff, they sent a guy down to spray the room with Raid (bug killer). This staff member, I don't know his name, was quite shady however, as he kept smiling strangely at us girls the whole time he was spraying the room. I didn't feel comfortable with him around at all, especially in the morning when he (and other staff members) climbed in and out of a basement/storage area which was right in front of our window.
If you're going to check out early because your rooming conditions are bad, ASK FOR A REFUND. One of my friends and I got a refund for the extra night we paid for. My other friend however, who checked out earlier in the morning, did not get a refund. She later called the hostel, spoke to the manager, and was told that she could receive a refund.
The only good thing about the hostel is that the neighborhood around it is VERY SAFE and gay-friendly.
I would NOT stay at the Chelsea again.
Small but safe
I stayed in for five days, really small rooms so donīt bring too much bagage. Safe area of Manhattan, international students, clean kitchen and bathrooms. Perfect if you are only looking for a cheap place to sleep for a few days.
Didn't Like the Chelsea Int'l Hostel
I stayed at the Chelsea International Hostel August 1st to August 4th 2003. The rooms were very shabby and smelled very funky. There are very few rooms with A/C. If you reserve in advance you are not guaranteed A/C. If you're going to NYC in the summer you need it. The staff was very friendly and the location was convenient. I also felt quite safe in the neighbourhood but that's about it. I wouldn't recommend this hostel to anyone.
Hold your nose!
We were there from 23rd - 27th June 03. In the private rooms, apart from the very very bad smell, dangerous bunk bed with sheet metal ladder, no space, disgusting carpet, no air cond' so you have to keep the window open with the mesh in it (the courtyard closes at 10pm, the kitchen at 12am - so it does go quiet eventually) toilets that back up, lockers that won't lock again once you open them, even if you put the money in them for 6 hrs, ....... there are great kitchen and dining facilities (x2) although no space to store your food. a great courtyard (booze is allowed) with a security guard (he does his job) that is always around - very safe. and a great crowd. we made some friends there that we will never forget. Its in a good safe location (NPD across the street) tube is on 26th, great pubs and restaurants on 8th, cheap supermarket on 8th and 28th, as is the library with free internet. - The room didn't matter that much to us anyway as we were always out. You can always sit out in the courtyard and then just crash in your room - the mattresses were nice and comfortable with fresh linen - and the lock was ok on the room. no problems with reservations - the staff just wanted friday to be here. lots and lots of FREE pizza on wednesdays - you'll never look at cheese and tomato in the same way again. Its ok to stay (its cheap) if you dont stay too long - its best to swap and go somewhere else for variety. have fun guys !
Nice area - rude staff - no air con
I have just returned from my trip to the US, which included a stay in the Chelsea International Hostel and I do not recommend this hostel to anyone.
While it does have a beautiful courtyard the staff are pissy, rude and are not very helpful or knowledgeable, the dorms are old and shabby and the toilet/bathing facilities are below standard. Also there is about 12 people to a toilet/bathroom. No airconditioning whatsoever.
The hostel however is within walking distance of some really nice neigbourhoods.
Hope this info is of help to anyone planning their stay in New York City and for future reference to the board.
Susanne from Denmark
Safe but crummy
Stayed in for a week in May 2002; had made a reservation through their site months before, didn't receive any confirmation by e-mail so I called in to ask if they received my reservation - they said everything's OK. Made another call a day before the flight, to hear they didn't have my reservation anymore. I asked if they could make me one right away, they wouldn't. I was told to "come here and see, maybe we'll have a room for you". At that point I had no time to investigate any other options, so we went over there with my friend and luckily got the last private room they had.The room itself was the tiniest hole ever with poor mattresses in a bunk bed. So-called-lock in the door wouldnt've kept a hungry squirrel of the room. There was a window to the inner yard, which was quite peaceful and quiet. Separate shower & bathroom were also quite miniature in size, but relatively clean and without any insects.The neighbourhood seemed very peaceful and safe, with the 14th precinct police station right across the street.To summarize: - not reliable regarding reservations - tiny but relatively clean - cheap and safe
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