Chelsea International Hostel
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Another glorious day in New York City today! .... This morning I lined up with the many others to ride the free Staten Island Ferry to Staten Island that gives you awesome views of the Statue of Liberty on the way, not bad for a free service lol ... Looked around the Island for a bit before returning to Manhattan to go to a VERY VERRY VERRY …
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Katrina and I were definitely born to be ladies of leisure.
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So, NYC was awesome!.... We certainly put our legs to the test with all the walking!!! Hostel was pretty basic but good location, clean and friendly! Couldn't complain at the free pizza on Wednesday night either! We hit Times Sq, Broadway... lunched in an Irish Bar, was a beautiful hot sunny first day... That evening, Yankee Stadium in Queens... …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Chelsea International Hostel New York City
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.
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.
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.
Two of my friends and I decided to visit New York over Fall Break.
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.
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
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