Hostelling International - New York

891 Amsterdam Ave., New York City, New York, 10025, United States | Hostel
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This hostel, located in the Upper West Side area of New York City, is near Riverside Park, Louis Armstrong House Museum, Grand Tour of New York, and Jerry's Grand Tour of New York City.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsHostelling International - New York New York City

    Reviewed by janeygrantham

    HI Hostel in Manhattan

    Reviewed Oct 8, 2013
    by (1 review) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    Good location
    Friendly staff
    New shared bathroom facilities
    Clean
    Lots of social areas
    Free wifi available everywhere
    Free breakfast with some rooms

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    Reviewed by georgestrick

    Nice place

    Reviewed Jun 11, 2013
    by (2 reviews) Leeds , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    Really nice place, good for what we needed it for :-)

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    Reviewed by jasbids

    Everything you need in a hostel

    Reviewed May 6, 2013
    by (6 reviews) Perth , Australia Flag of Australia

    Friendly Staff, Great free daily tours/activities, Good location, Lockers are allocated so that was a plus considering we were staying with 6 other foreign hosteller. Bed and linen was uncomfortable but clean, our window looked out onto the main street so was a little noisy but felt safe.
    Overall great value for money!

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    Reviewed by crazykiwiguy

    Great place to stay

    Reviewed Feb 21, 2013
    by (3 reviews) Auckland , New Zealand Flag of New Zealand

    Was originally going to stay at Whitehouse Hostel, Bowery. Saw the conditions of the place and bolted. Glad I changed my mind because HI Upper West Side was great to stay at. The young lady who booked me in was fantastic!!! The room was more to pay for (6 bunks so less people) but it included breakfast, towels (I managed to snag more than one) and bathroom slippers. And the same young lady was always really helpful for me.

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    Reviewed by kjizzle103

    HI NYC

    Reviewed Sep 30, 2012
    by (1 review) Amanzimtoti , South Africa Flag of South Africa

    i loved this place, had such a cool vibe!
    they organize so much for everyone, pub crawls, tours, meet and greets, bands at the hostel etc.
    they're in a good location, a few blocks from central park, subway and bus stations right there.
    met some really awesome place, such a cool international hub.

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    Reviewed by hemorale

    Great hostel near central park

    Reviewed Apr 29, 2012
    by (1 review) Santiago , Chile Flag of Chile

    This hostel is everything you need in NYC. Clean rooms snd bathrooms, good common areas and very good location, near to the main attractions in Manhattan by metro.

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    Reviewed by jamesmc

    Couldn't have been better

    Reviewed Dec 20, 2011
    by (2 reviews) Dublin , Ireland Flag of Ireland

    I cannot possibly say enough good words about my stay here. Patrick and all of the staff went way above and beyond what was expected. For such a huge place, they would be forgiven for losing some of customer service you get in smaller hostels, but not here. The attention to detail and quality of service was second to none. I only wish I could've stayed longer. Thank you everyone at HI New York

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    Reviewed by rigelmoon

    muy bueno

    Reviewed Apr 15, 2011
    by (1 review) Buenos Aires , Argentina Flag of Argentina

    Salvo la organizacion... que nos cambió de habitación un par de veces por cuestiones de ellos, el resto muy bueno todo.

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    Reviewed by jizmo

    Big loud and happening

    Reviewed Mar 23, 2011
    by (11 reviews) Melbourne , Australia Flag of Australia

    Huge place, great atmosphere. Reasonably private rooms, lots of activities to do. Downsides: almost useless "free" internet, showers on the first floors were mostly broken.

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    Reviewed by dom_samways

    Great place to meet people if you're travelling alone

    Reviewed Feb 24, 2011
    by (1 review) Bromsgrove , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    I was a bit apprehensive visiting a big city like New York alone. There are so many things to do but they will always be better enjoyed if you have some good company. This hostel was great for providing lots of opportunities to meet others in the same situation and the city itself is great fun. I highly recommend Jerry's epic 14-hour walking tour of the city on saturdays which encompassed everything from Brooklyn to Ground Zero, the Rockefeller Centre and Times Square with all the famous sites inbetween. There were also bar crawls and comedy nights too. The hostel is clean and has good facilities - the kitchen is really useful if you want to avoid eating a burger every meal and I wish I'd discovered it earlier. The information desk was also very helpful if you need any advice. The only issue I had was the person snoring in the bunk above me but you can't blame the hostel for that!

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    Historical Traveler Reviews Hostelling International - New York New York City

    For the money- Great!

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    First of all I am not a Hostel person- I'm way over the age of the average hosteler. I stayed at the Hostelling International for a total of 4 nights and I wrote above average as compared to the price.

    First: The rooms are clean and there are bed linens

    every day. There should be more bathrooms, but if you get up early you can get a shower without problems. The boss, Katrina is very professional.

    If you'd rather spend your money on shopping rather than sleeping, go for it! The area is so so, but I didn't feel unsafe. Oh and the rooms with the private bath are the best- but they are almost always occupied!

    Brilliant Place!

    from

    6 mates and I stayed at the Hostelling International for 7 nights from 19th April to 26th April. First impressions weren't the best. As there were 7 of us in total, we had originally booked one 4 bed dorm and another 3 mates had booked a 4 bed dorm with only those 3 having the room. When we arrived there seemed to be a problem with our reservation. They told us that they didn't have 4 bed dorms left until the Thursday morning. However although at first a little annoyed, they gave us a family room for the same price for the two nights, meaning we had more space!

    Although situated on 103rd street, do not be alarmed by the location on the map! On the second day we purchased a week long subway pass and it only ever took us 15 minutes and the most to get to South Ferry, the far end of the city where tourists can get the statten island ferry for free. Times Square is also only 10 minutes on the subway.

    Rooms are clean and spacious, bathrooms are average but clean and I would definately reccommend the cafe they have there. I always bought a large tea and bagel with ham and cheese every breakfast and it worked out a mere £2.50! Internet access is fast and the information spreaded around the hostel was useful.

    I would reccommend stayers taking the pub crawl they offer. As New York is such a large city, at first it was hard to recognise where a good area of bars would be. We found out by the end of tour, east village is a good spot to hang out!

    All in all, a very enjoyable stay and was sad to leave. Would reccommend to anyone on a budget and even those who are the first time traveller, this is definately a hostel that is worth the visit!

    Although nothing to do with the hostel, I would definately reccommend going to a Yankees game. It was great fun and only at a cost of roughly £11!

    Great value

    from

    I would strongly recommend this hostel. Great price, good range of useful facilities (including laundry room and kitchen), clean, friendly staff, and in a safe and accessible location. The tours and activities they organise and good fun and cheap - especially great if you're travelling alone, as I was. Will return!

    Great Hostel! Coming back for sure!

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    Hi. I have to say I was a little afraid of staying in a hostel. I usually stay at regular hotels when I travel, but having to save money to stay more days, I decided to stay at the HINY. I was very pleased with my first impression. The lobby is very nice, clean, with a "Information Desk" and a "Security Desk". The staff was very friendly and I had no trouble with my internet reservation.

    I stayed at the 4bed room, so it was very clean and quiet. My roomates were all nice and friendly. We went out together sometimes, because the staff put all the "Lone traveleres" together, and that was really nice of them.

    There is a nice kitchen there (used sometimes and never had a problem). The Hostel also organize tours around NY. I went to the Harlem tour ($7) and it was a great morning. Didn't want to go to Harlem alone, and with the other guests and the guide I felt safe enough to go.

    Internet is ok at the Hostel, but you can find better prices (and better PCs) at a indian xerox place on the same block.

    The location was another concern, but 103rd St. is not that bad and the neighborhood is fine. Not the best in NY, but it was safe for me. I used to come back from the subway always after midnight and never had a problem. (My opinion about that is comparing to the place I live, wich is very violent and dangerous. If you live in a nice, calm place, you will be a little afraid on your first days, because there are some people just standing by the sidewalk at night...)

    Male bathrooms were ok. Privacy level was good, you have a private place to change clothes and all. Cleanliness was good too, but I think it all depends on the guests that are in the same floor. In my 14 days there, i havent had a problem.

    All things considered, i have to say that I had a great time at the hostel, would go back for sure. If you don't want to spend hundreds of dollar on accomodation, it is a great place to stay. I was there for 14 days.

    Ps: Sorry for my English. I'm just trying to help some undecided people here...

    If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me.

    Leandro

    leandromp@gmail.com

    Clean, Safe and Convenient

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    I stayed at Hostelling International in September of 2004 for 3 nights and I had a very pleasant experience. It was my first time staying at a hostel and the staff was very patient and kind with answering all my questions. I brought a lock with me and utilized the lockers that are provided in each room, so I never felt unsure about the security of my belongings. The bathrooms were reasonably clean (though a little more bleach here and there wouldn't have hurt) and there were no bugs or critters. Thank goodness!! HI is about one minute's walk to the nearest subway station, so it was very convenient. I met some really cool people and I used the cafe and internet services provided by HI. All in all, I had a pretty good time. I would recommend it to anyone!

    A walk on the dark side

    from

    This is an OK hostels to stay at. The rooms are dimly lit, but fairly spacious, and there are lockers in each room. The bathrooms however are messy, unclean, and even when they are cleaned, they still look as though they have not been cleaned. The showers are pretty gruesome, especially as most of them (on the floor that i was on) were located next to a window made out of wire-netting, so there was no real privacy. The showers that are not near the window, are often too unbearable to step in. I don't think it is one of the worst hostels to stay in, but it has alot of catching up to do.

    Not bad!

    from

    We stayed here for 7 nights & found it basically fine - at least for a hostel. However...

    1. We had a confirmed reservation (via the hostel itself, not an agent) for a 4-bed room, but had to take a 6-bed when we arrived - with no reason given by the hostel. Take it or leave it!

    2. Bathrooms were cleaned daily, but should have been done more often (maybe EARLY in the AM so bathrooms would have been clean & paper towels filled & trash emptied BEFORE the AM washing rush.) Also, half the showers were out during 6 of our 7 days, with no attempt to fix them.

    3. Dorm hallways are VERY echo-y, so there is much more noise than there should be, especially irritating after 11 PM or so till at least 2 AM. You can hear complete conversations many feet away!

    4. Customer service is VERY up & down, depending on who's working the desks.

    5. There is computer/internet access for a fee; however the system often drops you before you've used up your time. And the printer isn't guaranteed to work - tho' it did for us.

    However, HI-NY is quite satisfactory, generally.

    Security is good for such a busy place & the halls always quieted down by 1:30 AM, so you could get at least 5-7 hours of decent sleep.

    BUT, one final piece - referring to the women who used our bathroom during our week. A good bit of the bathroom cleanliness problem was made by the RESIDENTS! Few women cleaned up after themselves in the showers or sink area, leaving much water, LOTS of hair & other obnoxious personal detritus around, globs of toothpaste, etc.

    Hostels are a co-op situation; doesn't anyone heed the basic cooperative cleanliness rules most of our mothers taught us? I was NOT the only one gagging at the mess!

    Good but crowded

    from

    This is a large and modern hostel fairly centrally located next to Central Park in the Upper West Side of NYC. It's accessible by 2 subway lines and buses, from the east side you have to walk through a public housing estate to get there, but iI had not problems. The hostel is very secure, the dorm I was in had 12 beds and each has a locker, which is good, but was pretty cramped and the lighting is dim. The dorms are modern and clean. The only real downside of the hostel is the number of dorms/people per bathroom. On the floor I was on (2nd) there must have been about 10 female dorms and only 1 bathroom, with 4 showers and 3 toilets. At around 8am there were long queues for the showers and even queues for the washbasins, and water all over the floor and overflowing bins etc. There's also a cafe downstairs (but not very good, better to go outside), internet access at a reasonable price, and lockers to store your stuff once you've checked out. Given that there are a number of other hostels in NYC, I'd be tempted to check those out before going for this one.

    Great value hostel

    from

    The HI-NY was excellent! I had a 4-bed room for US$35. I initially booked for 3 nights (just wanted to check the place out) and booked another 4 nights since I liked it so much. I saved so much instead of staying in a cheapish $60-80 hotel. It was very clean, had all the facitilities you would expect with a nice coffee shop to boot. It was also nice that the staff seemed to give me roommates who were the same age bracket as I was. I was dreading any post-high school/college party girls in my room who would wake me up at some godforsaken hour.

    Instead, I roomed with more "mature" girls like me :-). The airconditioning was strong and lovely after a day of walking and it was nice to sit out in the garden (with table and chairs, complete with small fountain) with a soda, planning the next days' adventure. It's a block away from the 103rd stop of the 1,9 subway and a block away from the post office. I found some great pizza places nearby also. The other reviews are so true...you get to see New Yorkers living their lives instead of being stuck in a hotel/tourist area.

    LOVE IT!

    from

    For the discerning 'traveller' who doesn't mind sharing. Great place. Well run, clean, lively, safe hostel in a lovely refurbished building. Couldn't rate it highly enough. Have stayed here on numerous occasions and have very happy memories of my stays.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Hostelling International - New York New York City

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent
     

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