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We arrived back in New York city and said goodbye to Ross who had a flight to catch back to Chigaco. We checked into our new hostel which was in an area that was a bit more happening. Suffering a bit of sleep deprivation we got an early night for once. The next day we went off to visit the Statue of Liberty, the procedure to get onto the ferry was …
... queuing for the ferry to Staten Island. There is nothing really to see on the island itself, and on arriving like myself half of the ferry got on and straight back on the one about to depart back to Manhatten. No, this is definitely about the journey and not the destination. The ferry swing by in close proximity to the Statue of Liberty. And it's free. Sweet. The statue itself is small, maybe five storeys high. That is doubled again ...
... crossed through the streets down to the Hudson River Park to continue riding. The weather today was warm but had some breeze so there were plenty of cyclists and runners about.
Later we visited the Guggenheim, a Modern Art museum on Central Park East. It was fun looking at paintings by famous artists such as Van Gough, Degas, Picasso and Kandinsky and trying to decipher there hidden meanings. We ...
... all the big sights and museums as well as other tours and activities. The day therefore kicked off with a Lower manhattan walking tour. Our guide walked and talked us around the area for two hours starting with ground zero where the rebuild continues under a heavy police and security presence. On September 11th 2001, 2753 people lost their lives in the terror attack which marks the largest loss of life on US soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in US history. The ...
... pedestrians and something else. No cars though. After the run I was chatting with Tristan from yesterday and I was almost gonna invite myself to go to the city with him and a friend he was supposed to meet but after my shower it was already 10:30 pm and I didn’t have energy for it anymore. So I didn’t do it. I chatted some more with another fellow-citizens (fun how you integrate
this way as well) and then I went to bed. Tomorrow there is another ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sky Hostel New York City
..no words for this place...
A touch of 3rd world charm?
This place was gross! It stunk, it had a mouse problem, it looked nothing like the photos on the web site I booked with, Orbitz. I have seen cleaner camp grounds. I was so upset to have booked here. I got the feeling most of us poor souls staying at this dump were all duped by the same promise of charm and a low price, yeah the charm was that of the 3rd world. Also, I think the stairs are going to collapse soon, so be careful, I'm sure it wont be fixed or maintained, as nothing was here. All and all, it wrecked my New York trip. Someone needs to shut this place down!
From the photos of the place posted on this and related web sites, one would think it is clean and pleasantly spare for budget travellers. We were certainly not expecting any kind of luxury, but what we found was intolerable and had almost no relation to what we saw in the web pictures and info. The place reeks of urine, is sweltering hot, dirty, and poorly maintained. Not even the most basic mopping seems to have been undertaken in some time. They have not even bothered to put sufficiently large shower curtains on the shared showers, so water leaks all over the dirty bathroom floor and forms large puddles. I saw no evidence of a shared kitchen, microwave, etc. though I hate to think of what state that would be in if indeed it does exist. We left after one night, which could not end fast enough for me!
This place was pretty bad, it was so depressing I wanted to go home the first day I was there. They had a sign at the front desk that said no refunds, so my guess is that they make a lot of money from people who would rather leave, and lose the money than stay there. I put up with it, and it was just a really hard couple of days, I was so glad to leave New York. Its too bad my trip was ruined by this tragic place. I also heard they run West End Studios, and having looked into their page, they use the same pictures, so my guess is that it is the same, and this is a bad company. IT really should get shut down. I felt bad for the foreign tourists, and families that got fooled into going here. The bathrooms were dirty and toilets often clogged. Vermin and filth and a slumlord running the place, that would sum it up. Dont go, its the worst hotel ever.
All the photos I have seen for this place are decieving. You would think this is some cute and cool little place in the upper west side. Its nasty! The place looks like it should be condemned, its barley cleaned, it smells bad (cat pee to old garbage and mildew?), they dont maintain the building at all, there were mice running around at night, the staff is indifferent to you. I had to beg for a new light bulb when my light burned out. The rooms are so hot, and the window fan they had did not work well. Also, frequently the bathrooms ran out of paper, and it would take a couple days for them to get around to restocking it. Basically I have never stayed at a place this bad, and I am surprised it is alowed to stay in business. Every web site that will let you book this place has misleading information, they should look into this place and stop listing it, its really that bad. I had the longest week of my life staying at this place. It does have a fairly good location, but that aside, pay a bit more and get a cleaner better maintained room.
I was extremely unimpressed with this hostel, the service was absolutely crap. Our train into New York was delayed so I rung ahead to check that it would be ok to check in late, probably around 11.30. The very uninterested guy on the end of the line told us he would hold our room til midnight so when we were further delayed we rung again and were assured that the room would be kept till 1am. We arrived at 12.15 along with another girl and were all told quite abruptly that our rooms had been given away and it was our fault as we arrived after 12. We explained that we had rung twice but were hussled off to another further away hostel run by the same people, West End Studios. This place is pretty crap also the dude on the desk didn't even seem to know how to work a computer took forever to enter us in the system. There were no apologies or any attempt at customer relations. The room was pretty nasty and the bed would have been more comfy if it were made of nails. I don't recommend anyone stays at either hostel.
Bad bad bad ,oh my god !!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh my god i do not even know where to start ..the only thing i know it that the room we had was awful ...my friends an i were so hot that we opened the fridge to get some fresh air .The manager did not have any customer skills ..He was cursing and was all the time hanging on his phone talking "trash" using "f" words for example ...it was a really a bad experience for us .
The room was on the fourth floor (walk-up) of a dilapidated building that had the pungent, disgusting smell of cat urine/spray that penetrated absolutely everything. The tiles on the floor were broken, garbage lay everywhere in the hallways, and people appeared to live there. No shower curtains in the shared bathroom, and the stopped-up toilet was overflowing with feces, urine, and used tampons. The room itself was outfitted with a bunk bed and metal sink. Were it not for the pervasive smell of cat urine, that would not have been bad, but the exposed pipes along the walls and ceiling leaked, left burns (if you bumped up against one accidentally, which I did) and, about once an hour, began to shake. After the first night, I asked that my boyfriend and I be moved and the person at the front desk assured us that we would be placed in a better part of the hotel. Arriving back at the hotel that evening, we were told that they had run out of space before we could be moved. When we checked out after three nights, it took over a week to stop smelling cat urine on everything I owned.