Consider New York City Hostels
Cheap, Safe, and Clean Lodging

New York City hostels offer the ultimate deal in sleeping accommodations. It's pretty hard to argue with a bed for as little as $30 a night! Options abound for these clean, friendly,

and safe hideaways hotels! These savings translate into more money for fun, a longer trip, or just saved money.

If you are a hard-core tourist, consider how little time you actually spend in your guest room. These accommodations have grown to include private bedrooms. So, they offer something for everyone. Additionally, families may welcome the convenience and cost-savings of an available kitchen. Understand, that at these prices, these inns feature basic accommodations. New York City hostels are great for many, but they are not for everyone. Read and see what you think. Don't worry, I'll share accommodation types for every budget, taste, and comfort level.

If you are on a budget, other accommodations you need to consider are great budget hotels, staying at a resident's home for FREE, and university dormitories. Check out all sleeping room options here.

Important Facts About
New York City Hostels:

  • You can request a communal, dormitory-style room, which usually consists of a few bunk or single beds. OR, consider that most NYC hostels offer private guest rooms now. They are extremely cheap when compared to a hotel.

  • Bathrooms are usually shared. However, most of the private rooms come with a private bathroom. Inquire at your New York City hostels of choice.

  • New York City hostels offer a fantastic opportunity to meet travelers from all around the world...especially great for the single traveler.

  • Enjoy amenities such as full kitchens (save money while making your own meals or just one daily meal), on-site laundry facilities, Internet service, common rooms, and more.

  • Local staff is extremely helpful for giving advice about night life, tourist attractions, shows, restaurants, and the like.

  • Take advantage of daily sightseeing programs, movie nights, free continental breakfast, reduced-price transportation to the airport, and other special services provided by New York City hostels.

  • NYC hostels are great watering holes for students and avid, serious travelers--they tend to draw them!

  • Some New York City hostels require you to bring or pay for your own towels. But for the price, it's no biggie. You can pick up few up at the local dollar store!

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Location, Location, Location!

It is important to consult your New York City street map before selecting New York City hostels. Ensure that it is convenient to the majority of attractions you plan to visit or near a subway station or bus stop.

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My Suggestions for Best
New York City Hostels

Read on for my suggestions for the best hostels including personalized pros and cons, discounts and freebies highlights, quick links to their sites, and important information.
Big Apple Hostel

Big Apple Hostel
119 West 45 Street
Location is one of the best attributes of this NYC hostel. If you are planning to go to a lot of Broadway shows, you'll appreciate its mid-town location--right in the heart of New York's theater district and within walking distance of the Empire State Building. It's also convenient to bus and subway stations. During a recent visit, I was struck by the hostel's cleanliness--the bathrooms and deck were spotless. I chatted with two guests, a young women in her 20s and a gentleman in his 40s--both were very pleased with the hostel. Rooms are very clean, comfortable, and carpeted. If you're a family of four, consider booking a room with 2 bunk beds--thereby ensuring your own room and privacy. The hostel has a back yard, two internet kiosks, free WiFi on the ground floor, a deck, luggage storage, safe deposit boxes, BBQ, common room, and limited laundry facility. Air-conditioned, dormitory-style bedrooms start at $47.14 per night, per bed, in low season, and includes linens, blankets, and towels. Air-conditioned private rooms start at $168.00 and are equipped with linens, towels, soap, cable television, telephone (free local calls), and a large in-room safe. All bathrooms are shared.
Discounts/Freebies: Linens, towels, free WiFi on ground floor, internet kiosks, free local calls.

Bowery's Whitehouse Hotel
340 Bowery
Between Great Jones and 2nd Streets
This NYC hostel is located in the trendy, cool section of No-Ho, near New York University and Greenwich Village. CBGB's bar is right across the street, and proximity to the east village means access to lots of great, cheap restaurants--not to mention nightlife. There are three subway lines within a 2-block walk. This hostel offers unique sleeping options: air-conditioned single rooms begin at $30, and double rooms start at $60, with shared modern, clean, bath and shower facilities (no dormitory-style rooms). Yes, the rooms are small. Yes, the wall to ceilings closures are not complete (Click on the link for a picture), but at these rates, WHO CARES? Amenities include linens, towels, microwave, lounge with 42-inch TV with cable, DVD player, free movies, internet access, wireless internet for laptops, laundry facility, luggage storage, safety deposit boxes, coffee/tea, 24-hour lobby. No curfew!
Discounts/Freebies: Linens, towels, movies, internet acess, coffee and tea.

Chelsea Center Hostel

Chelsea Center Hostel West
131 West 29th Street or
Chelsea Center East
Essex Street at the corner of Delancey Street
A great feature of these NYC hostels is that they offer free breakfast! Don't laugh at the cummulative savings and convenience of one free daily meal. Given that these hostels are small, their multi-lingual staff is better able to offer a more personal, friendly approach. Rate for each dormitory-style guest bed (each with small reading light), is just $35 and includes sheets, blankets, use of a safety deposit box, and luggage storage. Each property offers a common room, kitchen, small garden, and no curfew. The west side property is located near the Empire State Building. The east side property is further downtown, near Greenwich Village. Both are convnienet to the bus and subway. Rooms are co-ed but women only rooms are available. Private rooms for 2-5 are available at the East Side property starting at $100. No private rooms at the West side property.
Discounts/Freebies: Free breakfast, sheets/blankets, and use of kitchen.

Chelsea Hostel
251 West 20th Street
One of my favorite things about this NYC Hostel is free New York pizza on Wednesday nights! Nothing beats NYC pizza AND nothing

beats free! The hostel is comprised of a series of connected brownstones located in a residential section of Chelsea. It offers dormitory-style rooms without or with bathrooms, $35 and $39 (low season) respectively; and private rooms, without or with private bathrooms, that accommodate up to two people at $70 and $86. Single rooms are also available at very reasonable prices. It offers 2 common dining areas, a courtyard, 2 fully-equipped kitchens, a recreation room, television, lockers, laundry room, internet cafe, luggage storage.
Discounts/Freebies:Free continental breakfast, free pizza parties and events, and linens/blankets and towels.

Hi NY Hostels

Hi New York Hostel
891 Amsterdam Avenue at 103 Street
Housed in a large landmark building, this New York City hostel is close to Columbia University and Central Park and very convenient to the Broadway subway line. promising you easy access to just about anywhere you want to go.

My favorite feature of this hostel is the vast array of unique city tours and parties that they offer. They even have free, scheduled live music in the laundry room...motivation to do your laundry and meet some new people. Their tours and free events are a great way to see NYC (especially if this is your first visit) or to meet new friends.

The HI New York Hostel offers clean, co-ed and same-sex, air-conditioned, dortmitory-style rooms beginning at $49. Private rooms with bath begin at $240.

Amenities include internet access, a kitchen, cafe/bar, TV room, laundry facility, housekeeping, luggage storage, free WiFi, linens/pillows/blankets/towels, lockers, café, bar, game room, elevator, and meals to purchase.
Discounts/Freebies:Free continental breakfast, free scheduled programs, tours and events, use of kitchen, linens/blankets/pillows/towels.

Jazz Hostel Room

Jazz Hostels
184 11th Avenue at 23rd Street
36 West 106 Street
Jazz Hostels offers two clean, friendly and safe hostels in the big apple. Each New York City Hostel is unique in its options

and settings. Depending on the property expect to find a coffee bar, housekeeping service, lockers, luggage storage, TV/internet lounge and dining room game lounge, BBQ area, deck, internet kiosks, parties and activities, free WiFi in common areas, WiFi in rooms for a fee, ATM machine, laundry facilities, and more.

You'll find clean dormitory-style rooms beginning at just $46 a night for a 8-bed mixed dormitory room, and private rooms starting at $135--all depending on the property.

Jazz Hostels owns 2 properties in NYC, one in upstate New York, and two others in Miami and Canada. So, they are well-versed in the hostel business. The multi-lingual staff caters to an international clientele--a bonus, at least in my book. What could be more fun than meeting and befriending people from all over the world?
Discounts/Freebies: Free linens and towels, daily housekeeping, free parties and activities, linens and towels, and free WiFi. Free light breakfast at the 128th Street hostel.


1-A towel and wash cloth. Although most hostels do provide them, you may prefer your own quality.

2-An alarm clock. If your cell phone doesn't have one.

3-Plastic flip-flops. Great for walking around the hostel and for the bathrooms and showers.

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4-Post-it notes and pen. For items you place in the fridge.

5-A lock for your locker.

6-An inflatable pillow. In case the hostel's pillow is flat. Also great for your airline flights and/or train rides.

7-Plastic bags. Use for laundry, wet bathing suits and some souvenirs.

8-A bar of soap and soap dish. .


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