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Nap York Central Park Sleep Station is situated conveniently in New York, and offers a shared lounge and free WiFi. The property is set less than 1 km from Radio City Music Hall, a 15-minute walk from Rockefeller Center and 1.2 km from Top of the Rock. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen and a 24-hour front desk for guests.

At the hostel, all rooms come with a private bathroom with a shower.

NEAR FROM TIME SQURE AND CENTRAL PARK

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8.2
Very Good
3,955 reviews
Price from
$75
per night

The Hostelling International New York offers dormitory-style rooms with shared bathrooms. Linens, towels and a housekeeping service are provided.

The hostel offers many activities including pub crawls, night club events and in-house comedy and variety shows.

Amazing and beautiful place, I liked it

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8.2
Very Good
14,850 reviews
Price from
$43.20
per night

American Dream features air-conditioned rooms with TV in the Gramercy district of New York. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is non-smoking and is set 700 metres from Flatiron Building.

Popular points of interest near the hostel include Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Grand Central Station. The nearest airport is LaGuardia Airport, 11 km from American Dream.

Amazing location. Very friendly people and good installation for the value.

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8.1
Very Good
420 reviews
Price from
$135.45
per night

Located in New York, within 3.2 km of Metropolitan Museum of Art and 4.9 km of Strawberry Fields, East Harlem Hostel features free WiFi throughout the property. The property is set 4.9 km from Central Park, 5.4 km from Yankee Stadium and 5.6 km from St Patrick's Cathedral. The property is non-smoking and is situated 3.1 km from Columbia University.

Easy online check-in to get the full access on late hours. The subway station is very close. Hot water and facilities

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8.4
Very Good
42 reviews
Price from
$143.37
per night

Situated in New York, KAMA CENTRAL PARK has a garden, shared lounge, terrace, and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is around 2.8 km from Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3.3 km from Strawberry Fields and 3.7 km from Lincoln Center. The property is non-smoking and is set 1.4 km from Columbia University.

Central Park is 4.2 km from the hostel, while Carnegie Hall is 4.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is LaGuardia Airport, 11 km from KAMA CENTRAL PARK.

Clean and very friendly staff, joanna is great

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7.6
Good
1,713 reviews
Price from
$73.60
per night

Interfaith Retreats is located in New York, 300 metres from Madison Square Garden.The hostel offers a space for spiritual retreat in the midst of New York City.

This unique hostel uses the proceeds from guest room reservations to provide hot meals for people who are homeless. Guests are welcome to help volunteer to serve meals if interested.

Great position to visit the city, close to several metro stations, not chaotic. Staff super friendly and helpful. Fruits and breakfast food always available. Comfortable little room with privacy, very important.

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7.2
Good
1,382 reviews
Price from
$103.72
per night

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, U.S. Pacific Hotel offers accommodation that is accessible by stairs, in New York.

Rooms include work desk and air conditioning.

Little Italy is 300 metres from U.S. Pacific Hotel, while Brooklyn Bridge is 1.4 km away. La Guardia Airport is 12 km from the property.

Clean, good location, quiet, affirdable. Perfect.

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5.6
Review score
2,279 reviews
Price from
$109
per night

Located 50 metres away from Central Park, this hostel is located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, just 5 minutes’ walk from Columbus Circle. WiFi access is provided free of charge to guests.

Lincoln Center is just 300 metres from the hostel, while Carnegie Hall is 700 metres away. The American Museum of Natural History is 15 minutes’ walk away.

I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Westside YMCA Hotel, and I must say that my experience exceeded all expectations. From the moment I arrived, I was thoroughly impressed with the hotel's location and the exceptional service provided by the staff. First and foremost, the location of the Westside YMCA Hotel is simply unbeatable. Situated in close proximity to numerous attractions, I found myself just steps away from some of the city's most popular sights. Whether it was exploring iconic landmarks, visiting museums, or enjoying vibrant entertainment, everything seemed to be within easy reach. This convenience allowed me to make the most of my time in the city and truly immerse myself in its energy and charm. Another major advantage of this hotel is its proximity to the subway system. The easy access to public transportation made navigating the city a breeze. I could effortlessly travel to any part of town, saving both time and effort. This convenience was particularly valuable for exploring areas that were slightly farther away, making it a perfect choice for both business and leisure travelers. Furthermore, the level of support I received from the staff surpassed my expectations. They went above and beyond to accommodate my needs and ensure that I had a comfortable stay. Whether it was addressing room preferences, arranging transportation, or providing local insights, their attentiveness and professionalism made me feel valued as a guest. Overall, my experience at the Westside YMCA Hotel was nothing short of exceptional.

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6.6
Review score
12,747 reviews
Price from
$100.28
per night

Located in Manhattan, this Bowery hostel is 3 minutes’ walk to Little Italy and 7 minutes’ walk to Chinatown. The air-conditioned hostel offers guests free access to Wi-Fi throughout the property.

The rooms at the Bowery Grand Hotel offer guests air-conditioned accommodations with a shared bathroom. The bathroom includes a hairdryer.

During my stay all are good specially the staff always very welcoming friendly cooperative finally overall superb

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3.5
Review score
1,337 reviews
Price from
$70
per night

Situated in New York and with Penn Station reachable within 300 metres, Lamartine Chelsea features concierge services, non-smoking rooms, a garden, free WiFi throughout the property and a shared lounge. The property is close to Madison Square Garden, Flatiron Building and Times Square. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen and room service for guests.

At the hostel, the rooms come with air conditioning and a shared bathroom.

The rooms were good, the bathrooms clean (as far as that is possible with several users), the location was perfect for a weekend to explore the city! And you occasionally meet nice people in the kitchen to chat.

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6.5
Review score
439 reviews
Price from
$154.86
per night

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Budget travelers know there's no better way to make the most of their trip than by staying at a hostel: Save money for exploring during the day, and swap stories with fellow backpackers in the shared kitchen or bar in the evening. Dorm-style bedrooms with shared bathrooms are standard hostel fare, but private rooms are also available for those willing to pay a little more.
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  • American Dream
    Budget options available
    8.1
    Scored 8.1
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 420 reviews

    American Dream features air-conditioned rooms with TV in the Gramercy district of New York.

    Clean, centrally-located, kind staff, great breakfast

  • East Harlem Hostel
    8.4
    Scored 8.4
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 42 reviews

    Offering free WiFi, East Harlem Hostel offers accommodations in New York, 2 miles from Metropolitan Museum of Art and 3 miles from Strawberry Fields.

    La atención mostrada por el dueño en todo momento y cada día.

  • West 30th Street Guest House
    6.6
    Scored 6.6
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 344 reviews

    Offering free WiFi, West 30th Street Guest House offers accommodations in New York, a 4-minute walk from Penn Station and 0.6 miles from Macy's.

    good comfortable room, perfect location friendly staff

  • Chrystie Street Apartments
    5.8
    Scored 5.8
    Above average
    Rated okay
     · 134 reviews

    These accommodations with kitchen facilities are in the Lower East Side in New York.

    아파트 형태라서 보안 철저한 점, 커피 포트, 드라이기, 밖에 놓인 책상까지 쓸 수 있어서 나쁘지 않았음. 9박 묵었는데 괜찮았었음 서비스도

  • New York City GuestHouse
    7.9
    Scored 7.9
    Good
    Rated good
     · 11 reviews

    Located within 1.9 miles of Yankee Stadium and 2.3 miles of Columbia University, New York City GuestHouse provides rooms with air conditioning and a private bathroom in New York.

    La proximité des transports, commerces et restaurants

Great access to the city center! Check these hostels in New York

  • HI New York City Hostel
    8.2
    Scored 8.2
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 14,850 reviews

    This uptown New York hostel is 1 block from Broadway Street and a 10-minute walk to Central Park. It features free Wi-Fi, a movie lounge, and a large patio.

    The multi cultural environment and central location

  • KAMA CENTRAL PARK
    7.6
    Scored 7.6
    Good
    Rated good
     · 1,713 reviews

    Located in New York, KAMA CENTRAL PARK has a garden, shared lounge, terrace, and free WiFi throughout the property.

    EVERYTHING! THE LOCATION FOR MY JOB SITE WAS CLOSE.

  • West Side YMCA
    6.6
    Scored 6.6
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 12,747 reviews

    Located 164 feet away from Central Park, this hostel is located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, just 5 minutes’ walk from Columbus Circle. WiFi access is provided free of charge to guests.

    Clean , location , security and people are helpful

  • Lamartine Chelsea
    6.5
    Scored 6.5
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 441 reviews

    Located in New York and with Penn Station reachable within a 3-minute walk, Lamartine Chelsea has concierge services, non-smoking rooms, a garden, free WiFi throughout the property and a shared lounge...

    Facilities were very good. Great location and central to everything

  • Macaw Guest House
    5.8
    Scored 5.8
    Above average
    Rated okay
     · 33 reviews

    Featuring a garden, shared lounge and views of city, Macaw Guest House is located in New York, 1.2 miles from Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    It is a very nice place with a lot of amenities Looking forward to come again soon

  • U.S. Pacific Hotel
    5.6
    Scored 5.6
    Above average
    Rated okay
     · 2,279 reviews

    Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, U.S. Pacific Hotel offers accommodations that is accessible by stairs, in New York. Rooms include work desk and air conditioning.

    You get what you pay. Clean, safe and very good location.

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Hostels that guests love in New York

  • 8.2
    Scored 8.2
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 14,850 reviews
    Best place to stay in NYC & best hostel I’ve ever stayed 🥇 Amazing staff, amazing communal areas including lots of outdoor social space, kitchen & cinema room. Social activities & great location in Central Park West.
    Chris
    Solo traveler
  • 7.4
    Scored 7.4
    Good
    Rated good
     · 222 reviews
    Great location in the center of Manhattan. You could meet new people in the hostel. Decent bagels for breakfast
    Oleksandr
    Solo traveler
  • 8.2
    Scored 8.2
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 14,850 reviews
    The different tours from the hostel were really nice. It was easy to meet new people. Especially if you are traveling alone. You have everything you need there! Also the cafe in the hostel was good and cheaper than some other places. But all in all i really enjoyed the place an liked it. Would definitely come back!
    Ada
    Solo traveler
  • Avg. price/night: $288.66
    6.6
    Scored 6.6
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 12,747 reviews
    Excellent location in safe area. We were out all day & into evening and just needed somewhere to crash for the nights we were in NY. It did the job. Bunk bed was king single size, little creaky, but slept well on all 3 nights. Aircon old & bit noisy, but good white noise to drown out comings & goings of hostel (not that we heard this). Bathrooms were old but clean. Good to be able to access gym & pool. It was what we expected for the money paid.
    Catherine
    Travelers with friends
  • 8.2
    Scored 8.2
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 14,850 reviews
    It's a cheap an popular hostel and as a female solo traveler I felt mostly safe. The doors open with a card you're given at check in. The patio is really nice and they have a small cafe downstairs. Even though it's the upper west side so it's quite far away from the modt popular parts of Manhattan, by taking the subway you can be at lower Manhattan in 30 minutes which is better than staying at Brooklyn or Queens etc. Also the neighborhood seemed nice and fine, no super scatchy places.
    Dorka
    Solo traveler
  • Avg. price/night: $288.66
    6.6
    Scored 6.6
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 12,747 reviews
    Very cheap for Manhattan. Perfect location. Very big hostel - many guests of all ages and nationalities (so you don’t feel too old by being in a youth hostel).
    Aleksandra
    Young couple
  • Avg. price/night: $376.94
    6.5
    Scored 6.5
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 441 reviews
    Cheap price compared with hotel Amazing location - near of empire state building, flatiron, Penn Station, The Edge, Times Square.. Lot of bathrooms - you will probably find unoccupied Doors are pincoded - both rooms and main doors so you will feel safe Subway is near Private room - its advantage when we consider this is hostel, not hotel. Warm water Drink machines in kitchen 2 fridges in kitchen
    Michaela
    Solo traveler
  • 8.2
    Scored 8.2
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 14,850 reviews
    - good location - expensive for a youth hostel, cheap for NYC
    R
    Solo traveler
  • Avg. price/night: $460.36
    7.6
    Scored 7.6
    Good
    Rated good
     · 1,713 reviews
    The Hostel and the pods are really good. It is the perect combination between privacy and a bed for a reasonable budget in New York. The staff is very helpful. Also, I really appreciated the lockers (perfect size for my backpack) and the fact you can leave your suitcase at the reception free of charge. Also, each room can be accessed with only your own card. So I felt very safe.
    Andrea_Cast
    Solo traveler
  • Avg. price/night: $288.66
    6.6
    Scored 6.6
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 12,747 reviews
    It was a great location just a few stops on the subway from airport, and near all the places I visited. I was very happy with my room and the bed was comfortable. I was happy with the security and safety of my belongings and myself. If I return to New York I will book into West side Youth Hostel again.
    timothy
    Solo traveler

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