Benefits of Staying in a Hostel in NYC

  • Sense of community
  • Planned events and activities
  • Great for single travelers
  • Budget-friendly
  • Shared, semi-private, and private rooms available
  • Most offer shared kitchens for meal prep
  • All properties listed below include air conditioning and heating; some include free WiFi

 

Possible Downsides to Staying in a Hostel

  • Less privacy
  • Fewer amenities
  • Noisier than a private hotel room
  • NYC hostels are pricier than in other cities

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NYC Budget Hostels – $

Since NYC hostel prices tend to run higher than in most other cities, a good budget hostel is hard to find. Yet fear not: you can still snag a deal for under $30 a night. One budget hostel stands above the rest in terms of cleanliness, friendliness and decor:

 

 NY Moore Hostel (Brooklyn) – from $28/night: offers budget accommodations in a stylish hood.

 

 Only a few minutes walk from the L train and J and Z trains, you can get to Manhattan in under 15 minutes.

 Dorm beds start at $28 a night, but if you know two other wandering souls, you can also snag a semi-private room for three for as little as $75 ($25 per person!).

 It’s a short walk to the Bushwick Collective (a famous street artist hot spot) and some great restaurants, including Roberta’s pizza and Tina’s Place.

Who should stay here: 

  • Hipster vibes
  • Budget seekers
  • Off the beaten path finders

NYC Mid-Range Hostels – $$

If you’re looking for a deal but don’t mind paying a little more for your digs, check out some of these other options. All receive high ratings on Booking.com and TripAdvisor. Front desk associates are friendly, locations are easily accessible, and rooms are clean.

 

 Broadway Hotel and Hostel – from $40/night: stylish private rooms and basic dorms near Central Park

 Only a few minutes walk from the 1 train and A and C trains, you can get to Times Square in under 15 minutes.

 Dorm beds start at $40 a night, and queen or double rooms with a shared bath start at $54 a night.

 It’s a short walk to Central Park and trendy Upper West Side restaurants; relaxing Riverside Park is also nearby.

 

Who should stay here:

  • Deal seekers
  • Those who seek quiet residential areas
  • Travelers who want to live like locals

  The Local Hostel (Queens) – from $40/night: sleek rooms and trendy common areas in an industrial building with great views of Manhattan

 Only a few minutes walk from the E and M trains, you can get to Manhattan in under 10 minutes.

 Dorm beds start at $40 a night, and queen or double rooms with a private bath start at $143 a night.

 It’s a short walk to MoMA PS1, Alobar (famed farm-to-table restaurant), and waterfront dining.

 

Who should stay here:

  • Deal seekers
  • Trendsters and youngsters
  • Those craving to be close to Manhattan–but not too close


International Students Residence (Brooklyn)
– from $47/night: minimal amenities geared toward a younger crowd

 

 Only a few minutes walk from the J, Z, and M trains, you can get to Chinatown in Manhattan in under 10 minutes.

 Dorm beds start at $40 a night, and small single rooms (with little soundproofing) start at $59 a night.

 It’s a short walk to trendy Bedford Street with plenty of bars, cafes, and restaurants.

 

Who should stay here:

  • Deal seekers
  • Youngsters
  • Those craving a trendy hood


HI New York Hostel
– from $47/night
: well-known chain on the quiet Upper West Side

 

 Only a few minutes walk from the 1 train and A and C trains, you can get to Times Square in under 15 minutes.

 Dorm beds start at $47 a night and include shower slippers and linens.

 It’s a short walk to Central Park and trendy Upper West Side restaurants; relaxing Riverside Park is also nearby.

 

Who should stay here:

  • Deal seekers
  • Those who seek quiet residential areas
  • Fans of the HI brand

Hotel/Hostel Hybrids

Since NYC regulates the number of beds allowed in hostels, visitors will see higher price tags than in other cities. If you’re traveling solo and don’t want to deal with a hostel, you can rent a single room at one of these hybrids. Some even offer options for double travelers and couples.

Most are located in desirable neighborhoods and tote trendy themes.

 

American Dream Hostel – from $69/night: simple but trendy private rooms and even simpler shared bathrooms in residential high-rise hood

 Only a few minutes walk from the 6 train, you can get to nearly anywhere on the east side in under 15 minutes.

 Private rooms start at $69 a night for single travelers; couples will pay twice that amount.

 It’s a short walk to Union Square, Madison Square Park, the Flatiron Building, the original Shake Shack, and high-end Gramercy Park.

 

Who should stay here:

  • Deal seekers
  • Those who seek quiet residential areas
  • Privacy cravers
  • Single travelers


Blue Moon Hotel
– from $74/night: historic hotel in a traditional immigrant neighborhood with some balconies and city views

 

 Only a few minutes walk from the M train and the J and Z trains, you can get to Brooklyn or Midtown in under 15 minutes.

 Beds in a six-bed dormitory start at $69 a night; queen rooms start at $112 a night.

 It’s a short walk to Katz’s Deli, Russ and Daughters, the Tenement Museum, and the Essex Street Market.

 

Who should stay here:

  • Deal seekers
  • Those who seek historic neighborhoods
  • Privacy cravers
  • Single travelers and couples


 
Pod 39 – from $85/night: modern and trendy “pods” with private bathrooms

 

 Only a few minutes walk from the 6 train, you can get nearly anywhere on the east side in in under 15 minutes.

 Beds in a single pod start at $85 a night; double rooms start at $90.

 It’s a short walk to Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, and Bryant Park.

 

Who should stay here:

  • Deal seekers
  • Those who want to be in the “middle of it all”
  • Privacy cravers
  • Single travelers and couples


 
The Bowery House – from $99/night: simple single and double rooms with trendy “gentlemen’s lounge” themed common areas

 

 Only a few minutes walk from the 6 train and the J and Z trains, you can get to Brooklyn, Midtown, and Downtown in under 15 minutes.

 Single twin rooms start at $99 a night; queen rooms start at $139.

 It’s a short walk to SoHo shopping and Little Italy and Chinatown restaurants; the New Museum is also nearby.

 

Who should stay here:

  • Deal seekers
  • Trendsters
  • Privacy cravers
  • Single travelers and couples


 
The Jane Hotel – from $105/night: nautical-themed 1920’s hotel with single and double “cabins”

 Only a few minutes walk from the 1 train, the A, C, and E trains, and the PATH trains, you can access the west side, Midtown, and New Jersey easily.

 Single twin cabins start at $105 a night; queen “captain’s cabins” start at $275 a night.

 It’s a short walk to Chelsea galleries, the High Line park, the Whitney Museum, Chelsea Market, and Meatpacking restaurants.

 

Who should stay here:

  • Deal seekers
  • History lovers
  • Privacy cravers
  • Single travelers and couples

 

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