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Modern New York hostels offer top notch amenities rivalling 3 star hotels


The gap between budget hotels and hostels appears to be over thanks to the emergence of modernized and newly renovated hostels.

Hostels are becoming more contemporary, with the freshest, upbeat hostels in New York now considered an ideal choice for budget travelers that expect comfort and quality but at the same time, want to save money. Hotels, on the other hand, favor consistency and meeting business standards.

HostelBookers, the budget accommodation specialist, underlines how hostels today differ to those of yesteryear. Great value for money, they tend to keep the costs to a minimum whilst offering other benefits that are hard to find in hotels. The biggest advantage of staying in a hostel is that they are very social places. Many offer free Wi-Fi, private rooms (many of which are en suite), communal entertainment rooms packed with luxuries such as a big screen TVs or surround sound cinemas, the latest video games, and even pool tables. With access to well-equipped kitchens and dining areas guests can avoid pricy restaurants and opting for hostels in great central locations make exploring the city more convenient.

Three examples of top hostels are all located in New York: Jazz on the Park hostel is perfect for budget travelers looking to experience a real community feel or seeking a little fun. Located in the hip Upper West Side, the property offers guests use of a kitchen, a games area, laundry facilities, and internet connections.

Jeremy Poon of Broadway Hotel & Hostel advises that “many people, especially in the US, have an opinion of hostels which simply isn’t true; our boutique hostel combines the best of both worlds. We have created an environment where people can experience culture and affordability in style, and we aim to dispel Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Hostel’ myth. We believe working with sites like HostelBookers can only help us in our aim as they raise the standards across the industry”.

Broadway Hotel and Hostel is located in the Upper West Side and boasts a selection of amenities not found in most traditional hotel such as a home-cinema system.

David Smith, Chief Operating Officer of HostelBookers states that: “As much as we love hostels, sometimes we find it hard to demonstrate just how much they have changed in the last few years. Our recent HostelBookers Awards for Excellence 2010 through which we awarded Rita’s Apartment Hostel in New York City as one of the “best value” properties in North America, underlines our commitment to championing the hostel industry and raising its profile globally. Hostels can be the perfect choice when booking a holiday abroad as they can meet practically all differing requirements”