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Reviews of HI - New York City NYC Hostel

Hostel | 891 Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, New York, USA NY 10025

91.2% Overall Rating

1337 out of 1481 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (21/09/2014)

"It's a great place to meet other travellers. They provide great tours, pub crawls etc. The rooms are clean. The garden is amazing!"

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Laundry service
  • ATM / cash machine
  • Café
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Elevator / lift(s)
  • Outside area
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Luggage Room USD 5.00

What's Included

  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

All guests under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or chaperone for Group visits. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate any minor traveling without an adult. Non-members will be asked to pay a $3 non-membership fee per night. Please note that we do not accept group bookings for 9 or more people via the website . All such bookings must be processed via the website's groups department. Group bookings for 9 or more people via the website will be automatically cancelled and the deposits will not be refunded.

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91.2%

Overall Rating

1337 out of 1481 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'HI - New York City NYC Hostel'

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Jonathan Wilkinson

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

29 October 2011 Jonathan would recommend this property

Liked: Huge kitchen, even though the place is huge we never had to wait to use it, some goes for the showers. Big lockers in everyroom. Offer lots of tours of the area/city and activities.

Disliked: Typical HI hostel in that it is so big it can feel abit souless.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 20% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

27 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice courtyard area, very clean, good facilities and location

Disliked: Staff were rude and very unhelpful. There were A LOT of families and older people, and large groups of schoolchildren which were a bit annoying.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Mohamed Abdelsamad

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

25 October 2011 Mohamed would recommend this property

Liked: The Hostel is really neat and clean and offer alot of facilities

Disliked: but I wish more flexibility in securing your luggage after the checking out I had to store them in the locker by $5 while they have a room for that.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

25 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: this is probably the best hostel I've stayed at in NYC, and I've stayed in a lot of them. As opposed to many other hostels, it is clean, the rooms are spacious, the area is safe, the staff helpful... it's just great.

Disliked: can't think of anything

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Partying / nightlife
Shopping

25 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Tidyness. Friendly. Good free activities. Free clubbing incl free alcohol? Wow!

Disliked: Kind of too big. Slooow elevator. Use the stairs instead.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

David Mills

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Business / conference
Partying / nightlife

24 October 2011 David would recommend this property

Liked: Very big and clean. Staff helpful.

Disliked: A little sterile and not all that condusive to meeting other travellers. That doesn't really matter in New York though as you spend minimal time at the hostel as there is so much to do.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

23 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The organised tours they operated from the Hostel were amazing and perfect for the solo traveller, such as myself

Disliked: The disrespect of some of the other people staying there however this has nothing to do with the actual Hostel itself just the people that were staying there

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

19 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location was great, being close to a main subway line, central park, the guggenheim, etc. Staff were really friendly and helpful, as well.

Disliked: My keycard didn't work for my room for the duration of my stay, and the front desk didn't seem to know what to do about it. It was a little frustrating to have to wake people up just from knocking to get into my room each night. I felt bad about it.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
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Hassan Bayouni

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture

16 October 2011 Hassan would recommend this property

Liked: everything about the hostel was just fantastic , I had a great time and will definitvely go back again early next year

Disliked: The room was a bit hot at night and had to leave the window open which brings in traffic noise.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Daniel allen

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

13 October 2011 Daniel would recommend this property

Liked: Big, always something different and exciting happening, free drinks.

Disliked: Nothing

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 40%

Thomas Halpin

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

09 October 2011 Thomas would recommend this property

Liked: Cleanliness, location was good. Some staff were very friendly and helpful.

Disliked: Some of the staff were unhelpful and rude. I also had to change rooms each night.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Victoria Millar

Alone

Events / festivals
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

08 October 2011 Victoria would recommend this property

Liked: This place is so well organised. All the tours available are really helpful in getting to know New York. Everything is clean, bedding and towels are readily available, lockers in rooms are big enough for both laptop case and handbag as well as having hooks for hanging. The bunks were stable enough so that bunkmates' movements didn't wake me, there are individual lights above each bed, and the onsite cafe, vending machines and lounge/library/outdoor areas give plenty of space for chilling.

Disliked: Can't think of anything! Great stay, thank you! (Except maybe that one or two of the cafe staff never cracked a smile and seemed like they were having a bad day every morning - they're probably not even Hostelling International employees but it was a bit of a dampener!)

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

08 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Events organised by the hostel (pub crawls, bbqs, comedy nights) are really good and good for meeting people. Good location (upper west side), close to central park and subway. Really good hostel.

Disliked: Nothing

82.9%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

07 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: People from all over the world Good entertainment and things you can do, organised by the hostel honest people and nice atmosphere in the kitchen brilliant idea to offer flipflops so cheap Thank you!

Disliked: staff could be more informed about things that happened before they started their work this day (not informed about the internet which wasn't working all day long or about the fire alarm that went on three times the night) lockers are really expesive down in the celar

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

JOSE LUIS JORGE

Alone

City break
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

07 October 2011 JOSE LUIS would recommend this property

Liked: Near to subway, good facilities, safe, and good installations.

Disliked: The staff should be more friendly !

71.4%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

06 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Close to subway and very clean. Rooms felt spacious even with 12 in them. Gospel tour was amazing but overpriced, do it yourself if you can.

Disliked: Not enough showers! Had to queue every time I wanted one. Hostel was massive and didn't feel very friendly. Fire alarms in the middle of the night!

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Marius Moldovan

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

04 October 2011 Marius would recommend this property

Liked: Awesome hostel, definitely the best place to stay in new york at a decent price.

Disliked: I don't have any complains

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Robert Ion Cozma

Alone

City break
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

04 October 2011 Robert Ion would recommend this property

Liked: Location, cleanliness, wifi everywhere.

Disliked: No breakfast.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Lisa Güse

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

03 October 2011 Lisa would recommend this property

Liked: I like that it is close to the Subway and the breakfast was very well and cheap !!!

Disliked: The bathrooms are ok but the showers for girls were dirty, hairs everywhere !!!

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

02 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: located in manhattan very close to central park

Disliked: nothing

57.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

28 September 2011

Liked: Subway is close by

Disliked: Rooms are not ventilated enough, windows can only open 10 cm

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

27 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: People

Disliked: Some staff were less than helpful.

57.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

26 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Huge kitchen, nice living room, nice patio. Very close to the subway.

Disliked: It is too expensive for the services provided (you have to pay for everything beside the room, like if you want to leave your bag for the day...), the bathrooms were too small and a bit dirty, but most of all the building is REALLY noisy. And so was the room. We slept really bad, cery few hours, cause of the noise of the street/ other people/ air conditioning. I'd say, it's pretty clean for NY, and I might go back... but I hope I can find another plavce to stay.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Erika Gustafson

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

26 September 2011 Erika would recommend this property

Liked: I liked that there were activities organized by the staff. So, I always had something to do.

Disliked: I was not a fan of the room situation. I think there should have been a preference about bunk choice (top or bottom). Also, the rooms kind of smelled.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

25 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice patio, close to subway

Disliked: Tiny room for 6 people