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Reviews of HI - New York City NYC Hostel

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

90.9% Overall Rating

1338 out of 1482 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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90.9%

Overall Rating

1338 out of 1482 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'HI - New York City NYC Hostel'

Atmosphere
92.8%
Location
87.2%
Facilities
93.6%
Cleanliness
88.8%
Staff
92.0%
Value
86.4%
Safety
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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

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Romantic getaway
Sightseeing & culture

24 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location; brilliant- 1 block from main subway lines to downtown manhattan, times sq etc. Clean; bathrooms were hotel standard, always hot water and no flip flops had to be worn in the showers for a change! Events; numerous daily and nightly activities going on, very easy to meet new people and enjoy the sites together and the beer! Atmosphere; generally a very very good hostel, I travelled down the east coast to 5 other major cities, but this hostel was by far the best in every area!! Recommended for singles, groups, old, young!

Disliked: nothing! could say that no breakfast was included, but for a hostel this size, would be near impossible!

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Marny Clulow

Alone

City break

24 September 2011 Marny would recommend this property

Liked: This is a great hostel! I knew before I stayed from reading other reviews that the location wasn't great (which is true) it's fairly far from NY's hubbub. However, travelling around on the subway is part of NY's charm, so it didn't really bother me. The hostel is clean, friendly and the shower/toilet facilities are great. highly recommended.

Disliked: The room was very very very hot when full of sleeping bodies!

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

24 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: close to the metro service

Disliked: slow elevator.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

23 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the kitchen is amazing, really close to the subway and central park

Disliked: not enough information

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

20 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: manhattan - clean - safe - cheap !

Disliked: N/A

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

18 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Easy access from subway in a good location in the city. Staff very helpful in answering my questions.

Disliked: Internet coverage was a bit patchy after 8pm.

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

Customer review

Alone

Romantic getaway
Sightseeing & culture

18 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Lots of events planned each night, good location, easy to meet other travellers. Good sized rooms, plenty of bathrooms! Friendly staff.

Disliked: AC very noisey at night. Not enought staff at reception, always a que! No booze rule, Computers not free!

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

Customer review

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

16 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, close to subway, lots of events going on in the hostel, friendly staff, clean beds and bathrooms, nice outside area, wifi

Disliked: No powerpoints in the rooms! For 10 beds only 2 sockets. Elevator kept braking down

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

14 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly & clean

Disliked: A bit of a walk from downtown NY

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

Janine Chartrand

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

13 September 2011 Janine would recommend this property

Liked: Close to the subway and Central Park; the location was great! It was also a clean and clearly well run hostel. My trip to New York was short, so I didn't take advantage of all the extras that this hostel put on (BBQ, tours, pub crawls) but I think others definitely did. I'd absolutely stay again

Disliked: 2nd night had to deal with excessive air con.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals
Shopping

12 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very clean and quiet in dorm areas.

Disliked: I don't have any dislikes about this property.

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

MELIZA MATOS KOO

Alone

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

12 September 2011 MELIZA would recommend this property

Liked: staff was friendly and give great advice, very big and had every service

Disliked: the rooms were smelly

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

Rhys Turrell

With friends / other travellers

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

09 September 2011 Rhys would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel puts on loads of great free activities which are easy to get involved in and are a great way of meeting fellow travellers. It is clean and spacious and has modern restroom facilities too. Staff are all very friendly and made sure my party all had a great time.

Disliked: It did seem quite expensive, although you are getting a good hostel for your money. Take advantage of the free Wi-Fi! Location isn't as bad as first thought either, there are some really cool 'locals' bars around the area, or a major subway line is about 2mins away.

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

Michael Addison

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

05 September 2011 Michael would recommend this property

Liked: Safe/nice neighborhood, clean interior, friendly staff, nice back patio. Got some much needed sleep too.

Disliked: Nada

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

Hugo Gallagher

Alone

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

30 August 2011 Hugo would recommend this property

Liked: Big historical building.

Disliked: Check in ridiculously slow. 40mins in 3 people queue.Tech probs.... Very slow elevator..

68.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Angela Bennett

Alone

Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture

18 August 2011 Angela would recommend this property

Liked: Location.

Disliked: Breakfast was not included, and the person who was supposed to be sleeping in the bunk above me went to sleep in my (lower) bunk. Not very happy when I came in just after midnight.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Rhiannon Monckton

Alone

City break

14 August 2011 Rhiannon would recommend this property

Liked: The bathroom facilities were excellent. I also enjoyed a free comedy show one night.

Disliked: This is really quite a big hostel and felt a bit impersonal compared to a lot of others - the staff didn't help this as they didn't make much of an effort to be friendly. Though evening activities were advertised, I often couldn't find them or they were not well-attended.

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

Stoney Brooks

Alone

City break

14 August 2011 Stoney would recommend this property

Liked: Easy to get to, nice features

Disliked: Loud, no control over volume in halls,

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

12 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: probably one of the best hostels I've stayed at, and I've stayed at a lot. It was really clean and nice and they have awesome activities and tours that they run every day.

Disliked: It would be good if they did a free breakfast. Also, it was a little far from all the main sights but its only a short metro ride.

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

10 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great place, clean, new, near to the subway.

Disliked: Too many people in the same room, it's noisy.

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

Jennifer Francis

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

10 August 2011 Jennifer would recommend this property

Liked: Lovely staff. Lovely building - really funky and a proper travellers place :) id normally preferthe smalletr,mor intimate hostel - but for a big place it doenst lose the ethos that hostelling is all about. Ive stayed hand full of times and im sure ill lbe back again soon. Roy in the cafe is awesome and so is Patrick on reception - very helpful and always friendly- makes your stay so much easier when its like that...keep it up guys. Also bathrooms are amazing - like luxury!!!

Disliked: The fact you cant smoke in the patio at the back any more...boo :((( :P

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

Federico Jose Nerviani

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

08 August 2011 Federico Jose would recommend this property

Liked: It's nice, clean, organized, it's not far from turistic places but not near either. It's close to a subway station so that brings all much more closer!! Bathrooms are always clean and with hot water to take a shower whenever you want. In-room air conditioning (adjustable from the room, wich came handy cause I'm not used to the american's subzero temperatures) and lockers (1 medium-size locker per bed). Wi-fi signal all around.

Disliked: Too expensive for a 12-bed hostel room. But, after knowing other Hotels and hostels quality-price relationship, it may not be THAT expensive..

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

06 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice common spaces, many opportunities of aggregation offered by the staff events and the shared areas, simple but clean rooms with big safe-deposit boxes

Disliked: one slow lift for 4 floors and many people, too strong air conditioning in the common room, poor breakfast

68.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

06 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Most things

Disliked: Pity that some of the cookers in the kitchen were bropken;p it made life difficult particularly when large groups are staying there. This problem was hightened by the fact that the kitchen was being painted