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Hostel | 38 West 88th Street, New York City, New York, USA 10024

74.5% Overall Rating

205 out of 282 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (21/03/2014)

"Very affordable in an excellent NYC location! Friendly staff, a well-equipped kitchen and a cozy common room."

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Lounge area
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers

Purchasable Extras

  • Towel USD 1.00

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

Important Information

PLEASE NOTE:It is very important that you make a note of your arrival time upon booking or email the hostel with these details after booking. Not doing so could result in a cancellation.

Please note that we can only accommodate young people and students between the ages of 18 and 35.

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74.5%

Overall Rating

205 out of 282 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'International Student Center'

Atmosphere
69.6%
Location
91.2%
Facilities
54.4%
Cleanliness
75.2%
Staff
72.8%
Value
80.0%
Safety
78.4%
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82.9%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

YANFEI DU

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

29 March 2014 YANFEI would recommend this property

Liked: the lounge, the kitchen is really nice

Disliked: no wifi service

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

Customer review

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture

21 March 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very affordable in an excellent NYC location! Friendly staff, a well-equipped kitchen and a cozy common room.

Disliked: Having to leave your suitcase at the reception is quite uncomfortable, especially as the rooms would be spacious enough to accommodate them. As I had to leave before 8 a.m., I had to give my key back the night before in order to get the deposit back, thus not being able to leave the hostel after 11 p.m.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 20% Safety - 40%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Thomas Bourdaud

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

22 February 2014 Thomas would recommend this property

Liked: The location and the house.

Disliked: No wifi. Just one bathroom for 12 person. No other possibilities. Heating was too high.

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

Customer review

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture

21 December 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I liked being on a girls only floor, it made me feel very comfortae and secure. I loved the location of the property. I loved the price of a nights stay at this hostel. Very reasonable price and a good stay for the price.

Disliked: The temperature was very variable inside, it was either really hot or very cold, there was no happy medium. The hostel didn't offer a lot of group activities, only pizza on Tuesdays and jazz on Thursdays, which was interestingb given that they seem to pride themselves on not having wifi and "fostering a social atmosphere".

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Oscar Meza

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture

12 December 2013 Oscar would recommend this property

Liked: The other hostel travelers. They are from all over the globe and ave many stories to tell. The subway station is around the corner if you want to go uptown or downtown to scentic views.

Disliked: It didn't have wifi, it's all it's missing

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

02 December 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: location and ability to meet people

Disliked: there is only one bathroom in a room of 10 people

68.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Raphael Teufel

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

02 December 2013 Raphael would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel is conveniently located in the Upper Westside and easily reachable by car/taxi/subway. The neighborhood is really great! The hostel itself is basic but you have all you can ask for.

Disliked: Everything (towels, internet, leaving your luggage after checkout) costs extra. Still the prices are very reasonable.

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

14 November 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Near to the subway. Excellent location.

Disliked: Boring atmosphere.

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

13 November 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: good location

Disliked: -Is not possible to have big luggage in your room - there is not Wifi

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

Rocio Rejon Diaz

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

25 October 2013 Rocio would recommend this property

Liked: The restrooms were always clean and it's located one station from the natural history museum and 5 from time square

Disliked: The check out is at 11:00 and I had to wait til 12 for the shuttle and the guy that was in charge at that moment did not let me stay in the waiting room even it was empty and no more guest we're waiting and it was really cold outside.

37.1%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 40% Safety - 20%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

24 October 2013

Liked: Not a lot

Disliked: Given a key that didn't work for the front door meaning yah with no staff on duty we had to wait outside at 2am until someone else came back so we could go in with them. When telling staff what had happened there was little apology. Later when we went back to collect our bags we were accused of having kept a key. No one checking in the baggage area that the bag you pick up / take things out of actually is yours, doesn't feel secure at all.

68.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Edgar René Castellanos Molina

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

24 October 2013 Edgar René would recommend this property

Liked: location, and price

Disliked: no wifi, and desk front schedule

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

11 October 2013

Liked: Staff is really helpful Washroom is clean

Disliked: only two washrooms they are not enough especially in the morning Besides the door of room can't be locked

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

flavie amiot

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

05 June 2013 flavie would recommend this property

Liked: The location in Manhattan and the price! Very friendly staff. You can come back at anytime thanks to key you got at check-in ($10 deposit).

Disliked: Wifi would be a plus, but I knew before going that there is not, and do not change the fact that I'd stay there again.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

28 May 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Near the underground station at 86th st and a lovely neighbourhood + own key.

Disliked: Not being able to access your own luggage after 11pm, if u forget your towel for example you have to wait until the office opens at 8am (no large bags allowed upstairs). Also, there were only two bathrooms to be shared between the girls only dorms - so over 15 people, meaning the line in the mornings was ridiculous. Expensive internet (10min for $1) and not being able to lock your room

68.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

24 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location.

Disliked: Storage after check-out has a fee.

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

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

04 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: That it was small and nice and the common room in the cellar was very nice furnished.

Disliked: No Wi-Fi, but their reason for not having Wi-Fi is pretty good. Nevertheless, it is a little bit inconvenient.

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

Janette Fanio

Alone

City break
Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

19 February 2013 Janette would recommend this property

Liked: I love the location and felt safe. The neighborhood is amazing and soo close to the subway.

Disliked: Nothing.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

04 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff is so friendly! It was awesome, you could always ask them and they were always in a good mood! We also loved that there was a kitchen and a huge chill out room with even a TV. And that you can't bring Big luggage into the rooms is not a big deal, they give you bags to bring the important stuff upstairs and take care of your luggage. I really liked that.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Laura Adams

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

02 January 2013 Laura would recommend this property

Liked: Tuesday is Pizza and Games night, which was fun and enjoyable and a good way to meet other travellers.

Disliked: Luggage had to be stored in office which was a bit inconvenient but there was always a member of staff there, so it was secure and you did get used to it.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

04 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: friendly staff, familiar

Disliked: no free internet connection

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

Quentin ROLLAND

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

25 November 2012 Quentin would recommend this property

Liked: Really good location.

Disliked: Not enough bathrooms. No wifi.

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

Susann Strømsvåg

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

15 August 2012 Susann would recommend this property

Liked: Love the location!

Disliked: Susann left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

07 August 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: nice

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

25 June 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great location? Staff made somew good suggestions of things to do.

Disliked: It was 37 degrees when I stayed, and no air con, but the fans provided were not enough to cool the whole room. Could have had a few snore activities arranged so easier to meet other travelers when on your own.