Accommodations are expensive in the city, and there aren’t a lot of hostels. Hotels outside of Manhattan are cheaper, but for most people it’s worth paying for the convenience of staying near all the action.
Getting inspiration from Japan, the hotel features 100-
square-foot “pods”. These incredibly tiny rooms have sinks, drawers under the bed, and bunks with individual flat-screen TVs. The bathrooms are communal.
This historical hotel was where survivors of the Titanic were put up when they came to NYC. Now it’s probably the best budget hotel in the city with single rooms, comfy beds, and a shared bathroom. There’s a good cafe downstairs and a popular nightclub.
Located near Times Square, the central location makes it quite desirable for travelers, but the hostel is more like a cheap hotel than anything else. They also offer a free breakfast buffet. Beds from $65.
This is one of the largest hostels in the city (and most centrally located!). They have an outdoor courtyard, a dining area, and two kitchens. The free pizza party on Wednesdays is a big plus. Beds from $65.
What makes this hostel great is the sitting area in the backyard. It’s a nice amenity and a good place to meet other travelers. Beyond that, the rooms are nothing to write home about. They also have computers and a printer. Beds from $55.
There are six locations in the city, but the only one worth
talking about is the one in Harlem. That’s the biggest and cheapest location with close proximity to the train, a large common area, a courtyard, computers, and big comfy dorms.