The Best Hostels in New York City

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During a party on New Year’s Day, a friend asked if I had any recommendations on hostels in New York City, given I had spent some time there during a backpacking trip down the East Coast several years back. While I had an enjoyable time at the Hostelling International, I couldn’t really comment on the other hostels in the area.

I checked out the New York hostels listed on, a search engine I had used extensively for researching my upcoming trip to Rome. I was amazed to see so many great hostels listed (and very happy to see that the HI I stayed in was ranked #2).

Here are the results for highest-rated NYC hostels, according to reviewers, with average prices per night:

1.) Urban Oasis, 5 W 31st St., $50

FROM THE REVIEWS: Located in the center of Manhattan. Private rooms with shared bathrooms. Bright and clean. Nice lounge area and friendly staff.

2.) Hostelling International, 891 Amsterdam Ave., $38

FROM THE REVIEWS (AND ME): Competent staff and nice lounge area. Cafe located in lobby. Two blocks from the Subway and right next to Central Park. Rooms accommodate 6-12 people; exciting (for better or worse). Good facilities.

3.) American Dream Hostel, 168 East 24th St., $62.50

FROM THE REVIEWS: Clean and cozy rooms. Sink and TV in each room are a great convenience. Delicious breakfast. Near the Subway and a short walk from Union Square. Great service. Private rooms available for $82.50.

4.) The New York Loft Hostel, 249 Varet St. (Brooklyn), $28

FROM THE REVIEWS: Nicely renovated loft building. Voted #5 hostel in the US in 2010. Close to the Subway in hipster Brooklyn. Private rooms available starting from $40 with shared or private restrooms.

5.) Broadway Hotel n Hostel, 230 West 101 St., $44

FROM THE REVIEWS: Clean rooms and bathrooms. Two blocks away from the Subway and close to Central Park. Private rooms except for dorms available for two female travelers. Private bathrooms available too.

Disclaimer, yo: This is a post sponsored by the fine folks at, who only asked that I check out their service again. All opinions, however irrelevant, are my own, and thus apologies for errors come straight from me.