How exciting! Just as I was about to investigate hotels and hostels in new York, Laura from HostelBookers.com contacted me and we discussed a guest post on my blog. As you probably know by now, I was really worried about finding accommodation in New York after plans to stay with friends fell through. Well, thanks to this excellent article, the only problem I have now is which of these fantastic hostels to book with!
Enjoy the post – Emm
L Hostel in New York
Planning a city break on the cheap this summer? Well New York is a great budget destination, with bargain shopping, great museums and plenty of cheap eats, from the humble hot dog stand to huge sandwiches served at a local deli.
But the Big Apple is also famous for its overpriced and under-sized hotel rooms. My top tip for affordable accommodation in the city is to stay in a hostel. Even if you aren’t a backpacker, the humble hostel has had a revamp of late, as more and more travellers are cutting back, but still want stylish and affordable accommodation.
Hot on the heels of cool cities like Lisbon, Barcelona and LA, New York’s best hostels will banish any memories of cramped and dingy dorms, and endless queues for the bathroom.
Many New York hostels are housed in old apartment buildings or the traditional brownstone townhouses, so you are guaranteed larger rooms and surroundings with more character than your average faceless hotel chain. Of course not every New York hostel is a chic loft apartment, so here’s my guide to some of the best:
Although a ride in a yellow cab is a must when you visit New York City, no one wants to spend half their budget trekking across the city. The Times Square New Hostel is great value for its central location – just two blocks away from the hub of Times Square. The building is newly renovated with a homely atmosphere – the rooms are cool and modern and there’s a huge common room area with comfy sofas. This hostel has all the facilities of a hotel, with wireless internet, free coffee and tea, and flat-screen TVs with cable.
The terrace at L Hostel in New York
The ‘L’ in L Hostel stands for luxury – not a word you’d usually associate with budget accommodation! The hostel boasts that it offers ‘the most space per bed’ of any hostel. Housed in a beautiful old apartment building, the hostel is brand new, with a rooftop terrace and garden, private marble bathrooms and even penthouse suites with their own roof deck! Ideal for families with special ‘Family Suites’, there’s also a café and grocery, kitchen and barbeque for cutting down on food costs. This hostel blows all the other competition out the water – and rooms start at around $28 a night!
You can live like a real New Yorker at the New York Loft Hostel, with trendy loft apartments just 10 minutes from Union Square. The rooms are as cool as you’d expect – all exposed brickwork, stainless steel bunk beds and modern furniture, but there are loads of extra facilities at the hostel – an outdoor Jacuzzi, common room, free internet, flat screen TVs, and best of all, a hearty free breakfast to fuel you up for a day of sightseeing.
Travel Writer Lauren Smith works for HostelBookers, a Budget Accommodation site. She has been all over the USA, from New York to Nevada, and plans to road trip across America next year.