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WHAT WE LOVE...

This huge, historic youth hostel is America's largest, and is a designated New York landmark. The Hostelling International hostel was originally built for the Association Residence for Respectable Aged and Indigent Females in 1881. It is located in the Bloomingdale neighbourhood of the Upper West Side, which stretches from 96th to 110th Street. The building feels spacious throughout due to the big rooms, high ceilings and bright, simple décor. The facilities are pretty extensive and include a café, several seating and lounge areas, a large, well-equipped kitchen and lockers. There are several dormitory sizes as well as spacious private rooms sleeping up to four, some en-suite. Regular live events, pub crawls, guided walks and welcoming parties are an added bonus.

THE DETAILS

Location

A large list of restaurants, bars, pubs, delis, cafés and stores is provided by the hostel; you are very much spoilt for choice in the local area.

You're within walking distance of Central Park and close to several subway stations.
By plane: flights from London, Manchester or Edinburgh to New York take 7 hours. It's a one-hour drive from JFK airport. Paid parking available nearby. skyscanner.net

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Style & Character

Most guests are in their 20s (some are younger) but you'll find older guests too - some even well past retirement age. There's a friendly atmosphere throughout, no doubt helped by the spacious, clean and bright surroundings.

Service & Facilities

An impressive number of events (many of which are free) are organised each week, including welcome parties for new guests, pub crawls, live music and comedy nights, and tours of Harlem and Central Park.

  • Café
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Games room
  • Events
  • Family-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

Room 313 is large and spacious, albeit plain. It's a private room sleeping up to four, with a double bed and bunk beds, a TV, desk, mini-fridge, iron and board, hairdryer, easy chair and chest of drawers. It has a white-tiled ensuite bathroom, with a shower over the bath. Rooms are functional and clean, some surprisingly spacious.

Standard Dorm, Premium Dorm, Private Quad, Private/Family Room
Facilities include: shared bathroom, towels and bed linens, storage space, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi (based on a dorm)

Food & Drink

The café food is of good quality and good value - in particular, we loved the cinnamon buns.

Café: serving a range of pastries, sandwiches, salads and soft drinks.

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