Top 10 New York City Hostels: Stay and Save

hostels in New York City

New York, New York – sure, it's a dream location to come and see, but who can afford it these days? Fear not! If you're itching to see the bright lights of the big city but haven't got a lot of dough to fund your trip, there are dozens of hostels with comfortable affordable accommodations just waiting for you to arrive. Which are coziest? Which are safe? Which are in the best neighborhoods? For these answers and more, check out our picks for the top ten hostels in New York City.

Hostelling International - 891 Amsterdam Avenue

A favorite New York hostel among the creative set, Hostelling International is a home away from home for repeat New York City visitors with a friendly and Internet savvy staff to-boot. Their male/female rooms house from 4 to 12 people with linens, towels and blankets on the house. For those new to the Big Apple, HI organizes personal tours and is always at the front desk waiting to answer all of your questions.

Jazz Hostels – 36 West 106th Street

Popular for their clean and safe facilities (rooms are accessed with a key card), you can expect to find a coffee bar and cozy common area, basement lounge and newly renovated rooms at Jazz Hostel. Also on site are 24-hour Internet booths, an ATM, luggage storage and washing machines. Free of charge you can find continental breakfast, housekeeping and common-area wifi. And if you can't afford your stay in New York, consider Jazz's work exchange program. 32 hours of work will get you free accommodations at this New York hostel.

Chelsea Hostel - 251 West 20th Street

You'll find the basics here at Chelsea Hostel but the neighborhood is hard to beat. Right on 20th St. and 7th Ave, visitors who stay at this NYC hostel are right around the corner from Madison Square Park, numerous boutiques and restaurants and plenty of subway and bus transportation. Shared bathrooms and wifi, a small kitchen, security lockers and (free!) continental breakfast make it a great choice for the reluctant hosteler, particularly with rates starting at just $38 a night – less than you'll spend on a Metrocard.

Central Park Hostel - 19 West 103rd Street

Located right in Midtown, this cozy 5-story building features coed rooms, security lockers and a comfy common lounge area. If shared restrooms don't do it for you, this colorful brownstone also offers deluxe accommodations in the form of sweet studio apartments with kitchenettes, classic hardwood floors and even color TV. Plus, those chic deluxe rooms start at just $109 at this New York City hostel.

Broadway Hotel & Hostel - 230 West 101st Street

If you can navigate your way uptown, you can enjoy super luxe hostel accommodations at this hybrid boutique. The colorful dorm-style rooms are newly renovated with ceiling fans, complimentary linens and daily housekeeping service. If you're shelling out for a private room you can except the same amenities plus flat screen TV, iPod docking stations and private bathrooms. Though it's a little far uptown, you're just a stone's throw from Central Park and the Museum of Natural History.

New York Loft Hostel - 249 Varet Street, Brooklyn

This cute NYC hostel pumps up the charm. Located in a 1913 loft building in Brooklyn's Williamsburg, amenities include a kitchen, garden, terrace with hot tub, gym and bar. Hardwood floors and brick walls and large murals make it a great choice for artists and students looking for an authentic New York City hostel experience.

Harlem YMCA - 180 West 135th Street

Popular with students who have been misplaced from their school dorms for the summer, this YMCA features dorm-style rooms just minutes from the Apollo Theatre, Sylvia's Famous Soul Food and many other Harlem landmarks. With a swimming pool, group fitness and scheduled activities constantly in rotation, this hostel is a vacation in itself.

Chelsea Star Hotel - 300 West 30th Street

Sure, you can stay at a dormitory room at this West 30th Street hotel. Or, you could take advantage of one of the shared specialty rooms, which feature themes like Dali, Betty Boop and Saturday Night Fever. For even more privacy (and fun) the hotel also has double rooms decorated to invoke the Buddha, Pop Art, Coney Island, and even Shakespeare. For long stays, dorm rooms are 'stay 6 nights, get the 7th night free.'

NYC Hostels - 316 West 95th Street and 850 West End Ave.

With 2 hostels to choose from, you've got your pick of neighborhoods. Candy Hostel is the uptown pick on West 95th St.; West End Studios are right near the park by Riverside Ave. Regardless of which location you pick, you'll be greeted by a multi-lingual front desk staff, 24-hour security and housekeeping, free linens and bathroom amenities and a very comfortable lounge with wifi and television.

Victorian Inn Bed and Breakfast - 92 Taylor Street, Staten Island

That's right, this super comfortable sleeping option is an actual bed and breakfast at hostel rates, which means deluxe blankets and linens, lots of privacy, and only $85 a night. Built in 1846 in Staten Island, this Victorian home formerly entertained New York notables like gangster Bugsy Siegal before entertaining guests with full breakfast and fully furnished rooms with chandeliers, fireplaces and antique furniture. Only 15 minutes from the free ferry to Wall Street, you won't find a better value.

Photo by rutlo via Flickr.

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