18 март 2018
A good attempt at a hostel, though lives up to the bad reputation hostels traditionally have in NYC
The beds were old and depressed. The crowd seemed extremely shady, and the entire property smelled of carpet freshener which gets a little bit troublesome due to the quantity of freshener they use. They have one elevator servicing eight floors, and it makes a horrid buzzing sound with every floor it passes. The luggage storage is basically just leaving your luggage in the lounge with a tag on it, however no one seems to be monitoring the luggage going in or out and considering they have only one person working there at a time (besides the one man laundry operation in the basement and the one-man housekeeping team), it makes the tagging system redundant since anyone can walk in and out with anything they like. Thankfully, owing to many locks on my bags, nothing of mine was stolen so that's definitely a plus point.
The "lockers" in the room aren't really lockers like you find at most hostels which can accommodate small carry-ons and backpacks. The lockers are small boxes with just about enough room for a small tablet and a phone, and that's about it. Additionally, there are only 4 lockers in every room whereas there are 6 beds (sometimes 7 or 8, as they add roll-away beds to accommodate more guests than advertised whilst booking your room online), making it a race to who gets the lockers first.
Coming to the location. Truth be told, its located in a not-so-great part of town. But then again, so are the other two hotels/hostels that show up as the cheapest option on Booking.com. You have to be careful at night, there are tons of shady people everywhere, often acting like nuisances for people passing by.
Its cheap, which is basically just about the only reason everyone who stays there does so. That being said, it comes with its own share of hobos and welfare bums who rent out beds for the night. Doesn't resemble a typical hostel, with more of an older (and somewhat creepier) crowd compared to a lot of other hostels in the city. Its close to two of the best places to eat in the city: Pizza at Lombardis, and Katz Deli, both of which are within walking distance of the place. Its also very close to China Town, and has decent public transportation on different subway lines within 15 minute walking distances. They have great WiFi, and it works on every floor with excellent signals. They provide a very good hair dryer, iron, and a safety deposit box (one box between 6 occupants, meaning first comers get to keep the box for the duration of their stay), as well as shampoo and body wash in addition to FRESH TOWELS EVERYDAY in every room.
There's also a 24/7 deli a two minute walk from the property, and a Starbucks at a five minute walk.