im wondering if anyone can give me an insight into some cheap places to stay in any of these places.
2 26 year old girls, neither have stayed in hostels before,but are open to it. would prefer to have our own room. central and safe location.
any help would be great.
thanks in advance
Cheap and Own Room in those cities do not go. They are all very expensive cities. Staying in hostels and yet staying in your own room is pretty much pointless, it would be so boring and a lot more expensive.
I can tell you that in LA a very good hostel to stay at in an excellent location is USA Hostels Hollywood. If you prebook on their website www.usahostel.com you get a small discount to if you just turn up or if you book through other hostel booking websites. At that hostel they also have free or cheap tours that run almost every day. Dorm rooms are reasonably priced and are pretty spaced out so you aren't overly cramped for space like in some dorm rooms you'll find.
In Miami, I stayed at Jazz on South Beach hostel. That was alright and cheap by Miami standards, but I would imagine better hostels would exist in Miami.
New York, well I stayed at Wanderers Inn West hostel and that was alright except that the receptionist was a thief and didn't check me in the correct way and then when I went to leave I was accused by the other receptionist of staying without paying, losing keys which I didn't get given and lying to the arsehole and he threatened to call the police on me and locked the door so I couldn't leave until I satisfied the moron that I was telling the truth. It also didn't have luggage storage so if you have a late flight out, you'll be lugging your luggage around everywhere with you all day long. So I would definitely avoid that place and I think the same people own another hostel with a similar name, so I'd suggest avoiding that as well. On a trip in 2004 to New York I stayed at Malibu Hostel which was on Broadway. That hostel was more like the hostel it sounds like you are after as it had 4 bed dorms so wasn't a very sociable hostel and I was the only one in the room most the nights I was there. As a bonus they also had considerably nicer staff and luggage storage.
You could check sites like www.hostelworld.com out and look at the hostels and read the reviews that people have made on the hostels.
Have a great trip.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 23, 2007, at 4:38 AM by aharrold45 ]
Especially in California there are many youth hostels. Find www.hihostels.com
It's an international organisation; esp in Europe are many hostels. In the States not many but the west coast is rather 'crowded'.
Be a member of your own organisation and you can overnight for about $ 20 p.n.
I'm also looking for a kind of cheap accomodation on a cycling trip in April in Arizona and New Mexico. Is not so easy there.
Anyway: good luck!
It mostly depends on the time of the year. In NYC During the summer time prices double in hotels, the cheapest that i could find for a friend was almost $200. Hostels are not as expensive but is not a very attractive stay. Hostels are usually $65 per person. If lucky enough and if you book in advance you could get a room for around $150. The best choice is to come during a period with less demand for rooms.