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1. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 9y

so im looking @ staying @ The Big Apple Hostel in NYC for 5 nights in January 2008 - it says that i give them my credit card details for the reservation .... then goes on to say in small print - i quote

'' We will not charge your credit card before you arrive. However, we might authorize your card on your arrival date and if it is declining for any reason, your reservation will be canceled. If you do not show up and did not cancel your reservation at least 2 days prior to your arrival date, we will charge the amount for 1 night to your credit card account.''

my quiry is - if i use this card to reserve my bed - can when i turn up ask them not to charge it to my credit card but allow me to pay cash??

if anyone has an email address that would be ideal

thanks

Makka

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Quoting makka

my quiry is - if i use this card to reserve my bed - can when i turn up ask them not to charge it to my credit card but allow me to pay cash??

99% certain: yes. It's pretty much standard operating procedure for hostels to only ask for the creditcard to ensure that if you don't show they can get paid, but when you do show, you can pay in any way you like.

There's an email address listed at the footer of their website if you want to be that last 1% certain: mail at bigapplehostel dot com

3. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 8y

many thanks Sander ... i thought this may had been the case but just needed that reassurance!

;)

4. Posted by Martinka (Budding Member 13 posts) 8y

Hi,

When I stayed there in 2004, I did just like that. My sister did the reservation with her credit card, and I paid cash.

5. Posted by kezin (Budding Member 104 posts) 8y

- I just stayed at that place 2 weeks ago for, for 3 nights. Exactly as recent posts have stated. Nothing to fear. Don't forget to bring a small lock with you, especially if you are in a dorm. Your bed will include a locker, but no lock- to buy one downstairs will set you back about 10 bucks. Unfortunately, theft does sometimes occur at hostels. It happened to me recently in Paris. Kevin :(

6. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 8y

yeah its a shame but i quite believe theft does occur in these shared dorms ... i certainly plan to rent a safety box and security locks .... you can never be to carefull ....

i did email and yeah all is fine!

random question: im flying into JFK airport ... how much approxx do you think a cab fair should be .... only ive heard some horror stories of cab drivers taking the piss with fares for text book rookie arrivals

7. Posted by Martinka (Budding Member 13 posts) 8y

The best way (for me) is to get a shuttle bus. At JFK there is a stand, you can ask for the shuttle, they arrange it, and in about 20 minutes it picks you (and other people) up. It takes roughly 45 minutes and 20-25 $, and leaves you in front of the door of the hostel.
Regular taxi will be much more expensive, and with bus and metro to complicated/long, especially if you have lots of luggage.

8. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

Quoting makka

yeah its a shame but i quite believe theft does occur in these shared dorms ... i certainly plan to rent a safety box and security locks .... you can never be to carefull ....

You can be robbed, mugged or anything at home just as much as in a hostel. 99.99% of people will be honest and law abiding room mates but you may be unlucky and have that odd person that isn't. I've stayed in shared dorms (normally with more than 10 strangers in the room but as many as 40) in 48 countries and many in the USA and am yet to experience any theft of my belongings in a hostel and rarely have I ever used a locker (but have always had a small padlock that goes through a hole where the two zips join up). If you have a huge lock or one of those metal nets that cover the whole backpack, that will make your bag stand out from the others. It will make a thief think well if they are so paranoid to be using a lock that big they must be hiding something of big value in there so it will be financially rewarding to rob that bag. If you are sensible you would get a small lock that is enough to keep you backpack secure from thiefs but not enough to make your belongings stand out as a sign saying "I have got some valuable belongings in my backpack please come and rob me!". People who have those large locks or metal net things that go over the backpack are just asking to be robbed because they show way to much paranoia for someone who doesn't have anything of any significant value in their backpack. Having said all of this I do sleep with my money belt on so as not to leave myself open to being robbed of that.