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Are New York Hostels safe?

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1. Posted by Marcus1 (Full Member, 129 posts) 10 Sep '09 05:50

I was thinking of spending a few weeks in New York over Christmas, I found the Lafayeratte International Hostel. Are hostels in New York safe and could anyone recommend any?

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin, 5579 posts) 10 Sep '09 12:52

I stayed at a hostel on Times Square once and it was perfectly safe. It wasn't particularly nice and although each room had a bathroom with shower, I don't remember it being particularly good value for money. I think it was mostly the fact that the rooms were just small and 'felt' dirty (not that they actually were, they just looked run down). But I wasn't worried about safety at all.

The Jazz hostels are pretty well known, particularly Jazz on the Park (rated at 77% by 417 guests), which was the first one, and Jazz on Times Square (rated 80% by 150 guests). But they've got a few others as well you'll see on the NYC hostels page here on TP. There's several that have a rating of over 80% and whose ratings are based on at least several dozen guests (that's in light grey text further down the property pages) which is really quite good!

But it depends somewhat on your budget and where you want to be, as well as availability I'd think?

3. Posted by j3nn1f3r14 (Budding Member, 60 posts) 11 Sep '09 15:24

i stayed in the 311 times square hostel last weekend, it seemed really safe! about 4 blocks from times square on a quiet street.

you get 2 keys when you arrive, one for the front door which is always locked and one for your bedroom. there are lockers in the reception area. and it seems like there is a receptionist 24 hours a day!

4. Posted by pitney (Budding Member, 2 posts) 5 Oct '09 06:01

I'm doing exactly the same thing. I'm coming over to New York for Christmas and New Year and as there are a few of us - likely to be 5 - we are thinking about getting a private room in a hostel.

Just looking now, it seems that everything is getting booked up really quickly. They are also putting prices up to double and sometimes 3 x the normal price so I guess its a case of booking early too.

5. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive, 698 posts) 6 Oct '09 14:31

I have stayed in NY hostels many times and find them absolutely fine.
Common sense prevails, as does anywhere. Don't leave your money and passport on the bed while you go and take a shower or bite to eat, but you knew not to do that anyway didn't you ?
For me, the safest hostels in the world are in the USA and Europe. I've done loads of them and long as you don't come back late at night steaming, with all your cash and valuables hanging out your back pocket, you'll have a great and safe time.

6. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member, 414 posts) 7 Oct '09 04:41

I notice an amazing price difference between hotel $250+ per night and hostel $25+ a night,from what i can see both places give you a room with a bed ,could some one give me a run down of why NYC hostels are so cheap..thanks

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Oct-2009, at 04:41 by jambo101 ]

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin, 5579 posts) 7 Oct '09 05:21

Quoting jambo101

I notice an amazing price difference between hotel $250+ per night and hostel $25+ a night,from what i can see both places give you a room with a bed ,could some one give me a run down of why NYC hostels are so cheap..thanks

In a hostel you might be sleeping 10 in a room, whereas in the hotel it's just you. In addition in a hostel room you wouldn't expect a bathroom, tv etc. They're all there, but shared vs private. So in essence if you are just after a place to rest your head, a hostel works out way better than a hotel. But a lot of folks still like the idea of not being woken up in the middle of the night by others returning from a night of parties, or snoring, or whatever other kinds of activities people get up to in the dark in a bed...

8. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive, 698 posts) 7 Oct '09 08:03

Quoting Sam I Am

a lot of folks still like the idea of not being woken up in the middle of the night by others returning from a night of parties, or snoring, or whatever other kinds of activities people get up to in the dark in a bed...

It still doesn't guarantee you a sleepless night even if you 'do' pay $250+ for a room. People still shout in corridors and I found NY hotels notorious for the cleaners starting the vacuuming at 7:30am and waking everyone up. Plus NY hotel walls can be quite thin ! ! Say no more.
I go for either hostels and really cheap end hotels any day.

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