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The Best Backpacker Hostels in Queens, New York

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Updated: 1 January 2018

The largest borough in New York City also happens to be one of its coolest. Home to hipster-approved entertainment, sporting arenas, and the best ethnic food in NYC (yeah, we said it), Queens begs the backpacking adventurer to discover its secrets. For when you inevitably choose to heed the call, here are the best backpacker hostels in Queens, New York.

The Local

Located in up-and-coming Long Island City, The Local is the city-hopping hipster’s pick for a cool Queens stay. An on-site bar serving local craft brews, a rooftop featuring sweeping views of one of the world’s most famous skylines, and luxuriously comfy mattresses are just a sampling of the spot’s out-of-the-box amenities. For the trendsetting traveler, saying you knew this about-to-break neighborhood when will be the greatest perk of all.

Giorgio Hotel

A New York City experience without a New York City price tag is what’s on offer at Giorgio Hotel. The Long Island City spot offers an array of New York-inspired amenities, including an on-site juice bar, a helpful multilingual staff, and easy access to Manhattan and Brooklyn via nearby subway stations. Additional perks such as housekeeping service, 24-hour reception, free wifi, and your choice of a private or shared room will make you into a spoiled New Yorker in no time.

Explore Hotel and Hostel

With its vibrant neighbors and quirky décor, Explore Hotel and Hostel is an attraction in itself. Here, you’ll be a stone’s throw from world-famous Queens destinations, such as Shea Stadium and Citi Field, not to mention a convenient 2.5 miles (four kilometers) from LaGuardia Airport. There’s also plenty to see and do inside the hostel. Every floor features a communal lounge area, and New York City-themed décor adorns the walls. Also, shared rooms come with privacy curtains for every bed.

Flushing YMCA

Flushing is one of New York City’s most unique and beloved neighborhoods, and this hostel places you in the heart of it. From the Flushing YMCA, you’ll be just a brief trip from New York City’s other (and many say superior) Chinatown, Queens Botanical Garden, Citi Field, Flushing Meadows Park, and more. Of course, with amenities like two lifeguard-equipped pools, an on-site café, and a state-of-the-art gym, you may find it difficult leaving your lodgings at all.

Q4 Hotel

At Q4 Hotel, hostel standbys such as communal kitchens and dining areas and dormitory-style rooms are enhanced by high-end touches, including daily housekeeping services, 24-hour security, and ensuite bathrooms in every room. Private rooms are available for travelers seeking a little solitude, while Q4’s multiple common rooms, including a games lounge and rooftop space, provide plenty of chances to connect with others during your stay.

Westway Hotel & Hostel

Credited as one of the best deals in the city, Westway Hotel & Hostel is more than just a pretty price. Here, shared rooms are reliably clean and comfortable; multiple common areas facilitate both relaxation and recreation, and bonus perks such as free wifi and easy subway access provide the most bang for your buck. Conveniently located near LaGuardia Airport, Westway minimizes your travel time, granting you more New York minutes to explore the Big Apple.

The Hotel Vetiver is pretty barebones. But the view makes up for it.

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Hotel Vetiver

At Hotel Vetiver, prices and rooms range to suit every traveler’s budget and needs, meaning you can book your ideal stay every time. Whichever room type you choose, you can look forward to room service from a local Long Island City restaurant, complimentary airport transfer, free wifi, and daily continental breakfast. If you’re lucky, you’ll snag one of Vetiver’s many rooms featuring Manhattan skyline views, bringing the best of New York City to your own backyard.

Kamway Lodge

Live like the locals do as you immerse yourself in the real New York City at Kamway Lodge. Situated in foodie-haven Jackson Heights, this safe and homey hostel calls some of the city’s best ethnic restaurants and indie shops its neighbors. Even more delicious are the lodge’s amenities, which include a friendly staff, convenient subway access, and both private and shared rooms.