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Manhattan is New York City’s smallest borough
Manhattan is New York City’s smallest borough | © spyarm / Shutterstock
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The 5 Best Hostels in Manhattan

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Updated: 15 January 2019
When you need inexpensive accommodation in a city like New York, hostels are a great resource, providing a place to rest your head and meet some fellow travelers without blowing your budget. Check out these best hostels in Manhattan, New York City.

American Dream Bed and Breakfast

Budget Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Hostel
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American Dream Bed and Breakfast is close to Times Square and Union Square
American Dream Bed and Breakfast is close to Times Square and Union Square | Courtesy of American Dream Bed and Breakfast / Hostelworld.com
Located near Gramercy Park and the Flatiron District, American Dream Bed and Breakfast is a homey, family-owned hostel with complimentary breakfast and a communal kitchen. The location makes it easy to get to city icons such as Times Square and Union Square. Rooms generally come with two to four beds, including bunk bed options, so figure out now who gets the bottom bunk.
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HI New York City Hostel

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HI New York City Hostel is housed in a Victorian Gothic building
HI New York City Hostel is housed in a Victorian Gothic building | Courtesy of HI New York City Hostel / Hostelworld.com
HI New York City is the biggest North American hostel in the Hostelling International chain, with 672 rooms. Multiple arrangement options are available. Some rooms are dorm-style, with coed and separate male/female options, while others are more private. This historic Victorian Gothic building also features the largest outdoor patio in Manhattan, and is situated near Columbia University, Central Park and Riverside Park, so there’s a lot of green space to explore.
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Chelsea International Hostel

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Chelsea International Hostel is popular among backpackers
Chelsea International Hostel is popular among backpackers | Courtesy of Chelsea International Hostel / Hostelworld.com
Just a couple blocks from the High Line, Chelsea International is one of the biggest independent hostels in the city. Stays at Chelsea International include not just free continental breakfast, but also free pizza on Wednesdays nights. With a courtyard, lounge, two kitchens and dining area, this hostel is particularly popular among backpackers as a great place to meet fellow travelers.
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Broadway Hotel and Hostel

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel, Hostel
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Broadway Hotel and Hostel’s rooms are bright and airy
Broadway Hotel and Hostel’s rooms are bright and airy | Courtesy of Broadway Hotel and Hostel / Hostelworld.com
Broadway on the swanky Upper West Side is a hybrid hotel-hostel, offering both two-bed dormitories and private rooms. Recently renovated, this hostel’s contemporary, colorful design makes it stand out among New York’s many accommodation. The communal area features a fireplace and library, as well as a stainless steel kitchen.
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Jazz on the Park Hostel

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Jazz on the Park Hostel is in the center of the city
Jazz on the Park Hostel is in the center of the city | Courtesy of Jazz on the Park Hostel / Hostelworld.com
Part of the Jazz Hostels chain, Jazz on the Park on the Upper West Side may be a little pricier, but the quality services – including 24-hour reception and security, and free housekeeping – make it worth the cost. While there is no kitchen area, the coffee bar and warm-weather pub crawls and barbecues keep guests social and satisfied.
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