119 West 45th Street, New York, N.Y. 10036. Tel. +1(212) 302-2603, Fax: +1(212) 302-2605. Check the website below for more information.
We stayed at the Big Apple Hostel for 12 nights in Oct 2007 and intend to stay there again next time we go to New York! We had a private room which had TV, air conditioning and a safe; both the room and the bathrooms were basic but clean and functional. Bear in mind that this is all you need because in NY you'll spend very little time in your room anyway - literally just somewhere to sleep and store your belongings!
There are about 6 floors in the building (maybe more) but there are 2 lifts so its no problem. They also have a room you can store your luggage on the day you depart.
The price was about £60 per night which is expensive for a hostel but cheap for New York, especially considering the location. Its in West 45th St and 5th Ave so is just off Times Square and is a perfect central location. Its close to the subways and loads of restaurants. Theres also a bank across the road where you can exchange travellers cheques. Its a safe area and not too noisy at night.
Theres a small kitchen which we didn't use but it looked clean. There's a wonderful deli next door where you can go for breakfast - a HUGE selection of food, really cheap and quick. There is a laundry in the basement of the hostel which if I remember was cheap, and the machines were easy to use.
We found some of the staff to be a bit abrupt but helpful. Our favourite receptionist was a guy called Tony who always had time for a chat and was really helpful and pleasant.
I have stayed in youth hostels before so know that the quality can very enourmously! This was the first hostel of many on my round the world trip. It is centrally located within a few minutes walk of both fifth avenue and times square. The area itself felt safe and walked there at night wasn't an issue, it also wasn't too noisy. We stayed in a 4 bed mixed dorm, which was bunk beds. The beds were comfy. the bathrooms were shared between about 4 rooms and rather than being big bathrooms there were 2 bathrooms to the 4 rooms and they were like proper bathrooms, the type you'd get in a house. These were very clean and probably one of the best I've seen. The disadvantage of having this type of bathroom is that you may end up waiting a long time to use the bathroom but the quality of the bathroom itself made up for this. Downstairs in the hostel there is a kitchen, we didn't really use this but it seemed adequate enough with a big fridge and lots of cooking utensils and even a list of local (cheap) supermarkets. The t.v room was quite small with no comfy chairs, just dining chairs and tables, we didn't spend long in here either! There are 2 computers with internet access which is quite reasonable for new york and probably one of the cheapest we saw in the city. The staff on reception very, there was one really helpful man and another that was just grumpy all the time. In all this is an excellent hostel to use as a base for exploring new york. It's clean and central, after all you're only sleeping there so what more could you want.
P.s there's also a cheap lovely deli next door for breakfast!
The big apple hostel is ideally situated on west 45th street and 7th avenue. Its a 2 minuite walk from the hustle and bustle of Times square also its a five 3 min walk from the Rockerfella center. For those of you whom are more energetic its a full 10 min walk to the jogging haven of central park.You cant get a more central location for the great value for money The Big Apple hostel has to offer . Prices range from just under $30 per night for a dorm room to $78 ish per night for a private room . I stayed in a private room , so im unable to comment on the dorms but i found the private rooms very comftable and large enough to spread out . Our room came with a double bed and cable TV (not that we had time to watch it). The rooms are cleaned daily to a very good standard and the hostel seemed to be sound proofed as we didnt hear any sirens or other noise from within or out. As for the bathroom facilitys - they are all shared , but having said that , i never had to wait to use the bathroom.There is a basic kitchen on the ground floor. Also there is a garden patio which is the only place that allows smoking . Internet use is via a couple of terminals on the ground floor which are pay per use . Last of all the staff are friendly and very helpfull , there are also safe facilitys avalible at reception . All in all THE BIG APPLE HOSTEL represents exellent value for money and is in probably the best location for an enjoyable stay in NYC , considering that allthe surrounding hotels run into the $100s per night price tag .
New York is not short of Youth Hostels - what it is short of is cheap Youth Hostels, and i'm afraid to say, this is not one of them. Priced at $33 (including tax) it isn't the cheapest hostel in the city. However, what the Big Apple Hostel does have going for it is it's location. Situated on west 45th Street, between 6th and 7th avenue, it is just a stones throw from Times Square. Most of the other hostels are about three miles away, which means a lengthy, and sometimes hazardous, subway journey. The hostel is a five story building - crucially without an elevator - so if you're put on the top floor, it can be tiring getting to your room. There is a kitchen facility (without a toaster) and two internet terminals at 20c a minute. There is also a patio at the back for the smokers to congregate in. The staff are fairly friendly, and there is a wide range of brochures and flyers for local attractions. The hostel doesn't have organised trips on offer - it's up to you to make any arrangements. There are an adaquate number of bathrooms, two between 10-12 guests, so there may be a queue, but it won't take all day to clean your teeth. The hostel is adaquate in most respects - the building is clean, relatively quiet for New York, and the other guests are quite friendly. Not an overwhelmingly great place - but it certainly does the job. You might try somewhere else first, though.