Most people visiting New York City are looking for a travel deal that does not blow their budget.
In most large cities, including New York City, around the world, there is a badly-kept secret that will help you save money to spend on having fun: that secret is to book into a backpacker’s hostel.
A hostel is a low-budget accommodation option that usually caters to the fun, easy-going traveller. A good description of a backpacker’s hostel is that it is a cross between a bed & breakfast and a dormitory.
Some backpacker’s hostels are located in renovated townhomes in the city, some are located in YMCAs, and some are cozy guesthouses. Some are in residential areas, while some are positioned in the centre of the action in Big Apple.
Most budget hostel accommodation options offer the choice of a dorm-style room or a private room. Here is one of the reasons why this the best New York travel deal: the dorm-style rooms are really inexpensive! Some go for as low as $15 USD per night.
Even the private rooms in backpacker’s hostels are much less expensive than a typical hotel room. Some start as low as $60 USD per night. This is a great saving when discounted rooms in New York City almost never dip below $100 USD per night.
Let's be honest, most New York tourists spend very little time in their rooms. Most just sleep, shower and change clothes in order to go out again.
If this is you, then think of how much of your budget you will save by staying in budget hostel accommodation during your trip to New York City.
There are numerous backpacker’s hostels in New York City – they are in every metropolitan borough, but as with other forms of accommodations, location will play into the price per night.
Budget hostel accommodation is a clean and safe alternative to an expensive hotel. Almost all will provide you with clean linen and towels, sometimes at a small cost, and some even offer a complimentary breakfast. Most backpacker’s hostels have air conditioning, complimentary luggage storage available, no curfews and 24 hour reception. Some have key card access and car parking, while all budget hostel accommodation options will be able to provide travel information and advice.
Unlike hotels, budget hostel accommodation often provides guests with a group kitchen and/or laundry facility. In addition, most are now offering all-day, in-house internet access.
It will be hard to tell the difference between the top-notch backpacker’s hostels and some hotels. Selected budget accommodation options offer rooms with a private bathroom, concierge services and access to a pool and gym.
One drawback with backpacker’s accommodation is that many offer accommodation only to those over 18 years of age. Some allow 16-year-olds, but there are few hostels that are child-friendly. However it is worth looking around, for example, Hostelling International New York is a child-friendly place.
One of the most famous New York hostels, yes hostel, is the Chelsea Star Hotel. It happens to have been Madonna's home in the 80's. They have a Madonna themed room, among others. The dormitory beds are about $20 USD per night and it located close to Madison Square Garden.
There are dozens of different budget accommodation options in New York City and you can book them ahead of time on the internet or over the phone. For the price, convenience and service, a backpacker’s hostel is truly the best discount New York City affords its guests.