Hotels in New York are some of the most expensive in the world and so a good alternative is to stay in a hostel. For a bed in a dorm room or even a private/smaller shared room this is a fraction of the price of most New York City hotels.

There are some great options for where to stay on a budget in NYC without having to beak the bank. Some hostels have world class facilities too with cafes, bars and modern rooms - they are also more social as you will get to meet other travellers from all over the world.

Remember, if you save money on accommodation you will get more money to spend enjoying one of the most amazing cities in the world.

Check out our list of the best backpacker hostels and budget accommodation in New York City below which is based on cost, facilities, location and reviews.


1. HI NYC Hostel

Hi NYC Hostel

HI NYC is modern and huge hostel with first class facilities, organised nights out, social events, live music and more. This hostel is 1 block from Broadway Street and a 10-minute walk to Central Park. Benefits of staying here include free Wi-Fi, linens, towels and a housekeeping service all included. Some rooms include breakfast. There is also an on site cafe.


2. Jazz On The Park

Jazz on the park hostel

Jazz on the park is a cheap hostel located in the Upper West Side, close to Central Park. This hostel is perfect for groups and individuals and you can choose between single, double, or dormitory style rooms.

Other benefits include free linen and towels, A/C in all rooms, 24-hour reception, security and friendly multi-lingual staff. The nearest subway is only three blocks away and there are lots of shops, restaurants and bars nearby.


3. Q4 Hotel & Hostel

Q4 hostel

Located in Queens, this Long Island City hostel is 10 minutes’ train ride to Manhattan’s east side. The Q4 Hotel has a kitchen and lounge with table tennis and a TV that is shared by the guests.

In addition to male and female-only rooms, there are mixed dormitory rooms. Private rooms are also available. All rooms features an en suite bathroom. The Q4 Hotel offers free Wi-Fi throughout the entire property

MoMA PS1 and 5 Pointz are 15 minutes’ walk from the hostel and the Queens Plaza underground rail station is 5 minutes’ walk away.


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