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38 West 88th Street, Manhattan NY 10024, New York, USA

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1547 Total Reviews
  • 83%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 72%Atmosphere
  • 77%Cleanliness
  • 69%Facilities

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every body was so nice and Mike was great nice and wonderful person really look out for me in my travel.

  • 17th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Jamaica
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)

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We're really glad you found the staff helpful! We wish you the best with your further travels! - ISC Staff


A short walk from major transit, even closer to Central Park and nestled in a quiet neighborhood, the International Student Hostel was well worth the stay. Very affordable, clean and staffed with helpful/polite individuals, I'd stay again should I visit NY in the future (or recommend to friends)!

  • 15th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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We're really glad you enjoyed your stay with us! We would love to host you again the next time you are in NYC. We wish you all the best in all your further travels! - ISC Staff


Good location and cheap for New York, but when I went (mid-October) it was pretty quiet and the scheduled Tuesday pizza and games night did not occur.

Owner Comment (Hide)
We try our best to host the scheduled pizza and game nights, but during quieter months, it is often difficult to get enough people involved! Please let the staff know when you visit in future that you are interested so we can plan to arrange these social events! - ISC staff


this hotel has no own WiFi


Good value for money, but you do get what you pay for. Staff were lovely. Good location next to the 86th street subway and Central Park. Quiet hostel. However, no locks on the bedroom door which felt weird. Only 2 shower rooms for the building (as far as I could see unless some were ensuites) and no wifi, which in fairness we were told about and I could pick up some other wifi. OH and the fact you can't bring your suitcase upstairs to your room. On a whole though great hostel for budget trip

  • 8th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
We're glad you enjoyed your stay at ISC! Please understand that New York City fire department regulations about fire safety evacuation demand that we request guests to leave their large suitcases in the reception area, and just take small bags that they need for the night. Also, please note that every dorm room in the building has an assigned bathroom: two bathrooms on the top floor, with attached bathrooms in dorms on the second and third floors! -ISC Staff


Dirty, old. Never again.

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