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International Student Center Reviews

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

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78%

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1421 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 77%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 79%Staff
  • 75%Atmosphere
  • 77%Cleanliness
  • 69%Facilities

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86%

Nice hostel close to the Central Park. It's very affordable but has a couple of weird rules you should know about, most of which are pretty understandable. They do NOT OFFER WIFI!!! I knew about that and since there are so many Starbucks about with free wifi, I didn't mind. They say it's so that guests get to talk to each other. You also cannot take any bigger luggage to the rooms, my backpack was fine though. They clean every day! Which is great but you cant be in your rooms during the day.


69%

It could be cleaner

  • 10th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


71%

The rules at this hostel are irritating. The insistence of keeping cases downstairs leads to some fun rooting around in your underwear in front of the hostel. The room wasn't clean, even though it is closed several hours a day for cleaning. Some of the staff are lovely and friendly, others not. The lack of maps of NYC is very annoying. But it is one of the cheapest hostels around, you get what you pay for. The location is decent and it has nice social areas and dorms to meet people.


74%

It was actually a nice cozy place,i met lots fo nice people from different countries,the staff are really nice and friendly..i would like to go there again)


89%

It's a simple but loving and welcoming place with great art hanging around. Especially liked the no curfew policy!

  • 14th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
We are so glad you felt welcomed. That is what we strive for. Come back soon! Best, ISC Staff

89%

The best part about this hostel is the location. It's right near Central Park and is only a couple blocks away from a lot of restaurants. My friends and I went to great diners for breakfast (Too Good to Eat and the Jackson Hole) that were just around the corner. The facilities were clean, though I think there should have been more than one bathroom per room. We enjoyed our time here! You can't beat $30/ night.

  • 8th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


71%

The hostel was nice, but the lack of internet is a bit difficult when you would like to plan onward travel or check something about tourist sites


63%

There need to be put up some wifi. Since it's international students there they don't have phones to use; it's way too expensive. If they met someone and were trying to meet again it is impossible to plan, unless you know exactly where and when to meet them. We don't know the city well enough for that. At LEAST there should be free use on the PC at the front desk. Please listen to the people that have been there; I believe everyone agrees on this one. I would never go there again,because of this

  • 31st Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Norway
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
We are sorry for the inconvenience, we do try our best to please our guests. The PC is available for all guests but the charge is only $1 per 10 minutes, along with a free 10 minutes the moment you are checked in to email or use any social media to get in touch with whom you desire. We also have maps available with the subway routes, main attractions, and other necessary information for your stay during New York City. Our staff is also always available to assist you. Best, ISC

83%

overall very good:)


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