Fantastic hostel. Very social, Mama's 10 euro dinners were wonderful - 3 courses plus nice wine and a little shot of port or something else. Sip it, don't down it in one go! Great for meeting people. The staff were wonderful, as were the walking tour guides from Wild Walkers - Sofia and Hugo ( I may have spelt that incorrectly). The only thing I wasn't super into was the pub crawl, but I think I might be a bit over them in general. Hang around Barrio Alto instead - the first pub was there.
I had a fairly good time at this hostel. It's a bit away from Manhattan (30ish mins by metro), but if you're into Brooklyn (I am) it's a great location with some really cool places nearby. Overall it was ok. I found the front desk staff a bit cold and not hugely helpful. The breakfast is 6-9am, when it would be better to be more like 7-10am. The atmosphere was a bit dead, maybe due to a lack of fun activities on (movies + fondue = dull). My bed was very squeeky and uncomfortable. Fine overall.
Great hostel, only problem I had when I was there was that there were a bunch of school groups staying, one night there was a group of teenagers running around screaming at each other for a couple of hours, until after midnight, who I had to yell at to be quiet. So it would be good to have staff doing some rounds of the corridors late at night to enforce the no noise after 11pm policy. Apart from that, I had a good stay! Breakfast was entertaining due to a certain member of staff!
Best hostel I've stayed in. Really comfortable rooms, sturdy comfortable beds, great tours, really nice free vego dinners on Mon, Wed and Fridays, good events organised. I encourage everyone to go on a Green Tortoise bus tour - the back half of the bus is a giant mattress - really fun and social. The area around the hostel looks to be the red light district (loads of strip joints) but I never had any problems there. Lots of stairs, which may not suit some folks.
Pretty good hostel, lots of activities etc, the room had a small kitchen in it, breakfast was good. My only complaint is that the bunk bed I had was super shaky and whenever the person in the bed below moved the whole thing swung like crazy. They should consider securing the beds or replacing them with sturdier framed beds. The location was good (LA is a big sprawl though obviously), but there are a lot of strange people in the area!
I stayed in mid April. Well located, fairly social hostel. Overall I had a great time there. The rooftop bar was a great place to meet people and they had some activities over the week. Minor complaints: Breakfast was fairly average, but you could get by on it. The laundry wasn't working while I stayed, it may be working now. The bunk beds were a little loose and so they shook a bit if the person below or above you was turning in their sleep. Pretty minor complaints overall.