This was actually a Days Inn hotel, and it was an EXCELLENT value. Yes, the bathroom ceiling had peeling paint and there were chips in the bathtub and some "ghost ants" in the room (they were so small, I don't think any hotel room would be able to keep them out), but the important things were there -- mattresses were nice and firm and large (queen size). There was ample hot water and excellent service (from check-in to daily maid service). And it was a 15 minute walk from Universal Studios.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 41+
- (4 reviews)
Phenomenal hostel, truly lived up to its name of "Travellers' Oasis" -- my room was simple and small yet contained the essentials and was beautifully decorated (as was the entire hostel). The reception desk stayed open extra long to allow me to check in (normally closed from 12-4). The swimming pool, hammocks, outdoor covered tables with chargers, grill, kitchen, all came in handy to make my stay a very pleasant one.
Great central location on the main drag with all the shops, restaurants, and bars; very helpful and friendly staff who live in the hostel so they are very accessible and you get to know them. Feedback -- security is somewhat relaxed especially during the day (i.e. the door is open and the front desk is not always staffed) but I never felt unsecure, as the doors to the bedrooms are locked. Having said that, some in-room lockers might be nice. Internet was down the whole time I was there.
Strengths -- Location, location, location! Right near Lincoln Center, Central Park, eateries, subway stops. Can't beat the price for the location. Security was excellent. Pool and workout facilities were great. Weaknesses -- My main complaint is that the ambience was not very social, certainly not like many hostels I've stayed at where there is a common room where people hang out, play board games, or just meet each other. There really is no common lounge area.