This is generally a nice hostel, but there are a few little things that could make a huge difference. Keep common areas open past 12am. Being herded into the small basement lobby with tiny stools is awful, and I've never seen this in any other hostel. As there is no kitchen, a microwave (or allowing staff to microwave things for us) would be wonderful. Provide jugs of water/water fountain - the taps in bathrooms are too low to fill bottles, it's very annoying. Put soap in the ensuite bathrooms.
Everything you would expect from a modern large hostel. Facilities excellent, whole place kept very clean and tidy. Multiple activities run every day, cafe open until midnight. Large indoor and outdoor common areas, large, well-stocked kitchen. Individual power outlets and reading lights per bunk. In a safe area one block from the subway. Staff were generally excellent and helpful. Fairly expensive, but that's New York for you. Highly recommended.
Hostel set up in a couple of converted houses in the lower garden district. My room did not smell good, and the linen was not clean. Nearby bathrooms all smelt of mould and had drainage and ventilation issues. One bathroom has the sink drain pvc pipe emptying directly onto the shower recess, another was waterlogged under the linoleum. Furniture was old and filthy. Staff generally were excellent and helpful. Outdoor area is nice.
Quirky hostel in the Tenderloin - a slightly rough looking area, but generally pretty safe. Staff were excellent, with lots of hostel events and activities every night. Main building itself is a bit old, but bunks have been renovated, with excellent personal lockers with power outlets, bed outlets and basins in rooms. Private rooms are in a couple of other buildings, and are roughly what you would expect for an older budget hotel - a little rough around the edges. Single private rooms are tiny!
Nice small hostel set in a big old house just off of Hollywood Boulevard. Tiny little bathrooms that were generally kept clean and tidy, though the showers were a bit dim and cramped. Old furniture and rugs generally added positively to the character, though could have been cleaner. Free wifi worked in most parts of the building. Staff generally helpful.