Broadway Hotel: A Chic Yet Inexpensive NYC Hostel Choice
Recently I went to check out a New York City hostel, the Broadway Hotel NYC. When I first heard of it I envisioned something from my earlier years in Europe: a crowded, and somewhat dingy environment that really catered to the young, poor traveler. But, I have had a few readers ask me about hostels in NYC so I needed to find out for sure.
I arrived to the Upper West Side on a beautiful, sunny afternoon, and as I walked over to the hostel I saw a clean, well kept building on a quiet, neighborhood block. I was greeted at the door by a gentleman who also opened it for me. I walked into a serene, warm lobby that wasn’t at all dingy or cheap looking. On the contrary. The front desk had two ladies who greeted me in the same manner I am often greeted when entering a 4-star hotel. The gold and dark brown colors of the lobby were welcoming and warm, and the design chic and elegant.
I realized right then and there that this isn’t the hostel of my younger years, however it does very much appeal to the budget of many frugal travelers.
The newly renovated New York City hostel boasts spacious, dormitory-style rooms, perfect for re-energizing after an exciting day of sightseeing, and it seemed that that’s where most guests were when I was there, as it was calm and quiet during my visit.
Guests have their choice of dormitory-style rooms which accommodate a maximum of two guests per room, as opposed to quad occupancy or more, providing double the amount of space per guest. The rooms also feature a ceiling fan, with a vanity, and wonderful, contemporary and calming color palettes. If they would rather have more of a hotel feel to their stay, they can opt for their own private room, which offer additional space, private baths, and a choice of either a queen or double bed or two double beds. I loved the colors, the design, the layout was fantastic, and I was especially impressed with how clean, well-maintained, and polished each room felt, from the traditional hostel room to the more private hotel style room.
The location is perfect for both the single or family traveler on the Upper West Side. Only steps from Central Park, Columbia University, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the world’s largest gothic chapel, not to mention an endless selection of bars and restaurants. The 1 train is located only two blocks away, with a 15 minute train ride downtown.
Rooms include: in-room vanity, ceiling fan, air conditioner, clock radio, hair dryer, shower massage head, Ecco natural bath products, complimentary linens, towels, and blankets, daily housekeeping service, for all guests, luggage storage, for $2 a day, non-smoking rooms and public spaces.
The hostel charges start at $25.oo per bed (2 beds per room), and more for their regular hotel room, prices of which vary by season.
Common area includes: theatre room with Plasma TV’s, gourmet stainless steel kitchen, library with fireplace, Internet center with multi kiosks.
Additional services include: storage for valuables available at the front desk
Check-in is at 3 p.m. Check-out is before 11 a.m.
Cash, Traveler’s Checks, and all major credit cards for all room types are accepted as and a valid ID and credit card are required for private rooms. There is a 14 day maximum stay policy.
Rollaway beds available (on request basis only, subject to availability) for select room types at a nominal charge of $20 plus tax, per night. Children under 12 stay free in private rooms only, with verification upon check-in.Broadway Hotel NYC 230 West 101st Street New York, NY 10025 (Corner of Broadway and West 101st Street) Phone: 1-212-865-7710 Fax: 1-212-865-2993 Twitter.com/BroadwayHotel