Chelsea International Hostel

1 out of 5 stars1 Star

251 West 20th Street, New York City, New York, 10011, United States

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Value Score Great Value!

Costs about the same, but rated 13% higher than other 1 star hotels

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  • Families66
  • Couples54
  • Solo60
  • Business66
  • Great place for cheap travellers


    - The hostel was renovated recently when we visited there on 17'th December, 2007 and I didn't see any bugs and there were no bed bugs either.
    - We stayed in a Private room and it was really small which could barely hold the double bed, the sink and the shelves.
    - Room had a window with a view of the street.
    - Bathrooms were right outside the door.
    - Had a clean kitchen with a refrigerator where we can store our food.
    - Free Coffee and Tea available in the kitchen from morning till Midnight.
    - Free Cheese Pizza on every Wednesday.
    - We payed $75 for a private room.
    - $10 in Cash required for the key deposit.
    - 3 blocks away from 23'rd Metro Train Station.
    - We stayed there for 7 nights and the sheets were not changed during that time. It was just the set of sheets that were there when we checked in, Luckily we brought our own sheets.
    - Heater was too much, it started feeling like summer and it cannot be adjusted. So I had to keep the window opened a little bit.
    - Computers with internet available for 10cents per minute. (You have to pay to use the computers, not only the internet)
    - Washing liquid not available in the Laundry room. So make sure you take your own.

  • Jenn84's Profile Photo

    Stay at the HI on w 103rd st!!


    One of the only good things I can say about this place would be the location, that and the security. Apart from that, there was nothing good about it. We only used it to sleep and spent no time there, on our first night there we arrived back to see some sort of cockroach outside our bedroom door, we were later told that it was a water roach, not sure what that is. When we went to the front desk for bug spray we were informed that it was in use by another person so we had to get the security guard to come to our room to get rid of it and the two on the walls! The rooms were also very cramped, and I have stayed in a few hostels in my time so I know when a hostel room is a decent size!

    Unique Quality: Courtyard for socialising

  • uwesso's Profile Photo

    Chelsea International Hostel


    The Chelsea International Hostel is a youthhostellike accomodation with 6 - beds - rooms. Nearby there is a policestation, so you will be in a safe neighborhood. The hostel is located at the 20th street. The next underground station is on 23th street. I was very afraid about my stay.

  • johnsakura's Profile Photo

    Chelsea International Hostel


    Ok so i stayed 11 days on this hostel. this is a very known hostel and its always packed up with tourists coming from all over the world. i had to change room 2 times. this hostel is divided in many independent building aside eachother and youll have both keyes to go inside your building and your flat.
    the bunk bed style rooms are small and always have lockers (bring your own lock) and has a place where you can wash your hand and teeth.

    showers and toilettes are for the same building flight, usually they are clean.

    Unique Quality: you can choose from air conditioner rooms and ones without. the price is $28 and $30. you also have individual rooms for $70.
    There is a $10.00 CASH key deposit required at Check In which will be refunded upon Check Out.
    No Same Day Reservations - Just Walk In - First Come First Served. i didnt exchange all my money so i could only pay for my first 4 days and i had to leave the room as other reservations got my room. i was almost in position of having to stay in town cos they had no more rooms left, but somehow someone checked out and i got a bed. so pay in full and this way you can get a bed for the entire time you are there.

    the picture is from the entrance of the building 255.

    Directions: From Penn. Station (AMTRAK Train):
    Walk down 8th Avenue to 20th Street turn left, House Number 251 (8 minutes), Reception area on first floor.
    The best should be to get the blue line to the 23rd street and walk down 3 streets until the 20th and turn left.

  • auschic1's Profile Photo

    Great location for NYC


    In a gay neighbourhood of NYC, 8 blocks away from TimesSquare and a block from the metro. Very small rooms and not enough showers/toilets but cheap and good location. Staff are quite helpful and it has a good atmosphere and no shortage of backpackers. Would stay here again if in NYC.

    Unique Quality: FREE PIZZA!! Every Wed and it'll never get all eaten, theres so much. 2 kitchens, small and a bit messy but have tvs. Also good sized outdoor common area and some overpriced internet usage (go to the library,its free!)

    Directions: 20th and 8th, very close to metro, supermarkets and bars. Chelsea district.

  • cheryl_the_mermaid's Profile Photo

    Cute and cheap hostel in Chelsea


    The staff isn't the friendliest of people, but the room was way better than other hostels i've stayed at. Me and my boyfriend had a private room on the second floor, with a window we could open that faced the main street. We would fall asleep and wake up to NYC to my ears. We had a double bed, shelves, and a sink. Bathrooms and showers were steps outside our door. No airconditioning though, really hot at night, next time i'd bring a fan! If my research was efficient, this is the cheapest hostel in NYC for private rooms that had pictures of what they looked like on the internet.... really cute place, wouldnt mind staying there again... felt like we had our own little new york apartment for a few days...

    Unique Quality: There was a terasse in the back with picninc tables and pretty graffiti type paintings on brick, but it closed pretty early and then all of us drinking beer and wanting to socialize had to cram into this small kitchen, rec room type of place. But even that closed at midnite... facilities to cook your own food was great, they had pots and pans and such, stoves and fridges and microwaves.... internet available too, and a pool table.

    Directions: in the historic Chelsea district of Manhattan.

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    Storyin New York City


    R2 room 6 bed with bathroom without bathroom without air conditioner 30 USD accept credit card ( G8 room 4 bed without bathroom without air conditioner 27 USD , but my bed close to window so it is not that hot ) not often full , need 10 USD cash key deposit .

    not security . My key not only can open my room but also the other room .

    common area is big , with kitchen .

    bad attitude staff : a mid age woman .

    nice location , close to nice supermarket and deli .

  • Dutchshowtimer's Profile Photo

    Very good ratio quality/price


    The Chelsea International Youth Hostel is very well located. In fact, it's located in the Chelsea District one of the safest area of Manhattan. Moreover, the hostel is located near a police station. Could it be safer ;)
    The hostel is a typical youth hostel. You'll find there many people from all around the world. The hostel isn't very clean but it's ok. I think that all places in NY aren't very clean...
    For people with low budget, it's the perfect place to stay. Highly recommended.

    Unique Quality: Very well located, cheap, safe

    Directions: Chelsea District

  • Asiar's Profile Photo

    Chelsea Rock!


    I enjoy to lived here and would like to reccomment.This a good hostel and quite near transportation. There have planty of resturant and close to midtown site . Have free coffee and Tea serve all day. They have like a place for meeting outside at the middle of hostel .. Should email/call for reservation.

    Unique Quality: Luggage Storage ( $5)

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    Chelsea International Hostel


    $25 USD per person for shared rooms. $60 USD for a private shoebox, er, room (max. 2 people).

    Unique Quality: If you're on a budget and don't mind sharing bathroom facilities, this is the place to stay. It's in Chelsea, a funky, gay-friendly neighbourhood that's central to all the tourist areas. Unfortunately the character is a bit simple, but it's clean, cheap, and you can't beat the location.

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Where to sleep one night at age 17

by chiuaua


Is there some kind of hostel/motel in new york city that allows one night stay for 17 year old and payment by cash?

I searched a bit, and most of them require 18years+. Can someone give me a tip...where to stay for a night when you're 17 in NY :)

Thank you very much guys

RE: Where to sleep one night at age 17

by NYTim

The Chelsea International Hostel on 20th Street betwen 7th and 8th Ave.

Comments (1)

  • thewriterstuff's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Great location near the Highline and not bad for the price but the bathroom sucks. Luckily, the private room comes with it's own sink.

    • kiwi's Profile Photo
      Jul 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Would be great if you would write a review, for more people to see :-)

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Address: 251 West 20th Street, New York City, New York, 10011, United States