Chelsea International Hostel
International flavor is this hostel's saving grace.
Opened in 1993, this hostel occupies a long, white three-story building on a relatively tranquil Chelsea block. It is an oasis for the bargain-thirsty traveler. Guests like to lounge on the picnic tables and smoke and drink in the large courtyard, which is surrounded by bungalow-style buildings. It really gets wild on Wednesday nights when the staff doles out free pizza. The newly renovated private bedrooms and four- to six-bed dorm rooms are standard, small and even plain. Still, they are cheery by hostel standards. All bathrooms are shared, and kitchen facilities are downstairs. The private rooms have double beds or twin bunk beds—make sure you specify what type of bed you want when making reservations. Call four weeks in advance for reservations. Guests, including U.S. citizens, are only admitted to the hostel with a passport. There is no curfew here, but you'll appreciate the professional security staff and 24-hour video monitoring in the common areas. Price includes breakfast.