More than 30 million tourists visit the New York borough of Manhattan every year. Along with its commercial, financial and cultural areas, there are numerous points of interest like the Empire State Building, Times Square and many other that make Manhattan one of the best places to visit in USA.

Who would imagine this built-up area with skyscrapers and museums would have an amazing 840-acre park within its 22.6 square miles, Central Park. Here tourists can visit the zoo, watch street performers in The Mall or just enjoy a leisurely walk taking in the sights of the forests, lakes, or the architectural center of Bethesda Terrace.

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With Manhattan being the foremost choice of people that visit New York City, one of the best ways to see it on a limited budget, is to stay at one of the many friendly hostels.

American Dream Hostel – Best rated Hostel in Manhattan

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Situated a 40-minute taxi ride from JFK International Airport or the Newark Liberty Airport, this hostel has been opening its doors to hostlers and backpackers since 2005.

Located in the historic Gramercy Park district, and within walking distance of many of the most popular sites like the High Line and the splendid eateries at Chelsea Market, this wheelchair friendly hostel has set out to create a home from home where tourists can enjoy great amenities for the duration of their stay. 

  • Free breakfast as well as cookies and snacks throughout the day.
  • Private rooms for singles or families each with TV and air conditioning. 
  • Sheets and towels provided free of charge.
  • A communal kitchen for those that love to cook or pack their own lunches.
  • The Empire State Building is only a 17-minute walk away.
  • The AirTrain system, which connects to the subway, is a 19-minute walk away. 
  • Games room for meeting fellow guests, reading, relaxing or watching TV.
  • 24-hour reception as well as a laundry room.
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Blue Moon Hotel NYC

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This historic hostel has been restored to its former glory with 22 deluxe lodgings for singles or families. The dorms have single beds, not bunks, and the private rooms have two queen-sized beds for groups, families or couples.

Just minutes walk away from Manhattan, this hostel is happy to take group bookings, host student weddings or family reunions. All guests must be at least 18 years of age.

The Blue Moon is close to the amenities and attractions that the Lower East Side area has to offer, and only an hour’s subway ride from JFK International Airport, this wheelchair friendly hostel offers a wide range of excellent facilities.

  • Surrounded by museums and galleries and close to Chinatown and Greenwich Village. 
  • Mixed and female-only dorms and a 24-hour reception with multilingual staff.
  • Some private rooms have balconies where guests can share a glass of wine with friends while watching the city that never sleeps.
  • 100% non-smoking hostel.
  • Common area with TV for reading, relaxing or playing cards.
  • Paperback book exchange.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities and vending machines.
  • All rooms have key card access as well as a safe deposit box. 

West Side YMCA

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Situated in Upper West Side, one of the best hostels in Manhattan. This YMCA hostel has both private single and double rooms with TV, air conditioning and towels and linens are provided. All sights are easily accessible due to the hostel’s location just blocks from the Columbus Circle transit hub.

Take in such sights as the Empire State Building and Times Square, (a 10-minute ride away), and the American Museum of Natural History, (a 15-minute ride away). Shopaholics will love the Time Warmer Building that hosts the Shops at Columbus Circle, which features many well-known designer stores.

This YMCA charges $10 daily for non-members to enable them to take full advantage of the state-of-the-art amenities.

  • A great, wheelchair friendly location only steps away from Central Park and the Lincoln Center. 
  • A 24-hour security desk, which allows guests to check in overnight, so that they can come and go as they please.
  • A 65-square-foot, high-tech fitness center with weightlifting and cardiovascular equipment.
  • A steam room and sauna.
  • 100 free exercise lessons offered to guests each week, including Yoga and Pilates.
  • Keep fit by utilizing the two, indoor swimming pools.
  • Locker room facilities ensure the safety of valuables.
  • Convenient on-site shop for snacks and drinks that is open until 7pm.

HI NYC Hostel

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Located in the Upper West Side of the city, this newly renovated, wheelchair friendly hostel features single-sexed dorms or mixed rooms at affordable prices.

Situated within a castle-like building with the largest, outdoor patio in Manhattan, this lively hostel is within easy reach of Times Square and Central Park and is only a seven-minute walk to the subway at 103 St. Station.

With Broadway only seven stops away on subway One, tourists will be spoiled for choice deciding which fascinating sights they want to see first.

  • Well-planned facilities include a large common room, billiard room and theater with something going on most evenings.
  • A well-equipped kitchen for would-be chefs. With the 36-burner stove, they have the opportunity to create gourmet meals.
  • 24/7 reception, so there is no curfew for guests that like to paint the town red.
  • All rooms have heat and air conditioning, so they will be comfortable no matter what time of year they visit.
  • Free bed linen and towels provided.
  • Secure lockers for storing valuables and luggage, but residents need to bring their own lock.
  • Public computers made available for techies to prevent withdrawal symptoms while on their NYC trip.
  • Free activities most evenings as well as organized group outings to local clubs and pubs. 

Vanderbilt YMCA – One of the Best Hostels in Manhattan

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Situated in the chic East Side area in New York City, this hostel is right in the center of Midtown where all the action is. Grand Central Terminal and the Rockefeller Center are conveniently to hand and a short walk will take travelers to other exciting venues like Times Square, The Museum of Modern Art and Bloomingdale’s. Serious shoppers will welcome the close proximity of Madison, Fifth and Park Avenues.

There is no need to pack many clothes; they can just treat themselves to some exciting, new togs at the crème de la crème of New York’s stores. This wheelchair-friendly hostel has every facility they could possibly need.

  • Helpful, multilingual staff to advise residents about easy routes to their destination.
  • All rooms are private with single or bunk beds with shared facilities close by.
  • This YMCA of the Greater NY branch charges guests a daily membership fee of $10, which entitles them to full use of the amenities.
  • The fitness center offers 100 hours of group exercise classes each week and has a steam room and sauna as well as weights and cardiovascular equipment.
  • Cool off and wind down by diving into one of the two swimming pools.
  • Close to the restaurants and bars of Midtown for lively evenings out on the town.
  • Free city maps to help travelers discover points of interest quickly and efficiently.
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Accommodations in large cities can be expensive, so staying in a modern hostel is by far the best way to keep to a limited budget. The concept of hostels has rapidly changed over the last few years and more and more backpackers, young couples and families are realizing this and are staying at hostels.

Most now have private rooms, great locations, and a range of exceptional facilities to meet everyone’s needs. By choosing an accommodation that suits their budget, people now have the chance visit large cities, which would otherwise be out of their financial range. Hostels are definitely the way to go for now and the future.