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Biting Into the Big Apple
Along with Paris and London, New York City is one of the three greatest metropolises on the planet. Jutting out majestically from the east coast, what makes "The Capital of the World" such an inviting proposition is the sheer number of things to see and do... Which is just as well really, because, since New York hostels are some of the best around, you won't want to leave in a hurry!

The infamous five boroughs come together to create a dynamic, energized city full of new wonders on practically every street. From the towering skyscrapers of the financial district to its world-class clubs and restaurants and the breathtaking scenery of Central Park, New York is a haven for backpackers and travelers.

Central Park Hostel

One of New York's newest hostels, the Central Park Hostel is located on the city's posh Upper West Side. Known for its cosmopolitan feel, the Upper West Side is rife with outstanding cultural landmarks. Home to the world-famous Julliard School of Music and the American Museum of Natural History, you'll feel like you're a part of both high culture and a hip lifestyle.

Located right next to the vast Central Park, the hostel is mere blocks away from the subway and is a great launching point to several restaurants and attractions. With pool tables, a lounge, and internet offered, relaxing in the hostel until the next adventure is a viable and comfortable option. The knowledgeable and friendly staff is on-hand 24-hours if you have a question or concern.

Chelsea Inn

If it's a prime location you're after, the Chelsea Inn is the place for you. In midtown Manhattan, just round the corner from both hip Greenwich Village and the Flatiron district, you'll be swimming in hot restaurants and clubs, as well as some top shopping along Fifth Avenue.

Chelsea is renowned for having been home to some of the world's best artistic talent, including Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and John Lennon (who lived there in the early 1970s). In addition to outstanding location, this charming hostel offers free breakfast and provides internet at low weekly rates.

Jazz Hostels

The Jazz Hostels are located throughout New York, offering a great variety of locations, depending on where you might want to stay. Known for their colorful decorating style and friendly staff, there's a reason why Jazz Hostels have been around for nearly 10 years.

Their newest location, 'Jazz on Lenox', is housed in a renovated Victorian brownstone on West 128th street. Near the world-famous Apollo Theater and dozens of cool jazz clubs, the hostel has a hip, laidback feel. Some great bars, restaurants and one of the city's top shopping districts on 125th street are also all within close walking distance.

Continental Hostel

This brand new hostel offers a huge lounge complete with ping pong tables, foosball, and several kiosks for quick internet access. Newly renovated, it's hard not to be impressed by the comfortable rooms.

Outside, you're greeted with the hip, fashionable, and trendy inhabitants of the Upper West Side, long one of New York's hottest neighborhoods. Only minutes from Central Park, the scenery and access to other New York locals can't be beaten.

It's also an area surrounded by several universities, whose large student population keep prices low and presenting the budget traveler with many viable options for excellent restaurants, bars, and clubs.
About the Author
Ben Cooper is a freelance travel writer from Boston. On his travels around the states he picked up an intimate knowledge of New York hostels.
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