Thinking of taking a vacation to New York City but the funds are a bit low? No worries, try shacking up at one of the many great hostels this fabulous and exciting city and surroundings can provide. In many cases extensive breakfasts are included, as well as entertainment. 10 best New York City hostels starts right at the core of the city in Times Square.

  1. Urban Oasis.  This is the number one top-rated New York City hostel by This is in a good location, next to the Empire State Building, with clean and beautiful hotel-like rooms. The Urban Oasis staff is friendly and helpful with recommendations while traveling in NYC. Enjoy your stay in this renovated historic Manhattan building with lots of ambiance and character. They may be a bit pricier than other hostels but five minutes walking distance from Times Square is worth the extra pennies. Rates for dorms start at $60. 5 W 31st Street, New York, NY.
  2. American Dream Hostel. Spotless and comfortable, shared-spaces with kitchens and towels provided. Take advantage of free breakfasts with orange juice, coffee, muffins, pancakes, hash browns, eggs and fruit. The subway and a nice, sprawling park are just a couple of minutes away. They offer the internet and a library in a pleasant sitting-room area. This hostel offers a great price for safe and secure lodging in a central location. Rates for dorm and private rooms start at $62.50. 168 East 24th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Ave., New York, NY.
  3. The New York Loft Hostel.  Lots of character with high ratings for staff, cleanliness and security. Nice sized dorm rooms with free barbecue and extensive continental breakfasts. A 20 minute subway ride will get you to the heart of Manhattan. Many pleased customers and may have more vacancies during peak times. Rates are from $40 for dorms and $70 for private rooms. 249 Varet Street, Brooklyn, NY, New York.
  4. Hostelling International New York. Located in the Upper West Side right in the heart of the city, near the main subway, two blocks from Central Park and close to Columbia University with plenty of grocery stores and bars. The in-house theater and sunken patio and garden give one lots of flexibility. Super high ratings for location, security, cleanliness and staff. Breakfasts, game room, library, internet, security lockers and washer/dryers--makes this an affordable home away from home. Rates start at $38 for dorms. 891 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025.
  5. Columbus Circle Hostel. High marks for location, security, cleanliness and staff. They offer cable TV, security lockers, luggage storage, air conditioning, parking and linens--to name a few. Six and twelve bed rooms, the later more spacious and comfortable, with cooking facilities and clean bathroom facilities. Rates from $40 for dorms. They boast the best location of any hostel in NYC. 120 West 60th Street, New York, NY.
  6. Chelsea Star Hotel. Highest ratings are for security, location and staff with good reviews regarding cleanliness, fun and character. They have themed rooms, shared bathrooms--that are modern and clean, with a friendly front desk staff. A perfect location in the core of midtown Manhattan close to the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden and Heritage Square. The facilities include cable TV, luggage storage, 24 hour security, washers/dryers, linen, library, tours desk and much more. A convenient place to stay if you’re going to any concerts or events at Madison Square Garden. Rates from $35 for dorms and $89 for private rooms. 300 West 30th Street, New York, NY.
  7. Broadway Hotel n Hostel. Low rate with comfortable 2 bed dorm settings, spacious and clean. Close to several parks including Riverside Park: a long stretch of grass, trees and flowers to run, play and enjoy the Hudson River views, while having a lazy summer picnic. Facilities include refrigerator and cooking area, air conditioning, ceiling fans, fresh linens, cable TV, library, mini grocery store, security lockers, sitting room, free wifi, parking and much more. Be sure to book ahead and always confirm your reservations prior to arriving. Rates from $56 for dorm and $42 for private rooms. 230 West 101 Street, Broadway, New York, NY.
  8. Chelsea International Hostel. This, the largest New York City hostel, is located in the historic Chelsea District, south of Midtown Manhattan and north of Greenwich Village. With a great location and knowledgeable staff to help you with surrounding events and activities; you will feel secure and cared for.  Great art galleries, boutiques and restaurants are nearby, with access to subways and taxis. Don’t miss the Chelsea Pier where several types of boat rides, tours and places to play, abound. Facilities include a guest kitchen, luggage storage, internet access and an outdoor terraced area. Rates start at $55 and $64 for dorm and private rooms. 251 West 20th Street, New York, NY.
  9. International Student Center. Located in a beautiful and safe area on the Upper West Side of Midtown Manhattan, very close to Central Park. The dormitory-style rooms have 44 beds for same sex or co-ed bunking. This is a youth hostel for ages 18 to 35. The facilities include a common room, luggage storage, guest kitchen, cable TV, library, internet access and outdoor terrace. These youth dorm rooms are cheap, starting at $30. 38 West 88th Street, Manhattan, NY 10024.
  10. Jazz on the Park Hostel. Located on the Upper West Side, this is the largest and flagship Jazz Hostel chain, established in1998. Budget travelers love these relaxed, safe and comfortable digs. Many shops, restaurants and bars are located super close to your room. Nearby attractions include the Museum of Natural History, the New York Historical society, the world’s largest Gothic Cathedral--St John’s the Divine, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Jewish Museum of Art. All of these historic landmarks and much more can be enjoyed on your memorable trip to the big apple. Many facilities, provides for a restful and safe good night’s sleep at Jazz on the Park. Rates from $34 and $40 for dorm and private rooms. 36 West 106th Street @ Central Park West, New York, NY.