International Student Center



38 West 88th Street Manhattan NY 10024 New YorkSee nearby area


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    Set in a converted brownstone just a short stroll from Central Park, ISC has simple dorm rooms and basic facilities, with a cozy, if well-worn, lounge on the ground floor. The hosts are friendly, but the rules can be annoying: you can't bring bags up to the rooms, and only guests aged 18 to 35 are accepted.

    Lack of wi-fi is a big minus (there is a computer, not free, for guests). The location, however, is outstanding.

    Our independent authors have visited International Student Center and selected this as one of our recommended hostels in Upper West Side & Central Park.

    Description provided by property

    Welcome to the International Student Center youth hostel.

    Located in Manhattan, in a beautiful and safe neighborhood of the Upper West Side, 1/2 block from Central Park and the subway, we serve young people and students (between the ages of 18 and 35) traveling through New York City.

    *~* We are a youth hostel! You must be between the ages of 18-35 to make a reservation.*~*

    As a non-profit educational organization, we do not charge extra taxes or fees on our listed bed prices.

    The youth hostel offers 40 beds in dormitory style (bunk beds) accommodation, both single sex and co-ed rooms.

    Office Hours: 8am-11pm
    Check-In: 3pm-10pm.

    If you are arriving into NYC after 10pm you will be unable to enter the building and check-in because the office closes at 11pm. If your flight is delayed, please call ahead.

    Please note: If you do not show up for your reservation, you will be charged for your first night of stay !!!

    Check-Out Time:10am

    Students, non-students, and US residents (between the ages of 18 and 35; but not residents of NYC) accepted.
    Note: a valid original passport/U.S. driver's license is needed to check-in. We do not accept college IDs or photocopies.

    Guest Facilities Include . . .
    WiFi free for all guests

    Full kitchen with stove, microwave, fridges; lounge with TV/DVD.

    Please note that only small backpacks and tote bags are allowed upstairs in the dorm rooms. Suitcases and travel backpacks must be left in the office due to NYC fire safety regulations. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation!

    We offer free linen (sheets/blankets). Guests must bring their own towels.

    We have A.C. units in each dorm room!

    There is no curfew. You will be given a key ($10 cash deposit, refunded upon checkout) so you can come and go as you please!

    We do close the rooms for cleaning from 12pm-3pm and require all guests to leave their dormitory bedrooms.

    There are no lockers in most bedrooms. Some are located downstairs in the common lounge area. A safe is available for any documents or electronic items you wish to leave in a safe place at the reception. We DO NOT offer storage for Bicycles!

    We are located in an old brownstone building. We do not have an elevator. The guest rooms are located on the upper floors.

    Cancellation Policies: All cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance. Any cancellations made less than 48 hours of the arrival date will be charged for the first night. No shows will be charged first night's rate and the remaining days of their reservation will be cancelled. Also, no same day refunds after check-in.

    Duration of stay:
    May - September: maximum stay of 7 nights.
    October - April: maximum stay of 14 nights.

    Advance reservations made for more than 7 nights between May-Sept or 14 nights Oct-April will not be accepted and will be canceled.

    There must be 30 calendar days between every maximum length stay.

    Payment: credit cards (Visa and MasterCard); and cash accepted.

    Please note that the 10% or 12% reservation deposit you paid to Hostel World is not received by us here at the International Student Center youth hostel. That is your reservation fee to the Hostel World booking website.

    Have a lovely trip to New York and we look forward to seeing you at our youth hostel soon!

    Services & facilities

    • Recreation
      • Board games
      • Cable TV
      • Common Room
      • DVD's
    • Housekeeping
      • Housekeeping
      • Linen Included
    • Luggage storage
      • Security Lockers
      • Luggage Storage
    • Air Conditioning
      • Available
    • Wi-Fi/internet access
      • Internet Access
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