If you’re looking for the best hostels in Brooklyn, we got you covered.
Brooklyn is a great pick for people who want to either discover NYC on a budget or base themselves in a less popular and touristic area of the city. This district allows travelers to discover a side of New York with which only some get acquainted.
But the area is massive, so you will need Brooklyn hostels recommendations that are well-located, safe, near a subway – so you can explore the rest of New York – and with friendly staff that will encourage you to explore their borough.
Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check-Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Brooklyn Vs. Manhattan: While you’ll find the most popular and famous sights in Manhattan, staying in Brooklyn is an excellent option because you’ll discover things you might not have since people typically don’t spend that much time exploring this borough.
Another thing to note is that the NYC subway is very accessible, so most of the Brooklyn hostels on our list are a 10 to 30 minutes ride to Manhattan (and they are almost half the price of most hostels in Manhattan)
Transportation: The cheapest and most efficient way to travel is by using the subway. If you’re on a budget, one backpacking tip for Manhattan would be to buy a 7-day or 30-day MetroPass with unlimited rides on it.
The price for 7 days is 33$ and the one for 30 days is 127$ (please double-check the price, of course).
Partying on a budget in Brooklyn: happy hour will be your best friend if you don’t want to break the bank. Usually, happy hour is from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on weekdays and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on weekends.
We really like the warm and social atmosphere, and their common facilities all promote easy socialization between guests.
Their dorms are also very comfortable, although note that most are ‘single bed’ dorms, which means you won’t really get any privacy.
The hostel’s interior is very hip (do people still use that word?), as all the walls are adorned with street art and murals from artists from all over NYC.
Location: Brooklyn hostel in East Williamsburg. The neighborhood is known to be a ‘hippie area’ of the city and is surrounded by fun bars, galleries, cafes, restaurants, and music venues. This hostel is also near a subway that will get you to Manhattan in around 16 minutes.
This is a very lively place to stay with great common spaces to meet fellow travelers, even though it is a hotel.
Our only complaint is the noise: the bar gets very loud on the weekends, and the subway is nearby as it passes in front of the hotel. This, combined with thin walls, means that you might get annoyed if you’re a light sleeper, but it’s nothing a good pair of earplugs can’t fix.
Location: Brooklyn hostel that is close to the subway (it will take about 20 minutes to get to Manhattan on the J line). The area is full of restaurants, bars, and cafes.
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Brooklyn.
Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Brooklyn
add your dates
Order the listings by price
Simple as that.
Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.
Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Brooklyn best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.
Safe travels, The Hostelgeeks
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