Known to locals as 'The City', Manhattan is the most populous of the five boroughs of New York City and is also home to a long list of the city's most iconic landmarks and attractions. Known as one of the main cultural, touristic, entertainment, and financial centers of both the United States and the entire world, Manhattan is home to Wall Street, the New York Stark Exchange, NASDAQ, the United Nations Headquarters, and the headquarters of countless major companies.

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It's a hugely important area and attracts over 60 million tourists each year, being home to some of the world's most-visited touristic sites like Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, the Empire State Building, Chinatown, Central Park, and more. Many tourists in Manhattan choose to stay in the various hotels around the area, but there are also a lot of good hostels to choose from, offering low cost accommodation to help you save money and spend it elsewhere around the city. Read on for info on some of the best hostels in Manhattan.

- HI New York City Hostel - 891 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025, Phone: 212-932-2300

If you're a long-time hostel traveler, you should be familiar with the HI chain. HI stands for Hostelling International, which is one of the most trustworthy names in the hostel world. You can always turn to HI if you're looking for clean, safe, good quality accommodation at an affordable price, and the HI New York City Hostel is a fine example of what this chain can offer.

This Manhattan hostel is situated in the trendy Upper West Side of the island of Manhattan, within walking distance of some interesting landmarks like the Lincoln Center and the Natural History Museum. You'll find clean, cozy dorms decorated with bright colors at this hostel, which has received thousands of positive reviews from past guests online. The hostel offers free Wi-Fi access to all guests and features some nice outdoor patio and garden areas, as well as a comfortable communal lounge space, a café/bar, and more.

- Chelsea International Hostel - 251 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011, Phone: 212-647-0010

An excellent hostel in a great location for Manhattan visitors, the Chelsea International Hostel offers the same levels of comfort and class you'd expect from a high quality hotel, but at a fraction of the prices. This hostel is located in the neighborhood of Chelsea, which is well-known as being the home of many of Manhattan's best art galleries and bars. You'll find a lot of good nightlife in this area, with the High Line park also nearby.

Chelsea International Hostel offers both private rooms and dorms, all decorated and furnished to a good standard. The facilities here are simple and convenient, designed to make guests feel fully at ease and ready to head off for some Big Apple exploration each day. Free breakfast is served in the mornings and you'll also find communal lounge and dining areas in this Manhattan hostel.

- Central Park West Hostel - 201 W 87th St, New York, NY 10024, Phone: 646-490-7348

One of the best-known and most beloved parks on the planet, Central Park is located right in the middle of Manhattan and is one of New York City's biggest and best green spaces. The Central Park West Hostel, as its name implies, is located very close to Central Park, being situated just a couple of blocks to the west of the park itself in the Upper West Side.

Central Park West Hostel offers both private rooms and casual dormitories, all decorated and furnished to a good standard. The private rooms, in particular, are very nicely laid-out so are definitely worth the extra cash. You'll find clean bathrooms and great facilities all around at this hostel, which also offers a communal kitchen, a relaxing lounge space, a game room, and good public transportation links.

- Vanderbilt YMCA - 224 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, Phone: 212-912-2500

The YMCA is always a good name to turn to when you're looking for a reliable hostel or safe place to stay in a big city, and the Vanderbilt YMCA is a simply perfect location to check out for your stay in Manhattan due to its prime location, mere minutes away from key locations like Grand Central Terminal, the Empire State Building, and the amazing shops of 5th Avenue in the Turtle Bay neighborhood.

You'll find a lot of different features and amenities at this hostel including a fitness center with weights and exercise machines, sport courts, a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi access, communal kitchen facilities, clean bathrooms, nicely decorated dorms, and more, so there’s always something fun to do and you can definitely make some new friends here and exchange ideas with other travelers.