Finding a hostel in the city that never sleeps? Surely that was a conundrum that most people think about. Luckily, we stumbled upon The Local NY, a young and hip hostel in the trendy Long Island City area. Looking more like an art gallery rather than a hostel, The Local NY made us feel right at home. We stayed, we chatted to their staff, and listened to their awesome recommendations on what to see and do while in the city-through the eyes of a local.
The Local NY
Upon entering the Local NY, you’re greeted by a large airy room full of paintings giving off a sleek and edgy look. We arrived at rather an ungodly hour after a long day of travel. Our respite? The wonderful staff who warmly welcomed us and a cold glass of beer from their bar area. The lobby and common space gave off an art gallery vibe, which was a pretty sweet place to go home to after a long day of sightseeing.
During the day, the bar area turns into a coffee shop where they sell good coffee and small nibbles and pastries for breakfast. Spending an hour here every morning was a great space for us to catch up on work before we headed out exploring. At night, this quiet coffee nook turns into a bar, which has something going on every night. From live music to game nights, this hostel was definitely great for meeting new people and socializing.
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The Local NY Dorm Rooms
During our first two nights, we stayed in one of the dorm rooms which could fit 4 people. Despite being in a dorm room, we felt absolutely at ease. The rooms were organized, trendy, and most of all clean! Each bunk came with a storage unit under the bed, reading lights, and electric sockets. Small details like providing guests with free padlocks to use were also taken into consideration. During our first night, there was one other person in the room and apart from that, we had the place all to ourselves. The bathrooms, although on the smaller side were always kept clean.
The Local NY Private Rooms
On our last night, we decided to stay in one of the Local NY’s lush private rooms. The room, along with most of the hostel decore was minimalistic and clean. The bed was very comfortable, which was quite difficult as no matter how much you want to wake up early to start exploring, you are instantly lured back into bed. The room had a lot of natural light which we absolutely loved. Apart from the private double rooms, The Local NY also has family rooms with a private bunk which is perfect for families and friends that are traveling together. If you a group of 2 looking to stay at the Local NY we would recommend spending a little extra and upgrading to a private room. You won’t regret it!
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Overall Experience at the Local NY
Our overall experience at The Local NY was amazing! The staff were super friendly and accommodating, giving us tips on where to go, what to see, and more importantly what to eat! Their recommendations were very welcomed which gave us an overall idea of how to see New York from a local’s perspective.
Their neighborhood, although a little far from Manhattan was still easily accessible via their metro. In fact, the hostel was only 5 minutes away from the subway stop which made it very convenient. This made coming in and out quite easy. In short, if ever we do get the chance to go to New York again, we would head straight back to The Local NY!
For more information and up to date prices check out The Local NY website.