American Dream Hostel 24th Street is pretty standard when it comes to dorm-style accommodations.
Although the awning says American Dream Bed and Breakfast, it is pretty easy to find and is just a short walk from the 23rd Street subway station. Union Square and the stations located in its proximity are also within walking distance from the hostel, making American Dream a good base camp for those who are attempting to explore New York City in its entirety. Plenty of inexpensive yet delicious New York-style eateries surround the hostel, as well as drugstores, bodegas, ATMs, and coffee shops. It is a relatively safe area, but stays noisy throughout the day and night, so guests may need earplugs to get a good nights sleep.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The dorm rooms are of average size and cleanliness. There are footlocker-style storage units in each room where guests may secure their belongings for free, provided they have brought their own locks. Other than that there is not much room for luggage, except for some space under the bunk beds. There is a short rack to hang clothes on, but no closet or shelves. The metal bunk beds shake when someone climbs to the top bunk, and you cannot sit comfortably on the bottom bunk, since the top bunk is so low. Though the bedrooms are by no means dirty, they are not thoroughly cleaned each day, so bad smells; hair; and old, dried-up contact lenses from previous guest may linger.
Bathrooms are in-room and are shared with another adjoining room. The bathrooms are very little, and there is no place to put clothing while you shower, except atop the toilet or in the sink. In the mornings the showers may alternate between hot and cold while you are bathing, but the temperature is more consistent later in the day.
The common areas are quite modern and well kept. There is an entertainment room with a flat-screen television, two small tables, and two Wi-Fi-enabled public computers. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the hostel. The kitchen is a bit cramped, but it is clean and well-stocked for the free breakfast provided each morning. All types of travelers from all over the world stay at this hostel, though the atmosphere in the common areas can be a bit subdued, even antisocial at times.
There is nothing notably good or bad about American Dream. Its an average hostel in an average New York neighborhood, which accommodates average travelers, so its a good place for no-nonsense people who like to play it safe.