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Candy Hostel
Vancouver, Canada
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37 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Don't stay there!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2011

I know staying in NY is expensive, but If you have some respect for yourself, don't stay at Candy Hostel! It's cheap, but doesn't worth it.
We stayed there for 4 nights. We first got a dirty room infested with bed bugs and cockroaches. When we noticed the blood spots on the sheets and the bite marks on our arms and legs, we asked for another room. It was even worse. As soon as we got there we saw cockroaches, so we got back to the first one and stayed there one more night. On the next day we went to a third room, and this one was fine. So it's kind of a lottery: if you get a non-infested room, you'll have an ok experience, otherwise... We got so many bites we couldn't wear short sleeves outside cause our arms were looking disgusting and itching like hell. They took more than 2 weeks to go away.
I'm glad we got another place to stay after the 4th night, though the itching arms lasted for the rest of out trip.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank vanessa_rossi
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2011

I wouldn’t recommend this hostel to anyone! Not worth the money at all! The staff is not helpful at all and very arrogant! The beds are very small and uncomfortable. The bathrooms on our floor stank of urine and hot water is obviously not included in the price, had to take a cold shower the last day... See for yourself if you will, but for that money you can defiantly find something better in NYC! Good luck

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2011

The beds and bathrooms are very, very small but clean and we didn't encounter any vermin, but this isn't a hotel to stay in if you want to do anything more than sleep in a bed and wash yourself in the bathroom. For example, it is totally beyond me why anyone would come to NYC and then sit in the grotty TV room. Unless you are an excitable group of teenagers who have never been away from their parents before and the giddy sensation of freedom will make you run up and down the corridors shrieking with delight. There are plenty of those around - expect noise at all hours.

Staff are perfectly helpful and we were not charged for wireless. Decor was miserable and crumbling but you don't pay these prices and expect Versailles. All in all, perfectly acceptable budget hotel.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2011

From the main site (http://www.candynyc.com/):
Cinema room : disgusting
FREE soap : tiny bar in the bathroom
One block from Subway : actually 2 blocks
Free Subway and Bus maps : ran out
FREE WiFi (wireless internet) : NOT FREE - $8 dollars a day

Not a social hostel. No events during the start of the week. Hot water wasn't working. Bathtub was filthy. Room was damp and smelt. The staff NEVER have change for their own drink/food machines or computers or lockers. Computers cost money to use. Lockers are 5 dollars a day (they won't store luggage for free on your last day). Noisy rooms since the floors make noises when people are wondering through the hallways.

Bed is clean. Closest subway is an express stop on the 1,2,3 line.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MLai87
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2011

could not find it to begin, reception not helpful rooms tiny not clean, broken locks

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank helenism_11
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Largo, Maryland
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2011

im not sure if they have Bed Bugs because i didn't see any but the receptionist told me they did but they treated them humm idk. i would only recommend this hostel to a party person or someone who just doesn't care. the first couple of nights the heat wasn't working, the guy at the desk told me to check out then i was like your so rude. the bathrooms where actually clean. also they have a lot of strays that come by and hang around it made me very uncomfortable

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank moody41223
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sydney
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2010

My first trip to America and we arrived at the Candy hostel about 10pm at night only to be told we had to walk 5 blocks away to their sister property the chocolat hostel. The staff at the candy hostel were beyond rude and offered no assistance as to which way we even had to walk. we were terrified holding onto our bags hoping we didn't get mugged. Eventually when we did arrive at the chocolat hostel my cousins bed had already been slept in so we asked to be moved to a different room which was just as bad. nothing like you see in the pictures. People we shared a room with had teh same thing happen to them they sell you the candy hostel when you book online with the nice pictures and then send you off to their sister properties when they get busy. This was a rude shock to our holiday in New York and I will not return to this property I will only ever using Hostelling International from now on as they do not brag about their properties or have a great amount of photos but the service and quality are exceptional.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lauzb88
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Additional Information about Candy Hostel

Property: Candy Hostel
Address: 316 W 95th St, New York City, NY 10025-6101
Region: United States > New York > New York City > Upper West Side , Manhattan
Amenities:
Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #107 of 166 Speciality Lodging in New York City
Number of rooms: 25
Also Known As:
Candy Hotel New York City
Candy Hostel New York
Candy Hostel Nyc

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