We stayed at the Harlem Y for 2 nights. The location was fine, and actually quite easy to get to from La Guardia airport. The subways were close by and efficient, so getting around the city was really no problem from this location. Furthermore, you can get breakfast and lunch vouchers to have a meal at a local buffet (focus on soul food). We gave that a go, and really enjoyed it. I would also like to add that we had this preconceived notion that Harlem was going to be sketchy, but it was not. This neighbourhood in particular felt safe and comfortable even late at night.
There was some confusion with our check-in... and what we considered to be some unnecessary waiting, but it got resolved. I would like to say that the guys working during the day were much more courteous and professional than the lady working the night shift, but it really didn't change our opinion on the place as a whole. Our room on the 10th floor had a bunk bed, a dresser and a fridge. There were also towels and soaps, which was a nice surprise. We had a shower room right across from our door that no one else seemed to know about, so it was empty whenever we required it. The halls were a bit noisy - it seemed impossible to close doors without them slamming. I don't think anyone was intentionally being noisy, it's just the nature of the building. The common room down stairs was nice - free wifi and possibly a place to meet fellow travellers. I wish I remembered my bathing suit because the pool looked nice as well.
All in all, I would probably stay here again as it was a good deal and we had a good experience with the friendly and knowledgeable staff. It might be better to stay here when you're travelling with a friend rather than a significant other, as the bunk beds are not an ideal romantic setting, but you can certainly squeeze 2 in a bed if needed :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Get more and pay less, when you stay with us at the YMCA! Enjoy our full-service fitness center which includes swimming pool, steam room and sauna, and cardiovascular and strength training studios. Take advantage of free Wi-Fi and television in the tourist lounge, business center, daily housekeeping services, and 24-hour security. For travelers who are on the go, we are conveniently located near four subway lines (2/3, B/C) which run 24 hours a day. A 10 minute ride will take you to the most scenic and serene sections of Central Park, and 10 minutes more will take you to the heart of Manhattan and hotspots like Times Square, Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center. Stay in the neighborhood and admire the historic architecture and rich cultural sites on a guided tour through Harlem, get a taste of soul by Top Chef Master, Marcus Samuelsson at Red Rooster, and polish off the night with some smooth jazz on Sugar Hill. We have private single rooms as well as private doubles (bunk beds). Guests share common bathrooms which are conveniently located on each floor. • Free unlimited Wi-Fi (in tourist lounge)• Clean linens & towels provided • No curfew or lockout • Each room is private with own lock and key• Each room has air conditioning & refrigerator• 24 Hour security• Elevator building• Free Tourist Information and Maps. If you would like to inquire about group rates, or have additional questions please contact us!Please Note: All guests must be 13 years of age or older. Valid Photo ID is required to stay at the YMCA. Maximum length of stay is 25 days. Visitors are not permitted on the guest room floors. Check-in after 2pm, Check-out by 11am. Reservations may be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to arrival date without incurring penalty charges. ... more less
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- The Harlem Ymca Hotel New York City