This is my second stay at the West Side YMCA. I find it a very reasonable place to stay in New York, if you are looking for budget accommodations without frills. I almost hate to give away the secret. It used to be cheaper, but prices have gone up. This time I asked for a window facing Central Park. I don't think it was worth paying a bit extra for the view, because it is not a great view. The park is in the distance boxed in between two buildings, and not very panoramic. Next time I'll settle for the cheaper room and walk over to the park for the view. It's only 1/2 block away.
My room was very clean. It included the basics to make my stay comfortable. There is a desk with a t.v., an open shelf for storing my belongings and a narrow open closet for hanging my clothes. There is also a full length mirror and small table which was very convenient for dressing. I found plenty electrical outlets which is always useful for charging up electronics.
The showers and toilets are outside the room in the hallway. I found the bathrooms clean, but the tile a bit dingy. I wouldn't step in there barefoot, but that's pretty much a rule for me anywhere I stay with a shared bath. I don't know if the housekeeping staff checks the bathrooms during the day to keep them tidy. I found them ok each time I went in the bathrooms. It also helps when the last person to use the bathroom and shower picks up after themselves.
They provide a fresh towel and change the bed sheets daily. Towels are a good size and pretty thick. The sheets are bright white.
The room was quiet, except for the bathroom doors out in the hallway slamming several times during the night. This can be fixed by wearing ear plugs at night.
There is a cafeteria on the ground floor where you can buy breakfast at a reasonable price. They also offer computers and internet for a fee. I did not use this service but I believe it's a couple of dollars for the computer use. If your flight departs in the evening, you may store your bags for $1 each after the 11 a.m. checkout.
Overall I enjoy staying at the YMCA for short stays.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just off Central Park West and steps from the Columbus Circle Travel hub, our New York hostel guest rooms offer private Single and Bunk rooms that provide a home away from home for nearly 130,000 International and Domestic budget travelers each year.Our ideal location in NYC allows guests to enjoy the beauty of Central Park, the energy of Times Square and world famous cultural institutions including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Museum of Natural History. As a hotel guest of the West Side YMCA, you can enjoy FREE use of our 65,000 square foot Health and Wellness Facility - including two indoor swimming pools. We're easily accessible to all NYC public transportation - uptown, downtown, cross-town buses, and the 1,A,C,E,B,D,N subway lines.Guest Rooms Facilities IncludeCable TVShared Bathrooms on each floor (some private facilities)Air-conditioningHousekeeping - Clean Linens and Towels providedElevator BuildingAround the clock check-in24 hour securityFree WiFi in lobby areaSafe Deposit boxesNo Curfew ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- West Side Ymca Hotel New York City
- Ymca New York
- New York City Ymca
- Ymca West Side New York
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