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“low budget hostel - very simple, but great value” 3 of 5 stars
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West Side YMCA
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   5 West 63rd Street, New York City, NY 10023 (Upper West Side)   |  
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“low budget hostel - very simple, but great value”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Have stayed here several times - always coming back.
This is not a Grand Hotel, not even a hotel - it's a hostel!
Rooms are extremely small and spartan, no comforts whatsoever, but clean.
The perfect location more than makes up for the spartan place.
Knowing that, book this place if you want a clean, low budget place to sleep for a few nights.

Here are a few tips:
- rooms on other floors OK too, but if you can: spend the extra $ on Premium (12th floor) or Deluxe (13th floor). (for explanation read below).
- bring thongs for the shower and for the way to the bathrooms,
- room only has 1 towel per person, but you can get an extra towel at gym entrance/3rd floor.

- Breakfast: we love buying food at "Whole Foods" on Columbus Circle, 3 blocks south of the hostel. They are in the basement of "The Shops" on the western side of Columbus Circle. It's an organic food market, but you don't have to be a health nut or organic freak to love the place. They have an incredible selection of super foods. Select a breakfast from their fruit shelves, buffets, bakery, dairy cool cases..., and take it across the street for a picnic in Central Park. Beats any restaurant any time! If you love good food - this is the place!

Room Tip: Premium rooms (12th floor) or - better yet - Deluxe rooms (13th floor) are best. There's actual...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Location was easy to trains, Lincoln Center and Times Square close by. Handy to Central Park, and easy to rent a bike for a morning spin around the Park.
Semi-shared baths on the upper renovated floors much better then the cheaper shared baths on the lower floors. Had no problems with bathrooms being clean and available. Rooms are basic, with no extras, 1 towel, 1 soap...nothing else. However if you are in NYC you will be seeing the sites, not spending time in the room...and for the price it works. Front desk people always friendly, security always checking for room cards when arriving and neighborhood safe for late night...so worth it when comparing the other out of control NYC hotel prices.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bangkok, Thailand
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We stayed there for 2 nights in a private room/shared bathroom. The room was not clean, hair on the ground, the matrasses laid through, really bad. The shared bathroom smelled like urine, the Walk in showers don't provide privacy, no doors... It is next to South Central Park which is good, but that's about it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

the worst hostel I've ever spent a night. We were on the eighth floor, the corridors were similar to Alcatraz, there is only one bathroom for about 150 rooms, with 4 showers, one out of order. The small room was full of dust, dirt, and the price paid was like a hotel. a nightmare

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Honolulu,HI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

The location is unbeatable; the security, quietness, interesting guests, helpful staff, cleanliness, internet options were exceptional! I have recommended this to all my friends. My room on the 13th fl was perfect.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

This is my second review of the West YMCA...this time I stayed with a friend in one of the "renovated" double rooms on the 13th floor.

Pros: Fantastic location. Very safe. Rooms were clean, beds comfortable. Cheap for NYC. Renovated rooms have carpet, desk, chair and a flat screen TV. They were a decent size. Staff was very friendly.

Cons: Bathrooms did not seem to be cleaned on a regular basis. Cafe that used to be in the lobby is gone. No blankets on the bed...I managed to snag a couple from the linen cart. People come and go at all hours, but this IS a hostel and that is to be expected.

Quirks: There was no ladder to get to the top bunk, and the bunks were fairly high! When we asked for a ladder, we were told that they couldn't get one so late and that people usually just "jumped" up! There really was no way to get up there...unless you were some kind of gymnast! The next day, we were given a ladder, but it had no hooks at the top, so when my friend tried to use it to climb down, it slid right across the floor and she was left hanging on the to side of the bed. It was extremely awkward and very odd...I have stayed in MANY hostels with bunk beds and even the worst of them had a ladder or way to climb up to the top bunk! The beds could easily have easily have been separated into two twins beds and the room was large enough to do this...I wonder why they don't go this route, rather than have people "jumping" or using a defective ladder. Seems like a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Room Tip: We had a nice view from the 13th floor...get a room on the outside of the building. And ask for a la...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Had a private room for $92/night--reasonable by NYC standards. Room was comfortable, linens changed every day, air conditioning, and was quiet except that I could hear doors banging shut down the hall. Bathrooms were down the hall, but they were all individual and private. Practically across the street from Lincoln Center and Central Park. Within walking distance of Times Square, etc, but also handy to subways. Also receive access to the Y's fitness center and pool. Room security was good. Would have preferred men to be on separate floors.

Room Tip: The rooms on the upper floors are better because the bathrooms are private
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about West Side YMCA

Address: 5 West 63rd Street, New York City, NY 10023
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Upper West Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 188 Specialty Lodging in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — West Side YMCA 2*
Number of rooms: 500
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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