I recently stayed here and the location was amazing! 5 mins from the Dakota Building, outside which John Lennon was shot, and right next to Central Park!
It is a one star hostel, but compared price-wise with other NY hotels, well no comparison, far and away the cheapest for decent value. I had the Premium single room which has a shared bathroom/toilets, but only one shower so you can lock the door and be private. My friend was on the floor below, cheaper but 3 showers per bathroom.
The place was clean, but I had the feeling of being in Prisoner Cell Block H :-), very bare rooms with a single thin blanket, and long white corridors, doors clanging. . . almost looking for the jailer with keys! Didn't bother us, made us laugh actually.
There is TV in rooms, not flat screen but does work so you can get depressed watching the US elections, or tune into a B movie.
The person who told me about the place said they did incredible breakfasts, but we asked and the desk said they didn't. . .? This friend was talking a couple of years ago since she went, maybe they stopped, pity.
Have to say I got excellent service from the manager whom I emailed to complain the heating in my room didn't work.and I'd had hassles with engineers not showing, etc. He actually refunded my money, so I was very impressed, felt way more than fair.
Overall, a great place to stay if you're on a budget and not going to spend a heap of time in your room.
- 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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