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“Great Location, Spartan Conditions!” 4 of 5 stars
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West Side YMCA
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   5 West 63rd Street, New York City, NY 10023   |  
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London, UK
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Great Location, Spartan Conditions!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

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.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 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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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

This hostel is best place for visiting nyc if you are backpackers.You can walk to times square in ten minutes.Also central park; you need to walk just 5 minutes to it.Private rooms are ideal but aware of it has shared bahtroom.It is a completly budget hostel.

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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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Cannes, France
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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!

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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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boston
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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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5 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 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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Additional Information about West Side YMCA

Address: 5 West 63rd Street, New York City, NY 10023
Location: United States > New York > New York City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 185 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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Also Known As:
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