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#2 of 5 Specialty lodging in Newark
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54Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
4Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free parking
Breakfast included
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Air conditioning
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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LOCATION
Harrison
3.9 miles to Newark Liberty Intl Airport
0.4 miles to Newark Museum
Newark Central Business District
3.3 miles to Newark Liberty Intl Airport
0.4 miles to Newark Museum
Newark Central Business District
2.9 miles to Newark Liberty Intl Airport
0.7 miles to Newark Museum
Newark Central Business District
3.3 miles to Newark Liberty Intl Airport
0.3 miles to Newark Museum
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The maintenance and staffing has really slipped. 30% of the equipment is either broken, worn out or not functioning correctly. Cleaning staff are a small few. No administrative staff to be found. I have been a long time supporter of the Y and I am still a member, but it makes it difficult for me to continue when the reduce and cancel classes for months and still do not repair and maintain the equipment.
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So, at the end of October 2011, my boyfriend and I decided to make a last minute trip to the states over New Year, of course, pretty much everywhere was booked up, or charging over the odds, and this was the only option we could realistically afford. Having spent a few days in a hostel in Boston prior to this dump, we kept an open mind about not spending the extra for a flashy hotel. Boy, oh boy did we regret that ! When we gave the address to the cab driver at the airport, he asked us a few times "Are you SURE you want this one?" We just figured he wanted us to be sure as there is another YMCA in New York, but when we pulled up outside, we asked ourselves the same question. When we were checking in, the receptionist tried to overcharge us, and we were told that there must have been a problem with the site we booked it through as we'd apparently been waaay undercharged. After seeing the standards of the place itself, I would like to think the opposite. We had to have our pictures taken to be turned into security cards, fill out a LOT of forms, all in all took about 30 minutes, then we finally got our keys. We had booked a "double room" but when we scrambled through the hallways (past doors that had kick marks and various foul words and threats carved into them, we found ours, and inside was a gorgeous bunk bed ! Nothing like the picture advertised to us. The room was like a sauna, I've never been more uncomfortable in my life ! There was a TV (which didn't work) and the electricity supply was pretty intermittent too. To calm my nerves I looked out the window and the building opposite our room had painted on the roof "last night someone I didn't know called me to say my house was burning down". I am afraid this probably wasn't idle minded vandalism and was a pretty accurate representation of the general atmosphere of the neighbourhood. We decided to take a trip into Manhattan, so asked the same woman who had made our security cards for the best route to take and in the space of 15 minutes, she told us to "be safe" at least 8 times. Awesome. Within an hour of being in the place we would be staying for 7 days, we'd had the bones terrified right out of us, and rightly so. Within 15 minutes of leaving the hostel, we'd already had a death threat and a few people who could clearly tell we weren't local giving us incredibly unsettling looks. It was right then we knew we couldn't stay there, and ended up going to a Burger King in Manhattan so we could use their internet to book us into anywhere that wasn't there ! We used half of our spending money but it was worth it. The next 2 nights we had to spend there (as we couldn't get accomodation any sooner) were incredibly traumatic, the locals are definitely not the most friendly, we had to sleep with our money under the mattress, the other people staying in the hostel were constantly arguing, and a conversation overheard in the elevator informed us that someone had broken into another room and set all their clothes on fire. I cannot stress enough how much of a dive this place was, the staff were friendly enough and agreed to give us a refund (though when we got home, we had to wait a few weeks and complain to the managing director of the company to actually receive it)
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LOCATION
United StatesNew JerseyNewarkNewark Central Business District
NUMBER OF ROOMS
325
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