I was visiting NYC for the first time in October 2012. As New York was only the first city for our holiday, we were on a budget, but still wanted to stay around mid-town Manhattan. After reading so many negative review, we've still decided to go ahead and booked a room with a bunk bad in this YMCA. As it turned out, it was one of the best decisions, we could have made!
The location of this hostel is absolutely superb! ~10 minutes walk from the Lexington Ave/ 53rd Street metro station, from where taking the E train till Jamaica Station and changing to the airtrain, you can get easily to JFK.
Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, UN, etc. are all within a walking distance from this hostel!
I agree, that the beds were not the most comfortable and the rooms were small, but if you are a traveller like me, who wanted to explore NY and not to spend his time in the hotel, then this place will be just fine!
The room was clean, though first admittedly looked a bit dirty, but it was just "worn-down". Nothing what a layer of paint couldn't fix. The room was cleaned every day, and our beds were made ever morning, too! (Which I definitely did NOT expect!). The room had a bunk bed, a table and a TV in it. The shared showeres looked clean, but as a pre-caution, I'd suggest to use flip-flops or slippers.
Everyone in the Y was kind and helpful, could ask petty much anything about NY landmarks, etc.
Free WI-FI (ask for access codes from the reception) was available around the reception area and some parts of the 10th floor corridors (maybe also on other floors, but as we stayed on the 10th, that is the one I know about).
Would definitely recommend this place to others - making it clear, that it is a simple place.
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- The Vanderbilt Ymca Hotel New York City
- Ymca Vanderbilt
- Ymca New York
- New Vanderbilt Ymca York
- Vanderbilt Ymca New York
- Ymca Nyc