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“First hostel, would stay here again for $$$”

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The Vanderbilt YMCA
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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“First hostel, would stay here again for $$$”
Reviewed March 7, 2014

First time staying at a hostel. Husband and I already pre-judged the place and was actually surprised. We paid $113 a night as apposed to some sites who we're charging $87-$99. Why we went with the most expensive rate I have no idea. But I just didn't trust booking through a hostel website vs the YMCA site. We were able to use the Wifi unlike what the lady at the front desk said. I guess the wifi doesn't usually work on the sixth floor? Well it did for us which was a plus when uploading pictures and stuff from our days out on our laptop. This was also our first shared bathroom experience with a hotel. It wasn't as bad as we imagined women get their own covered stall and the men get their own room (I'm speaking only for the 6th floor) , just bring shower shoes and don't you dare think about using the loofas left by others. New towels are left by housekeeping every morning or there's a linen closet you could grab if needed. The room floors were pretty sketch and so we're the sheets but what do you expect, we stayed here knowing what we were gonna walk into but happy it was much better as expected. Rooms are small but alas, it's NYC. Short walk to multiple subway stations and some damn good street food. Can't vouch on the gym or other services provided.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

I've stayed here twice in August 2012 and 2013.

In August 2012 the staff were very rude and didn't provide me with any information, did make you feel like you was harassing them.

Aug 2013, was completely different the lady at the reception provided me with lots of information and use of the gym, she was also very friendly. The location is great a few blocks away from Grand Central and you can gain access to anywhere in NYC easily. Also many shops and fast food places are near by if your in a rush or on a low budget.

I had a private room. The room is basic and cheap. But remember its NYC its expensive and you get what you pay for and you only need a place to sleep which the hostel is perfect for. When I go back to NYC I will stay here again

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

Bit of a late review! Stayed her august. 2013
If your low budget traveller this is perfect. The location was good, easy enough to get around new York, we walked to most places. You could book sightseeing tours, transfers and other things down in the reception, the man was really helpful.
The rooms themselves, bunkbeds, In a tiny room probably not practical For everyone, but was fine for us. You had new towls and bedding each day and the room Itself Was clean. You did have shared bathrooms but not a major problem.
The hotel itself were stricked on security, you had to show your card everything you went up to your room, bit annoying but did make me feel really safe.
Would recommend this place for travellers, who explore the city there in and not luxuries of a hotel.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

This was a great venue for a school trip. The facilite were basic, but you don't need any better when you are out most days and evenings. The location was great as Times Square was only a 15 minute walk away. There is a phamarcy, shop and plenty of eateries nearby.

The staff were a mixed bag. Gina, in particular, on reception was great. eally friendly and really helpful, which as a trip leader for the first time overseas, was really needed. She had a great attitude and gave us everything that we needed and asked for, even when she was very busy. However, some staff such as Ginette, weren't as helptful, especially when speaking to the pupils who were on the trip.

Nevertheless, I would recoomend the YMCA Vanderbilt for anyone planning a school trip to he Big Apple.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Kenmare, Ireland
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

I'm fussy when it comes to hostels. I like them to be good value and most of all clean! The YMCA in Manhattan was this and more. It is in an amazing location near everything from Times Square, Grand Central Station, Madame Tussauds, good pubs and excellent restaurants. Considering New York is considered an expensive city to stay in, the YMCA was not. Its good value and has great facilities such as a brilliant gym and a swimming pool. It really is a top place to stay if your someone with a budget. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Just brilliant!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 20, 2014

As two UK graduates visiting The BIg Apple for a week, this place was ideal for those on a budget. 5mins walk from Times Square and Central Station, I endorse the YMCA Vanderbilt for people just looking for a bit of shut eye for the city that never sleeps.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2014

good value for money. nothing fancy nor spacious or particularly quiet but clean, efficient with very friendly staff. if you spend your time outside like me this is the best location for the traveller on a budget. i mean the central location is priceless! walking distance to grand central and midtown sights! felt very safe on my own even walking around in the middle of the night. there is a gym which i didnt use. staff will book you a shuttle service to the airport and basically help you with all sorts of enquiries.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: The Vanderbilt YMCA
Address: 224 E 47th St, New York City, NY 10017-2102
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan
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Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Swimming Pool
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Ranked #20 of 162 Specialty Lodging in New York City
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Hotel Class:2 star — The Vanderbilt YMCA 2*
Number of rooms: 400
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