I have stayed in plenty of NYC area Ys and was not expecting anything glamorous; however, for the amount you pay to stay here, things should be a bit better.
I live in the NYC area but had to go into town for a show at JALC on a snowy evening. The weather was expected to worsen as the night went on, so I took an overnight bag and booked a room here in case the trains went down.
I got to the Harlem Y after 10 PM. During late hours, check-in is done with the security guard who will take your ID (drivers license or passport) as security. You get it back after you formally check-in and pay the following AM.
I ended up with a room on the 7th floor - 715, I believe. Spartan even by Y standards. Tiny room with barely enough space for the twin bed and dresser. There was a large college type fridge that was very clean inside. There was also a closet with its door torn off the hinges. The room itself was not incredibly clean. The corners of the floor were grimy. Heat is by radiator. There was an air conditioner still in the window on a snowy December night although it appeared to be sealed well and did not cause a draft. A 'do not disturb' sign was provided as well as a large mirror over the dresser.
A towel is provided but not a washcloth. Also, bring flip flops if you plan on staying here. You'll need them, especially for the showers.
The 7th floor was very quiet. The lounge had a microwave, soda machine, and a circular table with chairs. It seemed clean.
There is one women's toilet and shower on the 7th floor. The faucets to the sink in that bathroom are not fixed and move around when you try to use them. I used one of the private bathrooms on the 10th floor to shower. Did not find it terribly clean. There was grime and mildew in the shower stall. I will say that this was a Sunday AM and most Ys that I have stayed in have more of a skeleton cleaning crew on the weekends. Someone else had left her towel and toiletries in the shower stall, which I found annoying.
Check out was quick and no problems. The subway is very close to the entrance and I don't find this part of Harlem (half a block away from Harlem Hospital) all that rough.
Basically, I would book at the Y in Greenpoint before here. Also, if you can, would put out what is probably an extra $20/night and stay at the Y on the Upper West Side, which is basic but nice and a very nice location. Would only stay here in a pinch. It is safe and quiet though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Get more and pay less, when you stay with us at the YMCA! Enjoy our full-service fitness center which includes swimming pool, steam room and sauna, and cardiovascular and strength training studios. Take advantage of free Wi-Fi and television in the tourist lounge, business center, daily housekeeping services, and 24-hour security. For travelers who are on the go, we are conveniently located near four subway lines (2/3, B/C) which run 24 hours a day. A 10 minute ride will take you to the most scenic and serene sections of Central Park, and 10 minutes more will take you to the heart of Manhattan and hotspots like Times Square, Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center. Stay in the neighborhood and admire the historic architecture and rich cultural sites on a guided tour through Harlem, get a taste of soul by Top Chef Master, Marcus Samuelsson at Red Rooster, and polish off the night with some smooth jazz on Sugar Hill. We have private single rooms as well as private doubles (bunk beds). Guests share common bathrooms which are conveniently located on each floor. • Free unlimited Wi-Fi (in tourist lounge)• Clean linens & towels provided • No curfew or lockout • Each room is private with own lock and key• Each room has air conditioning & refrigerator• 24 Hour security• Elevator building• Free Tourist Information and Maps. If you would like to inquire about group rates, or have additional questions please contact us!Please Note: All guests must be 13 years of age or older. Valid Photo ID is required to stay at the YMCA. Maximum length of stay is 25 days. Visitors are not permitted on the guest room floors. Check-in after 2pm, Check-out by 11am. Reservations may be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to arrival date without incurring penalty charges. ... more less
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