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“Great location, would not stay there again”
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West Side YMCA
Reviewed December 5, 2012

The location Is great! It is right near central park and many other attractions. Room was tiny, paint peeling, and the beds were uncomfortable. For just a little more we could've stayed in a nice hotel. They control the radiators so in the middle of the night it would get freezing cold! Also, you have to shower early in the morning or early evening or the shower will be cold. Lastly, we had our"do not disturb" sign up and someone went into our room anyway. No harm done just fresh towels but we wanted or room left alone. I will say that it is a safe area and there is constant security and you must show your room key to get in so no vagrants.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

I stayed at the westside YMCA for 5 days in october 2012... right next door to central park, a great location close enough to Times Square.
Its basic, a small bed, tv,small towel provided and toilets and showers down the corridor.
I was concerned after reading some of the reviews, but for my first 5 days in New York i was on my own and every other hotel was in the $400 region... i paid $135 a night here.
Been a while since i travelled alone, but the place was cheap, close to all attractions, safe(my main concern) and i found the staff to be friendly!

Room Tip: stay on the top 3 floors, cost more but have been renovated so although basic,, and i mean basic, th...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

I stayed in this hostel as part of a group trip. I decided to stay in a private room, which was very basic. It had the bed, a desk with a small tv and an air conditioner in the room. I was using shared bathrooms for the week I was staying there. I didn't have one good shower the whole week I was there, as it seemed the shower only went from freezing cold - boiling hot, and no matter how long i tried to adjust it, it would always be unbearably hot...

The location of the hostel was the best thing about it. Literally a minutes walk(not even) to Central Park. 10 minute walk to Times Square. Ideal and very close to main subway lines too.

Overall, when you are visiting one of the world's most amazing cities, you tend to be out from first thing in the morning - to dinner time, then back out again. I was very rarely in the room during the day. So I would recommend this place to anyone looking to visit New York for a few days - a week, if you are going to be doing a lot of sightseeing.

Room Tip: Hire a bike and cycle around Central Park! Great on a sunny day!
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

This Hostel is a piece of crab. The Restrooms are gross, the matresses are pretty uncomfortable and the Wifi didn't work for a whole weekend!!!
The Personal called themselves stupid and unable to manage things.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights and after the 1st it was so unbearable i checked into a proper hotel on 39th street.
This place is a DUMP!...not sure if its used as a permanent basis for homeless people too...I walked into the room and couldn't even turn around it was the size of a closet with a bunk beds!! hardly any space for out suitcases.
There was no wifi in these closet rooms...you had to go downstairs every time to access the wifi and on one evening i heard the one of the managers verbally abuse and shout at a customer telling her to pack and leave the hotel today whilst i was using the wifi, the police was involved all to do with some stalking apparently anyway it was all hectic.
Only plus is we had separate showers/toilets and we was by Central Park.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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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
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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
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Address: 5 West 63rd Street, New York City, NY 10023-7162
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Upper West Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 163 Specialty Lodging in New York City
Price Range: $100 - $175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — West Side YMCA 2*
Number of rooms: 377
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just off Central Park West and steps from the Columbus Circle transit 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 Include Cable TV, Shared Bathrooms on each floor (some private facilities)Air-conditioning, Housekeeping - Clean Linens and Towels provided. Elevator BuildingAround the clock check-in 24 hour security Free WiFi in lobby area Safe Deposit boxes No Curfew ... more   less 
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