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“Some good, some bad--great location” 2 of 5 bubbles
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West Side YMCA
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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1,879 reviews
208 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1,858 helpful votes
“Some good, some bad--great location”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2010

We have stayed at the Vanderbilt Y previously and generally know what to expect, but this was our first stay at the West Side Y because of the location and the things we wanted to do in the area. The location on 63rd Street near Central Park, Lincoln Center and Julliard is fantastic and the cost for 2 including tax was only $102, a bargain for NYC.

After reading the reviews, I expected it to be worse that it was. The rooms for 2 have bunk beds in a relatively small space, the TV is hung on the wall and worked fine (the Vanderbilt Y TVs never seemed to work right). There is a desk and chair--no chest of drawers for clothes, but there was a closet (which the other Y did not have) to hang clothes and there were extra blankets. The mattress was adequate, but the pillow was fair. Towels were large and fluffy. The only toilet item in the room were 2 small bars of soap, so be prepared to bring your own shampoo, etc. We were on the 10th floor on a weeknight and it was very quiet and seemed to have few guests on that floor. We only stayed one night and came in late so check in was fast since there were few others checking in.

The Y has a nice cafe on the first floor-all self serve--we had breakfast of whole wheat pancakes (about $6) which were tasty, but were not hot and probably were on a steam table and a Canadian bacon and egg sandwhich (about $3)--adding coffee and tea, it came to $13. Not too bad, but if you wanted something more gourmet and a little more expensive there are spots on Broadway and Columbus Ave.

We felt that the worst part of our stay were the bathrooms--the 2 urinals did not work in the men's room and the smell was overwhelming. Sinks were filled with water because the drains did not work and while using the sinks, if someone was using the shower, you tended to get all wet from water coming from the showers. The Vanderbilt Y bathrooms, while not great, were far better than this place. Management should pay more attention to these problems--it is a real turnoff and we did not want to take a shower in these very subpar facilities.

Another concern was the luggage room--you have to pay $1 to store your luggage after you check out, which is a real plus. However, this set up is not managed correctly--the luggage room is unlocked and anyone can enter it and you go in and get your own luggage--the clerk does check to see if it is your luggage once you get it, but after reading the previous reviews about this, we did not leave anything of value in our luggage when it was stored. The Vanderbilt Y seems to have a more secure system of luggage storage..

This never going to be the Ritz and you have to be aware of what you are getting for your money--it does need more attention to the bathrooms and better security for the luggage area.

T

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Pnemiller
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2010

On the bright side you are seconds from Central Park, Trump Tower, Lincoln Plaza etc - five stars for location. The gym is also well equipped and the staff are brilliant - making it a great bonus for the stay at the Y.

The room I'm staying in on the other hand seems straight out of a public hospital ward. As soon as the doors to the lift open on level the whift of something horrid greets you. Walking down the corridoor the carpets are stained and the walls aren't much better.

The room itself doesn't smell but the double bed seems exceptionally small and feels more like a table, the toilet gives you a workout when trying to push the handle to flush it, the hot water for the shower seems harder to find than a ticket to the most popular ticket on Broadway, and the television is barely watchable because of the static. The rooms are cleaned daily and fresh towels and toiletries provided.

I suspect there are better bargains out there...but then again there is a bit of adventure to be had staying at the Y (despite its quirks).

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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27 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2010

Stayed here for two nights. The location is great, I've always been a west side person so I loved the location. Can't say the same about the rooms though. My basis is the Vanderbilt YMCA which I stayed at several months ago.

The rooms are definitely lower quality, no carpeting, only a closet for your stuff with no drawers. The bathrooms however are the worst, the showers, sinks and toilets were frequently clogged and dirty, sometimes with water overflowing. I did mention it to the front desk but I was already on my way out.

The wifi is available only at the lobby, not at the rooms. Someone already mentioned about their left luggage which is in an unlocked room. Again different from the Vanderbilt where they have a locked room for luggage.

Most hotels eg. the Jane or the Pod are usually significantly more expensive for better rooms and service but for the same amount of money, go to the Vanderbilt YMCA, you won't regret it.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank farulg
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Brentwood, MD
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2010

See at the bottom for recommendations for better places to stay.

This is a hostel, which explains the lack of room amenities, I suppose: no clock, hair dryer, bathroom kit, blanket, robe, or sink in the room, for instance. But it doesn't explain the other problems:

Check-in took a very long time (while the clerk debated with a colleague whether the room was clean and ignored me; I had arrived 45 minutes after check-in time). The clerk never apologized or thanked me for waiting, and declined to hand me the key even after I said that I needed to get to the room and then leave, and that I didn't care if the room wasn't clean yet.

My room was on the 9th floor, and the clerk wrote down a 3-digit number and "bathroom," but failed to tell me that this was a code, not a room number, so I wasted time looking for a non-existent bathroom. She also didn't explain the gym.

On the 9th floor, there are a lot of ugly hallways that look exactly alike, and the room numbers on the doors are small. But there are no signs (e.g. "rooms 920-940 that way" or "bathroom this way"). So guests have to wander the halls, staring at the doors trying desperately to figure out where their rooms are.

The bathroom wouldn't be nice even if it were clean--mold all over the ceiling, and a set-up that makes privacy impossible--but when I was in it, it was always filthy, with stopped-up sinks and hair everywhere.

The bed had the cheapest and most uncomfortable mattress I have ever encountered. The walls in the room were dirty. The window was grimy. The floor was made of unappealing linoleum. This aside, the room was clean, though.

They charge $1 per bag for luggage storage, but store it in an unlocked room which guests can access, and which the guard sits with his or her back to.

The location is of course lovely: just off 8th, and next to Central Park. But it is not, in my opinion, worth staying here. I recommend The Larchmont Hotel, in the West Village, or the Pod Hotel in midtown. Both are not much more expensive, and offer all of the standard hotel amenities. Neither is perfect--the Pod's customer service isn't flawless, and the Larchmont's bathtubs are in dire need of reglazing, but they're both very nice. The Larchmont has a slightly run-down charm, and the Pod has a pleasant kind of hipness. (I usually stay at one or the other, and was just trying something different this time: bad idea.)

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank LorininDC
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2010

I Stayed at thw westside YMCA for 12 nights, you really feel like your a member of the United nations when you stay there. Make sure you stay on the 12th or 13th floor they are the best by far, The place is good, clean, great location, heaps of helpful staff, although it can be noisy at night, people do tend to bang there bedroom doors when they get home, if your a good sleeper you will have no worries, The location is Aresome 50 feet from Central Park, I would stay there again, I really miss new York, its an aresome city

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank daveespy
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Cologne, Germany
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2010

First: YMCA tell they never change the price and don't charge tax! This is really good if you want to stay in NY for New Years, BUT $119 for a deluxe room with semi-private bathroom is too much!

The room was super small, the matresses were really really thin so you felt the iron "lath floor" on your back. 10 nights and I had horrible back ache!

Great about the room was the huge mirror and the TV, also the daily cleaning was ok and the brought new towels every day.
The heater was quite ok but when you stood close to the window you could feel the icy New Yorker wind flow into the room..

The semi-private bathrooms were cleaned once a day, so you had to hurry in the morning to get in a freshly cleaned. The room-cards didn't work on all of the doors what ws quite annoying, sometimes they didn't even work on one of the doors!

There was free wifi access in the lobby and some pay-computers to go in the internet and print-out things.
The staff at the reception was partly nice but the security-staff in the lobby was superunfriendly. When we checked out we left our luggage in the luggage-room and wanted to get dressed for our flight home: They kicked us out!

We didn't use the pool and the gym so I can't tell anything about this.

The best thing about the hostel is definitely the area! It is just halb a block from Central Park and half a block to Broadway with a bank, a starbucks, some deli's etc. Columbus Circle und subway connection is 2 blocks away (3 minute walk).

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Traveljunkie_1988
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Santa Barbara, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2010

My fiance and I stayed here for 2 nights over Easter weekend to hang out with some friends in New York City. The room was very clean, though small (however we expected that). The staff were friendly. It is a huge hostel but we had no problems with noise and slept well both nights. It is in a fabulous location, just a few steps from Central Park and not far from restaurants etc.

The only negative thing we experienced was the state of the female bathroom on our floor (we chose the shared bathroom option). It was pretty disgusting and although it is not the hostel's fault that some people are just foul and it did get cleaned eventually, I think it probably needed to be checked on cleaned more often.

If you want to save money and don't mind staying in a hostel, this one is definitely good value for money and I felt the room was cleaner than many others I have experienced.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Vict0ria78
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Property: West Side YMCA
Address: 5 West 63rd Street, New York City, NY 10023-7162
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 #27 of 166 Specialty Lodging in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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-in24 hour securityFree WiFi in lobby areaSafe Deposit boxesNo Curfew ... more   less 
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