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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- West Side Ymca Hotel New York City
- Ymca New York
- New York City Ymca
- Ymca West Side New York
- Ymca Nyc