Greenpoint YMCA is an excellent choice if looking to minimize your accommodation costs.
Be sure to consider their weekly rate if staying more than 5 days. (6 nights is more expensive than paying the weekly 7 night rate). Both nightly and weekly rates includes a breakfast voucher for each guest. The breakfast voucher is good for one of 6 set breakfast menus at a local diner (Manhattan 3 Decker Restaurant), 1 1/2 blocks from the Greenpoint YMCA—on Manhattan Street, and directly on the way to the nearest subway station.
Rooms are located on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors. There are communal bathrooms on each floor, though there is not a men’s bathroom on the 3rd floor, and not a women’s bathroom on the 4th floor—though all floors are coed. Entry into the women's bathroom requires a seperate key.
The picture represented on the Greenpoint YMCA website is not truly representative of the rooms we stayed (rooms 340 & 417). The property is a little run down, and I would certainly suggest bringing along a pair of flip flops to walk around in, including in the bathroom and communal showers. The bathrooms are cleaned daily (seems around 2 am), and are fairly clean--although it appears the carpets in the rooms are not vacuumed as often as they might be, and they could certainly use a good cleaning.
There was “daily” room service, with the beds being made and clean towels replacing the old ones, though this was slightly inconsistent. We stayed 8 nights and only received room service on 6 of those days.
The first room we were placed in did not have air conditioning. I asked the front desk if it were possible to move to a room with air conditioning, and the person there stated there was a ‘fan’ in my room—which was true. I explained that I am from Alaska and not used to the heat, and requested a room with a real ‘air conditioner’ (the other room we had #340 did have an air conditioner, so I knew there were some rooms with air conditioners). The next morning they woke us up at 8:00 am, to let me know there was now a room available, and moved us to that room with an air conditioner (#417). There was also a problem with the TV, which took 2 days to fix. So while the staff was responsive to our requests, the resolutions were not immediate as you might expect at other more expensive properties.
If you are looking for a place to go, relax and lay around, the Greenpoint YMCA is not your place. The rooms have TV’s, though very poor reception. While we did manage to move the rabbit-ear antennas around and get 5 or 6 channels to come in, the TV reception is not good. Secondly, except for the work-out areas, there aren’t a lot of real amenities at this property.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a place to rest your head at night, get a shower each day, and a place where you can store your belongings in relative safety while you explore the city (guests must be buzzed through security door at front desk to get to the guest floors), then this is the place for you. The price is unquestionably reasonable—and includes a very decent breakfast at a local diner (I had the number two each morning, which included coffee, a small glass of orange juice, two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast).
The place could be cleaner, and the décor is dated, but we didn’t spend too much time there except to sleep.
Subway access is also convenient. Entrance is made 2 blocks away, at Nassau station on the G line. From there head on train towards “Queens” and get off at the Court Square station. From there you can connect to several different trains, including the V line, which will take you directly to 42nd street, 34th street (Empire State Building). Also from 34th street station, Penn Station is within walking distance, as is connections to any other subway you might want to catch.
The place is a YMCA and has free use of all facilities for guests, including nautilus equipment on 1st floor, free weights in basement, lap pool in basement (limited daytime hours), and a small dry sauna in the basement.
I would definitely stay there again. John O from Anchorage
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- Also Known As:
- Greenpoint Ymca Hotel Brooklyn
- Ymca Greenpoint