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Historical Traveler Reviews The Vanderbilt YMCA New York City
This is the right place to stay in NY city if you have low budget
We got a little bit small, but clean room. The restroom and the bathroom was also clean, and without bugs!
I'm am still suffering from itchy, inflamed, blistering bites that I (and my friend) received when we were eaten alive by bed bugs while staying in this hostel. At first, I had the attitude that this sort of thing can happen, so I simply let the front desk know and asked to be moved to another room. It didn't help. We got even more bites in the new room.
The front desk staff was rude and most unhelpful. In fact, I heard one of the ladies raising her voice and condescendingly swearing at her co-worker. The security and gym staff were the exception.
If it wasn't for the nasty bed bugs and incredibly rude and dismissive staff, then I would say the hostel is in a decent enough location, the rooms are small and basic but then it is a budget hostel so you get what you pay for, and there are gym facilities on offer to the hostel guests, which also meant we could use better showers than those of the hostel.
One piece of advice - it may not be such a great deal to book online through any of the agencies that offer deals. It turned out to be cheaper for us to book direct with the hostel and that is still figuring in the fee we had to pay for cancelling our booking through the agency.
Small room, good facilities, great location
The Vanderbilt YMCA was more than we expected. The rooms, granted, were extremely small, but my best friend and I were on vacation and who wants to spend any time in the hotel room when you're in NY city anyways. The private room had 1 set of twin size bunk beds. The bathroom facilities upon inspection were that of a dorm. However, you are allowed to use the YMCA facilities in the hotel which include a great gym, pool, sauna, steam room, and a fabulous locker room with big counters, bright lights and free use of hair dryers. So, instead of using the dorm showers on our floor, my friend and I would pack a little bag and head downstairs to get ready every morning and night. It was totally worth it. We got a great price through Expedia and since hotels in NY are so expensive I feel we got a really great deal. We just had to walk about 5 blocks over on 47th through the diamond district and we were right in the heart of Times Square. I think it's a great deal for low budget travelers if you don't car about the size of your room.
Clean, Affordable, and Cheap
We heard about the Vanderbilt YMCA from a friend, and tried it out. It was small, yes, but if you go in expecting a dorm-style place you won't be disappointed. There were no bugs, everything seemed clean, and for the most part, the front-desk staff was friendly. They messed up the dates on my reservation, but fixed it without too much fuss. I will definitely stay there again.
I Loved This Place
I stayed here for six nights in June 2004, and absolutely loved this place. The room was clean and was perfect for one person, there were security guards there 24 hours, the staff was pleasant and helpful, it's in a fantastic location, and the bathrooms and showers were clean. There was color cable TV and a separate air conditioner in my room. It was very quiet at night. I have nothing bad to say about this YMCA. I am definitely planning to stay there again.
You have to understand that you will not be in the lap of luxury here. But it met all my needs, and I enjoyed my stay here immensely.
Great location to stay!! Its cheap and you get what you pay for!! I've had much worst than the Y, and pay more!!
The Vanderbilt YMCA is the second worst place I've ever stayed. The first being a damp, bug infested shack in the woods of Maine! The staff are rude, the rooms are tiny (which wouldn't matter if there was anything even remotely nice about them, but there's not), and the bathrooms are a disgrace. When we stayed there in June 2003 (at considerable cost) none of the showers on our floor worked properly. As a woman I didn't really feel safe running about all over the place looking for water, so it was quite an inconvenience. If you are going to NY I'd suggest you use the internet to book yourself a tourist-class hotel instead of this place. It'll probably end up cheaper, and even a bus station would be nicer. That's exactly what happened us when on our last night we left and went to the Newton Hotel for $10 less.
Its quite good on a budget
my partner and i stayed here back in august 2003. we found the staff quite mixed. although no one was rude to us they were quite short with other customers that they percieved as being unreasnable. the rooms, coridoors and bathrooms are basic, the female ones are nicer apparently. the rooms are tiny but have most things you need. its very basic but what else do you need when you are out all day and night in the greatest city in the world.
Only As a Last Restort
Nowdays, there are many cheaper places and many places which offer more than the YMCA. Considering they charged me $90 a night, which I thought was cheap at the time, I expected at least some basics. Don't be fooled, you have to haul in everything from toilet paper to soap.
Greeted by a rude person at the desk, I found it very odd that there were guards everywhere. One needs a key to enter the elevator and go to their room. The halls themselves are disappointing, no furnishings remind me of my days at a college dorm, complete with loud noise, from blaring heavy metal music, to arguments and door slammings. The room was something unexpected, namely that it was so small and ugly. A basic, bed, complete with previous stains. There are many cockroaches at night so be sure to stuff your nostrils with paper and ears too.
Smoking was tolerated, because there was a Chinese family smoking in the restroom each morning I was there. There is a TV, terrible reception, a metal rod for hanging and not much else. The view was gritty, the side of some old brick building and the restrooms are terrible, most of the time they are occupied by"toilet hogs". I had barely any time to brush my teeth before some half naked man from Sweden in a towel wandered in. The showers are dirty, be sure to wear sandals or risk fungai infection and bring your own towel for god's sake too. Now to the restaurant, which is a complete rip off and be warned, do not bring food from the outside, I bought some Wendy's hamburgers in the seating area and was harassed by the greasy cook who threatened me. Now if you are used to the rude service and man handling from the staff, this place is relatively safe and cheap, but don't pick it as a first resort, considering you can find cheaper and more luxurious places on the web.
Safe, Economical Hotel in a Great Neighborhood
As a woman and a retiree, I need a safe, clean and economical place to stay in New York, my favorite city. Having lived there for many years, I know all the neighborhoods and am pleased to be able to stay on the East Side not far from my former home (East 57th St.). The convenience of transportation, restaurants, shops and movies makes the Vanderbilt Y the perfect place for me. (Just wish the noise of doors slamming could be abolished!)
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