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What a top day, we started today with a quick brekky and then down to Columbus Circle to hire some bikes for a ride around Central Park. The touts were out and about early and Craig was enjoying every minute of playing them off against one another to see who could offer the cheapest deal. We started out at $16 for …
Boy am I buggered! We caught the subway downtown this morning and visited the 911 memorial. There were big crowds there and a long security process – like going through customs – in order to get to it. There were a few people in tears and on some of the names on the memorial a single white rose had been inserted. Very poignant and …
Hugs all round
Today was our last morning in Vermont and luckily Vanessa (GG's daughter who lives in Canada) and her partner Craig managed to find the same B&B we were staying in so when we went down to breakfast it was smiles all round. The brekky was being served and John and Penelope arrived with a deep dish apple pie that John …
Triumphnut stayed here on May 19, 1994 during their trip titled: Triumphnut's Great Adventure.
Today is the day I have been planning for months. I had to catch a connecting flight, manchester to London (Heathrow), then Heathrow to Newark! British airways upgraded me to premium economy which was a bonus. Arrived at Newark at 7-8ish and after waiting in the customs line for what seemed like forever, I got the airport to Manhattan shuttle into …
How has this hostel rated in the past?
This was the only place I wore thongs in the shower and I also came across vomit outside one of the washrooms on my floor but it had clean sheets and relatively nice but simple rooms so I guess I'd stay there again - I'd hope that people had better control of their digestion though!
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great location between the central park and the broadway. With a lift and free wifi at the groundarea.
No really friendly personal. Rush, rush and no word more then necessary. The rooms are small, but cheap (for NY). Clean and cold soda availible.
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Hah where to begin..I must say i have never encounered such a crook and corrupt take on a business...
stayed here for five nights while on a university trip. it was what i expected for a uni trip, a budget hostel with shared bathroom.
Definitely a much better place than other budget hotels. My boyfriend and I stayed @ the Y on our second week in the city only after having to leave another great budget hotel because of availability. We reserved the room for about seven nights while we looked for a monthly sublet. After staying in a Brooklyn "Inn" for two nights we decided to go back. Luckily we were able to call a day ahead and reserve for seven more nights. If you can afford to spend about $20 more for your room do so and reserve a one on the 12th or 13th floor. You get a totally different feel (and maybe a view of Central Park), not as raunchy as the 6th-11th floors. The [12th &13th] floors are newly renovated and have some rooms with priv. or semi-priv. bathrooms. We stayed in a double room with bunk beds (no biggie, it was cheaper), a small 13'' tele w/ basic cable, good storage space for luggage, a good size bookcase, and a desk with a small lamp. The room was white with ikea-ish furniture. Very comfortable!!! The linens were very clean and after displaying our "do not disturb" sign for about a day, we were told that rooms had to be cleaned daily (says a lot for cleaniness!!). There was a long corridor w/ a row of about 10 bathrooms on one side which you open w/ your room key; make sure to lock your door or else you might have an unexpected guest. Aside from the bathrooms being a bit dirty and looking like public bathrooms, everything was great. Would definitely stay @ the Y again.
Great price, great location
The West Side Y is in a great location as you have probably read. We are students and were in NY for our first time and didn't want to spend much on a room as we would never be there but to sleep. The rooms were small, and the bunk beds were comfortable. We ended up sleeping in a bit each day and there was never anybody in the bathrooms while we were getting ready. Not too much noise, surprisingly, as we were right next to the elevators. I will be returning to NY, but probably will not be returning to the Y as sharing a bathroom, and room with ants is not my idea of a vacation.
Excellent value, amazing location
In town for a theater-going binge, the Y was a terrific place to stash our stuff and lay our head. True, the room was small and quite basic. And the shared bathrooms were just okay. But we ended up using the locker room for showering and the like, in part so we could also take a sauna and steam-room sit, too. The fitness equippment is excellent. Food at the International Cafe is ridiculously cheap, and prepared by a friendly bunch of folks. Desk staff were funny, friendly, and good natured. Some of the long-term guests are, to say the least, interesting characters, in an "only in New York" way. But the location is amazing: you walk out the door and boom, there's the park; bam, there's Lincoln Center; zing, there's Columbus Circle. We're going back next month.
Saved my trip
tHANKS so much to the hotel and one southamerican from the staff that it was very kind. It saved my live !!! I write this because I dont know where to stay in New York,I was alone,and I have to do an important medical semminar and thanks to YMCA I could stay safely and comftable in that city. I WANT to come back again soon. Alicia
The best place to stay in new york
I have stayed at the West side Y many times before and it is the best place to stay. The staff there is especially friendly and accommedating. Steven is my favorite. Then there is Lisa, Jeff, Lena. They were patient and very helpful. I recommend this place to anyone who is not planning on staying in their rooms while they are vacationing in new york... maybe just to sleep ...
We just recently returned from a wonderful trip to New York City. Everything and everyone was great to us but our accommodations were atrocious. We originally booked with the Vanderbilt YMCA months and months ago. After arriving at GCS and struggling with luggage we finally made it to the Vanderbilt only to be told we had actually booked with the West Side YMCA. This was not true! We didn't even know the West Side YMCA existed so how could we have booked with them. We had previously stayed at the Vanderbilt and for inexpensive accommodations they can't be beat IN NYC. We tried to reason with the clerk but, no, she insisted we had to stay at the West Side. There were five in our booking so I'm sure that it was easier for them to manipulate one reservation and free up five beds.The rooms at West Side were adequate. The hallways were filthy; the washrooms were beyond filthy and also dangerous. I seen several women attempting to plug in blow driers while standing in water that would not drain because the floor drains were plugged.The sheets were changed every day. I did ask at the front desk if they could arrange to have the bathrooms cleaned-didn't happen !!The people in New York City were amazing. Friendly, helpful, polite. My jaded impression of New Yorkers as impolite and rushed has changed.
Experience at the West Side
After much searching of websites etc we decided to stay in a private room at the West Side. Our experience was mixed.On the positive side, the YMCA is very central, located just 4 blocks from Columbus Circle and half a block from Central Park. The room was very spartan and not very large but ultimately the bunk beds were comfortable and the pillows and sheets were impeccably clean.The shared bathroom facilities were very ordinary and need work. For US$80 a night, I would recommend you look elsewhere but if nothing else is available, this place should be OK.
While waiting on an apartment to open, I stayed at the YMCA. My company was footing the bill on a weekly basis. When checking in, I was asked why I was staying, how long I anticipated being there, and was sort of disappointed at the lack of friendliness despite the fact that this was, after all, NYC. (It's not what Y's are supposed to be like) My room was on an upper floor near the end of a dark hallway. The room was small, but had an adequate closet and despite the shabby furnishings, it was a place out of the cold, so I wasn't complaining.