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TravelPod Member ReviewsWest Side YMCA New York City
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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Historical Traveler Reviews West Side YMCA New York City
What a sick joke!!!
Hah where to begin..I must say i have never encounered such a crook and corrupt take on a business...
Honestly to anyone who has been conned or blindly guided to such a cesspit please think again..My stay was awful...theft, dirt, rudeness, noies , uncooperation on a very important matter
oh i shall inform you on the theft!! From one of their honest hard working employees who let themselves into our room, rifled through our things and then stole $a large sum from our saved holiday money..Which we obviously did not want to carry around the city with us
but to be told i have not " been sensible" with the money which we had locked inside our private hotel room to be told
" You must know what goes on inside hotels"
having worked myself as a housemaid I find very insulting!!!
Please do not lose your money on an over priced immoral establishment- you will seriously lose out in the long run !!
You can most definately email me with any questions or information on this matter as I do not want another innocent traveller to encounter A most hideous stay in New York City- from a very dissapointed customer!
It served its purpose
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.
we arrivd at 3am (group of60) was given keys to our room straight away, slight problem, when we got to our room it was already taken by four other people on our trip, who had bunkbeds, my boyfriend an i payed exra for a double room. wasnt happy. had to wait till nearly 5am for a new room to be found. this room was ok, or so we thought. we struggled to get the door to lock but finnaly manged and thought we`d sort it in the morning after some sleep. we stayed here last march when it was cold and snowing and the window would not shut, wedged the towels provided in it which froze. we were moved to a better room the next morning, only problem was it was an all male floor, and i felt a little uneasy, but at least i got the bathroom to my self.
besides this the staff were friendly and is was ok if you really cant aford anything else, my advice, look for something else, and maybe in a more central location, thats if you can afford it.
saying all that it was the best 5 days of my life and we are returning to new york in two weeks. you go for the experience, not the hotel.
this is new york, who spends that much time in there room anyway.
A Good Place To Stay!!!
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 ...
Stay away from the West Side YMCA
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.
Roaches, Little Privacy, Noisy
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.
I ended up being there three weeks. During that time, I realized I shared the room with roaches (enough of them that they should have been paying part of the rent) and some other small little black bugs that I didn't identify. The office didn't seem too concerned about this, saying that all rooms are "sprayed now and then" and that "in NY everyone has bugs".
The shower was down the hallway. I learned what times it was busiest and what times it was less occupied, but it seemed there was always someone in there. There was more than just showering going on, and I walked in on it twice during my stay.
This particular floor was all male, although I understood there were also coed floors at the time. It was a convenient location, not far from the subway, and it's right off Central Park West. There are actually cleaner and cheaper places to stay in NYC but if this is your last resort, it's an ok place. I think I'd choose a hostel if traveling on a budget - although the hostels are quite a distance from midtown.