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West Side YMCA New York City

West Side YMCA New York City

2 Stars

5 West 63rd Street New York NY 10023


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Cleanliness 3
Facilities 3
Service 3
Location 4
Pricing 4
Overall 3.4
Set close to the national historic landmark Central Park and top local attractions, West Side YMCA New York City makes for a convenient starting point for travellers exploring the vibrant Big Apple. This affordable New York hostel places tourists to must-visit destinations like Rockefeller Center and Empire State Building. Apart from perusing through notable collections at American Museum of Natural History and Metropolitan Museum of Art, holidaymakers can also take snapshots of the bustling Times Square.

Location
West Side YMCA is positioned on West 63rd Street in Manhattan, next to subway stations and about four miles to New York City centre. Vacationers spend spare time catching enthralling performances at Broadway Theatre and Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts.

Rooms
All 360 comfortably appointed single and bunk bed rooms come with shared bathroom facilities, cable colour TV and air conditioning. Rooms with private bath is available upon request.

Restaurant
West Side YMCA New York does not have an on-site restaurant. A wide array of cafes and bistros can be found nearby.

General
West Side YMCA New York City provides safe deposit box and Wi-Fi access in the lobby for a more convenient stay. Guests at this New York budget property can work out at the 65,000-square-foot fitness centre on site or explore shopping opportunities at Fifth Avenue, few steps from this cosy retreat.

Additional Information

  • NOTICE: The property is currently undergoing renovations of the 10th and 11th floors which will encompass complete modernization of the bathrooms and corridors as well as installation of new lighting and new carpets. In addition, rooms on those floors will undergo some basic cosmetic upgrades to complement the new bathrooms and hallways. Work will take approximately 10 weeks and should be completed by July 15. Signs are placed throughout the building regarding the work being done. Please be advised that we will take every precaution to insure comfort during this period.

Hotel Facilities

  • Basketball Court
  • Squash Court
  • Gym / Fitness Facilities
  • Steam Room
  • Sauna
  • Swimming Pool - Outdoor

Room Facilities

  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Internet Access

West Side YMCA New York City Guest Reviews (34)


West Side YMCA New York City
2 out of 5

The hotel is a bargain, being exactly what it is -- a European-style, simple but adequate hotel across the street from Lincoln Center. If you are interested in attending opera, ballet or symphony, there is no better bargain in the city. Three bus lines and the subway are also across the street and make it central to other places you may want to visit. I have recommended it to friends being careful to note what 'European-style' means.

Raymusch wrote on December 27, 2011


West Side YMCA New York City
3 out of 5

What you would expect. Great if on a budget. Not very clean, and not fancy, but if you are only going to be there to sleep it's a good bargain.

Jobin wrote on December 22, 2011


West Side YMCA New York City
4 out of 5

Staff was friendly and helpful. I enjoyed the gym, the pool and the restaurant. The room was clean and quiet. The neighborhood was safe. I walked to a performance of Handel's Messiah at the Lincoln Center and to the Big Apple Circus and to wonderful restaurants. The subway was a five minute walk and Central Park was a two minute walk. Find me a better experience for the price!

Reveden wrote on December 21, 2011


West Side YMCA New York City
4 out of 5

The location could not have been better! The rooms themself were basic but sleepable in and the blathrooms could have been cleaner/ better but they were okay.

StarkidFan wrote on December 3, 2011


West Side YMCA New York City
3 out of 5

This was an ok place for a single traveler seeking a one nite visit. It is in a good location were everything is pretty much walking distance.

Lady B wrote on November 26, 2011


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West Side YMCA New York City Guest Reviews

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2 out of 5

The hotel is a bargain, being exactly what it is -- a European-style, simple but adequate hotel across the street from Lincoln Center. If you are interested in attending opera, ballet or symphony, there is no better bargain in the city. Three bus lines and the subway are also across the street and make it central to other places you may want to visit. I have recommended it to friends being careful to note what 'European-style' means.

Review by: Raymusch
Date stayed December 27, 2011

3 out of 5

What you would expect. Great if on a budget. Not very clean, and not fancy, but if you are only going to be there to sleep it's a good bargain.

Review by: Jobin
Date stayed December 22, 2011

4 out of 5

Staff was friendly and helpful. I enjoyed the gym, the pool and the restaurant. The room was clean and quiet. The neighborhood was safe. I walked to a performance of Handel's Messiah at the Lincoln Center and to the Big Apple Circus and to wonderful restaurants. The subway was a five minute walk and Central Park was a two minute walk. Find me a better experience for the price!

Review by: Reveden
Date stayed December 21, 2011

4 out of 5

The location could not have been better! The rooms themself were basic but sleepable in and the blathrooms could have been cleaner/ better but they were okay.

Review by: StarkidFan
Date stayed December 3, 2011

3 out of 5

This was an ok place for a single traveler seeking a one nite visit. It is in a good location were everything is pretty much walking distance.

Review by: Lady B
Date stayed November 26, 2011

3 out of 5

Pros - Decent place for breakfast/lunch in the lobby. Great location across from Central Park. Safe to walk around at night. Price was fair. Private room. Cons - Shared bathroom was ok, but several of the guys would shower with the curtain wide open so you would walk in the bathroom and see fully nude young men. One morning one sink was full of nasty vomit. Sheets had bloodstains.

Review by: Utahpolis
Date stayed November 16, 2011

4 out of 5

I always enjoy my stay at the Y. A convenient location for a great price. The staff is friendly and very helpful. The gym and shower room facilities are great. I highly recommend the West Side YMCA.

Review by: Running Man
Date stayed November 11, 2011

4 out of 5

Für die Lage ist der ist Preis super. Man weiss ja das man in eine Jugi geht . Eine Jugi ist eine Jugi und kein Fünfsternehotel.

Review by: Reisefieber
Date stayed November 7, 2011

2 out of 5

We all know that YMCA is not at all fancy - it is not a hotel. However, this Y is very conveniently located. I also like to have the gym, steam room, and sauna available. All in all, it is not a facility for everyone, but for me, it works.

Review by: wasac
Date stayed October 26, 2011

3 out of 5

The building is definitely a historic building. Nice outside, but the inside was less to be desired. We didnt spend that much time in our room, but to sleep. It was a bunk bed, but the pillows and bed was not bad. The showers were steamy hot and of course shared. The staff needs to do a better job with the cleaniness. I hear that the Y at the Vanderbilt has the same concept but clean.

Review by: Spontaneous
Date stayed October 25, 2011

1 out of 5

I stayed at the YMCA for only one night in a single room with shared bathroom. This shared bathroom had only one toilet working with the other two almost overflowing and disgusting. To begin with, three toilets are not sufficient when there are more than 50 rooms on the floor. For a hostel with so much limited comfort, the price was outrageous. The best part of this YMCA is its location next to Lincoln Center. Otherwise, I will look for other accommodations on my next visit to New York.

Review by: Lifelong student
Date stayed October 24, 2011

1 out of 5

Having stayed in a room at the YMCA in Flushing, Queens, I already had some sort of idea and expectation (minimal) of what I would be getting as far as what their rooms are like and amenities. This is basically a very large hostel with shared bathrooms on each floor, bunk-bed rooms and small single beds for solo travelers like me. I also realize that like most visitors to NYC, you aren’t going to be spending a lot of time inside your (hotel) room except for getting a night’s sleep. So all I was expecting was a clean and comfortable room to have as a base in Manhattan and get me through the night. Unfortunately, it couldn’t even deliver that. Here is what awaited me in my room: • Lot’s of hair all over the floor. Clearly they don’t mop/vacuum/sweep it between guests. • Paint chipping/pealing on the walls and/or window. • No shade/blinds on the 2 east facing windows, so forget any privacy. No charge for natural lighting coming from the early morning rising sun. • A bed on rollers that slid around every time you got in/out, moved or turned. The bare linoleum floor helped contribute to this. The only good, positive characteristic I could find about this facility is the location. It is indeed very convenient and close to the subway, sights and shopping/restaurants. This place is great for college students or 20-somethings, or anyone else that doesn’t have any money to spend on lodgings or have any real standards when it comes to where they lay their head down at night. For anyone else, you’d be better off looking at any other well know hotel brands in Brooklyn, Queens or even Jersey City or Secaucus (which are always cheaper than Manhattan) and take the subway or bus into the city.

Review by: matthewsf
Date stayed October 22, 2011

2 out of 5

This hotel is more of a hostel, with small rooms and shared facilities. It was clean but not that comfortable. The location was great and the price was right. It's tolerable for a short stay in New York.

Review by: JohnH
Date stayed October 16, 2011

2 out of 5

Location is fantastic: right off the 59th and Circle subway stop and 1/2 block from Cental Park. Area is very safe for single females traveling alone. I felt safe staying at the YMCA. And you get what you pay for which is basically a dorm room with a shared bathroom down the hall for entire floor (one bathroom for women, 1 bathroom for men). My only complaint was that the women's bathroom on my floor was dirty and disgusting and they did a horrible job maintaining it. There were 3 bathroom stalls, 4 sinks that only have piping hot water and 3 showers for about 40-50 women. All were filthy and unkept. Garbage spilling on the foor and it was hot as a sauna. If this doesn't bother you they you will be OK. But if used tampons & tons of hair in the drainleft on the floor does, look around for another place. The YMCA needs to step up and do a better job maintaining the bathrooms.

Review by: Ann Rachel
Date stayed October 13, 2011

2 out of 5

The best way to describe the YMCA guest rooms is to think of the grossest college dorm room you’ve ever been too. Got one? Great…now imagine a dorm room one level better. That’s the YMCA. By booking a room here, you’re getting is a safe, somewhat-maintained place to stay in a convenient location for an unbeatable price. The rooms are private, but the bathrooms are shared. The rooms itself are only large enough to fit an extra-long twin bed and a small study desk (just like in a college dorm room). There is a closet, a lamp, a TV (without remote control), a radiator heater and a window-mounted air conditioner. All in all, maybe an 8’x8’ room. When I booked on Orbitz, a nightly single room was $79/night. On the YMCA’s own website, it was $89/night and on some of the hostile websites, it was $99/night. I spoke to some tourists at the YMCA who said they paid almost $120/night USD through their own travel agents. So it pays to check around for the lowest price. Be sure to book months in advance as these rooms go quickly, especially during peak seasons. As you can imagine, weekday availability is much better than on the weekends. Also keep in mind, other hotel rooms in this area on the West Side can go for almost $500/night. Amenities include the gym downstairs (super busy), a fantastic on-site café and WiFi in the lobby only. The WiFi signal won’t reach your room and don’t try a 3G/4G cellular card for internet as the building has a low signal/cellular interference problem. Otherwise, try the Starbucks a half-block down the street for Internet; it’s open 5am to 1am everyday. A great plus to staying at the Y is its’ location in the Upper West Side, right next to the Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle and the 66th/Lincon Center subway station. Want to see a show at the Lincoln Center or maybe attend a taping of the new Anderson Cooper daytime talk show? Just a two-minute walk in either direction. There’s also lots of shopping and restaurants in this area. What you’re not getting is a private bathroom, concierge service, nor a friendly staff. You also might have to battle the occasional cockroach (I saw one in the bathroom, but the staff was quick to fix that problem when I alerted them), obnoxious European tourists and loud noises. But then again, you’re also not paying $599/night, like at the Mandarin Oriental hotel next door. People who stay here can range the gambit from long-term residents, business people traveling on their own dime, younger tourists, or even some YMCA members. Judging your stay here is all about perspective. If you’re on a really tight budget and plan to only be in your room at night to sleep, this is your place. If you are in ANY way picky, needy, or a light sleeper, do not stay here. If you have a large family or aren’t very mobile, don’t stay here. If you have kids, don’t stay here. Instead, set your expectations accordingly and you too can check out New York City on the cheap!

Review by: Cheap Asian Traveler
Date stayed October 9, 2011

3 out of 5

Gutes Preis-/Leistungsverhältnis, tolle Lage, WC/Bad Jugi Style, für Frauen ist der Zugang sogar separat gesichert, leider fast kein Toilettenpapier, für Leute, die mit einer einfachen Unterkunft zufrieden sind, empfehlenswert, vom Flughafen JFK sehr gut erreichbar

Review by: Reisefieber
Date stayed October 1, 2011

3 out of 5

This place is a good deal. I got a single room, with a shared bathroom in the hallway. The only complaint was that the bathroom needed a little maintenance and more frequent cleaning. Other than that the stay was OK and the location is unbeatable.

Review by: fc
Date stayed August 5, 2011

5 out of 5

great location just of central park walking distance to bway staff were friendly and helpful access to all the facilitys, pool gym sauna/steamroom all included when u stay at hotel. will def use again next time head to NY

Review by: greebo
Date stayed August 2, 2011

3 out of 5

This hotel is very limited in its offering. It is basically about just a room for a sleep. The hotel had a strange smell, bathrooms are shared and not that clean and staff was mostly busy all the time. The location is really good, very safe and had internet access through the hotel PCs all around the clock. I would recommand this hotel to anyone who is looking for a room to sleep and nothing more.

Review by: MO B
Date stayed July 26, 2011

4 out of 5

The reason why I stayed at this YMCA was because I was moving to NY and needed a few days to get things together. The place for the price is worth it and better than staying at any hostel. It was clean and right at Central Park. Just know you will be sharing bathrooms with the whole hall way,they will charge you $1.00 for every price of luggage that is needed to be stored if you arrive early, the TVs are no good, and I had issues with WIFI. However I would stay again if needed..

Review by: price saver
Date stayed July 23, 2011

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