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“Prime location, not much else”
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West Side YMCA
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Stayed here over new year and in terms of quality you really do get what you pay for. The room was small, and the bed creaky. The shared bathrooms were truly awful, with a flimsy shower curtain separating you from the world.

The corridors have an air of foreboding that would be inspirational if you were Stephen King, but otherwise are just plain creepy!

Staff aren't up to much, pretty blunt and not interested in anything but the basics!

Having said all that, the location is second to none. 1 minute from Central Park, 10 minutes from Times Square. And at Christmas and New Year you really can't put a price on that!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

Having read the reviews on here before i left i did not expect to be staying in very good accommodation. I shall start with the service. The people in the ymca were not very polite and were quite blunt. The cleaners looked dodgy. As for the facilities, where do i start! The bunk beds were not stable at all and me and the my room mate had to take the bed apart in fear that the bed could not take two 14 stone men. I also had several stains on my pillow, which was not too pleasant. The tv made funny noises all the time when it was turned off but other than that the rooms were fine...
My worst problem were the bathrooms! The toilets had too much water in them therefore there was a 'splash back' whenever you went to the toilet. On one of my visits there i found a cockroach in the far toilet on the 9th floor! The showers were fine but the fact there was only 3 to share with a whole floor was not very pleasant.
Overall despite the location suitability i found the place vile and would have happily payed a higher price for somewhere less closer to the the many site of the city!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

I stayed here with my sister in December 2011 and we thought the hostel itself was average. The bunk beds and pillows were not that comfortable and the bathrooms just ok. But the location and price made up for the average-ness. We did want to stay for cheap and spend more money eating out and that's what we did. Just north of Columbus Circle, it was so nice to be walking distance to everything and also be a little removed from Time Square/ Rockefeller Plaza. For us if the choice came down to good location or a better accomodation, we'll take the best location and we would stay in this hostel again.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

It is located 10 minutes walking far from Columbus Circle, right on the south-west corner
of Central Park.
I went there for three nights on last July and it was the only place we found
in NYC for less than 100 bucks a night.
The rooms are very minimal, a bed, a desk and a lamp, but it is definetely worth it
if you are looking for a cheap and easy-staying place in New York.

Great pro: no cockroaches! :)

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

I was in NY in october and stayed there for 3 nights. Of course the building is old, the walls would defenitely need repainting, but it was clean (no bed bugs!) and the location is great. I was having a private bathroom (no problem with sharing...), and I will definitely return, it is a great deal in NY where hotel rooms prices are increadibly high! The cafe on the first floor was great also. Didn't have time to use the pool or the gym.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about West Side YMCA

Address: 5 West 63rd Street, New York City, NY 10023-7162
Region: United States > New York > New York City > Upper West Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 163 Speciality Lodging in New York City
Price Range: $123 - $211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — West Side YMCA 2*
Number of rooms: 377
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just off Central Park West and steps from the Columbus Circle transit hub, our New York hostel guest rooms offer private Single and Bunk rooms that provide a home away from home for nearly 130,000 International and Domestic budget travelers each year. Our ideal location in NYC allows guests to enjoy the beauty of Central Park, the energy of Times Square and world famous cultural institutions including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Museum of Natural History. As a hotel guest of the West Side YMCA, you can enjoy FREE use of our 65,000 square foot Health and Wellness Facility - including two indoor swimming pools. We're easily accessible to all NYC public transportation - uptown, downtown, cross-town buses, and the 1,A,C,E,B,D,N subway lines.Guest Rooms Facilities Include Cable TV, Shared Bathrooms on each floor (some private facilities)Air-conditioning, Housekeeping - Clean Linens and Towels provided. Elevator BuildingAround the clock check-in 24 hour security Free WiFi in lobby area Safe Deposit boxes No Curfew ... more   less 
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