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The Vanderbilt YMCA
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

Hostel is in great location, just a few blocks from times square, with local shops and restaurants just round the corner. also within easy walking distance of empire state and even central park.
Checking in we found the staff friendly and helpful but other than that had not much interaction with staff members.
Showers are located down the hall, there are 2 in one room and 1 in the toilet/sink room. Showers are good but curtains could be improved, also nowhere to hang towel which is a bit annoying.
Rooms are very small, but you get what you pay for and are fine just for sleeping in! Beds comfortable and a tv, desk and full length mirror are provided, as well as a sufficient air con which we were grateful for in the middle of summer!
Wifi is not available in the rooms but is fine in the downstairs lobby, which is sometimes busy with children on summer camp during the summer.
Overall, good location, not luxury accommodation but absolutely fine for a week or so spent exploring the city. Would definitely recommend to those travelling on a budget!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Anon D
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

I was very impressed with the YMCA. I took a school party of 28 and stayed on the 7th floor.
The rooms were small but clean and did a job, plus they had good ac which was essential in July.
We new the showers and toilets were communial, they were clean and never seemed busy.
The lobby was nice, had a swimming pool and gym was good.
Having stayed at the YMCA westside before I think this is a lot nicer. Although I like how central park is next to westside and in the westside you had a small cupboard.
Staff were ok, always felt safe.
I will be returning again!

  • Stayed: July 2012
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1  Thank Phantom1982sw
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

I had booked a 2 day tour of NY, NJ, DC and PA and was looking for accommodation at Manhattan. YMCA offers the cheapest option and is centrally located. NY taxi is easily available at next avenue for you. Its is equipped with a well maintained GYM for guests. Rooms are small and no room service is offered.

Room Tip: higher floors offer good view and less noise
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank PravinGothe
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

When I booked this hostel I had no idea what to expect. The reviews here at tripadvisor range from terrible to excelent. I will hereby try to explain what you can expect from the Y.

I picked this place for two reasons: the price; it was the cheapest option, and the location just in the middle of everything. In these aspects this hotel was great. We could walk to many great attractions, the neighbourhood is safe in the middle of the night. We payed about 570 usd for a week for two persons.

If you want to stay in a great location for this budget, you have to give in on other things. The rooms (2 persons, privates; no dorms) are very small and have bunkbeds. They feel old and worn out, but ofcourse they would not collapse, as other reviewers were afraid of. Some rooms are however more worn out than others, some have hard floors, some have carpet (dirty!!). We had a clean room, the shared bathroom was also somewhat wornout, but it was cleaned regularly.

You will not find any luxery or nice designed rooms. Just a bed and a warm shared shower, thats it. However, if you are traveling to New York, you wont spend much time in your hotel. We were out all day and night, and by choosing this budget option, we could spend more money on museums, fancy bars and good restaurants.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Evaaaaa
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

Well, to start with, quality of rooms and facilities are poor when compared to the price ($89 per person in a single room). The entrance may be ok, as well as the gym which you can see from outside but once you get upstairs it is not better than a dorm, maybe worse (not seen good quality dorm rooms in my native country). The room is extremely small with ancient window panes and there is a huge desk and drawer which leaves no space for your luggage. There is a lot of noise from outside (I guess from fans or a/c) and the WC is miles away. I had to walk all the way from one end of the hallway to the other end to pee. On top of that there are only 2 WC stalls in ladies on a floor of what, 60+ rooms? Let's imagine all of the rooms are booked. Not possible to use the WC easily. There are 3 shower stalls in ladies showers... well not enough for the whole floor I am afraid. There is a fridge in the room but no shared kitchen or anything so I had to cut my pomegrenade in the WC and the place looked like a horror scene afterwards. There is also no proper lounge where people can sit and mingle and connect to internet, only a few chairs in the extremely cold lobby (yes too much A/C, American style). There is no internet connection in the rooms so you are being tortured by having to sit stiffly in the lobby in the cold to check your emails or do your stuff on the internet. Both security and check in staff are unfriendly, even rude at times. I complained about the poor internet service and they kept ignoring me. If you don't want to stay in the room and are on a tight budget, try renting a room or apartment through craigslist. Before staying at the YMCA I stayed at someone's room for cheaper/day ($60) and it was much much better than this...

Room Tip: take slippers and clothes to walk around in the hallway, in case you need to pee in the middle of the night...
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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