I stayed at the YMCA hostel for 5 nights and there were extremes of what I loved and hated about the place. While my "hates" are very extreme, please consider the "loves" of my review before considering to forgo this place.
Let me start with the hates: As other reviewers have written, the bathrooms were terrible. It looked as if they were regularly cleaned but due to the non-existant ventilation, the bathroom always had a "muggy" smell to it. The bathrooms had near zero privacy, so if you need to shower, be prepared to have people see you naked. Yeah, the curtains were a bit small but there was no place to change or hang up your clothes while you showered. I showered late at night after my touring of the city and there were always people coming in and out of the bathrooms. The weather in July is incredibly hot and the water coming out of the tap was way too hot and it was not good brushing my teeth with hot water. On two occasions, 2 out of 3 toilets were blocked and filled with faeces. From then, I refused to use their toilets and used the ones at the (upmarket) Time Warner shopping centre about 3 mins walk from the hostel. Sure this may be extreme, but the Time Warner toilets were clean and had more privacy. In total, the bathrooms need a complete renovation.
My room was bare with an ugly view but was at least clean and had decent privacy.
I loved the YMCA for its location and safety. The area is in a VERY upmarket area a stones throw away from the Trump hotel as well as the Dakota next to Central park. A major subway transport hub at Columbus circle is less than a 5min walk away. For the price ($92 including tax) for a single room, one CANNOT beat the location and transport convenience of this hostel.
I also found the hotel to be very safe. There were strong key card locks on the doors as well as a pin code lock on the female bathroom doors - so that no males are able to walk in. On every passage were security cameras that were motorised and rotated to track me as I walked down the passage. The staff were also friendly and very efficient. I struggled to work the air con and they sent up an engineer within a few minutes, who quickly resolved the situation. Everytime I entered the hostel, the security guard politely asked to see my room key. Again, the staff were very friendly and professional. In contrast to what other reviewers have said, I would say that the YMCA would definitely be safe for young girls and/or kids to stay there.
My room was cleaned every day and a new towel with soap was always provided. I was happy with the cleanliness of the room.
In conclusion, given a limited budget, I would stay at the YMCA again and would rather spend a bit extra and stay in the deluxe rooms that have semi-private bathrooms. My "loves" of this hostel far out weigh the "hates". For this hostel, you want to spend as little time as possible in it and enjoy exploring New York City!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- West Side Ymca Hotel New York City
- Ymca New York
- New York City Ymca
- Ymca West Side New York
- Ymca Nyc