$129 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Aug 31, 2014 Check-out: Sep 1, 2014

Vanderbilt YMCA

2 stars
224 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.9
out of 5
207 reviews
Great value

This was perfect for what I needed, just a place to sleep. It was clean, staff was very friendly... See full review

  • Erin from Chicago
  • Jan 1, 2014
Very good location for affordable price

Hostel is in great location, just a few blocks from Times Square for affordable price. No breakfast... See full review

  • Attila1
  • Nov 13, 2013
East Midtown budget hotel with free fitness center, Wi-Fi
This hotel provides value accommodations in a desirable, normally high-priced location. It's just the basics here. Rooms have beds and TVs, and guests share bathrooms. Valuable perks include free Wi-Fi and free use of the YMCA fitness facilities. The location puts guests on the east side of Midtown -- close to the United Nations and near Grand Central Terminal.
Highlights
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary use of the YMCA fitness facilities
  • Convenient to Grand Central, United Nations
Location

Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Terminal all within walking distance from the hotel. Times Square and the Theater District are a longer walk or short cab ride away. 

Rooms

The 370 rooms come with either a set of bunk beds or one single bed. Rooms have TVs, air conditioning units and free Wi-Fi. Daily housekeeping service is provided. Guests share common bathrooms.

Features

Guests may use the YMCA fitness facilities free of charge.

Transportation
  • Grand Central Terminal (0.3 mi/ 0.5 km)
  • MTA Subway Grand Central – 42nd St. 4, 5, 6; 7; S lines (0.4 mi/ 0.6 km)
  • La Guardia Airport (8.9 mi/ 14.3 km)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (15.6 mi/ 25.1 km)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (16.8 mi/ 27 km)
Attractions
  • United Nations (0.3 mi/ 0.5 km)
  • Grand Central Terminal (0.3 mi /0.5 km)
  • Fifth Avenue (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Rockefeller Center (0.6 mi / 1 km)

Hotel Map

40.7535 -73.9711
Area served
New York.
Nearby airports
John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
Area description
YMCA Vanderbilt is located on Manhattan's fashionable east side near United Nation and Grand Central Station. The Y is about 21 miles from John F Kennedy International Airport.

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Vanderbilt YMCA Rooms

Bunk
The room offers 1 Bunk Bed with upper and lower berth a color TV, air conditioning and daily. housekeeping.
Single
The room offers 1 Twin Bed with a color TV, air conditioning and daily housekeeping.

Amenities

  • Pool
General
Concierge
Activities
Pool
Fitness Center

Nearby points of interest

  • Japan Society Gallery: 0.2 mi
  • Chrysler Building: 0.2 mi
  • East Side: 0.2 mi
  • MetLife Building: 0.3 mi
  • Ralph Bunche Park: 0.3 mi
  • Daily News Building: 0.3 mi
  • Ford Foundation Building: 0.3 mi
  • Grand Central Station: 0.3 mi
  • United Nations Headquarters: 0.3 mi
  • Citicorp Center: 0.4 mi
  • Robert Moses Playground: 0.4 mi
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: 0.4 mi
  • Lever House: 0.4 mi
  • Cathedral of St. Patrick: 0.4 mi
  • Tudor City: 0.5 mi
  • Japan Society Gallery: 0.2 mi
  • Chrysler Building: 0.2 mi
  • East Side: 0.2 mi
  • MetLife Building: 0.3 mi
  • Ralph Bunche Park: 0.3 mi
  • Daily News Building: 0.3 mi
  • Ford Foundation Building: 0.3 mi
  • Grand Central Station: 0.3 mi
  • United Nations Headquarters: 0.3 mi
  • Citicorp Center: 0.4 mi
  • Robert Moses Playground: 0.4 mi
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: 0.4 mi
  • Lever House: 0.4 mi
  • Cathedral of St. Patrick: 0.4 mi
  • Tudor City: 0.5 mi
  • International Building: 0.5 mi
  • Paley Park: 0.5 mi
  • Rockefeller Center: 0.5 mi
  • NBC Studios: 0.5 mi
  • Nintendo World Store New Yok: 0.5 mi
  • Sony Building: 0.6 mi
  • NY Public Library: 0.6 mi
  • Museum of Modern Art (MOMA): 0.6 mi
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park: 0.6 mi
  • Diamond District: 0.6 mi
  • GE Building: 0.6 mi
  • Sony Wonder Technology Lab: 0.6 mi
  • Murray Hill: 0.6 mi
  • Radio City Music Hall: 0.6 mi
  • Bloomberg Tower: 0.6 mi
  • University Club: 0.6 mi
  • Museum of Television and Radio: 0.6 mi
  • Pierpont Morgan Library: 0.6 mi
  • Lord & Taylor: 0.6 mi
  • Henri Bendel: 0.6 mi
  • Trump Tower: 0.6 mi
  • CBS Building: 0.7 mi
  • Museum of American Folk Art: 0.7 mi
  • American Craft Museum: 0.7 mi
  • Belasco Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • Bryant Park: 0.7 mi
  • Paine Webber Art Gallery: 0.7 mi
  • Bank of America Tower: 0.7 mi
  • Bergdorf Goodman: 0.7 mi
  • American Academy of Dramatic Arts: 0.7 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (207)

Ratings and reviews for Vanderbilt YMCA

Overall score

2.9 / 5
5.01.0
207 out of 207
Amenities:
2.8
Room cleanliness:
3.2
Hotel staff:
3.2
Room comfort:
2.5
Location:
4.2
Value:
3.7

71% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Vanderbilt YMCA

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
estcecca
Argentina
Sep 7, 2011

Really Good!!

I was in the YMCA Vanderbilt last week and it is a very good option for the money you are paying. The location is great (3 blocks to Central Station, Chrysler Building, etc), is cheap & clean. Has two swimming pools, gym, very good wifi at the looby, You will share restrooms, but are nice and very clean. In fact, in every floor you have dedicated shower rooms (and restrooms). So, for sure really a good option for little money

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

close to everything

Review of Vanderbilt YMCA

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
frequent hotel traveler
California
Sep 6, 2011

worth YMCA

Front Desk Staff is rude. WI-FI only works in the hallway. Rooms are as big as a twin bed. Maintenance never take care of anything after 7 days the shower still did not work, 4 days with only one elevator. Check out time is at 11:00 not 12:00. the only good thing is the location but for sure is over prices for what you get.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
1
Review of Vanderbilt YMCA

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
vin87
Houston, TX, USA
Sep 2, 2011

good

excellent location , best value , mostly students , walkable distance to grand central and Times square

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Vanderbilt YMCA

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Yonah
Colorado
Sep 2, 2011

Affordable NYC

Mattress was nice and firm and no bed bugs. Couldn't get wireless in the room. Had to go to the lobby. A little difficult for a retired person like myself to get down from the top bunk. Didn't expect much so it met my expectations and then some. I felt safe there. Location was great.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Vanderbilt YMCA

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mapb
Business
Sao Paulo - brazil
Aug 27, 2011

Great location

You can walk to the subway and the most important parts of NY.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Vanderbilt YMCA

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Sail gal
Business
Allentown, PA, USA
Aug 21, 2011

Exercise and sleep

Interesting group of guests, good location, clean, but spartan accommodations. It's nice to have the new cardio machines to use.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

There are great restaurants of every type within a short walking distance.

Review of Vanderbilt YMCA

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Harris
Kansas city, KS
Aug 18, 2011

the staff is very bad and room is so small

Vanderbilt YMCA is a very awful hotel in New York City. Because the staff are very bad, they don't want to provide small help which they could do easily, they are unfriendly to any custom. The rooms are very small, even a chair or a bench is not available in the room. The location is very far from subway stations. It was nightmare experiences in the hotel. I will never live in the hotel in the future.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
1
Value:
1
Money-saving tip: Long walk from hotel

Vanderbilt YMCA is a very awful hotel in New York City. Because the reception staff are very bad, they don't want to provide even a small help which they could do it easily, they are unfriendly to any custom. The rooms are very small, even a chair or a bench is not available in the room. The location is very far from subway stations. It was nightmare experiences in the hotel. I will never live in the hotel in the future.

Review of Vanderbilt YMCA

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Ron H.
Lowell, MA
Aug 17, 2011

Affordable at your own risk

One would think that this place would be a hostel when you check in with the front desk employee asking you for an ID or passport. The room I got was small and it was decent enough, affordable but it was bare. The bunk beds were so uncomfortable. I couldn't sleep at all. I was tossing and turning all night. You could feel the bed springs poking at you. The AC was weak. The TV had only 3 good channels when they offered about 20. There was no fridge. I mean I guess you get what you paid for, but this was disappointing. There are better places for the same amount with better amenities. If you don't mind sharing bathrooms and the showers, be my guest but privacy is thrown out the window. My gf had just showered, was getting dressed and the housekeeper just busted in to give us towels. She could of at least knocked. Thank God she was half dressed and not completely nude. I mean did she get trained that way! They had a microwave which was all the way downstairs. Kind of a hassle. The laundry room and vending machines only took quarters but there wasn't even a coin exchange machine. This experience was very disappointing. This was my first and last time there.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
2
Value:
3
Money-saving tip: Long walk from hotel

The subway is definitely cheaper. Taxi's are too expensive. Be prepared to walk around in a very crowded city. Watch out for driver's, they'll run you down even if you have the walking sign on.

Review of Vanderbilt YMCA

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
barry
Maryland, USA
Aug 13, 2011

bad experience

wireless network is not working. bad smell in room. bathroom is always occupied. airconditioner is noisy. people close doors with big noise.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
1
Location:
5
Value:
2
Review of Vanderbilt YMCA

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Glen Mills, PA
Aug 8, 2011

Good option

The location is good, isn't expensive and it's clean enough.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
4
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