$135 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Dec 19, 2014 Check-out: Dec 21, 2014

West Side YMCA

2 stars
5 West 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.8
out of 5
181 reviews
Best Valued acomodations in the heart of NY

Clean, Inexpensive, Best Location, Courteous Staff, and more. I am considering of purchasing... See full review

  • Taisho
  • Jun 6, 2014
I had a wonderful stay. The staff was great very professional.

I had such a wonderful stay. The staff was great very professional. See full review

  • mohogany
  • Dec 9, 2013
Competitive prices for visitors on the move in New York
The West Side YMCA a hostel favorite for backpackers, travelers, a family sticking to a budget (or, really, anyone who is traveling on a budget). Located just off Central Park West and a short walk from the Columbus Circle Travel Hub, the Y is great for guests who want to be close to Central Park, Times Square, Lincoln Center, the Museum of Natural History and Carnegie Hall. Tecumseh Playground, the Museum of Modern Art and the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum are also within walking distance. The West Side YMCA has a 65,000 square foot fitness center that is perfect for guests who are interested in working out. The West Side WMCA is a great hostel option for back packers and visitors to New York who want to enjoy the very best of the Big Apple on a budget.
Reasons to stay
  • Competitive prices for travelers on a budget
  • Superb location near major New York City attractions
  • Clean, well-maintained rooms
  • Large fitness center for guests who want to work out
  • A television in every room
West Side YMCA rooms
The West Side YMCA has 360 rooms that are a mixture of single bedrooms and bunks. The interior is practical, clean and well maintained, and designed for guests who are planning to be on the move and use the rooms simply as a stop off point to sleep or rest. The New York Tourist Board awarded the West Side YMCA with the accolade of best elder hostel in 1997, and that level of quality has been meticulously maintained ever since. All of the West Side YMCA's comfortable air-conditioned rooms are supplied with a color television. The bathroom facilities are shared but private, and a private bath is available on request.
Things to do nearby
  • Central Park (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
  • American Museum of Natural History (0.8 mi/1.2 km)
  • Tecumseh Playground (0.8 mi/1.2 km)
  • Museum of Modern Art (1.3 mi/2.09 km)
  • Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum (1.4 mi/2.3 km)
Policies and fees
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 ensure comfort during this period.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

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West Side YMCA Rooms

Single
The room offers 1 Twin Bed with shared bathrooms, color TV and air conditioning.
Bunk
The room offers 1 Bunk Bed with upper and lower berth, with shared bathrooms, color TV and air conditioning.
Premium Single
The room offers 1 Twin Bed with semi-private bathroom, color TV and air conditioning.
Premium Bunk
The room offers 1 Bunk Bed with upper and lower berth, with semi-private bathroom, color TV and air conditioning.

Amenities

  • Pool
Activities
Pool
Fitness Center
Dining
Restaurant

Nearby points of interest

  • Broadway: 0.1 mi
  • New York Institute of Technology: 0.1 mi
  • Dante Park: 0.1 mi
  • Studio 54: 0.1 mi
  • Lincoln Center: 0.2 mi
  • Time Warner Center: 0.2 mi
  • Columbus Circle mall: 0.2 mi
  • Museum of Arts and Design: 0.2 mi
  • Victorian Gardens, Central Park: 0.2 mi
  • The Juilliard School: 0.2 mi
  • Vivian Beaumont Theater: 0.3 mi
  • Metropolitan Opera: 0.3 mi
  • Lincoln Square: 0.3 mi
  • School of American Ballet: 0.3 mi
  • Richard Tucker Square: 0.3 mi
  • Broadway: 0.1 mi
  • New York Institute of Technology: 0.1 mi
  • Dante Park: 0.1 mi
  • Studio 54: 0.1 mi
  • Lincoln Center: 0.2 mi
  • Time Warner Center: 0.2 mi
  • Columbus Circle mall: 0.2 mi
  • Museum of Arts and Design: 0.2 mi
  • Victorian Gardens, Central Park: 0.2 mi
  • The Juilliard School: 0.2 mi
  • Vivian Beaumont Theater: 0.3 mi
  • Metropolitan Opera: 0.3 mi
  • Lincoln Square: 0.3 mi
  • School of American Ballet: 0.3 mi
  • Richard Tucker Square: 0.3 mi
  • American Musical and Dramatic Academy: 0.4 mi
  • Rose Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Municipal Art Society: 0.4 mi
  • Carnegie Hall: 0.4 mi
  • 57th Street: 0.4 mi
  • CitySpire Center: 0.4 mi
  • Sherman Square: 0.5 mi
  • Tuscan Square: 0.5 mi
  • Takashimaya: 0.5 mi
  • Central Park Zoo: 0.5 mi
  • Roseland: 0.5 mi
  • Henry Luce Nature Observatory: 0.5 mi
  • August Wilson Theatre: 0.5 mi
  • Verdi Square: 0.6 mi
  • Septuagesimo Uno: 0.6 mi
  • Knickerbocker Club: 0.6 mi
  • Fifth Avenue: 0.6 mi
  • Metropolitan Club: 0.6 mi
  • Bloomingdale's: 0.6 mi
  • Bergdorf Goodman: 0.6 mi
  • Gershwin Theatre: 0.6 mi
  • FAO Schwarz: 0.6 mi
  • Harmonie Club: 0.6 mi
  • New Amsterdam Theater: 0.6 mi
  • Equitable Center: 0.6 mi
  • Circle in the Square Theatre: 0.6 mi
  • Winter Garden Theatre: 0.6 mi
  • Museum of American Folk Art: 0.7 mi
  • American Craft Museum: 0.7 mi
  • Henri Bendel: 0.7 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1100

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 (181)

Ratings and reviews for West Side YMCA

Overall score

2.8 / 5
5.01.0
181 out of 181
Amenities:
2.7
Room cleanliness:
3.2
Hotel staff:
3.4
Room comfort:
2.5
Location:
4.6
Value:
3.5

70% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
nolongernewyorker
Business
Vermont
Dec 8, 2014

Too costly for what it is

The Y is well located, right next to Central Park. But it makes no sense that a room without a bath (you have to walk down a long hallway to use the toilet or take a shower) should cost over $150 a night. There are several hotels in Chelsea, for instance, that have bathrooms included for the same price. It is great, however, that the pool and gym are free.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
pktraveler
Business
geneva,ill
Dec 5, 2014

dim

not even a good light to read....bathroom and shower(2) down hall filthy better to shower in workout spa area on other floor...although $98 is great price for NY more worth$60...location wonderful

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Colby
Business
Orlando
Dec 5, 2014

Great location

I dont visit NYC to stay in my room so this was perfect for me and my boyfriend. We had bunkbeds but we made it work. Luckily we were there in the fall/winter because our window AC unit didnt really work. The bathrooms are not very clean, I would advise wearing shower shoes. Didnt really interact with the staff other than checking in so no opinion on that. Its similar to staying in a hostel. The location is absolutely perfect, I love staying on the upper west side. I would stay here again due to the fact that Im barely in my room when I visit NYC.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Kimiyo
Business
Washington DC
Nov 16, 2014

Bathroom area should be improved

On the 9th floor where I stayed there was only one bathroom and that was the only water source on the floor. At this flu and possible Ebola threat, I didn't feel comfortable not to have better access even to hand washing.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Brad B.
Business
San Francisco
Nov 9, 2014

Not What I Booked

I got to this hotel to be given a room that I didn't book (I booked bunk beds, and was given a single-occupancy), only to find that the room I was assigned was filthy and unmade. I waited 45 minutes for them to find someone to clean it. After those 45 minutes, they ended up giving me a DIFFERENT room instead. Very poorly organized staff.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Xana1
Business
Saratoga Springs, NY
Oct 23, 2014

Amazing relation price/location

Perfect location! Short walk to Times Square, Central Park is right across the street. Very costly friendly. I just didn´t like the fact that (I stayed on the 10th floor) there are only 3 showers on that floor, and the space is tinny, so it gets very busy and messy. Sheets looked clean, towels as well. Found a bug on my bed but maybe nothing to worry about. It was very cold in the room tough, couldn´t get it warmer.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

You cross the street and you´re at Central Park, walk 8 min and you´re in Times Square, walk 3 min and you´re in 5th Avenue. It´s the perfect location in North Manhattan!

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Upbeat Oregonian
Business
Oregon
Oct 21, 2014

First time NYC

Great value for the location and price we paid. It's not the best hotel but when you go to new York the least thing you want is to spend too much time in your hotel. Again, this hotel is una very good location, within walking distance of everything.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Think twice about getting the city pass, there are tons of free activities and things to do in NYC.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
CO famiy
Business
Evergreen, CO
Sep 22, 2014

Simple rooms ok, bathrooms could use help

Rooms were simple, clean and ok for the price. It was quiet and the staff was helpful. The bathrooms got a lot of use and were not well kept.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Love PCV
Business
Boston, MA
Aug 18, 2014

More than a bed

My friend and I spent 3 nights at the West Side Y. Every aspect of the stay was great: the ease of check-in, the full access to the many gym classes offered, the opens-early and closes-late pool, the friendly and helpful staff, and the location, too. I swam laps while my friend took a zumba class. (Note: swim caps required for pool, but they are a reasonable $6.50 to purchase.)

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Just in case you are indecisive based on the location of the Y, you should know that 20 (street) blocks is roughly a mile. So, you can walk from West 63rd St to Times Square in roughly twenty minutes. (Note: the Avenues are much further apart!) We came back after midnight and didn't have any safety concerns.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
csc1999
Business
chicago
Aug 8, 2014

perfect location.

The YMCA on the Upper West Side is very well located and is quite inexpensive for New York standards. Perfect, if you are okay with very simple accommodations.

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

Business

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