$135 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Oct 27, 2014 Check-out: Oct 30, 2014

West Side YMCA

2 stars
5 West 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.9
out of 5
177 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.

Hotel Map

40.7708 -73.9808
Area served
New York.
Nearby airports
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Area description
YMCA West Side is located just off Central Park West and steps from Lincoln Center.

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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 (177)

Ratings and reviews for West Side YMCA

Overall score

2.9 / 5
5.01.0
177 out of 177
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

4
5.01.0
Matthew Opera Buff
Business
Tampa FL
Sep 22, 2013

Lincoln Center on a Budget

The YMCA offers a bed in an actual room just blocks from Lincoln Center. If you like to keep you costs down when visiting New York, the Y is just the place. It is definitely not The Plaza, but the price is not either. If you are looking for just a place to sleep this is perfect. Don't expect a concierge desk or room service, but it is clean and safe. If you are a music lover on a budget, like me, then the YMCA is just what you need! P.S. Not recommended for children

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
pistolpete15
Business
UK
Sep 20, 2013

Ok rooms, great location

The rooms aren't great, basic and uncomfortable beds but clean enough and the location is great.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Jane King
Business
New Haven, CT
Sep 8, 2013

Could be a lot better....

Staff and location are very good. The bathrooms are not clean. Just the very bare minimum to exist.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Jane King
Business
New Haven, CT
Jun 30, 2013

Quick trip to NY

Not very comfortable. The bathroom was not that tidy and my air-conditioner didn't work.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Nichole super traveller
Business
Charleston, SC
Jun 7, 2013

Good for the price

It is in an excellent location near transportation, next to Central Park and near plenty of things to do. The rooms are spartan and not very comfortable, but the large lounge on the first floor helps when you need to get some air and its a good place to connect to free wifi. If you pay for a single room, you get access to single bathrooms in the hallway which you can lock yourself in, versus dorm-style bathrooms for double rooms.

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

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Lincoln Center music, movies, dance.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
California to New York
Business
Los Angeles, CA
Jun 5, 2013

Great Location, requires upgrading in rooms

Fantastic location! Compared to hostel accommodations found in Europe and else where, the West Side YMCA was over priced for the accommodations offered. Peeling paint on the walls; dirt on walls where once there might have been floor board trimming; cable television fussy/unclear viewing, better not to have offered such service if unable to deliver adequate clarity of available stations; prison like feeling when walking down the hallways with metal doors and void of 'all' color; and then there was the toilets which were plugged twice during my stay. I was told that the water pressure was not adequate in order to flush toilets during high peek hours of usage. Also, water pressure was low in the showers, with at times, absolutely lacking temperature control.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Fantastic atmosphere/food can be found at the Shalel Lounge/Bar located at 65th West 70th Street, Manhattan. Candle light stairwell leads to a Moroccan inspired decor and food. Upper West Side neighborhood has a romantic/intimate ambiance with great lamb dishes and special wine offerings.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
eristcr
Business
Berlin, Germany
May 31, 2013

Outstanding Location, but...

...everything else was disappointing. Shared bathrooms and showers were disgusting--and this comes from someone who has traveled extensively in developing countries. Rather than making the bunk beds (more on those in a minute) daily, staff should clean the bathrooms more often. And none of the urinals flushed, so that was fun, too. Especially with two urinals for the entire floor we were on. Good times. Bunk beds weren't purpose-built. Rather, the Y just stacked two twins on top of each other. They didn't even bother to secure them in any way shape or form, e.g. screw them together. Made for an interesting night, never knowing whether the whole thing will come crashing down or not. Mattresses were way beyond their prime.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Whole Foods in Columbus Circle

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
rigo taleno
Business
los angeles
May 30, 2013

love it

Great location...!!!!!.... I feelt like in center of NYC.....everyone was nice

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Very close to subway

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
David Abel
Business
Houston TX
May 14, 2013

Fabulous for short trip in NYC

The hotel is very clean, staff are very professional and very helpfull. The hotel is very well located in the heart of NYC. One of my best trip ever.

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

Business

Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

In little Italy you will find numerous fantastic restaurant with amazing food and at a quite cheap price.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Uruguay
May 5, 2013

Very bad experience

The hotel is reallly bad, very dirty, rooms with out bathroom,

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

Business

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