$124 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jan 19, 2015 Check-out: Jan 22, 2015

West Side YMCA

2 stars
5 West 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.8
out of 5
184 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 (184)

Ratings and reviews for West Side YMCA

Overall score

2.8 / 5
5.01.0
184 out of 184
Amenities:
2.6
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
wasac
Business
Washington, DC, USA
Oct 25, 2011

Location and the gym

We all know that YMCA is not at all fancy - it is not a hotel. However, this Y is very conveniently located. I also like to have the gym, steam room, and sauna available. All in all, it is not a facility for everyone, but for me, it works.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Spontaneous
Business
Florida
Oct 24, 2011

Weeekend shopping, exploring with friends

The building is definitely a historic building. Nice outside, but the inside was less to be desired. We didnt spend that much time in our room, but to sleep. It was a bunk bed, but the pillows and bed was not bad. The showers were steamy hot and of course shared. The staff needs to do a better job with the cleaniness. I hear that the Y at the Vanderbilt has the same concept but clean.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

The subway is right down the street about 5 mins walk to everything, but you can walk to Madison, Central Park etc

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Lifelong student
Business
San Francisco California
Oct 23, 2011

Horrible Bathrooms

I stayed at the YMCA for only one night in a single room with shared bathroom. This shared bathroom had only one toilet working with the other two almost overflowing and disgusting. To begin with, three toilets are not sufficient when there are more than 50 rooms on the floor. For a hostel with so much limited comfort, the price was outrageous. The best part of this YMCA is its location next to Lincoln Center. Otherwise, I will look for other accommodations on my next visit to New York.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
matthewsf
Business
San Francisco, CA, USA
Oct 21, 2011

A basic yet depressing & dirty room

Having stayed in a room at the YMCA in Flushing, Queens, I already had some sort of idea and expectation (minimal) of what I would be getting as far as what their rooms are like and amenities. This is basically a very large hostel with shared bathrooms on each floor, bunk-bed rooms and small single beds for solo travelers like me. I also realize that like most visitors to NYC, you aren’t going to be spending a lot of time inside your (hotel) room except for getting a night’s sleep. So all I was expecting was a clean and comfortable room to have as a base in Manhattan and get me through the night. Unfortunately, it couldn’t even deliver that. Here is what awaited me in my room: • Lot’s of hair all over the floor. Clearly they don’t mop/vacuum/sweep it between guests. • Paint chipping/pealing on the walls and/or window. • No shade/blinds on the 2 east facing windows, so forget any privacy. No charge for natural lighting coming from the early morning rising sun. • A bed on rollers that slid around every time you got in/out, moved or turned. The bare linoleum floor helped contribute to this. The only good, positive characteristic I could find about this facility is the location. It is indeed very convenient and close to the subway, sights and shopping/restaurants. This place is great for college students or 20-somethings, or anyone else that doesn’t have any money to spend on lodgings or have any real standards when it comes to where they lay their head down at night. For anyone else, you’d be better off looking at any other well know hotel brands in Brooklyn, Queens or even Jersey City or Secaucus (which are always cheaper than Manhattan) and take the subway or bus into the city.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
JohnH
Business
Chicago, IL, USA
Oct 15, 2011

Not too bad for a couple of days

This hotel is more of a hostel, with small rooms and shared facilities. It was clean but not that comfortable. The location was great and the price was right. It's tolerable for a short stay in New York.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Ann Rachel
Business
Chicago, IL, USA
Oct 12, 2011

5 star location, 1 star accomodations

Location is fantastic: right off the 59th and Circle subway stop and 1/2 block from Cental Park. Area is very safe for single females traveling alone. I felt safe staying at the YMCA. And you get what you pay for which is basically a dorm room with a shared bathroom down the hall for entire floor (one bathroom for women, 1 bathroom for men). My only complaint was that the women's bathroom on my floor was dirty and disgusting and they did a horrible job maintaining it. There were 3 bathroom stalls, 4 sinks that only have piping hot water and 3 showers for about 40-50 women. All were filthy and unkept. Garbage spilling on the foor and it was hot as a sauna. If this doesn't bother you they you will be OK. But if used tampons & tons of hair in the drainleft on the floor does, look around for another place. The YMCA needs to step up and do a better job maintaining the bathrooms.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Cheap Asian Traveler
Business
San Francisco, CA, USA
Oct 9, 2011

Set Your Expectations Accordingly...

The best way to describe the YMCA guest rooms is to think of the grossest college dorm room you’ve ever been too. Got one? Great…now imagine a dorm room one level better. That’s the YMCA. By booking a room here, you’re getting is a safe, somewhat-maintained place to stay in a convenient location for an unbeatable price. The rooms are private, but the bathrooms are shared. The rooms itself are only large enough to fit an extra-long twin bed and a small study desk (just like in a college dorm room). There is a closet, a lamp, a TV (without remote control), a radiator heater and a window-mounted air conditioner. All in all, maybe an 8’x8’ room. When I booked on Orbitz, a nightly single room was $79/night. On the YMCA’s own website, it was $89/night and on some of the hostile websites, it was $99/night. I spoke to some tourists at the YMCA who said they paid almost $120/night USD through their own travel agents. So it pays to check around for the lowest price. Be sure to book months in advance as these rooms go quickly, especially during peak seasons. As you can imagine, weekday availability is much better than on the weekends. Also keep in mind, other hotel rooms in this area on the West Side can go for almost $500/night. Amenities include the gym downstairs (super busy), a fantastic on-site café and WiFi in the lobby only. The WiFi signal won’t reach your room and don’t try a 3G/4G cellular card for internet as the building has a low signal/cellular interference problem. Otherwise, try the Starbucks a half-block down the street for Internet; it’s open 5am to 1am everyday. A great plus to staying at the Y is its’ location in the Upper West Side, right next to the Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle and the 66th/Lincon Center subway station. Want to see a show at the Lincoln Center or maybe attend a taping of the new Anderson Cooper daytime talk show? Just a two-minute walk in either direction. There’s also lots of shopping and restaurants in this area. What you’re not getting is a private bathroom, concierge service, nor a friendly staff. You also might have to battle the occasional cockroach (I saw one in the bathroom, but the staff was quick to fix that problem when I alerted them), obnoxious European tourists and loud noises. But then again, you’re also not paying $599/night, like at the Mandarin Oriental hotel next door. People who stay here can range the gambit from long-term residents, business people traveling on their own dime, younger tourists, or even some YMCA members. Judging your stay here is all about perspective. If you’re on a really tight budget and plan to only be in your room at night to sleep, this is your place. If you are in ANY way picky, needy, or a light sleeper, do not stay here. If you have a large family or aren’t very mobile, don’t stay here. If you have kids, don’t stay here. Instead, set your expectations accordingly and you too can check out New York City on the cheap!

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

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Be sure to book your tickets in advance to see "Anderson," the daytime talk show hosted by CNN personality, Anderson Cooper. The show is taped in Columbus Circle, just a two minute walk from the YMCA West Side.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Flip
Business
Berkeley, CA, USA
Aug 30, 2011

YMCA with Irene

I was at the West Side YMCA during the Hurricane Irene weekend. All in all, the hotel offers a great location, fair amenities, dirt restrooms. Once you know the cons, it worth the try

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Emporium Brasil, 46st with 5 ave... A brazillian restaurant, fare prices comapre to the dishes served... Amazing!!!

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
caracas
Aug 5, 2011

Good value for money.

This place is a good deal. I got a single room, with a shared bathroom in the hallway. The only complaint was that the bathroom needed a little maintenance and more frequent cleaning. Other than that the stay was OK and the location is unbeatable.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
gbgreebo25
Business
manchester
Aug 2, 2011

great location and price

great location just of central park walking distance to bway staff were friendly and helpful access to all the facilitys, pool gym sauna/steamroom all included when u stay at hotel. will def use again next time head to NY

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

Business

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