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Harlem YMCA

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel is ok if you are use to travel and being in dorms, if not then you probably won't like it. It was clean which is the must important thing for me. The ac is a little noisy but is an ok place if you are looking for something cheap for a few days.

The location is okay not the best of locations, but not super bad. The hotel is located close to Subway trains 2,3 just a block away, making transportation to most places in New York City between 20-45 minutes. The staff is very friendly and kind. The room was like a dorm room with an outside shared bathroom again much like a dorm room type facility. It was an alright place just to sleep if you are on a tight budget.

Very clean and quiet, staff was polite and helpful. Most people in our floor were international tourists. Bathrooms and kitchen area well taken care of. This is a hostel so expect rooms to be small and bathrooms to be shared. Near metro station. Parking is not available but there are several parking garages nearby.

If you are alone and want to see the city on the cheap, this is a great value. If you are student and use to bathrooms/showers down the hall, this is the place for you.

...except not as clean and with one toilet and one shower for an entire floor of women. It wasn't easy having to hustle to the elevator in the middle of the night to use the bathroom because some girl was tying up the ONE bathroom on my floor seemingly endlessly. Having a female's bathroom the size of a closet for an entire floor is ridiculous, especially when the men's restroom looked to accommodate more than one person at a time. I believe I paid about $80 a night, which seems a little outrageous considering I've paid less than $20 a night at a hostel in Europe that was cleaner and with better facilities.

It needs a lot of maintainance and renovations. There needs to be more private bathrooms and regular room service.

The room was very cold and the staff attitude was cold aswell

The Harlem YMCA was a good & somewhat affordable place to crash for a few nights. It's a 3 minute walk to the subway station (134 st?) It's also right near an IHOP for breakfasts. My room was on the 135th St side, so was a tad noisy at night. For a quiter room, next time I'd ask to be on the back end of the building. That would put you above a secondary road instead, The a/c was still in the window so it was drafty. If I didn't have back issues, I probably would have yanked it out. I was chilly at night due to the cold air coming in. The room supplied sheets & a light weight blanket, but I was still cold. The bathrooms were fine, always kept nice & clean. I had plenty of hot water for showering. around 9am orso. It's a little daunting to see a dispenser for used needles though. However, we're not in Kansas anymore Dorothy! I found the staff to be great, they all made my stay enjoyable. There is a room for free wifi if your interested. They also offer computers for those like me who are technologically challened. It costs $2 for like 20 minutes or something. That worked out well. All in all it was a good place to stay in NYC for around $80 a night. I didn't get a chance to see the health club side. There is just too much to cram into a weekend in the Big Apple. I will stay there again, as It would be cool to see more of Harlem in general.

This is a hostel, not a hotel, but I was happy with my experience there. It's true that you must share bathroom/shower facilities, and the rooms are very basic, but the price can't be beat. My floor had 3 bathrooms which each had a shower, toilet, and sink. One person in each at a time. Cleanliness of the showers and toilets depends on who happens to be on your floor. Mine was decently clean. The water pressure and heat could have been better, but it was adequate. Every day I got a fresh towel and they made my bed. Each room has a fridge, a/c, desk, chair, trash can, and bed with thin blanket, sheets and basic pillow. My floor had a soda vending machine and microwave. The staff was extraordinarily friendly. One of them even called me by my first name every day. Someone is at the security desk monitoring the building's surveillance videos 24/7. The exercise facilities are surprisingly nice, much nicer than the room accommodations would suggest. There's a computer lab with a dozen or so PC's running windows, though Flash was not available which limited the browsing of some websites (not a big deal, just no google maps street view). The YMCA is half a block from the 2 and 3 subway lines (walk east to Lennox/Macolm X Blvd), and 3 blocks from the A, B, and C (walk west to St Nicholas Ave). For La Guardia airport access, the M60 bus stops at 125 and Lennox which is an easy walk to the YMCA during the day, even with luggage on wheels. But if you like, you can take the subway between 125 and 135 which would take about the same amount of time as walking. Your subway pass will work on the buses, or you can pay in quarters ($2.25 for the M60 to/from La Guardia). The streets near the YMCA are very busy during the day, so safety is not a huge concern, though things may be different at night. Still, it's NYC, and anything could happen. (I almost got mugged in an expensive neighborhood, but never had any problems in Harlem.) Just keep to yourself and try not to appear like a tourist. If I had more money, I'd choose to stay at a hotel in a nicer neighborhood, but on my current budget, the Harlem YMCA suited my needs perfectly.

After booking for the 1st time we were very very skeptical about the cleanliness and the location. But the area was very safe and the rooms and bathrooms were very clean. We were very surprised. The Staff was very friendly and helpful! I would recommend the YMCA to any travelers that are on a budget and don't mind sharing a bathroom.

Only one bathroom for many on one floor. Bathroom doesn't have bolt. Toilets not equipped with liquid or solid soaps.

Good price, great location/area! We were 2 single girls & never felt scared or uncomfortable and we even came and went at very late times! We were very sceptical about having community bathrooms but everything was very clean! No complaints....to top it off the staff was very nice & helpful!! Our next trip we deffinitely stay here again!

The room was clean and comfortable and the staff was very courteous....They offered meal vouchers, show vouchers and taxi vouchers...at a discounted rate. I would recommend the Harlem YMCA to everyone. I plan to go there again...

Women traveling alone or even with another female friend should not stay here unless you look like a body builder or He-man. Just needed a place to lay our heads for a last min booking, and thankfully we only stayed one night. The location was ok though. Near subway and short ride into Manhattan.

The ymca in whole was very clean the staff are very friendly u do have to share facilities u have access to a television n free wifi all in recreation room safe area I stood outside and it was 2:00am and I felt safe no complaints other than the room was to small and twin size bed great place to stay if on a budget oh there is a 24 hr ihop just across the street no space for two adults in room to sleep at allllll

it's near to the subway and have bus station nearby, however the room was too small and the TV does not even work, nor do wifi offered at room.

It's good for me. I only care for the security, price, and a clean environment.

WELL IF YOU WANT FANCY THINGS THIS HOTEL IS NOT FOR YOU THIS IS THE KIND OF HOTEL FOR PEOPLE THAT JUST COME TO SLEEP AND HAVE A SHOWER STAFF NEEDS TO PAY MORE ATENTION IN THE BATHROOMS THEY SOMETIMES ARE DIRTY IN GENERAL ITS GOOD FOR YOUR MONEY AND IS NOT FOOD IN THE HOSTEL BUT YOU HAVE MANY CHOICES NEAR AND YOU ARE JUST ONE BLOCK AWAY THE SUBWAY

Room options

Standard Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Deluxe Bunk

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Harlem YMCA

Everyone (2) Business (1) Students (1) Other (10) Friends (4)
3

ok hotel if you are use to dorms

Everyone

The hotel is ok if you are use to travel and being in dorms, if not then you probably won't like it. It was clean which is the must important thing for me. The ac is a little noisy but is an ok place if you are looking for something cheap for a few days.

By on Sep 13, 2016

3

average place on a cheap budget

Students

The location is okay not the best of locations, but not super bad. The hotel is located close to Subway trains 2,3 just a block away, making transportation to most places in New York City between 20-45 minutes. The staff is very friendly and kind. The room was like a dorm room with an outside shared bathroom again much like a dorm room type facility. It was an alright place just to sleep if you are on a tight budget.

By , from New York on Sep 12, 2016

5

good hostel

Everyone

Very clean and quiet, staff was polite and helpful. Most people in our floor were international tourists. Bathrooms and kitchen area well taken care of. This is a hostel so expect rooms to be small and bathrooms to be shared. Near metro station. Parking is not available but there are several parking garages nearby.

By on Aug 18, 2016

4

alone and on the cheap

Singles

If you are alone and want to see the city on the cheap, this is a great value. If you are student and use to bathrooms/showers down the hall, this is the place for you.

By on Dec 30, 2014

2

like being in the military again...

BusinessTravelers

...except not as clean and with one toilet and one shower for an entire floor of women. It wasn't easy having to hustle to the elevator in the middle of the night to use the bathroom because some girl was tying up the ONE bathroom on my floor seemingly endlessly. Having a female's bathroom the size of a closet for an entire floor is ridiculous, especially when the men's restroom looked to accommodate more than one person at a time. I believe I paid about $80 a night, which seems a little outrageous considering I've paid less than $20 a night at a hostel in Europe that was cleaner and with better facilities.

By on Oct 13, 2013

2

needs a lot of improvement

Singles

It needs a lot of maintainance and renovations. There needs to be more private bathrooms and regular room service.

By on May 29, 2013

2

cold hotel

Singles

The room was very cold and the staff attitude was cold aswell

By on Jan 7, 2013

4

great for people who are not millionairs

LGBT

The Harlem YMCA was a good & somewhat affordable place to crash for a few nights. It's a 3 minute walk to the subway station (134 st?) It's also right near an IHOP for breakfasts. My room was on the 135th St side, so was a tad noisy at night. For a quiter room, next time I'd ask to be on the back end of the building. That would put you above a secondary road instead, The a/c was still in the window so it was drafty. If I didn't have back issues, I probably would have yanked it out. I was chilly at night due to the cold air coming in. The room supplied sheets & a light weight blanket, but I was still cold. The bathrooms were fine, always kept nice & clean. I had plenty of hot water for showering. around 9am orso. It's a little daunting to see a dispenser for used needles though. However, we're not in Kansas anymore Dorothy! I found the staff to be great, they all made my stay enjoyable. There is a room for free wifi if your interested. They also offer computers for those like me who are technologically challened. It costs $2 for like 20 minutes or something. That worked out well. All in all it was a good place to stay in NYC for around $80 a night. I didn't get a chance to see the health club side. There is just too much to cram into a weekend in the Big Apple. I will stay there again, as It would be cool to see more of Harlem in general.

By on Oct 9, 2012

4

harlem ymca

Singles

This is a hostel, not a hotel, but I was happy with my experience there. It's true that you must share bathroom/shower facilities, and the rooms are very basic, but the price can't be beat. My floor had 3 bathrooms which each had a shower, toilet, and sink. One person in each at a time. Cleanliness of the showers and toilets depends on who happens to be on your floor. Mine was decently clean. The water pressure and heat could have been better, but it was adequate. Every day I got a fresh towel and they made my bed. Each room has a fridge, a/c, desk, chair, trash can, and bed with thin blanket, sheets and basic pillow. My floor had a soda vending machine and microwave. The staff was extraordinarily friendly. One of them even called me by my first name every day. Someone is at the security desk monitoring the building's surveillance videos 24/7. The exercise facilities are surprisingly nice, much nicer than the room accommodations would suggest. There's a computer lab with a dozen or so PC's running windows, though Flash was not available which limited the browsing of some websites (not a big deal, just no google maps street view). The YMCA is half a block from the 2 and 3 subway lines (walk east to Lennox/Macolm X Blvd), and 3 blocks from the A, B, and C (walk west to St Nicholas Ave). For La Guardia airport access, the M60 bus stops at 125 and Lennox which is an easy walk to the YMCA during the day, even with luggage on wheels. But if you like, you can take the subway between 125 and 135 which would take about the same amount of time as walking. Your subway pass will work on the buses, or you can pay in quarters ($2.25 for the M60 to/from La Guardia). The streets near the YMCA are very busy during the day, so safety is not a huge concern, though things may be different at night. Still, it's NYC, and anything could happen. (I almost got mugged in an expensive neighborhood, but never had any problems in Harlem.) Just keep to yourself and try not to appear like a tourist. If I had more money, I'd choose to stay at a hotel in a nicer neighborhood, but on my current budget, the Harlem YMCA suited my needs perfectly.

By on Jun 12, 2012

3

very good experience

GetawayWithFriends

After booking for the 1st time we were very very skeptical about the cleanliness and the location. But the area was very safe and the rooms and bathrooms were very clean. We were very surprised. The Staff was very friendly and helpful! I would recommend the YMCA to any travelers that are on a budget and don't mind sharing a bathroom.

By on Mar 20, 2012