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Good location, clean, and respectable.

I gave 4 stars just for one reason -- it was spring and they didn't turn on the heater. I was freezing. But about the rest it was ok. Good location, clean, and respectable. If you like to work out it's the place to do it. They also have a swimming pool. It's located in front of Central Park near Columbus Circle which you can go for every place fast, like Times Square, Penn Station.

Age 34 | Brasil

I would prefer to look for another one

From the beginning very, but very unfriendly reception at front desk, careless (and work for the YMCA? ... respect and caring belong to their core values, or?). Anyway, a very comfortable spa section.

Jorge Iturralde

I have just left the West Side YMCA after a four-night stay. I have to say that from reading comments, I was really worried about what to expect -- dirty communal bathrooms, smelly tired rooms, dirty mattresses. The YMCA was quite to the contrary, we stayed on the twelfth floor in a twin bunk bed room which was basic but what can you expect for that money. Most importantly to me it was clean! The sheets were made daily and fresh towel were provided daily. The bathrooms were at the end of the corridor but were single rooms with a large shower, toilet, and basin, and again they were clean! The location is awesome -- just about one hundred yards from central park. As we had a room at the end of the corridor we had the most amazing view of the park and the city. Ironically one of the buildings was named Essex House. The staff were friendly and polite and really tolerant, which was handy as we were a large group of eighty and used the main foyer to meet together a lot. Overall I give the West Side ten out of ten and next time i'm in the city I will be staying there.

Essex, United Kingodm

I stayed at the YMCA for 19 nights from 8-26 December 2006. I didn't want to spend loads on accommodation, all I really care about when I travel is a bed and a hot shower at the end of the day, I'd rather spend my hardearned money on going out, eating out, sightseeing, etc. Yes, the rooms' cleanliness left a bit to be desired, both my room and the bathrooms could have used a thorough scrubbing, but the location, so close to the lovely Upper West Side and the price were unbeatable. You can't expect to pay such cheap prices and stay in luxury!! The staff were friendly enough and the security required me to show my key pass most times I entered the building, so I felt safe (I was travelling on my own). The YMCA is a bit noisy, people were coming and going at all hours, slamming doors, talking loudly in the corridors, etc, so I suggest earplugs if you are a light sleeper!! One thing that may be a bit unnerving for some people is that there are some Single Occupancy Room residents in the Y (mainly older men) that look a bit scruffy and seem slightly out of place, but I didn't have any problems with them, most said hi when passing me in the corridors.

Kylie from Sydney, Australia

Just stayed at the w-side YMCA for ten nights. Price was great, Location is the best place to be in the City, felt 100% safe at all times. Room was small but clean, just good for one person. One comment -- the female bathroom was nasty, I saw a girl bathing her self from the face basin or sink what ever you want to call it , and she was just messing up the floor with water when there were three showers available. Also some of the women where not flushing their mess in the toilet. But overall I enjoyed my stay at the YMCA. "Tony from Ecuador" was the best, helpful, and friendly at all times.


The hostel was affordable, but the room wasn't very clean; the paint on the walls was peeling, and the carpets in the corridors were stained and smelly. The bathrooms were uncomfortably steamy and hot. The location was great - right next to Central Park (and the Natural Museum of Natural History), and close to several subway stations. Safe boxes were available at the front desk. When it rained, the raindrops made a lot of noise on the airconditioning. Internet was VERY expense and slow. Try to find a public library nearby.


Fabulous location; walk out the door and land in Central Park. A few blocks away is the subway station, so everything is extremely accessible. If you are paying for budget accommodation don't be expecting luxury. But I found this hostel to be worth every penny. The security was strict at the reception area, so I felt safe, and the rooms themselves, although quite small, were comfortable enough. The staff were absolutely great! I definitely will be back as soon as possible!

Claire & Seainin

I thought this place was disgusting. First impressions make you want to turn around and go somewhere else before you even set foot in the building. The bedrooms were like prison cells; the bunk beds are falling apart and cannot hold any weight. The beds are lumpy, the heating was not working and when it did, it was too hot. The bathrooms were vile, to an extent where there was dirty underwear in the sink while you were brushing your teeth. Shower curtains were pointless, as they did not cover you; the hot tap water was a brown color and looked like piss. The rooms needed more furnishing, and the windows needed fixing. All in all, this place was a sh*t tip. If it weren't for the fact we were a large group to raise morale, then I would have found somewhere else to stay.


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Location and Contact




Address: 5 West 63rd Street, Manhattan - Upper West Side, Nova Iorque (NYC), Nova Iorque, Estados Unidos

West Side YMCA is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website West Side YMCA New York City
Phone Number: +1 (212) 875-4100
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Female Solo Traveller

Party Hostel



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons


24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning


Cable TV

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments



Gym/Fitness Room

Hot Showers


Movie Library/Rental

Swimming Pool

Wheelchair Accessible

Yoga Classes

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 12:00 (12 Noon)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours


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