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The Vanderbilt YMCA
london
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15 reviews
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“Unforgettable...and that's not a compliment!”
Reviewed 31 December 2011

First let’s start with the plus points - it’s a great location and the gym is fabulous and if you happen to be an inmate, sorry, guest then you get complimentary access to this very state of the art gym. Here endeth the plus points. Bottom line is, the YMCA is what it is which is to say, it redefines the term ‘basic’. However, on the night I booked in - the 9th December 2011 - I was to find the staff, how can I say, well, ’ambivalent’ about checking in guests. With an attitude that swung between indifferent and plain passive aggressive, both staff members (one was called Alexander and head of his class at charm school no doubt) decided that the best way to deal with my confusion over booking a twin but getting a single (quote of the night: ’In this country, a single IS a twin’…of course it is. Must remember to update my dictionary) was to be resolutely automaton like and smack a big fat full stop in to the dispute by saying ’…and optionally, you don’t have to stay with us’. Of course I don’t but the option of a bench in Central Park or kipping under the Rockerfeller tree, did not fill me with comfort and joy after an 8 hour flight. There is some lip service nonsense on the wall behind the desk which states that conflicts should be resolved with respect and care but I guess that’s just for the attention of us unruly guests rather than the staff. Sad really, because all other staff I spoke with before I fled after 4 nights were otherwise very professional.

But what of the room? Well, my experiencing of it was that it was horrible - a narrow, lino floored experience in grimness, with a TV that never worked, a fridge that had asthma and a set of heating pipes that seemed possessed (regular loud banging gave the impression that a presence resided within knocking out an eerie semaphore). You get one pillow, a single bed and not much else. Shared bathrooms down the hall are fine apart from the one morning I entered to find excrement smeared on the floor and mucas stuck to one of the basins. If this is all meant to be part of the adventure in a backpacking, outward bound kind of way then clearly I need to stick to the Holiday Inn. I have stayed at the Y before on numerous occasions (I would suggest the one on the Westside. Better location if nothing else) and I think they do sterling work but hotel of any description this most certainly is not. I had been offered an upgrade to another room with a double bed and told that this would cost me circa $150 a night (around 95GBP at the time). Fortunately, another website came to my rescue and after four nights (on the fourth of which my bed had not even been made and used towels remained on the floor) I fled to the three star Ameritainia on 54th and Broadway and the lap of luxury for 60 pounds a night and ended my trip with a bang, not this time, courtesy of unruly heating or fridges!

Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 8 December 2011

Know what to expect and you'll be fine. Great location (direct bus from JFK to Grand Central, then 10 min walk), small clean noisy rooms, shared clean (very clean) baths. Semi-helpful staff. It's not a real hotel. Affordable and excellent for a few days.

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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

This was my second stay at this property (December 2010 and December 2011). Please note this is an ceconomic hoel and not an hostel. The highlights are a large indoor swimming pool, a large gym and a yoga/karate space. The hotel is also located in an amazing spot if u are interested exploring central Station area.
The rooms are very tiny and noisy. Partitions are very thin and toilets are shared.
The wi-fi didn't work for all the 3 nights I've been in, and the hotel management put out an advise on this only after days. I had to leave 5 dollars for the luggage room service.
The hotel staff is professional but absolutely not interested into clients.
The hotel seems very safe.
Choose this hotel only if interested into sports.

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

Chose this place to stay due to the location and cheap price. The location is good with walking access to the Metro (ard 8 to 10 mins walk), United Nations, Times Square etc, Other than that, the room as highlighted by most is ultra small. I took a single room and all it had was a single bed, a table with no chairs, a small fridge that smells, towels and linen. The showers and toilets are limited at each floor. The Wifi connection is bad. I saw people sitting on the floor, outside the lift along the corridor every night just to have a better connection. And lastly, the staff (at least majority) aint friendly. Would only recommend to those with a tight budget and in need of a place to just wash up and sleep.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

We came to town just for two nights at the start of our spring break and it was a fine place to crash. The beds were well worn making them a little uncomfortable, and the heater and/or pipes were loud at different times throughout the night. However, the room was clean and if you want to you are able to use the huge gym downstairs, and its not far from grand central station and central park and restaurants and other tourist destinations. For NYC it is cheap so if you are looking for a cheap place to store your things while you explore the city this is your place!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 November 2011

The location of this site is GREAT Handy to get to and from with the Buses from all Airports coming to 41st 42 st park ave just a ten min walk away, and with plenty of places to eat and drink in the area including Grand Central, The Hostel needs a makeover and a couple of floors with Kitchen Units or Microwaves available for every one to use, The rooms need a good paint job and some a good steam job, lack of pillows is a problem, but plenty of Towels are made available. the washrooms are kept in clean condition along with the toilets but the landings could do with a clean,
now there are 2 pools you can use along with the high quality Gym but you are not advised about them so a poster or leaflet in your room would be good, and there is also a trip desk where you can get tickets for many things, all in all its not bad for the price or location but the price as risen over the years, but not the quality of the accommodation along with it

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Dublin, Ireland
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48 reviews
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Reviewed 19 November 2011

I decided to stay here because it was one of the cheapest centrally located accommodation that I could find on short notice. I had no major problems… the staff were helpful when I asked to switch rooms. I was originally put in a room that was quite far from the womens toilets and showers but they moved me closer straight away when I asked. The first room had a small fridge, but the second room did not. But that wasn’t a deal breaker.

The rooms were fine and included a desk and fridge and didn’t feel too cramped. But I was on my own. I’d imagine that the same room for 2 people wouldn’t be very comfortable.

Nothing to write home about, but also no complaints!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Property: The Vanderbilt YMCA
Address: 224 E 47th St, New York City, NY 10017-2102
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Swimming Pool
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Ranked #19 of 163 Speciality Lodging in New York City
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Hotel Class:2 star — The Vanderbilt YMCA 2*
Number of rooms: 400
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