Firstly I would like to record my thanks to the staff of the Y. They were uniformly professional and friendly, which is impressive when you consider they were dealing with 76 students. Well done to all of you.
Secondly I would like to address some of the other commentaries about the YMCA. It is completely true that it is not a 'nice' hotel. This is unarguably true, but kind of misses the damn point. The YMCA is a hostel. Do not come here if you want to find romance in a cocktail bar (try the Aloft in Harlem). Don't come here if you want to stroll from your king-size bed to the marble lined en-suite bathroom. It's a hostel. It's cheap, sparse and effective.
The bedroom I had was tiny (it might well be the smallest I've ever stayed in). It had the obligatory shaky US electrical set up where plugging a device in looks, to a European, like a combined dare and free-market challenge to socialist health and safety culture. But it all works.
It wasn't loud, which is impressive considering my party.
It was a bit smelly, but not terrible (again, I stayed in worse).
It was generally clean, except for the floor which seemed to have a mud-slick around the bed legs (I have no idea, New York isn't a notoriously muddy place).
The 7th floor rooms had free WIFI which made my guys very happy, and the connection was fast enough I could Skype to my family on my daughter's birthday.
The bathrooms were modern and spotless. One of the mens showers was missing a lock (a temporary condition I assume from the plastic bag stuffed in the gap). The women's bathrooms were all double lockable and only accessible to the guests.
All in all it is a viable place to take a party of students, but not luxurious.
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