The Vanderbilt YMCA

The Vanderbilt YMCA

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1.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Vending machine
24-hour security
Baggage storage
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Wifi
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Express check-in / check-out
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Housekeeping
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Non-smoking rooms

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224 E 47th St, New York City, NY 10017-2102
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Great for walkers
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KG wrote a review Jan 2020
39 contributions55 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I think booking this hotel you'll know your getting the basics from the cost.

The location is good, only a short walk over to times square and to grand central station for the subway.

I didn't think the bathrooms were particularly clean on any occasion I was there, there is also no where near enough for the amount of rooms on each floor. Perhaps making stalls instead of a single bathroom and shower?

Also no option of a dead bolt inside of the room which can be unnerving when your travelling alone and the safety boxes are only for cash/passports you're unable to fit in much more than those.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Sandra Smith wrote a review Jul 2020
1 contribution3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed 4 nights. Great dorm like accommodations. The rooms are small but sufficient. Has A/C, fridge, HD cable TV, comfortable bed. The shower/restroom was ALWAYS clean. Washer & dryers very convenient and appreciated. Front desk service is very pleasant and efficient. Security is their priority and right there available. This location is top notch when looking for food, street venders, CVS nearby, restaurants all along 2nd Ave, subway stations are just a short walk away.
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Date of stay: July 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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kd sydney wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia133 contributions68 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The room was larger than we expected - the photos don't do it justice.

However, the bathroom was rather unclean even though the check sheet on the back of the door gets ticked every hour to say it's been cleaned and things like paper towel checked, this doesn't appear to happen.

The security is very tight and the staff are very rude about seeing passes. You're warned at check in that the passes are sensitive to other cards and your phone. This wasn't a joke, mine broke day one - how absurd! Where are you meant to store it in this day and age?

The heating system is very old, if you're easily woken this isn't the place for you since the pipes rattle all night in winter.

The location is very good and the price was good for the time of year.

This is very no frills, manage your expectations.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Aagje wrote a review May 2020
Nijmegen, The Netherlands67 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I cant say anything about the hotel itself because I wasnt able to travel due to the coronavirus. They let me cancel for free, even though my booking was non refundable. The responded to my request within one day. Amazing service!
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequent_long_stay wrote a review Jun 2011
New York14 contributions30 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
I’ve stayed here for a little longer period of time due to work.
I believe people need to see this place in perspective when they book a room. You shouldn’t think of it as a hotel, but as a hostel where you get your own private ‘bunk’.
Instead of sleeping with sweaty, snoring and smelly people in one big room, you get your own little place to snore, watch TV, stay up late or get up early all you want!
Off course this is not a 5star hotel (despite the location!) but you are not paying for a 5star are you?
Because reviews can make you both feel good and bad (scared even) before you leave on a trip, I decided to write one about the Vanderbilt. Hoping to get you all you want to know before you arrive :)

My experiences:
1) The room is private, but small. The privacy makes it a safe place to keep your stuff, which is very pleasant! And since the security checks your room key before going up (make sure to show it when you come in and they will be happy) the safety of the hotel is very good!
About the size; With 2 people mostly this would be crampy. Trying to leave your stuff organized will make this a lot easier! The walls are empty and the light is pretty bright. If you think this will affect your mood, remember you are only here to sleep. Also, opening your door helps with the feeling of being cramped in the room and brings in fresh air. (and you meet people!)
If you stay longer, bring some sticky gum and photo’s/flag. Fill up those walls! You will have a tv with 32 Cable channels, a desk, drawers under the bed and most rooms have a (table size) fridge!

2) Since you have a fridge, you can go to the supermarkets (on 48th/2nd or the organic Amish one on 45th/between 2nd and 3rd) and get some breakfast. Saves lots of money and it’s fun. Utensils are free at the every local supermarket, Deli and or other food shop.

3) Off course, if you want to eat cereal, you need a bowl and if you want to cook you need a kitchen. Luckily there is one! The 4th floor has a kitchen for students, front desk can access your card to it. Across from it is a simple lounge, where btw the internet reception is great if your room one fails!
The kitchen is very simple, but has some stuff you need for cooking and eating. Good way to save money again!

4) The heating thing… Yes, in the winter (until around beginning of April) it makes banging/ticking noises. It sounds like someone is banging a hammer against the pipes. BUT; this only lasts a few minutes and happens about 4/5 times a night (or day). Sure, it’s not cool. But I’ve been told it’s common in old buildings and if you sleep well, you won’t notice. If it does bug you? Around the corner on 2nd Av. Is a Duane Read (pharmacy) that’s open 24Hours where a few bucks buys you some nice earplugs. Either way, you might just as well have trouble sleeping for the City that never sleeps You never know ;)
If the heating is to hot (happens fast! The first few days in freezing winter, I was walking around in a tank top), turn it off completely and just ask for an extra blanket instead. The heat of the building will keep you room on a normal temperature, so you won’t freeze.
During the summer this City gets pretty hot and humid. Your room has an AC in it!

5) Laundry you can do on the 3rd floor, where you pay 3,75 in quarters for washing (30min) and drying (45min). An additional 4 quarters gets you powder and fabric softener.

6) Staff.. I’ve noticed, it really depends on who you are talking to. But in general, if you ask nicely, be understanding/calm, most things are possible. This may sound a bit crazy, since you are the PAYING guest here! But.. maybe someone is just having a hard day? People in the city work many many hours, often two jobs. You try being nice all the time. Once again, matter of perspective and experiences. I noticed, when you are understanding you get a hell of a long way :)

7) The area! The location is simply awesome. You are right next to the UN Headquarters and one of the trump towers. The nice Turtle Bay park is 3 blocks down and Grand central is 5 minutes away. Lex-53 is 7 minutes and Time Square is 15min. All these stations get you everywhere with the subway! You are in 5min walking distance of 5th Avenue, Rockefeller Center (Top of the Rock) and St. Patricks Cathedral. Central Park is about 25 minutes. It’s a very safe neighborhood and pretty quiet to. During the week there are mostly business people around, in the weekend it’s mostly tourists and local outside. Walking outside as a woman is very safe here and there a lots of places to grab a bite to eat of have a drink (bring your ID!)

8) They have no restaurant or room service. They do have free use of the 2 swimming pools (bring a cap) and fitness areas on the 4th floor of the membership building. (not the same as the hotel part) They also have 2 kinds of steam rooms in the locker rooms and many showers there, if the one on your floor is busy. Free shampoo/shower gel is in every shower available. Your room gets clean towels every day or you get them in the locker rooms. Any of these things are included in the price and after a day of walking, the sauna feels like heaven! Personally, I have never experienced any weird things in the locker rooms, like people described, but off course I’ve never been in the men’s locker rooms / showers.

9) I read they had bed bugs a while ago. I can tell you, I had them ones in my stay, but I brought them in myself after a movie-visit. (I’d been there too long for them to be in my room before!)
The responds was great, they gave me a temp. room until mine was fully cleaned and assisted me with getting my clothes cleaned! They felt bad and did everything they could and should do! They have someone regularly cleaning the rooms to prevent it and all the beds have plastic covers to protect you, causing the risk to be put to a absolute minimum!

The price/quality thing…..
This one, you have to decide on your own. If you are looking for a luxury place to spend your trip, don’t go here. But if you’re looking for a affordable place to sleep on a good location, well then, here you go. Hoping this was useful and you will all fully enjoy this wonderful city!!!!!
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Date of stay: June 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled solo
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llw28 wrote a review Mar 2005
London, United Kingdom19 contributions33 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
i have now stayed at the Y both times i have been in NYC.... and it really is the best place i have found. being a YMCA, i thought at first (somewhat naively) that the place would be full of down-and-outs.... how severly wrong i was.
as a 20 year-old girl, i found the place safe- which is very important when you're in The Big Apple! the security guards and receptionists are lovely, very friendly and accomodating.
the rooms yes, are a little on the small size, but when you're in new york, why oh why do you want to be stuck inside when outside has so much to offer? in that respect, the rooms are just fine- i've found them clean (both times), and comfortable. the bathrooms are an experience if you're not used to sharing them, but the larger shower room does lock so you CAN have a private shower without sharing with a stranger!
don't go here expecting the ritz, but for the prices and service, this place is the best. the pool and gym etc downstairs are lovely- and the 'all-american' diner serves breakfast 24-7....what more can you ask for?! the Y is situated perfectly... right in the middle of the city, but far enough away from the hub-bub to be quiet (well, as quiet as is possible).
i stayed in another hostel-esque place in NYC last summer for a few nights, before going back to the Y- it really didn't compare! i will be staying here again, when i am in NYC this summer- there is nowhere better to go on a budget!
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Date of stay: August 2004
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Avdbh wrote a review Feb 2005
Holland, Europe5 contributions19 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the vanderbilt for 6 nights and we had a great time! The hotel is very central located in Manhatten, we walked to times square and the metro. The rooms are small but clean and safe. THe staff was very friendly. Secuirity is great, nobody gets upstairs without showing their hotelkey. The swimmingpool is a great extra (don't forget to bring your swimming cap), with good showers and lockers. It is cheap, clean, friendly and central...what else do you wish for?
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Voyager11389 wrote a review Sep 2004
London, England1 contribution18 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I'm am still suffering from itchy, inflamed, blistering bites that I (and my friend) received when we were eaten alive by bed bugs while staying in this hostel. At first, I had the attitude that this sort of thing can happen, so I simply let the front desk know and asked to be moved to another room. It didn’t help. We got even more bites in the new room.

The front desk staff was rude and most unhelpful. In fact, I heard one of the ladies raising her voice and condescendingly swearing at her co-worker. The security and gym staff were the exception.

If it wasn’t for the nasty bed bugs and incredibly rude and dismissive staff, then I would say the hostel is in a decent enough location, the rooms are small and basic but then it is a budget hostel so you get what you pay for, and there are gym facilities on offer to the hostel guests, which also meant we could use better showers than those of the hostel.

One piece of advice – it may not be such a great deal to book online through any of the agencies that offer deals. It turned out to be cheaper for us to book direct with the hostel and that is still figuring in the fee we had to pay for cancelling our booking through the agency.
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Carys E wrote a review Feb 2006
Mid Wales, UK1 contribution17 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
My first impressions of the hostel was that it was horrible! I was very suprised about the size of the room, i had trouble fitting my suitcase in! But during my short stay at the hostel i grew more fond of the place and didnt mind it soo much in the end. I realised the hostel had good facilities and was great value. Also if you are a tourist visiting new york, you will probally find out that you are spending much more time around the city rather in the hostel room. I found the bed really comfy and had a relatively good sleep. The bathrooms that was on our floor (10) where not very nice. In one of the shower rooms it had a window that was unable to close and it was directly facing a block of apartments, therefore privacy was an issue. On the last day we did find some nicer toilets on the lower floors.
The staff at the reception where quite helpfull, and there seemed to be a close community around the hotel. The hostel was in a great location, and most of the tousrist attractions where within walking distance. For instance it took us about 15mins to walk to times square. There was a great selection of cafe to choose from in the morning and they where all very close to the hostel, e.g- Cafe Metro, Starbucks, and Cafe Basil.
I do hope to come to New york again, but it will be very unlikley that i will stay at the vanderbilt ymca. As i was travelling in a large group, it was satisfied all our needs and was quite cheap. But it's a great hostel if travelling on a budget!
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Date of stay: February 2006
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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occasionaltravels wrote a review Apr 2005
Boston, Massachusetts516 contributions168 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
checking-in- the lady was sweet but soo slow and couldn't find my reservation. I booked through expedia which I've done before and had no problems, so somewhere the reservations were lost- therefore call the hotel directly to confirm before going.

1. location- great, in the middle of everything, 5-10min walk to subway
2. safety- the area seemed verry safe and the security guy checks your room card to make sure you're a guest before going up anyways
3. rooms- minimum size for what you need in a short stay- any smaller though would be inhumane. If you're in ny- you'd be out every minute you're not sleeping anyways so who needs more than this. the bed sheets looked clean but had a hint of odor.
4. bathroom- safe autolock door, the one on my floor only had 1 working shower- clean enough but definitely wear flip flops.

Overall- will definitely be going back to this place from now on- it is worth the price!
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Date of stay: April 2005
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Robert P asked a question Nov 2019
luggage storage
Answer from Olivia Smith
8 contributions19 helpful votes
Yeah, they have room in the lobby.
Answer from nic6318
Ontario, Canada27 contributions84 helpful votes
Hi. I doubt it. My only suggestion would be to call them and ask. These are really tiny rooms.
Answer from nic6318
Ontario, Canada27 contributions84 helpful votes
Hi. For valuables they have boxes at the reception desk. These boxes are long but thin and not too wide. Just a guess, approx.. 2"x6"x18", so big enough for things like passport, money etc., but nothing bulky. I left things in the room with no problem. I am sure if they had thefts in the past, it would have been mentioned by people on this site, I haven't seen anything like that. I did have some things that were too large for the box that I left in the room (tablet), in my small suitcase, locked. hope this helps have a good day
Answer from Kimberly C
16 contributions4 helpful votes
Yes, early check-in is possible if your room is ready. I stayed there the week of Christmas and was able to check in several hours before. Also, you are able to store baggage for as long as needed the day you depart, but they do charge you for the service. I cant remember the rates, but it was not much and worth the convenience.
Answer from Ste M
Liverpool, United Kingdom20 contributions36 helpful votes
I believe they do as there were a few behind reception last time I was there. I don't know if they charge. I doubt they would
nic6318 wrote a tip Jun 2019
Ontario, Canada27 contributions84 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"don't expect much and you won't be disappointed"
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WonderfulMH wrote a tip Jun 2019
London, United Kingdom14 contributions19 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rip off in the middle of Manhattan"
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mattcodling wrote a tip Jan 2019
Marple, United Kingdom10 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"7th floor was quiet, lovely."
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Igno86 wrote a tip Nov 2018
15 contributions9 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring your earplugs to reduce background noise when you sleep."
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Glennon77 wrote a tip Nov 2018
Geelong, Australia54 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Maybe ask to be near a bathroom to save a long walk around to it :)"
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Vanderbilt YMCA
Which popular attractions are close to The Vanderbilt YMCA?
Nearby attractions include Chrysler Building (0.4 km), Greenacre Pocket Park (0.4 km), and St. Bartholomew's Church (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Vanderbilt YMCA?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and a fitness centre.
What are some restaurants close to The Vanderbilt YMCA?
Conveniently located restaurants include Spice Symphony, Little Collins, and The Capital Grille.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Vanderbilt YMCA?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Vanderbilt YMCA?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Vanderbilt YMCA?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum (5.8 km), World Trade Center Memorial Foundation (5.8 km), and Hamilton Park (4.3 km).
Is The Vanderbilt YMCA accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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