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Harlem YMCA Hostel

180 West 135th Street, Harlem, New York (NY), United States 10030 (Show on map)

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  • Area: Location: Harlem
  • Rooms : 10

Room Types
Standard Room with Single Bed
Deluxe Room with Bunk Bed
Standard Room with Bunk Bed
Standard Single Room


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Features of Harlem YMCA Hostel

business center


meeting facilities

Sports and Recreation

fitness center


indoor pool




free Wi-Fi in all rooms

Wi-Fi in public areas


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One of black culture's most important NYC landmarks, the YMCA Harlem offers affordable accommodation with good transport links to midtown Manhattan. Opened in 1933, the YMCA Claude McKay Residence is friendly both to families and to budgets, providing clean, private rooms of varying occupancy and a full gymnasium, with heated swimming pool, weights and aerobic center. There's a metro station and bus stop nearby providing quick links downtown, while a diverse array of restaurants and bars can be found in this rapidly gentrified neighborhood. Within walking distance guests will find the Apollo Theater, the shops and brownstones of 125th Street, not to mention the Malcolm Shabazz Market (Malcolm X was, incidentally, once a guest of this YMCA).
Children and extra beds:
Infant 0-1 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 2-3 year(s)
Must use an extra bed

Guests over 3 years old are considered as adults.

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room policy for more details.

When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Check-In From
2:00 PM

Check-Out Until
11:00 AM

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Ming C. Solo travelers Malaysia, June 22, 2015
speechless. Overall is regret to stay at this hostel.
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Daren M. Solo travelers United States of America, December 9, 2014
Stay somewhere else

near metro, cheap, has gym
I didn't like staying here. It was December and the rooms were not that warm, although it was apparent that they turned on the heat in the lobby to keep the staff comfortable. Also, the place is quite old and dirty; it felt like staying in the homeless shelters I used to volunteer in. Bathrooms were so-so; they were cleaned once a day. Often the toilet paper would run out in the evening. Overall this is not a comfortable place, and after a long day of site-seeing, it will not help you relax and rest. You're supposed to show your key to the staff every time you walk in the building, which is weird. They also neglected to explain this to me when I checked-in, and only after a few times in which the desk staff were kind of rude to me did I figure out that this is what they wanted. Perhaps they're tired of explaining it, perhaps it's a stupid rule, perhaps they really don't care enough? I don't know.Also, the area is pretty awful. There are few decent food options, and walking around at night feels dangerous. A street-walker even came into the restaurant I was having dinner at just to ask me for money while I was eating, then shouted profanities at me when I refused -- this is what Harlem is like. I really, really don't recommend staying here or in Harlem in general, if you have a choice. Even if it's cheap, just stay somewhere else and enjoy the nicer parts of the city.
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Eric C. Solo travelers Philippines, May 5, 2014
it was OK

access to public transport, clean, cheap
my stay at Harlem YMCA was OK, there is nothing exceptional nor something you want to complain about. Though it was easy to access the subway, it is a little bit far from the city centre. I would rather choose YMCA Vanderbilt and pay extra.
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What's nearby? / Directions

From JFK International Airport, take the New York Airport Service bus to Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd St. Times Square). Cross the street on 8th Avenue and take the M10 bus uptown to 135th Street. Or take the #2 or 3 train to 135th Street & Lenox Avenue. The YMCA is located between Lenox Avenue & St. Nicholas Avenue.

Customers like this hostel for:
Nearest transport:
  • 135th Street-Lenox Avenue Subway Station (0.2 Km)
Area recommended for:
  • culture
  • sightseeing
Distance to airport:
  • LaGuardia Airport (7.5 Km)
  • John F Kennedy International Airport (23.5 Km)
Customer comments:
  • "Close to subway" , "Friendly staff" , "View"
Top attractions in the area:
  • Randall's Island (3.1 Km)
  • Guggenheim Museum (3.8 Km)
  • Central Park (4.1 Km)
  • American Museum Of Natural History (4.4 Km)

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