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Vanderbilt YMCA Hostel

"I would definitely stay here again if we came back to NY."

Chris - June 14, 2019
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Vanderbilt YMCA Hostel

224 East 47th Street, Midtown East, New York (NY), United States, 10017 - See map
Free Wi-Fi
Property highlights
Check-in/out [private]
Hassle-free check in
Close to Grand Central Terminal
Within 530 m of property
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Popular landmarks
Consulate General of the Bahamas 70 m
Consulate General of Belgium 90 m
Consulate General of Jamaica 90 m
Consulate General of Denmark 100 m
Dag-Hammarskjold Plaza Greenmarket 110 m
Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago 130 m
Consulate General of Bahrain 140 m
Consulate General of Ukraine 150 m
Saudi Arabian Consulates General 150 m
Consulate General of Peru 180 m
Nearby landmarks
Grand Central Terminal 530 m
Top of the Rock 930 m
Broadway 1.32 km
Times Square 1.32 km
Empire State Building 1.36 km
Central Park 1.55 km
High Line 2.9 km
The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2.94 km
The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum 5.89 km
Statue of Liberty 9.46 km
8.6

Excellent

Location rating score

Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
  • 410 meters to public transportation

  • Located in heart of New York (NY)

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Sauna

  • Steamroom

Value for money7.4
Location rating8.6
Nearest airportLaGuardia Airport (LGA)
Distance to airport8.6 km

Rooms available at Vanderbilt YMCA Hostel

Deluxe Single Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 single bed
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Standard Single Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 single bed
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Deluxe Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 bunk bed
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Quadruple Room with Bunk Beds and Shared Bathroom
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  • Shared bathroom
  • 2 bunk beds
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Standard Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 bunk bed
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Standard Twin Room with Shared Bathroom and Sink
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  • Room size: 7 m²/75 ft²
  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 bunk bed
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Deluxe Single Room
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  • Room size: 7 m²/75 ft²
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Standard Bunk Room With Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 7 m²/75 ft²
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Deluxe Bunk Room
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  • Room size: 7 m²/75 ft²
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Deluxe Twin
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    What people love about Vanderbilt YMCA Hostel

    • 8.4
      Excellent
      Bathroom

      "You get private shared bathrooms which is great too."

      Chris

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      June 14, 2019

    • 8.0
      Very good
      Location

      "For us the best bit was the location and the price."

      Kirsty

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      June 14, 2018

    • 10.0
      Exceptional
      Staff 

      "Great location ! The employees were really nice"

      wendy

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      September 21, 2018

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    Location score
    8.6/10
    Room comfort score
    5.8/10
    Value for money score
    7.4/10
    Cleanliness score
    7.1/10
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    Overall rating:
    7.2
    Very good
    5,794 reviews
    Cleanliness
    7.1
    Facilities
    6.9
    Location
    8.6
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    What travelers say they love:
    I had a great time staying in Vanderbilt YMCA Hotel.
    Mark from Philippines
    Solo traveler
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    More about Vanderbilt YMCA Hostel

    The Vanderbilt YMCA Hostel is located in Manhattan's fashionable East Side, close to the United Nations, Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Terminal along with some of the most exciting shopping streets in the world. Vanderbilt YMCA Hostel is within walking distance of plenty of other sites including Times Square, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the New York Public Library, the Museum of Modern Art and Bloomingdale's. It's a great place for going out at night with plenty of restaurants and bars in the vicinity.

    The guest rooms at the Vanderbilt YMCA Hostel are private, with either single or bunk beds, and shared facilities located down the corridors. The rooms include free Wi-Fi, Cable TV, air conditioning, housekeeping service, safe-deposit boxes, 24-hour security, the use of a shared kitchen and luggage storage for your convenience. Guests also have access to the fitness center and 100 free group exercise classes that are offered weekly.

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    Most talked about facilities

    Housekeeping
    41 mentions
    Internet
    14 mentions
    Swimming Pool
    8 mentions
    Food & Dining
    2 mentions

    What they offer

    7.6
    Very good

    "Great to have all the YMCA facilities available too."

    Jessica

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    December 29, 2018

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    Nearest essentials

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    Food and dining

    Nearby restaurants

    American cuisine
    American cuisine
    Sparks Steak House
    100 m American, Barbecue, Seafood
    Sea Fire Grill
    160 m American, Seafood, Soups
    The Comfort Diner
    160 m American, Diner
    Italian cuisine
    Italian cuisine
    Ristorante Grifone
    100 m Italian
    Chazz Palminteri Ristorante Italiano
    130 m Italian
    Latrattoria Pizza
    200 m Italian
    Asian cuisine
    Asian cuisine
    Aburiya Kinnosuke
    170 m Asian, Japanese, Seafood
    Gourmet 45
    180 m Asian, Delicatessen
    ISE Restaurant INC
    240 m Asian, Japanese, Sushi

    What's nearby

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    Reviews of Vanderbilt YMCA Hostel from real guests

    Overall rating
    7.2
    Very good
    From 5794 reviews
    8.8Location
    7.2Value for money
    7.1Cleanliness
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    Cleanliness7.1
    Facilities6.9
    Location8.6
    Room comfort and quality5.8
    Service6.7
    Value for money7.4
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    6-7 Good (85)
    <6 Below Expectation (132)
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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Allen from Philippines
    Business traveler
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

    Simple but beautiful”

    If you are alone and on business in Downtown Manhattan and looking for a simple place to stay, the Vanderbilt YMCA Hostel is one of the more centrally located accommodations you can find. The use of their fully equipped gym and swimming pool comes in free with your booking. The rooms are simple but the price for each stay is incomparable with other similar places in New York.

    Reviewed April 29, 2019
    9.0
    Exceptional
    Ana from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 4 nights in December 2012

    Convenient, efficient, great location!”

    Cheap but clean, safe, & secure, convenient location, free wifi, wonderful service!

    I wouldn't hesitate to recommend YMCA Vanderbilt to any of my budget-conscious friends who want to experience NYC without breaking the bank. I arrived at around 7 am & was unable to check in immediately, but the hotel let me store my bags free. They even let me have a quick shower & change of clothes, which felt like heaven. My room was small but comfortable, with a TV, fridge, a/c, heater, desk, and sufficient space for storage. I was booked very near the restroom & never had to wait to get a shower stall. The hotel's on E 47th St, walking distance from iconic NY locations such as 5th Ave, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, the Waldorf, & Grand Central Terminal. Subways are on 53rd & Lex or Grand Central. If I didn't feel like walking, I used my unlimited weekly MetroCard to take the bus, which conveniently stopped every few blocks but took a bit longer. For the price, the hotel was perfectly located & I felt very safe because of their round-the-clock security. My only regret was not being able to try the facilities, but I'm not really sure if guests can use them. Still, the YMCA brand gave me a lot of confidence in booking the hotel.

    Reviewed December 25, 2012
    9.2
    Exceptional
    STEPHEN from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 3 nights in November 2018

    great location”

    well as new york as got more expensive for the single traveller, this is a great option, but the price does goe up and down, location is the greatest assett 47th ten mins from grand central station and 15 from times square and just around the corner from the United Nations with plenty of food outlets 24 hour drug stores and local bars its always felt safe and well lit up. from newark airport get the newark express stops on 41st then walk down. from jfk most companys will drop you off near vanderbilt, one way streets in operation 24 hour operation security and some one on the desk till midnight let them know your arrival time rooms are small but comfortablebut they have got rid of the coat hooksand you do have a tv in your room and fridge heating in winter is very hot showers are on each floor there are some private shower rooms toilets are in washroom could be next improvement they also have 2 floors of semi private ropoms and washrooms you pay more with kitchen area and lounge d

    Reviewed November 26, 2018
    7.6
    Very good
    Tracey from Australia
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 9 nights in September 2017

    Midtown hostel”

    I stayed here in September 2017 - I had booked a single room The online photos are totally representative of what you get. Room was fairly small but the bed was comfy and you get a TV, small fridge and desk. It's NYC so who spends lots of time in their room? Perfectly adequate and cleaned everyday unless you advise otherwise. Location is great Midtown Short walk to fantastic subway system so you can get around easily (I suggest getting an unlimited 7day Metro ticket)) The staff were efficient and friendly at the Vanderbilt YMCA I would definitely stay here again

    Reviewed September 23, 2017
    8.7
    Excellent
    Cindi from United States
    Family with teens
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2014

    Great value!”

    Inexpensive, centrally located, international

    Great value for New York City and so centrally located! Left us money to spend on the things we really wanted to do (Broadway shows!). Very plain vanilla, like a college dorm room with a shared floor bathroom, but that was all we needed. The staff was friendly and helpful. And if you wanted to meet other young international travelers, this is the place. It is truly fun to stay at the YMCA!

    Reviewed May 12, 2014
    6.3
    Good
    Mega from Indonesia
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in December 2013

    Small room in convenient location”

    Gym facilities, Swimming Pool, Central Location

    I stayed in YMCA Vanderbilt for 5 nights this early December. I was on a business trip in Chicago, but I managed to visit New York during my trip. It took me around 45 minutes from the JFK airport, I used shared van service (it's cheap!) and the driver dropped me first than any other passengers because the hotel is located in Midtown Manhattan. It's quite convenient to walk everywhere, you can find food, shopping areas on fifth avenue, and even walk to Rockefeller Center and Times Square. Because the weather on December is not very friendly, I must use layers to walk around. However, inside the hotel was really warm because their heating system is quite good. Inside the room, shared shower room and washroom, gym, swimming pool area, they use heater so that we always feel warm. The room is quite small for me, but they have TV, refrigerator, and small desk. At least you can sleep quite comfortably and put 2 big luggage in the room. What I find excellent about this hotel is the free access to the gym and the swimming pool. The staff is also friendly and helpful. We could use free wifi in the reception area and guest lounge, they also have kitchen and self-laundry. Unfortunately we can't get private shower and wifi connection in the room. For the price, it's quite ok because the hotel around Manhattan is really expensive. Overall my stay was very interesting, I love New York!

    Reviewed December 22, 2013
    8.0
    Excellent
    Mark from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Standard Single Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 5 nights in December 2019

    Accessible and Affordable ”

    I had a great time staying in Vanderbilt YMCA Hotel. Very accessible to drugstore, restaurants and some of the tourist destinations of NYC. The hotel will provide you the basic necessities and yet you will feel comfortable. The best thing about this hotel is the access that you have to the facilities like gym, sauna and pool. Will definitely go back here.

    Reviewed January 01, 2020
    8.0
    Excellent
    Yu-yen from Taiwan
    Business traveler
    Stayed 9 nights in March 2017

    Good but Noisy”

    Generally, Vanderbilt YMCA is a good choice for me. I'll still consider it next time. However, it seemed that the bunk beds of the room next to me were broken. The beds made very loud noise at night when they wanted to put down the upper bed to sleep. The sound was terribly loud and unpleasant. Like thunder. And the heater made strange sound at midnight, too. These noises woke me up several times at night.

    Reviewed March 23, 2017
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Omer from Israel
    Solo traveler
    Premium Single
    Stayed 1 night in September 2018

    YMCA is a high standard hostel with an international atmosphere ”

    The hostel is well equipped as you’ve got everything you need. Gym is great, also the laundry room and the kitchen. House keeping does it’s work well, as the rooms are very clean, and so the showers are. You can actually feel the cosmopolitan city by seeing all the guests that attend the YMCA! I would recommend this place, it is worth the money. Location is great; neighborhood is awesome.

    Reviewed October 02, 2018
    8.8
    Excellent
    Carlo from United States
    Solo traveler
    Single room - Shared bath (Non-Refundable)
    Stayed 2 nights in September 2019

    Very good as always. ”

    I like Vanderbilt YMCA because of the location and gym amenities. I don’t like the bed bugs. They need to disinfect their beds.

    Reviewed September 17, 2019
    8.0
    Excellent
    Kirsty from United Kingdom
    Group
    Stayed 7 nights in June 2018

    Comfortable but basic”

    The best part about it was the mattresses we had in out room, they were really comfortable, great after a long day of sightseeing/shopping we had no trouble sleeping! The bedrooms were basic, but had AC, a chest of drawers, fridge, TV and a bunk bed. The bed didn't have a ladder so you had to climb up using the footboard slats and a chair.... The wash rooms were very basic, but there was hot water and everything you need. For us the best bit was the location and the price. The location was great for us as we mainly visited Manhattan, the YMCA in midtown 47th St 3rd Avenue, it was about a 20 minute walk over to 8th avenue for time square/ broadway and about 5-10 minutes walk to grand central station, 15 mins up to central park. We actually ended up walking most places, even down to Wall Street, but we did get the subway back! The most annoying thing about walking is having to cross the street every block!! Can add a lot of time onto a journey.

    Reviewed June 14, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Sharon from United States
    Family with young children
    Stayed 1 night in September 2012

    Customer Service was the best. ”

    You can't beat the price.

    my 12 year old granddaughter is a military brat usaf, she was born in alaska and her family is now stationed in omaha, nebraska. needless to say she loved new york. i have stayed at 4 star hotels in new york, and for the money you guy's can't be beat. clean rooms, hot showers, 5 star customer service

    Reviewed November 02, 2012
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Harry from Indonesia
    Business traveler
    Standard Single Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 4 nights in December 2019

    Manage your expectations”

    This is a hostel, not a hotel. Compared to a hotel, this sucks. But as a hostel - this is the best one I've ever been. Everything is within walking distance. Or a subway ride away, with the magnificent Grand Terminal so close to it. Each floor have DIFFERENT facilities. I strongly suggest you take your time to explore each floor. For example ; the shower room in my floor (9) is open / only covered by a curtain from the public, but I found closed shower rooms on 6th floor. Also manage your time carefully. Example: I shower every day around 6 am. I was usually the only one. No queue at all. My only complain is that the laundry room is only open from 7 am until 9 pm. I usually returned way past 9 pm, and by 7 am is already busy for going to work soon. I have no idea why the opening time limit, other places usually have 24/7 laundry facility. But otherwise everything is excellent. The staffs are friendly and genuinely tried to be helpful. Much appreciated.

    Reviewed December 09, 2019
    8.7
    Excellent
    BRENDA from United States
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 4 nights in October 2013

    Pleasantly Surprised ”

    Location, YMCA facility/room and affordability!

    Had a Great Stay. Basic Single room was very comfortable for one person. Bed was comfy and the room was cleaned daily. Use of the YMCA facility was a fabulous bonus! Well maintained hostel is a gem in Manhattan. Will stay there again. Thanks YMCA

    Reviewed October 22, 2013
    8.4
    Excellent
    Anastasios from Greece
    Group
    Stayed 10 nights in August 2017

    Perfect for low budget vacations”

    This nice hostel is located very close (5-10 minutes of walking) to the subway stations Grand Central and Lexingston/53st and very close to major tourist attractions of NY. The staff is very friendly and the hostel is very safe as security staff controls who gets into the hostel. The rooms are small but clean (don't expect hotel level housekeeping as you don't pay for that) the restrooms are very clean at all times of the day ( there were 7 in my floor that only people from our floor can use so there was always a restroom available).

    Reviewed August 13, 2017
    8.4
    Excellent
    Chris from Australia
    Family with teens
    Stayed 4 nights in June 2019

    Much better than expected!”

    I was really sceptical of staying here after reading so many bad reviews but I thought this place was great. We only used it for sleeping & I found it quieter than the other 2 hostels in San Fran & Boston that I had just stayed at. The location is great - about 1.3km from Times Square. There’s food everywhere around the block. The rooms are the only let down - super tiny & bunk bed has no space between the lower & top bunk - had to roll in! Ha ha. You get private shared bathrooms which is great too. I would definitely stay here again if we came back to NY.

    Reviewed June 15, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Vivian from United States
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2017

    Very satisfied”

    I have stayed at the Vanderbilt on a few occasions and each time I am taken with the extremely pleasant staff. Check-in, security, phone contacts - all extremely agreeable and nice. Great location, clean comfortable room.

    Reviewed November 12, 2017
    9.0
    Exceptional
    M from United States
    Business traveler
    Stayed 4 nights in January 2016

    convenient and inexpensive”

    location, cleanliness, security

    If you are looking for an inexpensive (for midtown Manhattan), secure, and clean place to stay, this is it. Single room is very small but quite adequate. Shared bathrooms and showers are immaculate. You also have access to the recreation center and pool. Only complaint is a very noisy heating system with very loud clanking pipes that awoke me almost hourly. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Lots of reasonable options for eating nearby.

    Reviewed January 23, 2016
    8.7
    Excellent
    SHARON from Malaysia
    Couple
    Stayed 4 nights in November 2012

    Great Location but small rooms”

    Location

    I am very happy to choose YMCA as my hotel. By the way, this was my first time to US and impressed with the hotel location and overall. I am sure to recommend this YMCA hotel to all my friends who plan to travel to NYC

    Reviewed November 23, 2012
    8.7
    Excellent
    Yingyi from China
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 3 nights in August 2013

    Clean room and nice location!”

    Nice location

    Great location especially to the City University of New York, Baruch College! I stayed a few nights for the registration in August. The hotel was definitely nice compared to the price.

    Reviewed September 03, 2013
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