04/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My buddy and I stayed at the Vanderbilt Y. We knew our room would be small but it was still a bit shocking. I could nearly touch opposite walls! It is a good thing we are best friends as you do not have any privacy. It may be awkward for casual acquaintences. After getting our luggage to the room, we both needed to use the bathroom. We found it down two hallways from our room. It was OK for the price we were paying and always clean.
The location is a quiet neighborhood so we didn't hear a lot of traffic like you often do in NY. There were not a lot of great restaurant choices right there but plenty within a ten minute walk.
When we returned to the Y later that evening, I decided to take a shower. There were two showers in separate rooms along the hall. If you are phobic about showering with another guy, use them. I chose the shower in the bathroom. It was convenient to the toilet and mirror. The shower has two showerheads. Just as I had stripped and got under the spray, another guy came in. I am accustomed to showering with other men at my gym but this guy sort of freaked me out when he kept looking me over. I should also say this little shower area was hardly larger than my own shower stall at home so you are in close quarters. I told my friend Jay about it and we decided to shower together from there on out so strangers couldn't join us.
We loved unlimited use of the gym and pool as we are both exercise fanatics. Also sitting in the sauna was nice after walking all day. The showers in the lockeroom are communal so again if you are shy, it isn't for you.
If you are accustomed to fine hotels and that is what you are looking for, this isn't for you. My girlfriend would not handle it well. On the other hand if you are like my friend and I and want to save a few bucks to apply to other adventures when you are in New York, it is a place we would consider again.