The historic Armed Services YMCA Building houses this upscale hostel suitable for backpackers and other budget-minded travelers. 500 West has mostly single rooms and very few doubles, and all rooms share European-style detached private bathrooms. A shared kitchen is equipped with a Viking range and Sub-Zero refrigerator; guests can also access laundry facilities and a common area with tables and vending machines. The YMCA gym ($10 a day for guests) is still downstairs,
and may account for the sometimes-funny smell in the lobby.
Nov 23, 2005
Windows are paper thin (at least on the 5th floor) allowing street noise to intrude. The local trolley crosses road a block away at all hours, triggering flashing lights and bells.
Oct 21, 2005
I loved this hotel. The location is fantastic, rooms clean & modern, the atmosphere very hip, and VERY affordable. I highly reommend this hotel.