Dear Mr Charles,

We have returned to Coimbatore after a very pleasant stay in London. Your establishment is extremely well run and I must say really a Home away from Home for the Indian students and visitors. My son as a long term resident is also very comfortable there, and looks forward to his sojourn in London.

Any organisation of course is a reflection of the people who run it, and we must compliment you and the staff on the excellent work you are doing. Please do keep in touch and we look forward to see you when you visit India.
With warm regards,

Palaniappan Shanmugam, Director BACE India Ltd, Coimbatore,

Anil, it is hard to believe that just one week ago we were in London. We had a phenomenal visit which the students have all rated as the high point in their lives to date. For Erin and myself, we accomplished all that we had hoped to with a resounding level of success. Part of that was due to the outstanding weather. The other aspect was due to staying at the Indian YMCA. Your accommodations were perfect and we loved the location of the Y within the city. We hope to stay with you again next year when we return in March.
Both Erin and I commented on how friendly and accommodating you and your staff were for our students. Your staff could not have been more helpful and they made us feel very welcome. It certainly resonated with all that you would expect of a YMCA! I personally enjoyed learning about your history and all that you have overcome, especially with the bombing and destruction of your facility at the time. It speaks well of the staff and volunteer resilience at the time to rebuild and continue to serve the Indian students and other visitors who choose to stay with you.

Thank you again for all that you did for us. I will plan to see you again in June at the World Assembly meeting in Estes Park, Colorado and then on campus in July. Attached is a photo of our group arriving at the Indian YMCA on our first day in London.

USA team

Harry Rock, Director, Office of YMCA Relations & the National YMCA Hall of Fame Stitzer YMCA Center Springfield College 263 Alden Street Springfield, MA 01109 hrock@springfieldcollege.edu harry.rock@ymca.net 413.748.3914 "Educating YMCA Leaders Since 1885"

Stayed here quite by accident when a reservation made through a well-known booking agency wasn't. Rooms clean, not entirely new, far better than good enough. Shower had plenty of hot water. Didn't stay for breakfast or dinner (Indian meal).

Update: Stayed somewhat longer, this time in a room without its own toilet or bath. Room was clean enough and equipped with a wash basin, communal shower and toilets are acceptable. No fridge in the room, though the space between the window and curtain could keep something cool enough until the next morning in the winter months. A comparable room which had its own toilet or shower looked quite a bit better, had larger beds, a bigger TV, and was better maintained.

Breakfast and dinner are included in the price, it's Indian food, and is good. Breakfast typically included an Indian item, toast, and cereal. The masala tea is rather good. The eating area has a microwave which appears to be available for use even outside of normal dining hours. Several Tescos and Sainsburys nearby. The facility is open for lunch as well, though lunch is not included in the price. I didn't try it. Lunch here seems to be popular which people who work in the area.

You can pay a lot more and get something only marginally better. London is notorious for overpriced and nasty hotels. This hotel represents excellent value for the money, plus the location is very good. Futher, as this hotel is a sleeping machine, I try to spend as much time elsewhere in London as possible. Tottenham Court Road and all its shops are some 10 minutes away by foot. Hotel closest to Warren Street tube.

Stayed November 2013, travelled on business. Review from the Trip advisor website.

Anonymous, from Lucerne, Switzerland, Business Man