My husband and I come to New York for a week or two every year to see friends, go to the theater and generally have a wonderful New York experience. In the past we have been very disappointed in the apartments we have rented through the various on-line sources. This time we were determined to have a beautiful, comfortable apartment in a central location. We contacted the owner of this apartment and I must say that our expectations were topped from the moment we arrived.
Lauren met us in the lobby of the Essex House at 10:30 Saturday night upon our arrival from the West Coast. She took us to the apartment, which is gorgeous, and made certain we were well-oriented. She is so enthusiastic in making certain her guests experience no inconvenience that she insisted we take down her mobile number, her husband's number and her sister's phone number in case we needed anything over the weekend before the office opened on Monday. It is obvious that The owner takes great pride in her apartments and homes and it certainly shows in myriad details, from the beautiful linens to the espresso maker in the kitchen.
Now about the apartment. It is elegant,very spacious and has most everything you could need. The views out over Central Park are simply breathtaking. You could sit by the window all day and watch the world go by, except there is so much to do in New York. The apartment has more than enough room for two couples or a family since it has two large bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. Step outside and you are in Central Park or just a block from Fifth Avenue or Carnegie Hall. There are several subway lines within a block's walk, but we walked to most everything during our stay except to the West Village, where we visited a friend.
Over the nine days we were in the apartment, we got to appreciate the service even more. Lauren would check in once in a while without being intrusive. Since we had already arranged theater tickets, restaurant reservations, etc., we did not really use the concierge services. But it was great to know that had there been absolutely anything we needed, the owner would have jumped through hoops to deliver it.
Obviously, it goes without saying that we were delighted with our experience and would rent from this owner again without hesitation.