Browsing the listings at HomeAway, I was a bit cautious when I enquired about availability for this apartment - the internet is a place filled with scammers and a warning bell sounded in my mind when I found an apartment in the coolest part of the city for a decent price and with nothing but 5-star reviews. "Too good to be true" indeed.
I was however sufficiently reassured by the e-mails and video Skype call I had with the hosts prior to wiring the deposit. They were extremely understanding and accommodating - they even showed me their business license to make me feel at ease.
I am afraid that I'll have to write yet another 5-star review, and this is why:
LOCATION: Just amazing. In the middle of quiet street in the heart of the East Village without much traffic noise, but with an abundance of magnificent restaurants and bars within 5 minutes of walking. Quite artsy and hip, and very very cool! Close to buses and subways that will quickly take you to other parts of Manhattan and the neighbouring boroughs. The downside? - Living in the coolest area of Manhattan, after the first days of exploring the city you quickly realize that you don't have much reason to leave and venture off.
APARTMENT: Fun and quirky layout, not too big (as expected in Manhattan) and very very cute. We were three guests from Sweden (me, my girlfriend and our mutual friend) and we really felt at home. It was a sheer pleasure just hanging out in the apartment. The kitchen was well-stocked with the essentials in the fridge, spices & seasonings and enough utensils to do some serious cooking - which we didn't. The apartment was very clean and very well maintained. Internet was flawless and we had confusingly many TV channels.
HOSTS: As written above, just wonderful. Absolutely absolutely wonderful. Throughout our 10 days stay we were in steady contact. Upon arriving we got lots of recommendations of things to do, and whenever we had a question or problem, the response was near-immediate. It's very obvious that the hosts really cared about us and that our stay would be as memorable as possible.
The three of us wish to thank the hosts for making this stay a memory for life!