We are 2 women (mid 50s to mid 60s; best friends of 40 years), world travelers, who visit NYC about once a year. We have rented from VRBO numerous times, in many cities, including NYC. Eden's apartment, we think, was the gem we'd been looking for, and Eden was the loveliest hostess! From the initial contact on VRBO, several email and phone chats, and the eventual meeting upon our arrival, EVERYTHING was smooth as silk.
The apartment: Crystal clean, with every amenity you might need (we cooked and there was all manner of pots/pans/dishes/glassware/silverware/kitchen utensils/wine opener - everything) - one of us used the bedroom, and one of us used the living room as a sleeping space. Although the sleeper was low to the ground, so if you have trouble with your knees or back, best to use the bedroom - I had zero issues. The apartment has a ton of natural light from the large windows, and stayed warm when needed (it rained a couple of days when we were there) and cool enough when it warmed up, with the windows open.
Eden met us upon arrival and showed us all the ins and outs of the apartment, as well as some tips and clues about best grocery stores (Fairway; about 4 blocks away), and where the 24 hr drug store was (2 blocks away - although another that was open late was right around the block), as well as which bus would would bring us right back to our corner if we were in mid-town.
She had a whole bunch of menus for local places to eat or order in (we ordered Chinese delivery one night from Uptown Cottage, yummy!) - there were maps and guidebooks galore. No stone left unturned. Really. Local bagel shops within walking distance were delicious! We even splurged one night on a spectacular Italian dinner, all homemade pastas, in a tiny eatery nearby (Ilalianissimo) - walking distance to the apartment.
Subway lines to get to all parts of Manhattan are about 6 blocks away, but the bus is literally around the corner as are taxi cabs (and 2 lovely wine shops, if that's your thing).
We already agree that we would like to rent from Eden again (and again and again). I simply cannot say enough great things about this place. Easy to find, quiet elevator building, very secure entry to the building as well as the unit, lovely neighborhood.
Thank you, Eden, we really think your place is a gem!
T & C