We travel to NYC every 2 years to visit family, but this is the first time we tried renting an apartment instead of staying at the hotel. Besides the enormous savings, one of the best parts about this option is having the feeling of living there. This 2 bedroom apartment was the perfect size for our family (2 adults, 2 children - 14 yo and 10 yo). Although it shows some wear and tear, the apartment was clean and quite comfortable. I particularly liked how the two bedrooms are at opposite ends of the apartment, as we do have some snorers in our brood! The weather was typical for July - quite hot and muggy, but the two air conditioning units (one in the front bedroom and one in the family room), kept the entire apartment comfortably cool. We had issues with the wifi and the owner was patient with our repeated texts as well as responsive. Within a couple of days, the issue was resolved. My only 2 complaints, which I'm sure the owners would have resolved had I asked, were that we could have used a lot more towels and top sheets instead of comforters on the beds. Keep in mind that this apartment is on the 3rd floor and it's a walk up. The neighborhood is extremely safe.
The location of the apartment was perfect: Delicious gelato on the corner (with dairy free option, yay!), excellent delis within a 2 block radius, seriously delicious pizza 1/2 block away, and a couple blocks from Central Park. For anything further, the 96th Metro stop is within a couple of blocks.
We plan on staying again at this apartment in a couple of years when we return.