Sunny 2.5 Bdrm W/Private Garden, New Reno-15 Min to Manhattan
I stayed at Kermit and Azi's rental for four days with my girlfriend and her 9-year old son. It worked great for us. We got to stay in an ordinary working class (safe) Brooklyn neighborhood filled with bodegas and delis, much better than staying a touristy area.
One point I don't want to forget: the most comfortable supportive mattresses I've ever slept on. (I actually am e-mailing Azi & Kermit to find out the brand).
I'm an architectural design buff, and I loved the attention to detail and quality that went into this apartment. The design is visually invigorating and yet warm and subtle. Everything works, the layout, the eat-in kitchen, the over-the-bed lighting for curling up with a book.
The kitchen is stocked with all the basic tools and dinnerware for cooking and enjoying a meal. And nice quality appliances in the kitchen, with quality odds & ends like a citrus squeezer, French press, wine opener, and teapot.
There is supermarket 2 short blocks away with a great stock of Latin American coffee and cheeses, plus other food basics. Like other Latin-centric stores trying to cater to an evolving neighborhood, it carries a reasonable selection of organic cereals and soy milk, etc. If you're someone who can't get by even on vacation without Whole Foods, there's an easy option with this rental. Since you'll be using the "L" subway line to and from Manhattan, there is a Manhattan stop at Union Square with a W.F. right near the subway.
If you don't want to make coffee/tea at home before heading out for the day, Bycie's, a coffee bar near the apartment, has good coffee and great croissants.
Having a big-screen Mac in the apartment made planning tourist activities easy, and the 9-year old loved it for games.
It took 4 tries to enter the inside front door to the apt using the push-button key pad. What I learned: The pad displays a blinking green light indicating you've entered a correct code. But there's a one or two second delay after the light starts blinking before you can actually turn the lever to open the door. Intuitively, you want to press the lever down to open, when actually you need to lift it up. With those two little quirks, the lock works easily.
The subway is 6 short blocks away, a pleasant 10 min walk going to it, or 12-13 min coming home, due to a slight incline. Or rent a waiting town car (at hospital, near subway) for $6(?) if you're too loaded with baggage to walk.
Owners were available, responsive. Great price for such high quality!!!
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review. We were delighted to have you stay in our apartment and are thrilled to know you enjoyed your visit.
We have recently started using eRental Lock push-button key pads instead of regular keys for our apartment doors and it has been totally problem-free for our guests to date. That said, we will be sure to add that there is a brief delay to our arrival letter information so as not to confuse future guests.
Also in terms of the subway, we should note that if it's raining or you're tired, there is a free bus transfer that is pretty much door-to-door from the subway—something we take advantage of when our 4 year old is getting cranky! The bus information is in the guest welcome binder when you check-in. Other than that guests tend to make the 5 block walk in 7-8 minutes.
Again, thank you for your kind words about the apartment -- we hope you'll visit us again!
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