Affordable, clean, and comfortable apt in NYC!
I booked this apartment for a week in October 09 for myself (coming from CT) and my French friend (coming from Dublin). It was my first non-hotel experience, and I was rather nervous.
We were given the option to share a bedroom or each have our own. We picked the non-share option so we could have our privacy and the whole apt, and were very happy with our choice. We thought it was very reasonably priced, considering you could be in mid-town Manhattan within 10 minutes via subway and a short walk.
John was very friendly and helpful. He spoke French and Spanish and gave us a tour of the neighborhood, introducing us to people he knew in the corner deli or on the street. He showed us all the subway stops and reasonable restaurants. He even invited us to a dance class he taught, which was very kind and great fun.
The location is only a couple of blocks from the subway on a lovely, tree-lined street with brownstones all around. It is a culturally diverse area and seemed safe, with a locked building and tenants who each owned their apartment. I saw people and women walking around alone and safe at night, and people seemed friendly on our street.
It felt like home every night when we came back from running around New York. The apartment was comfortable and extremely clean. It smelled great and the beds provided a good night's rest. The street side was a bit noisy but didn't keep me awake (and NY is full of energy, wherever you stay). There was shampoo and conditioner in the shower and items in medicine cabinet and fridge that we were welcome to use!
We took advantage of the full, updated kitchen and saved quite a bit by having our daily breakfast and a couple of dinners in (great Jamaican takeout place John showed us and wine from local store). There was no kitchen table and chairs but we set up the small portable table in the living room to eat on, which worked.
Keep in mind that John has full access to the apartment. He likes to come by to check on things every day or two and keeps an office in the third bedroom that he used three times during the week we were there. That room was locked and we had keys to our bedrooms. Our things seemed quite safe at all times.
If you are looking for a place to stay for a week or even a night that is clean, affordable and provides easy access via subway or cab to anywhere in Manhattan, I would definitely recommend this apartment!
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Helpful votes: 21/23
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