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Sankofa Guest Apartment--A portal for the soul

Bedrooms 1
Space 936 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning


About the property

Apartment - 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s) - 1 Bath - (Sleeps 2)

Situated on a quiet tree lined street in Harlem’s Mount Morris Park Historic District, Sankofa Guest Apartment offers an inviting and unique accommodation that is centrally located making ALL of New York City easily accessible. The neighborhood is close to popular restaurants, jazz clubs, museums, art galleries and theaters. Nearby subways and buses take you ANYWHERE that is not in walking distance.

This renovated floor through apartment with a private entrance is on the top floor of a 19th Century brownstone. There is no elevator, but what awaits you at the top is worth the climb. The listing photos and 5 star guest reviews say it all.

The master bedroom with ample closet space is the ultimate sanctuary providing an utterly comforting place to land at the end of the day. It overlooks the backyard garden creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Soft lighting, hotel crisp 600 count sheets, king size bamboo pillows with memory foam, and a comfortable queen size bed with a luxury pillow top mattress make this one of the best sleeps ever. The Bose Wave Music System will wake you up or put you to sleep to your favorite music.

The spa inspired bathroom contains a soaking tub with shower, Hotel Collection bath towels, bathrobes, spa slippers, designer toiletries, magnifying makeup mirror, and hand held toilet bidet.

The spacious sun filled living room has a dining table with seating for four, 42 inch HDTV, library, twin sleep sofa with luxury 10 inch Air Dream Mattress, and landline phone with free local calls.

The kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher, and microwave, plus full kitchen utensils and cookware

Other amenities include

Free Wi Fi Internet and cable TV

Washer /Dryer

Air Conditioning

More Details

Edith Garner -Palmer or Norma Garner
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We thoroughly enjoyed our 6 night stay at Sankofa Guest Apartment. The location was great as it only took 5 minutes to reach the subway or bus with the shops also close by. The apartment was beautifully decorated and it was so cosy when we arrived back after a full day of sight seeing, to enjoy the atmosphere. Edith and Norma are such lovely people and so helpful. We couldn't believe the gorgeous fluffy towels and slippers and dressing gowns for our use. The apartment was exceptionally clean and well maintained and we certainly enjoyed the bottle of wine and chocolates on our arrival (not to mention the sumptuous muffins!). We would certainly recommend it to family and family and have actually done so
May 2011
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Upper Manhattan Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 936 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Hand held bidet Plush Bathrobes Complimentary spa slippers Liquid body wash Body lotion Liquid hand soap
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Twin sleep sofa in living room
  • * Queen Bed: Pillow top mattress, closets, dresser, full length mirror
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(117 traveler reviews)

Sankofa Guest Apartment--A portal for the soul
average rating of 4.982906 based on 118 reviews
Brisbane, Australia

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Staying at Sankofa Guest Apartment was a wonderful experience. The apartment is stunningly beautiful and has every amenity a traveller could possibly need or desire, even a footspa. The whole apartment is incredibly attractive and it is a pleasure to simply sit and admire the artwork on the walls and the furniture and finishings within the apartment. Our hostesses, Edith and Norma are incredibly warm and helpful. We feel as if we have made friends. It has added an extra dimension to our first-time New York experience to be able to stay in Harlem and be welcomed with such kindness. Within the apartment you will find NYC guidebooks and other helpful printed information to help you take advantage of your time in New York. The apartment's location is fantastic. Catching public transport is a breeze. We favoured the bus during the day to give us a better idea of the lay of the land. The subway is quick and efficient and is only a few blocks' walk through this safe neighbourhood. We walked day and night through the neighbourhood and felt perfectly comfortable. The bed is extremely comfortable and we enjoyed being able to cook breakfast each morning. Being able to wash and dry our clothes each night also allowed us to pack a little lighter than we would otherwise have been able to do. We would never, ever stay anywhere else on our next visit to Manhattan - Sankofa has it all. Thank you Edith and Norma for our wonderful visit. You and your apartment are true gems.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2007
  • Stayed: Oct 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful and very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I stayed there and had a wonderful time. Edith and Norma were very gracious hosts. The amenities were great, having a washer and dryer was great! If we are fortunate enough to get back to NYC, we will definitely be staying here again!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A peaceful haven in Harlem

  • 5 of 5

We had the absolute pleasure of staying at Sankofa during December and could fault nothing. The apartment is exactly as it is described and pictured. Warm, welcoming and homely, with every luxury you could want for after a long day exploring New York.

Although the weather was cold outside, inside it was warm and comforting, perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine to reflect on the day's activities. Beautifully furnished with style and personality, we truly felt at home. The bed was the most comfortable we have ever slept on!

The property was immaculately clean on arrival and everything was in perfect working order. We were greeted by the most graceful ladies, Edith and Norma, who are unobtrusive but there at anytime if you need them. The fridge was stocked with tasty breakfast items and the pantry pre-stocked with good quality tea and coffee, nuts and some other staples to get us started. A lovely bottle of red also awaited us.

Sankofa is a short walk from the nearest subway, with very convenient access to all of NY's sights. A good supermarket is less than a kilometre a way, although Whole Foods market is set to open during 2017 next to the subway entrance.

Harlem is a neighbourhood full of character and is just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of much more touristy parts of NY. There are some great bars, cafes and restaurants within very easy walking distance. Sottocasa is just around the corner for lovers of great pizza and the renown Silvia's only a short walk away. If you're short for ideas, Edith and Norma have helpfully included brochures on nearby attractions and places to eat, as well as general information on things to do in NYC. The apartment is also stocked with very interesting books on Harlem and its history as well as some great reading on African American culture and heritage for those days where you just want to get cozy on the lounge with a good book. If you do want to watch TV, you can do that too.

We would recommend this property without hesitation to anyone considering a visit to New York City and hope that some day we can return to Sankofa ourselves.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect, relaxing appartment. Home from home !

  • 5 of 5

A stunning perfectly located apartment in a row of historic brownstones in vibrant Harlem that the photographs accurately portray. Edith and Norma have created a very clean and well maintained appartment with everything you could possibly want for an enjoyable stay in New York. The spacious appartment itself is full of charm with artwork, furniture, books and soft furnishings depicting Harlem and their heritage.

The bed was extremely comfortable, with high quality linens, pillows and bedspread. There was an abundance of towels, soaps, lotions and tissues etc in the bathroom which all added to the home from home experience. Edith and Norma also provided foodstuffs for your first breakfast, enabling you to relax on your arrival without the need to rush to the supermarket. Much appreciated after a long journey ! Being able to wash, dry and iron clothes was another strength to this appartment. Edith and Norma have thought of everything !

Access to the whole of Manhatten via the subway was really easy ( walk to the subway was less than 5 minutes ) with each journey costing a mere £1.80. No need for a car! It was great to be able to return after exhausting days sightseeing in New York to such comfort. Harlem itself was a great experience. There are lots of cafes and restaurants within walking distance. We liked particularly Cafe Latte and Barrawine. Food shopping was easy too. Right outside the subway station on 116th street on Malcolm X Bvld is The Fine Fare supermarket. Great for picking up supplies whilst on your way back to the appartment.

Central Park is only 10 minutes walk. It is full of activity, whilst at the same time, great to walk through, looking at the different plants, trees, lakes, formal gardens and cheeky squirrels.

Now that we have found this we would not dream of looking elsewhere in New York. It was also reassuring having Edith and Norma on site should there have been any issues..... there wasn't. We will definitely recommend this great home from home to family and friends. Thank you for your fantastic hospitality.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A gift of Artistry and Hospitality

  • 5 of 5

It is hard to write yet another superlative review because it truly has all been well said by so many previous reviewers. But we would like to add our take. And it is simple. This vacation rental created by Edith and Norma is a work of the heart and a work of art. We too have travelled many places using VRBO and Sankofa Guest Apartment is the most thought out and carefully assembled we have ever encountered. It is a gift, it is unique and it is personal. It reveals a generosity of spirit and discernment that is inspiring.

So just a few small and notable details that are indicative and some things that meant a lot to us:

The block of Wusthof kitchen knives that were perfectly sharp. Everything is present for cooking and serving: tools, small appliances, pantry basics, all well edited and organised. And an ample variety of kitchenware, dishes and linens suitable for a whole range of options.

The quality of everything: bed linens, the closets, the furniture, the draperies, the rugs, the art - drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, textiles, and the literary library, the travel and navigation information, the local tips. Well considered and not compromised.

The comfort and beauty: Transit is ample and easy. The street is quiet. The whole entry sequence, the stoop and stair hall, the thoughtful architectural restoration, the garden in the back. This is a well cared for and beautiful brownstone in a listed historic architectural district. We felt like we were well situated and somewhere significant. The heating/cooling systems, the water and shower, and all the appliances worked perfectly. The bed is the best one yet. And the extra blankets, pillows and linens along with luxurious robes. Five star.

The warmth and grace: Edith was waiting for us as we pulled up in our car service. We immediately felt welcomed and we felt honoured, even special, throughout our stay. We would go back again just to better know them, to share more time. They are not just great hosts, they are interested and interesting.

We were aware of and concerned about New York’s tough and getting tougher short term vacation rental laws. This apartment, we believe (not a legal opinion), fits the criteria that conform to those statutes. Owners plus one rental unit in building. Thus we feel that this apartment offers a rare opportunity to rent without issues. Hard to find. We looked at hundreds before discovering this special place. And Harlem is the bonus.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The best place to stay in New York City / Harlem

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Sankofa and will only stay here when we visit New York. The apartment is beautifully decorated and the building is wonderfully restored. Located in a row of historic brownstones is something everyone should experience. This neighborhood was the friendliest place in NYC. Designer touches everywhere and it's even more beautiful than the photos. Edith and Norma were friendly and helpful. They made us feel welcomed and comfortable from the first communication. We love them and miss them already.

A good bed makes the stay for me and the bed was super comfortable. We awoke refreshed each day. The bed was the perfect mix of firm and soft, the best night's sleep away from home I have ever had. The pillows were a mix of firm and soft to meet everyone's needs. The sheets were soft and the bedding was perfect for the weather. With the bedroom being on the backside of the building, it was quiet enough at night to hear the crickets chirping. A rarity in NYC. There is also a wonderful garden view from the window.

The bedroom and apartment have quiet AC units that quickly cool you down when needed. The kitchen had everything we needed to eat in, cook, bake, and clean up. The living room had extremely comfortable and beautiful furniture. A TV with cable to access anything you need. Free Wifi was fast enough for streaming.

The bathroom had spa quality linens, soaps, lotions, and shampoos. Excellent water pressure in the shower making for great showers. A full size bathtub with plenty of room in the shower made for getting ready in the morning easy. The bathrobes were soft and of high quality. We loved having our own slippers to relax in.

Close to the bus, subway, grocery store, restaurants, parks, and shops made for a comfortable and convenient, yet quiet location. The best food I've ever had in NYC was in Harlem. This neighborhood is for foodies. Edith and Norma gave us great recommendations for local restaurants and venues. They also have brochures and a binder to help you with your stay.

Everything is high end and lovely. From the wooden blinds to the dishes. Details are thoughtful and elegant.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Upper Manhattan Apartment Rental Rates

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5 night minimum stay

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No refund on early departures.

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Columbia University
Strawberry Fields Central Park
Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
Red Rooster Harlem
Nearest Airport
7 Miles
La Guardia
Car: not necessary


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