|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Modern 1 bedroom apartment in Astoria, New York, only block from the train station and 7 minutes to Manhattan.
The apartment has hard wood floors, bedroom with large window and large window in the living room. The apartment receives plenty of sunlight. The bedroom has queen size bed, sofa bed and airbed in a living room. The kitchen is fully equipped with microwave, glasses, plates, cooking pots, dining table, living room with a sofa bed and FLAT SCREEN HD TV, wireless internet etc. It is completely private apartment and 6 guests max. for this apartment. The neighborhood is quiet and very safe with everything you could need minutes away. We are a 10 minute ride to LaGuardia airport and 20 minutes to JFK.
Since the property is so convenient to the subway, you can easily explore other neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn that the usual tourist does not see. Local attractions such as numerous bars, beer gardens, cafes and lounges, very diverse community with excellent restaurants from all over the world (Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Peruvian, Croatian, Colombian, German etc.), Kaufman Astoria Studios, Museum of the Moving Image, Isamu Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, Astoria Park along the East River is Astoria's largest park and also contains the largest of New York City's public pools. It is also close to the highway and is a very safe area.
House Rules: Absolutely No smoking, No partying, NO NOISE, respect the neighbors, No pets, be nice, be clean, respect the place.
I have been using vrbo/Home Away regularly since 2007. I have never had a bad experience, until now. I was planning a visit to NYC and decided to stay in Astoria, to be closer to family. On April 24, I paid $370 for 2 nights stay in this apartment. My stay was 2 months later, in late June. When I received an email saying my reservation was complete, I immediately responded and asked for the information on check-in time; i.e. how to get the key for the apartment. I got NO response to my emails. I sent many emails with no response, and left several phone messages on the number I was given for our “host”. Finally, when it was a week before our trip, I spent a great deal of time trying to reach someone in customer service, who attempted to reassure me that vrbo had used this host in the past, and that it wasn’t a fraudulent site. They sent me a link to the host, who emailed this reply, “The check in is 6 PM cause I have another guest in apartment until 3 PM and I work until 5 PM. Please send me a message half an hour before you will check in to confirm your arrival. Thank you, David”
In my entire life, I have never had a check-in later than 3:00pm. The 6pm check-in ruined plans we had made with family for dinner. When my husband went to meet the host, the first thing he noticed about the building were piles of trash on the side of the building (breeding grounds for rats). The building was run down and in disrepair. Entry included going through a door and then courtyard, and around a corner to the door to the lst floor apartment. Standing next to the door of the apartment was a drunk man, with his pants down around his ankles, holding a bottle. Our host, David, didn’t say a word to the man, and just opened the door. As you walked in the apartment, a broken light was hanging from the ceiling, with a naked light bulb. David told my husband that the light didn’t work, but that his cousin was going to come over and fix it. The furniture was so awful that my adult son said he would be afraid to sit on the couch, and wouldn’t touch the sheets. My husband took the keys, because he didn’t want a confrontation with the host. My husband said we could never stay there, and returned the keys within 15 minutes to the apartment, locked the door and left.
I am disgusted and feel completely ripped off. We had to pay for a hotel room, on top of the $370 for the horrible apartment. This makes me very wary to use VRBO again, despite 8 years of good experiences. CLEARLY there...