If you book with me you get a stylish, clean, safe, & comfortable Manhattan retreat—Freshly baked english scones & tea served for breakfast—I'm very close to public transportation, museums, Central Park & good food. ...& I'm nice and helpful! :-)
DETAILS: COMFORTABLE NYC Retreat — Scones & Tea for Breakfast!
THE APARTMENT: I have a beautiful third-floor, 2-bedroom apartment that overlooks a community garden, in Lower East Harlem (I like to call it the Upper, Upper East Side or UUES). I live on a lovely tree lined street and it is a close walk to the museums, Central Park, food, buses and Subway stations.
I occasionally rent out one room to responsible and sensible adults who'd like a really incredible place to stay while visiting Manhattan that costs much less than a night in a fancy hotel!
My place has two rooms, one on each end of the apartment, with the living room, kitchen and bathroom in between. I will only airbnb ONE room at a time and stay in the other room. The whole apartment is fully furnished and has an A/C in the common areas & each room (Nov-April, or when the temp dips below 40F, I take the a/c out of the bedroom window). The apartment was recently decorated with vintage wallpaper, painted and had a kitchen makeover too. It's very clean and I would like guests that are as well. Since each room has at least two windows that overlook the community garden, there is plenty of natural light.
WiFi: The whole apartment has a wireless high-speed Internet connection (included), which will be useful if you have a laptop/tablet/phone.
THE BEDROOM: The room has a nice full "real" mattress bed AND a single bed (lofted/not a "real bed" -futon mattress- but handy in a pinch). It's private room with a lockable door. The bedroom has two closets (the one under the loft bed is for your use—the other closet is for my storage). The open closet also has hangers for your use. The room is small and cozy but there is room for a couple in the full bed and another in the loft bed. The apartment does not have a TV but has wifi access.
The bed has a VERY comfortable full size mattress with clean and fresh 600 thread count sheets/pillows. Aside from washing the linens and mattress cover, I also steam the mattress and pillows before each guest.
Your stay includes an air-conditioned/heated room, use of the kitchen, fresh and soft towels, FREE Wi-Fi, and homemade english scones and tea service for your breakfast enjoyment. ;-)
ABOUT ME: I'm a really easy going, professional, gal that loves to host visitors periodically and make them feel at home. I'm pretty busy, so a lot of time I will be working in the office/2nd room or out on a shoot or teaching, ...but available if you have questions. Feel free to do a web search if you want more info on me (search:LaNola Stone).
All I ask from you is that you're clean, polite and respectful. In turn, I guarantee you an extremely comfortable space in which you will feel completely at home, safe and welcome. I also love to travel and I'm open to housing swaps.
There is free pick-up/ drop-off laundry service close by (don't forget to tip, the laundry costs are super reasonable, the pick-up/drop-off is free) and great restaurants across the street* where you can order takeout or dine-in. There is also a nearby nail salon where you can get a manicure AND a pedicure together for $25 total!! Why not, ech?
NOTE: If I'm out-of-town the price is the same (no discount) and the trade off is that, although I'm not baking scones, you get the place to yourself!! ;-)
One last thing... I strive for "zero waste" and recycle or compost most things, I would appreciate that my guests put waste in the proper place so I can take "green" waste to the community garden to compost and everything else to the garbage or recycle. Don't worry, I have the waste containers clearly marked!
NO SMOKERS, DRUNKS OR DRUG ADDICTS. That’s it :O) If you have more questions please contact me.
GUEST ACCESS: The guest(s) will have access to the kitchen for cooking if they'd like; living room/seating area (just outside the bedroom) for chatting; and the bathroom for bathroom stuff.
I prefer that guest not be in my sleeping area for any reason because that is just creepy. ;-)
Oh, and the guest will be able to come and go at their leisure. There is no curfew or anything like that.
INTERACTION: I am fine interacting as much or as little as is naturally warranted. I have made many friends through airbnb and generally have the most wonderful, cool guests. At the same time, I feel that since the guest is on holiday, it's their call. You don't need to entertain or worry about me, I am busy with my own things ...but always willing to answer questions and help when I can and am needed! :-)
I'll bake scones for breakfast everyday and will set them out. During breakfast time is usually a good time to ask tips and information about your day on the town. I will help anyway I can!
NOTE: If I'm out-of-town I can't bake scones. You'll get the place to yourself, however, and that will be the tradeoff!! ...the price will be the same (no discount).
NEIGHBORHOOD: The "Museum Mile" is just 3 blocks away on Fifth Avenue, next to Central Park, a mere 5 minute walk away.
Museum Mile incorporates the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum at 88th Street, The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art) from 82nd to 86th Streets, as well as El Museo del Barrio (104th St), Museum of the City of New York (103rd St), Jewish Museum (92nd Street), Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design (91st St), National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts (89th St), and Goethe House German Cultural Center (82nd St) ...all on or near Fifth Avenue!
The Central Park Conservatory Garden is (email hidden) on Fifth Avenue, is beautiful and worth a visit.
There's a "gourmet" grocery three blocks south on Park Avenue if you want to eat like a king at home (great cheese selection), or plenty of cool restaurants in the neighborhood to eat at or order from (partially listed below so you can look them up ahead of time or I'll be happy to give you more suggestions on all this!) ...and a farmers markets a few blocks away on Thursdays (at 104th & 3rd) and Fridays (99th & 3rd) June-November.
Restaurants (w/in 2blocks): Joy Burger (American), Lexington Pizza Parlor (Italian), Mustache (Middle-Eastern), MY NY (Bakery, Café), Gong (Thai) …there is also a Chinese/Mexican for quick/and cheep food across the street but the fore-mentioned restaurants are especially tasty! ...also refer to the guide book with this post and there will be a printed guidebook, with more details and menus, in the room as well.
TRANSIT: The apartment is easy to get to from any airport by cab or subway/train and, since it's w/in a block of a gas station, catching a cab is remarkably easy.
I'm just a 2.5 blocks from the 6 train and there is an express bus right outside my front door (both on Lexington Avenue). Basically, that means 10-15 minutes to Grand Central Station by train ...and Grand Central Station is just 3 avenues from Times Square OR you can take a quick shuttle ride on the S train. ...and did I mention that cabs are easy to catch from here and they'll take you anywhere.
Unlimited metrocards are the way to go for the majority of your travel. They work for both the bus and the subway! To purchase them, every subway station in Manhattan has a metrocard machine, as well as at the airports.
I provide detailed instructions on how to get here (via bus, train, subway, cab, etc) that airbnb sends after you book.
NO SMOKERS, DRUNKS OR DRUG ADDICTS. That’s it :O) If you have more questions please contact me.
|Room type:||Private room|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$15 / night after the first guest|
|Weekly Price:||$599 /week|
|Check In:||3:00 PM|
|Check Out:||10:00 AM|
LaNola's place is great. We have not had the chance to meet her in person but her sister Michelle looked after everything perfectly. LaNola even taught her how to make scones. BTW very very delicious. Subway is just 1 block away and next to a starbucks. The flat is clean and cosy and we would always like to come back.
Thanks for letting us be your guests.
Un grand merci à LaNola pour ce séjour à New York qui a gagné en qualité grâce à l'attention constante qu'elle porte au bien-être de ses hôtes ainsi qu'à son sens de l'accueil exceptionnel .
L'appartement est en tout point conforme au descriptif.
Le guide de la maison est très utile pour vivre ensemble dans la meilleure harmonie.
Bravo et merci!
LaNola was simply fantastic. She was incredibly accommodating and kind. Truly, I don't think we could have asked for a better experience. She was more than willing to provide advice about the city and answer any questions. Also, she made the process very easy. She definitely went out of her way to be there when we arrived and was so organized! Her home is exactly as described - comfy, cute, and warm. Certainly beats the heck out of a hotel! It's also important to know that her scones reputation holds true! They were amazing. Overall, a MUST if you are traveling to NYC!
LaNola was fantastic to stay with! Me and my wife stayed with her for about 4 days and everyday was great! She made her scones each morning which were delicious and always ready for us each morning! The apartment was very warm and cozy and it felt like home to us while we stayed in NYC. It was in a great location with lots of great places to eat near by and very close to the subway. LaNola was very helpful in talking with us about places to check out and always available to speak with us if we had any questions about New York or things around the apartment.
Me and my wife will be staying here again if we ever find ourselves in NYC again. Fantastic place to stay!
LaNola was a great host. She provided a little booklet with information of nearby amenities as well other information for visiting NYC. She was also very willing to answer any questions we had. Her house is very conveniently located - being only a few blocks away from the subway. The house was clean, comfortable and (our visit was during the winter) warm and the bed was very comfortable. LaNola made us scones every morning and they were the best scones I've ever had!
Great apartment in NYC. LaNola was quick to respond to all my questions. Very clean and neat apartment. Delicious home made scones to start our day in NYC-wonderful treat. Bed is very comfortable and cozy. LaNola is very organized and has great suggestions of local places to eat and see. Easy to get into the center of town with a subway only minutes away from the apartment.
My sister and I had a fantastic stay with LaNola. Extremely helpful and organised, LaNola exceeded her hosting duties and was always so friendly! The apartment is small but beautifully designed to never feel that way, plentifully storage and a larger bathroom and kitchen made our stay very pleasurable. The location is great, well connected in manhattan without being anywhere near the super touristy districts.
Wes and I stayed for two weeks at LaNola's in November. It was our first AirBnB experience and a very good one. It was a real pleasure and treat to be able to return to a place every night that felt like home and not a hotel. We were lucky to have her there for most of our stay.
The apartment is in a quieter part of Manhattan, close and handy to the subway, so getting around from her place is very easy and convenient. It is clean and with all the mod cons. Heating is central, or LaNola had another small space heater. All in all it was perfectly comfortable.
LaNola is a great host. She is friendly, welcoming and full of local knowledge - which all helps to make your stay in NY more enjoyable. LaNola's morning homemade scones and tea were a lovely way to start the morning, and also negated the need to rush out for (or otherwise organise) breakfast. Also at her suggestion we lined up for 'rush' tickets and got to see an amazing Broadway show up close and personal!
Our stay at LaNolas appartment in New York was just perfect. I was there for one week with my cousin. The room is very clean and big enough for two people. The flat was well located in a safe area close to Central Park and the subway to go downtown is just few minutes walk away. We hardly noticed that we shared the flat with LaNola. She is lovely. Her scones are delicious and she is always very helpful and considerate. It was my first experience with Airbnb but it was so nice that I'll definitely recommend to do that - especially with LaNola. Everything went smoothly. Starting with handing out the keys at arrival and leaving our suitcases before departure. Thanks again to LaNola for this pleasant experience.