Complete with red velvet curtains, blue Chinese vases, antique dark wood furniture, a gold framed mirror, art by local artists, Middle Eastern style carpets and black and white tile flooring, the space will make you'll feel as though you’ve wandered off the Brooklyn street, down an alley, through a garden, down a flight of steps and into something out of Alice in Wonderland or a hotel lobby in Shanghai circa 1920.
The whole apartment is essentially a duplex and the basement has been renovated to resemble a clandestine salon that is really its own entire floor more than just a room. It has a full-sized bed, Netflix, and an all region DVD player area with wardrobe, a sitting room area with stereo that has a remote controlled CD player, an iPhone/iPod jack and hidden speakers and a hall way that runs between the bed and the bathroom. So, it's really a cross between a hotel suite and a studio apartment.
The apartment will comfortably fit two people in it, there is one full sized bed and I do have a quite luxurious inflatable mattress if you need it. Three adults staying the space is probably the maximum capacity. I have a roll out table and two chairs that can be used as a dinner table and the space comes with a set of champagne, wine, and water glasses. It is equipped with a fully functioning kitchen (at the top of the spiral staircase in the center of the room) and it has two bathrooms (one upstairs and one down).
You also have your own entrance so you can come and go as you please, without feeling like you have to tip toe around. There's Wi-Fi and Netflix on TV connected with a Nintendo Wii that already has two Super Mario Brothers games installed.
We don't have laundry facilities but there's a fantastic Laundromat DIRECTLY across the street that will do a really affordable, top quality wash and fold and offers dry cleaning. We're also directly opposite a fairly solid bodega; the kind that sells Kombucha, sandwiches and top quality ice cream until about midnight (later on weekends).
Outside the door to the apartment is a shared garden space, with trees and sometimes a few puppies, that gets great sun in the morning and has a large outdoor table. The building is surrounded on all sides by other buildings so it is remarkably quiet and extremely secure. In fact, you'd never even know the place was here. In that sense, it's a great place to stay when you come to New York because it really offers quiet sanctuary for when you're done tearing through the city and want to rest.
Located three L train stops into uber-chic Williamsburg, Brooklyn, we're 15 minutes from Union Square, 20 minutes from Chelsea and La Guardia Airport and 30 minutes from midtown. We're a short ten minute walk or 5 minute subway ride to the heart of Bedford Avenue's restaurants, shopping and super coolness. We're also close to the lesser known and rapidly emerging coolness that is East Williamsburg with all its cafes, galleries and restaurants. In fact, if you stay here and you want to try Roberta's pizza but you can't get a table because Bill Clinton is in town, they'll deliver. There's great coffee, Mexican, Thai and Japanese nearby too.
There isn't any air con in the place but there is an air purifier that functions as a fan. While it's totally fine for summer use, it's absolutely perfect for Fall, Winter, and Spring.
Interaction with Guests
I won't be in the apartment but you can contact me on my cellphone. If I'm out of the city or out of cellphone range while you're staying, I'll have someone I know and trust work as a point of contact in case you need anything.
There's no smoking allowed inside the space and if you can be gentle with the furniture it would be great as it's rather antiquey. I'd also ask that you just gauge what would be appropriate noise wise by checking to see if my upstairs room mate is home before turning on music or getting home at 3am and being loud. It's not such a big deal but that consideration is appreciated and will be reciprocated.
L appartement est idealement situe dans Brooklyn (williamsburg). A 10 minutes du métro (ligne L), il est proche à la fois fois proche de Manhattan et permet facilement des sorties nocturnes du cote de bedford.
La chambre située en sous sol est spatieuse, mais elle est un peu humide et manque de lumière.
Ce qui n est pas si grave pour un court séjour...
Le contact a été facile avec Matt que nous n avons pas rencontre directement. Il a été serviable, attentif à ce que tout se passe bien.
Matt made us feel welcomed, even surprising us with some breakfast goodies. A great host. This is a unique apartment and large for the price.Only 3 blocks from the subway with a nice laundry/cheap coffee place across the street. I would stay there again
Had a great stay here! Good location, spacious and comfortable, and having your own entrance was super convenient. Matt was always accommodating and very nice.
The place was exactly like it is on the pictures and the description. It was nice because we had our own entrance and shower. Going to Manhattan was really easy but the neighborhood is also great.
Matt is great, welcoming, flexible and there if you need him, he even had bought breakfast for us when we arrived and other stuff in the refrigerator.
We'll it is big for just a room feels almost Lila a little apartment ,you share the toilet whit his roommate that lives in on the "second floor" one downside is that you can not lock the door to the toilet.
The room is spacey but maybe not the ideal room for a hot humid summer in NY, it is dark and in a basement already whit the smallest window. The cleaning ness is not the best, it's not messy but it is just not that clean.
I think the room is better in winter when you don't need ac and all that.
It's close to the L train and there is bars and restaurants nearby.
Overall if you are just searching for a place to sleep on, this is totally okey!
It's indeed a charming appartment in a shady sort of way. I mean, considering the price and the fact that it's in Williamsburg (although on the east side, but very close to the subway) you can't expect too much. In that regard, this is the perfect spot for any young couple or backpacker who wants to explore New York and more specifically Williamsburg. Moreover, Matt is really helpfull and relaxt, and he's there for you if you need him. Right across the street is a Deli and right next to the subway you'll find the perfect breakfast and lunch room called Lulu Beans.
There're a few downsides. The first one is cleaniness, which is far from perfect (so hygiene freaks stay away) and the second one is the electric wiring. We had the airco running (Matt installed an airco!!) which died a long with the rest of the electricity one or two times. Matt fixed it right away though. On the other hand, we had all the privacy of the world while we were there!
So the sum up: it's cheap, it's in Williamsburg, it's private, it's right next to the subway (L train, which connects very well with all the other major lines in Manhattan) and it does has a kind of charm and uniqueness going on. On the downside it's dirty and it's old, so it's gets broken now and than. The biggest plus is Matt since he's been really helpful and nice.
We had an amazing time!!!
Cheers, a young couple from Amsterdam
Unusual! In fact I would say unique. And very nice. There's a spiral staircase! Matt very caring, met us outside. Whole experience was all good, no bad -- !
Hi, I'm Matt. I'm an Australian writer who has lived in Brooklyn, New York for ten years. I've worked at the Village Voice newspaper and have covered New York and American culture for international magazines (I was the New York Correspondent to DNA Magazine Australia for six and a half years) and radio for most of the time that I've lived in New York and have been writing my first novel for the past three.
What that means is, if you're staying here, you can consider me your very own personal seasoned New York help-line and if I don't already know where to send you I'll figure it out and get back to you.