About this listing
Large, fully-furnished private bedroom (king sized bed), private sink, shared bath. Sleeps up to 4 people. Easy access to 5 major subway lines; 20 minutes to midtown!
Our home is a four-story townhouse in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem, which is in Manhattan. It still has many of the original historic details that make these homes so beautiful and sought-after. If you stay with us, you will experience a little piece of New York history.
Please note: this is a house, not an apartment. As such, it has a security system that we will give you the code for. We will have to explain how to use the security system IN ENGLISH. If you don't understand English well enough to read this ad without help, please don't book the room, as we will not be able to explain the security system to you.
The room is a large, bright, fully-furnished bedroom with an en-suite sink (toilet and shower are shared) on the top floor of our house. The bed is a REAL king-sized bed. We also have air mattresses available if more sleeping space is needed--for example, if a family is renting the room. The room can house 4 people and their things quite comfortably. Please note that the room and house are not baby-proofed and there are a lot of stairs, making it unsuitable for young children (under 5).
- free Wifi--works best in common areas
- free air conditioning
- free coffee and tea
- laundry on the same floor
- a hairdryer
- clean towels and linens
- plenty of storage space for your clothes (a walk-in closet and huge dresser!) and suitcases
- an iron and ironing board
- a lock on the door, for security and privacy
- access to an outdoor deck overlooking a beautiful, leafy garden
You will be surprised by how quiet the room and neighborhood are--a perfect place to rest after a day exploring busy New York!
My number-one priority is making your stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible, so please let me know right away if you need anything for the room, if there is something I need to fix etc. Don't be shy--I want you to be happy!
Check in is at 6:30 p.m. or later; check out is at 8:30 a.m. These times are negotiable in advance on the weekends (on weekdays, I work full time). For guests checking out, it is possible to leave your bags in our front hall if you are not leaving the city until later in the day--just remember to leave the keys in the house when you leave! I do, however, have to have access to the room by 8:30 on weekdays, so that I can clean it before I go to work.
At 6:30 p.m., I will be home and be ready to give you a warm, friendly welcome and take you to a pleasant, clean, comfortable room where you can relax. If you arrive before 6:30 p.m., please do not hang out in front of the house waiting for someone to come home and let you in. The neighbors do not like that--if you think about it, you would not like it at your own home. There is a very nice little cafe with free WiFi around the corner where you can wait until 6:30 p.m.
NOTE: after two bad experiences (my personal things being destroyed and the room being so badly taken care of that it needed 5 hours to clean), I won't rent this room to more than 2 undergraduate students at a time. I will rent it to four family members (as long as all children are over 5), four adult friends, or four responsible post-graduate students, who understand that they are staying in a private family home, with the family living in it. If you are coming to New York to PAR-TAAAAAYYYYYY, this is not the listing for you.
Guests who wish to cook may use our kitchen outside of the hours of 7-8:30 a.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m., when we're preparing our own morning and evening meals. The dining room is yours to use whenever you want, since our son prefers to eat his meals in front of the TV :-) .
Our teenager likes to study in the living room, so that area of the house is generally off-limits (even to his parents)! However, in the evening you will probably be out enjoying New York's restaurants, theaters, and other attractions.
Please remember that the bathroom is a SHARED space, so please keep it neat and clean, as those who share it will do for you. There is a private sink, with a mirror and good lighting, in your room, and we ask that you use that rather than the sink in the bathroom to brush your teeth, fix your hair, shave, put on makeup etc. in order to make the bathroom more available to everyone.
Interaction with Guests
We will be present during your stay and will be happy to answer your questions about the house, the neighborhood and the city. We provide a binder of information about the neighborhood and house in the room, with recommendations for local restaurants etc.
Otherwise, we basically leave our guests alone to come and go as they wish--you can have as much or as little contact with you as you want. You do not have to be back at the house by a certain time of night, for example.
We do ask that guests be respectful of our family and other guests by keeping noise to a minimum in the sleeping areas, and by keeping common areas neat and clean.
The neighborhood around our house is a protected historic Harlem neighborhood known as Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill. Several churches with Harlem's famous gospel choirs are within walking distance.
Many movies and TV shows are filmed in this neighborhood because of its historical "feel"--if you're lucky, you might get to see a movie being made!
New restaurants are opening at a rapid pace and Amsterdam Avenue, the nearest cross street to the house, is fast becoming known as "Restaurant Row." A new Italian restaurant and a new bar/restaurant serving elegant American food have opened right around the corner within the last few months, and a new Indian restaurant will be opening soon. We are two blocks from Broadway, which offers more new restaurants offering Mexican, Italian, and pub food to small local ethnic restaurants serving Dominican and Ecuadorian specialties. And yes, McDonalds and several pizza places are nearby if you crave fast food!
The church across the street has many festivals throughout the year--maybe you'll be lucky enough to see one during your visit!
There are two parks nearby, and we are a short subway ride from Central Park.
Our house is a short walk to 5 different subway lines, and you can be in Midtown Manhattan--Broadway theaters, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue--within 20 minutes, door-to-door. A 30-40-minute subway ride brings you to trendy neighborhoods like Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho, and Tribeca. Even Brooklyn is within easy reach if you're adventurous!
We are convenient to all three New York airports, Penn Station (the main train station) and the main bus terminal. There are plenty of cabs on Broadway.
Other Things to Note
We will show you how to use the security system your first night here, and we have also left written instructions in the room. Please ask me questions if anything is unclear.
Absolutely no smoking or drugs are permitted anywhere on the property.
Please let me know right away if you need anything for the room--more coffee or tea, more cups, some soap--anything. I want to have happy guests!
Please do not wait around the front of the house if you arrive early for check-in. The neighbors get very upset about it! And in general, please be respectful of the neighborhood and the household--if you are coming in late at night, please keep noise to a minimum, for example.
Please don't let the cats outside--they are not allowed out of the house, no matter how much they try to convince you otherwise!
Finally, please don't let anyone other than the people you tell me about when you make the reservation stay in the room with you. For example, we had an au pair who used to go out to nightclubs, and would bring back a different man from the nightclubs every night. That is a safety issue for everyone staying in the house and is NOT ok with us.
View of room showing air conditioning is available--important for hot New York summer nights!