About This Listing
Our cozy bedroom with a REAL double bed provides a quiet retreat at the end of a day exploring New York. Shared bath. Easy access to 5 subway lines, all airports, bus and train stations.
The room is on the 4th floor of our historic townhouse in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem.
The house still has many of its original historic details, like woodwork, plaster, and fireplaces, that make these homes so beautiful and sought-after. If you stay with us, you will experience a little piece of New York history.
The room is bright and cozy. It is best suited to a single traveler, as--truth in advertising!--it is small, containing a double bed, a nightstand, and a dresser. A couple would be comfortable for a few nights. The closet is large--plenty of room for suitcases.
You will be surprised by how quiet the room and neighborhood are--a perfect place to rest after a day exploring busy New York!
- free Wifi--we have just installed a new repeater, so all rooms get a strong signal
- 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 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
The house is secure, and has an alarm system.
There is a bathroom on the same floor of the house as the room, which is shared with one or two members of our family and any AirBnb customers who are staying in another room on the same floor. Please be respectful of others and leave the bathroom area neat and clean.
I want your experience in New York, and at my house, to be WONDERFUL, and as comfortable and pleasant as possible. If you need anything for the room, if something needs to be fixed, if you have any questions at all--please let me know! I want to have happy guests!
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. (the AirBnb system doesn't have these options on the pull-down menu, so I've indicated later times there). 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! For arriving guests with very early morning flights, it is possible to leave your bags at the house while you explore--as long as you get to the house by 8:30 a.m., before I leave for 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., there is a very nice little cafe with free wifi around the corner where you can wait until I get home. I ask that you 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.
Note: after two recent bad experiences (my personal things being destroyed, rooms taking 5 hours to clean after guests depart), I will no longer rent my rooms to more than 2 undergraduate students at a time. If you are coming to New York to PAR-TAAAAYYYYY, this is definitely not the listing for you. This room is in a family home, with the family living in it.
Guests who wish to cook may use our kitchen outside of the hours of 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m and 7-8:30 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, you will probably be spending your evenings out enjoying New York's restaurants, theaters, or other attractions!
Please remember that the bathroom is SHARED, and keep it neat and clean for others, as they will for you.
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.
Otherwise, we basically leave our guests alone to come and go as they wish. You do not have to be back at the house by a certain time of night, for example.
We do ask that you please be respectful of our family and any other guests who are staying at the house--keep noise to a minimum, for example, so that our two students can study, keep shared spaces neat etc.
The neighborhood around our house is a protected historic Harlem neighborhood known as Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill. You will love the leafy, beautiful, townhouse-lined streets, and the quiet place to rest after a long day exploring New York City!
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 but reasonably-priced 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 closest grocery store is on Broadway just north of 145th Street. The famous Fairway Market is a short cab ride away.
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 convenient to all three of New York's airports, the bus station, and Penn Station, all of which can be reached by public transportation. It 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!
I will give you directions to the house when you book with us!
Other Things to Note
PLEASE learn how to use the security system your first night here, and ask me questions if anything is unclear. There are written instructions in your room to help you. It's not terribly complicated.
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 tea or coffee, more cups, more toilet paper, some soap--anything. I want you to be happy!
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.
Nice neighborhood and house. However, the room wasn't clean, there was a strange smell in it. the bathroom could also have been more clean.
As described, the room is very small.
I'm sorry you found the room not to be clean. I personally clean every room myself in between guests, doing everything you would expect when cleaning a room--changing the linens and towels, dusting, vacuuming and mopping. I'm sorry you didn't bring this to my attention when I could have done something about it rather than waiting for the review.
Katherine was flexible with our check in time which was very helpful and greeted us, showing us around the house as soon as we got there. She also supplied us with a jug of ice cold, filtered water upon arrival too which was appreciated.
The room is indeed cozy and would probably be suited better to one person; we found with two of us and our luggage that it was a bit of a squeeze (but we chose the room knowing this may be the case!).
Be aware the room is on the topmost floor, up three flights of very creaky stairs: when we returned late in the evening we felt quite self-conscious, although no one said anything the following day. There's also a fairly complicated alarm system to go through whenever you enter and leave the house; we found it easy to follow, but my mum, for example, would probably not have been comfortable with it. The final slightly negative thing was the WiFi didn't work in the room (you had to access it from the dining room, two floors down which was a little inconvenient for us).
Otherwise, everything was clean and fine and the room was adequate for our stay. Katherine has put together a folder with info about local food and entertainment which we found really useful. The brunch/breakfast options in particular were great. The coffee machine in the room was a nice touch too!
Katherine is a great host and ensures her guests have everything they need during the stay at her house. I felt even better than in a hotel, because she offered everything a person needs during his or hers trip. The venue was as described; clean, secure and comfortable. Even though some would think Harlem would be problematic, I didn't have any feeling of insecurity in the neighbourhood. The people on the streets were really nice and without any problems provided me with directions.
Muy recomendable, el cuarto es chiquito pero suficiente para dos personas. lindo y limpio lugar para quedarse unos dias en ny. El vecindario es muy lindo y tiene buenos lugares para comer cerca.
We were here for a week. This house is in one of the historic parts of Harlem and is wonderfully (being) restored. You can feel history when you climb the squeeky stairs. Katherine is very nice and helpful when she is home. Two cats contribute to the atmosphere. This room has airco, which is great because the room is a bit damp and has a certain smell to it, which will probabely get better now that there has been work done by a contractor. Everything is fairly clean, although I didn't like the clingy plastic curtains in the bathroom. Very good tea and coffee making facilities for free and a fantastic big washing machine and dryer. The alarm system may seem complicated at first but you get used to it. Nice deli's all around and subway system in Manhattan is adequate. Busses run all the time too. All in all a very special place to be and a great deal.
We really enjoyed the stay at Karherines Place. The room and the bathroom was very clean und Harlem is nice to start the Journey. thank you very much
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About the Host, Katherine
Travel is my passion, so I'm excited to start hosting new friends from all over the world! I've lived in several different countries, but New York has been home for the last 20 years. I speak and/or understand some French, German, Finnish, and Russian, but not well enough to say that I'm "fluent." My teenage son is studying Spanish and is looking forward to the chance to practice it with native speakers.
My most recent trip was to India for my brother's wedding; my son and I are going to Finland, Estonia, and St. Petersburg this summer. My dream destination is Myanmar--now that it's open to the rest of the world, I want to get there before it changes too much.
Here in Manhattan, I love walking and exploring different parts of the city, trying new restaurants, going to the theater whenever my budget allows, watching movies, spending time with friends, and renovating my historical townhouse.
As a host, I'm as involved or as hands-off as guests want me to be. I'm happy to give recommendations for local places or other favorites, and my son, who is my transportation expert, can tell guests the best way to get there!