About this listing
I enjoy having visitors from all over the world...
I am a Native New Yorker...and get a feel for the real New York City life...
I have a small private room available for your short term visits in Manhattan, in the residential area of Upper West side. Enjoy a culturally diversed neighborhood, that provides you with a real sample of NYC
The bedroom is a private, clean, small but comfortable room with a queen size bed that accommodates one or two individuals. It is honestly not a big huge room, but it is comfortable.
Consider my home as your home away from home. You are booking a room not an entire apartment, but have access to the kitchen and the bathroom. I work full time and I am enrolled in a Doctorate program in I/O psychology, so I am home in the evenings.
Here's what you get:
a queen size bed
A/C and ceiling fan
extra blankets and pillows as needed
Apartment located near the number #1 train and C train lines. As well as the buses 4, 5, 3, 100 and 101
NYC is a colorful place, often loud and packed with people, but the block I live on is quiet and you will be able to get a good night sleep, which will allow you to refresh and recharge yourself for a busy city.
I know the city quite well, so if you need tips on how to save and enjoy your stay don't hesitate to ask for help.
In order to make your stay easier, please remember to email your arrival dates and times to the airport so I can meet you at the apartment for the keys exchange
My goal is to make your stay fun and easy..so please feel free to ask questions.
Interaction with Guests
I enjoy talking to my guest when I don't have a ton of school assignments pending...and have been know to accompany guest when available.
I love the variety of ethnic groups
Other Things to Note
Tons of hidden treasures and really inexpensive restaurants
Please read rules:
No overnight guest unless discussed in advance.
The additional guest is $29 per night.
Please no sneaking in guest, otherwise you will be violating this agreement, and will be asked to leave without refund.
No smoking or drug usage allowed anywhere in the premises.
Please do not let the cat in the room. This will maintain the room cleaner and protect your stuff since he likes to chew on wires and bags.
No refunds for cancellations done the night before arrival.
Check out time is 9 am in the morning during the week, weekends 11 am
If you have a later flight, we will need to arrange to keep your luggage in our place, but the room needs to be vacant for clean up at the 9 am check-out time.
You are a guest in my home, and you have the right to privacy in the room you rented. Access to my private area is off limits unless I invite you in. This means do not enter the library, living or office area without permission.
There is no cooking after 11 pm.
Kitchen hours are between 9 am to 11 pm during week nights due to work
You can store your food or beverages in my refrigerator or kitchen area
Please do not store food in your room because it will bring bugs
Please clean after yourself when using the bathroom or kitchen.
the cleaning fee is only for cleaning after you are gone.
Rosa made me feel welcome waiting up for me first day, this I appreciate.
However after day 2 the sheets and mattress cover a barely there one( not cotton, and in a heat wave) felt hot, i tried to not bother Rosa and bought my own sheets washed and put them on the bed.. Small bugs were in the bed not from the rubbish in the interior of building as Rosa insisted, or( from the window left open as i did on a few occasions ) but from not spraying the inside of the room when no ones renting it. I come from Australia, we have every bug but we spray regularly or they reappear, this really insulted my intelligence. The toilet overflowed and Rosa insisted I help her clean it up. I paid a cleaning fee up front! Regular checks and getting a plumber would stop this regular blockage. Rosa laughing at this regular thing happening was bizarre, she said it happened at least once when people stayed. If one is receiving $95 a day from me for 2 weeks why is it so hard to not put a cotton mattress cover and good sheets, and put the bed spread on that's in the photo. Due to the stress ful
life style Rosa explained to me on many occasions i tried not to be direct or confrontational about the quality of bedding, just tried to enjoy my time there. But having Rosa question me about too much toilet paper use??!!!!, . i paid the money up front, $1500 for 14 nights,= $2000 aus. and surely she was getting her monies worth. I believe i didn't read one of the rules no use of kitchen till 8.00 and i regret i had gone in earlier and awoken my host. So for use of a room and kitchen chair not comfortable( i occasionally used the loungeroom) I tried to be out and about as much as possible. I encourage new b@b customers read the rules more carefully than I.
First of all, Jeanne, I appreciated your friendliness. But you are passive aggressive. You broke things and then acted very innocent as if things were broken. Lucky for me I have pictures of the place before I have guest come over. I laughed because I was stressed. Every day I came home expecting something to go wrong. You are a grown woman and not a child.
First of all if you use wipes and throw them inside the toilet it will cause it to overflow This did happen with a "FRIEND" who did the same thing. Toilets do overflow as a result of people putting non-flusable items in the toilet, which you did. So your attempts to blame the plumbing is pointless. And I did not insist on you cleaning. You panicked and asked for a towels to clean it. In your panic you overreacted and then decided that I was making you clean it. How can you say I insisted when the fact is you reacted out of panic before I can get the mop. You started to dry the floor with the towels. Or did you conveniently forget that?
Second, the bugs do come from the yard and I explained this to you. But you wanted the windows open. I do spray, but spraying when guest are in the room is tricky since people do not like the smell of spray. If you had asked I would have.
Its' $70 a day not $95 US dollars.
Third when you arrived it was changing seasons, and the warmer sheets were on the bed because it had been cold for a long period. I did not want my guest to get cold. And the photo of the bedspread is not on line. The bed had a thick white down cover. Not a skimpy one. The bed covering was for winter sleeping since it had been cold.
Forth, The cleaning fee is for after the guest leaves. It is not for cleaning services. This is not a hotel. We do not clean after guest daily. If there is a mess, we are not your servants. Afterall you use our dishes and forks. Do not forget to mention how you left the utensils with egg yolk. after using.
The toilet paper use was questioned because the toilet had over-flooded. Also, I asked only to check and see if I needed more. I have never had a guest go through a roll a day.
You did not read the rules exactly. They are clearly written on the guidelines. NO use of the kitchen before 9am or 10pm...why? Because the kitchen is off the room I sleep in. You were inconsiderate and very noisy, as well as messy.
You expected maid service at $70 a day with only a $45 cleaning fee. Do you realize it cost more than $29 an hour to get someone to clean a place? No you won't realize that, because you thought that one fee mention an endless cleaning arrangement. I am a full time working person and a student. And I state that in y profile. I am not home all day to clean after guest. You are inconsiderate and very selfish.
Yeah I laughed, because you stressed me out. Daily there was always something. You broke the chain to the fan, the door lock, the toilet, the nasty dirty forks egg yolk, waking me up with kitchen noises and talking endlessly as I was trying to do my school assignments.
You were inconsiderate, spoiled and entitled. I do not think you think of others as much as you think of your needs. I have never had anyone complain so much, as you did , while causing so much stress.
We had a wonderful time in New York and Rosa helped us out with giving us the best advices for places to go, to eat and how to get there. Our room was just like it was described and we felt very comfortable. We would recommend this place to anybody!
Thanks again for the unforgettable time.
We miss you already
Sahar and Mert
Rosa was a FANTASTIC host, very friendly and helpful, responsive and easy to work with. Also she showed a thoughtful & flexible approach to guest needs, which is much appreciated. Her aesthetic apartment was like my warm home for 10 days, the room was clean and comfortable, accurately described. Location is very convenient, a quiet building, easy to walk to subway, C train and #1 train reach downtown through the center of Manhattan and connect to other lines. It was my 1st trip to NY and it was just great experience. Thank you so much Rosa, looking forward to the next time:) Blessings, Anat
My husband and I enjoyed our weekend stay with Rosa. She was easy to coordinate with and replied promptly to my emails. She welcomed us warmly and gave us helpful information about the area. The room was small but comfortable and nicely furnished. The nights were quiet, helped by the white noise of the window air conditioner.
I love staying in Rosa's place. Really clean and comfortable. Though I didn't meet Rosa so much ( I was out all the day until very late), you can tell Rosa is really welcoming and helpful.
Rosa is great. I think I chose the best place and person where I could stay. The apartment is fantastic, decorated with a lot of detail. Room nice, bed comfortable. :) This was my first time in NY and I will certainly come again. Rosa is a great host. Energetic and positive. A great experience.
You get what you pay for for. A small stuffy room. Do not ever walk into her lounge room which is definitely out of bounds.
You are right, the room was stuffy and it is small. And the lounge is off limits as I posted on the rules. If people took the time to read the profiles and the rules they would know what they are getting for their money. At $73 a night you are not going to get the Hilton in NYC. I really wish the room was larger myself, but it isn't.
I have tons of details on the profile giving individuals the option of going for another type of place. I do not prove coffee, food, etc. I am a working person who does this to supplement my rent not get rich. I offer a bed and sheets. The towels are available if people ask.
Sadly many of us New Yorkers have to do this to pay our rent...we charge according to the rents we have to pay. Visitors see a big City but have no idea what it takes to live in it. To be honest for if its another city you can get a lot more for $73 in NYC its tricky
About the Host, Rosa
I am an easy an outgoing Native New Yorker; a substance abuse therapist and Psyd D student
I share my apartment with my cat Lulu. I am quiet and low key and basically looking to rent a furnished room to an individual(s) who need short term accommodations. The room is clean, neat and cozy..(not huge)
The apartment is located in an area that is easy to get to and close to all types of travel options within a few short blocks. I like my place because its in a residential area that's located in a quiet part of the city not too far from the fun and excitement of, yet far enough to allow you to sleep and recharge for your the daily activities. You will need to recharge if you want to make the most of NYC
To help you enjoy the city we've recommend a few tips:
For both the bus or train I recommend a unlimited metro card which is good for both the train and bus and allows you to get on and off anywhere. Also its a good idea to download a MTA or Ride NYC phone app onto your smartphone or iPhone or blackberry if you have one, which gives you a map of the metro system.
The trains run pretty much 24/7. However, be on the look out for some weekend changes with some of the train lines, so I do recommend reading the signs in case of any changes due to track repairs
Tip # 2
If you are into biking or running, we are two blocks from the Hudson River Greenway which allows you to walk, run or bike all the way to Battery Park which is at the very tip of Manhattan. And if you don't wish to run too far, there is always Riverbank State Park that has a track and an indoor pool available in cooler days and an outdoor pool during the summer until 6pm. And of course there is Central Park which is a breeze to get to by taking the C train to West 110th Street Station, which takes less then 9 minutes to get to.
If you are into Hot Yoga, there is Bikram Yoga of Harlem on West 145th Street, a 10 block walk or a 5 minute bus or train ride. You can buy a pass for the week or per day. I highly recommend this place.
Also I have a gym membership that allows me to bring a guest. A place located 2 blocks away opened Monday through Thursday 24 hours and til 7pm Saturday and Sunday. Just let me know
Food shops and restaurants. New York can be a dieter's nightmare or dream. There are dozen of amazing restaurants. Some pricier then others. In the area I live in, there are tons of Dominican and Mexican restaurants that are dirt cheap. Cheap as in being able to get a whole roasted chicken, with rice and beans for under $15.
To save on money try eating local since the restaurants in the area are really cheap. However, research a little and you will find a variety of great option for great prices. The East Village has amazing place that are within budget. There are at least over 6 Indian restaurants on East 6h Street between 2nd and 1st Ave, with prices ranging from $8 to$13 dollars for complete dinners. The food list is huge. Let me know and I might be able to help.
Tip # 4.
Home Cooking can save money. We can work out cooking arrangements if you need the kitchen. But, keep in mind access to kitchen will be 9 am until 11 pm
For those of you who love museums, New York is packed with a selection of museums and getting there from our apartment is easy. Just take the number # 4 bus on Broadway and 155th Street until you get to 5th Avenue across from Central Park and the museum select will begin around 110th Street with El Museo Del Barrio...and continue all the way pass 86th Street with the MET. There are also museum in many other locations, but 5th Ave has a very large selection located along 5th Ave.
a great day to go to the museums is Saturday since they are open until 9pm. Of course there are museums all over, so i suggest doing a little research in advance so you can take advantage of the amazing selection
There are tons of free and dirt cheap activities you can do in NYC. Let me know what you like and I will try to have some information available.
I've enclosed a very neat website to help you look for amazing discounts:
Tip # 7
If you decide to book with me. Make sure you write down my contact information, like the address and phone, in case you misplace your phone or run out of battery life. Also down load apps into your blackberry or iPhone with ride NYC and Hop Stop. These apps are valuable resources that will allow you to find your way around
Once you decide to book with airbnb, don't forget to include your arrival time, this way someone can arrange to meet with you and not keep you waiting endlessly. Remember you are renting from individuals and not hotels who are open 24/7. You are staying with real folks who are not always at home...so make sure to include your arrival time in your email messages.
Tip # 8
the morning check out time is 9am during the week.
Weekend check out is flexible, but we should discuss it in advance so I can make arrangements for the keys or in case I have guest arriving.
I can accommodate later check out times, but only if you let me know in advance. I need to know at least 2 days before. This is simply to avoid having new guest wait too long for check in due to having to clean the room
Tip # 9
Be careful with getting overcharged by taxicabs. They sometimes take the longest route in order to increase the meter. NYC train system is fairly safe and runs 24/7. The #1 train which is 2 short blocks from my place is always filled with people...and I mean always. You will find the train can be crowded even at 3 am in the morning. If you are afraid of walking from the train, I can always meet you.
Tip # 10
Do your research before you travel anywhere. If you don't know how expensive a city is, you will find yourself running low on funds very quickly. Be wise, budget yourself. Also research New York city before visiting..it is nothing like the movies or the tv show sex in the city. NYC is expensive and can be very stressful if you have no idea what you are getting into. The best way to enjoy the city and I mean any city in the world is to research and learn about your option. Also connecting with a native of the city you visit allows you to navigate better
Remember to book as soon as you can, cause good deals get taken right away.
If you are staying in NYC and need a temporary place that is clean, cozy and friendly, look me up. My place is quiet, which will let you revive enough to go back out and enjoy the energy of NYC.