Please note the following:
1) A PHOTO IS REQUIRED FOR A RESPONSE.
2) I will not be booking New Year's until November.....I rarely book more than a month or two in advance.
3) Please read the apt. description carefully. Many of your questions will be answered here. I also have certain requests and if you read on, you will see them below.
4) I prefer to have some communication with potential visitors before I accept a reservation. Thus it's best to contact me first before placing a reservation request.
5) I have way more requests for lodging than I can handle. I'm a longtime Airbnb host and try to do my best for each guest and inquiry. It may take me a while to reply to you. If you don't hear back, try me again. FYI, I also rent out my back room separately under the title Robin's Room here on Airbnb. If you are traveling solo, you may have better luck booking that with me being here, rather than asking for the entire apt. for yourself. And of course, it's cheaper!
6) The apt. is NOT child-proofed (no bars on the windows, etc). I generally do not accept small children for this reason.
Now, about the apt.:
Lovely pre-war apt., light and colorful, homey, on the fabulous Upper West Side. Although this (email hidden) apt., I generally close off the 2nd BR (which is my office) if there are only two guests, so I can store things back there and make more room for you. If you are going to require the 2nd BR, please let me know in your initial message. The BR has a queen sized bed.
I'm on a high floor in an elevator pre-WW II building. The apt is very light and airy with beautiful old wood floors, high ceilings, moldings and other features of the great pre-war Apts. (like a huge tub). The apt. has everything except a dishwasher: HD TVs and cable in the living room and bedrooms, ceiling fans in every room, box A/Cs in LR and BR, wifi, hair dryer, iron, wi-fi, Linens and towels are of course provided. Laundry service is available downstairs (for a fee). Unfortunately, like old pre-war apts. the wiring and plumbing are old. The apt. has window box air conditioners and they are not the most efficient in cooling off an entire apt. Your room will be cool, but the bathroom and/or kitchen will not be air conditioned, for example.
I live here so the apt. is pretty full of stuff. There will be extremely limited drawer and closet space. If you're coming with 4 or 5 suitcases, this may not be the place for you. I prefer guests who bring one suitcase per person. There just isn't that much room for all of you and your luggage, especially if you are more than two people.
The kitchen is tiny (see photos) but very functional, including fridge, sink, gas stove and oven, coffee maker, blender, microwave & toaster (no dishwasher). If you want to do a lot of cooking, and have all your meals in, this is probably not the best apt. for you. If you plan to eat out much of the time, or bring in dinner (I have tons of take-out menus), and just prepare breakfast here, the kitchen would be fine for you.
Neighborhood: This is simply a great location on the Upper West Side. It's a fabulous, safe, green neighborhood. Stores, restaurants, supermarkets and bars galore. There is a 24-hour diner 1 block away, a 24-hour drugstore across the street, etc.
It's a 2 min walk to the closest subway - and 4 1/2 blocks from the Express train. The bus downtown is across the street. The crosstown bus also 2 mins south..
The Central Park Reservoir jogging/walking path is a 7 minute walk.... Churches, synagogues are within a couple of blocks. Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, frozen yogurt, salad bar, fresh bagels, good Chinese food, organic food store, large supermarkets, cheese and vegetable grocer, kosher food store, are all within a two- minute walk.
Museums: you can walk to The Museum of Natural History (1/2 mile), and it's 1 mile to Lincoln Center. The Met and other East Side Museums are across the Park (20 - 25 minute walk).
N.B.: The apt. faces Broadway - and Broadway is a business street, so there is street noise, including a garbage truck which comes by late at night to pick up garbage from the businesses. At some point in the back and living room you will hear them, but they are only there for a few minutes. If you are a light sleeper and go to bed early, you may want to pack some earplugs. If you can't tolerate noise at all, this place is not for you. My windows are charming pre-war windows, but alas - pre-WWII war builders did not know the meaning of "soundproof" when it came to window design. :) If it's summertime and you have the A/C on, that will help block out any noise.
House rules: No outdoor shoes in the apt. No heavy perfumes (allergies) or smoking. No pets (I love them, but again, allergies).
Please write with any questions.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Extra people:||$25 / night after 2 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$1050 /week|
|Check In:||11:00 AM|
|Neighborhood:||Upper West Side|
Robin was very friendly and accepted our reservation upon short notice. The first night she ended up having to stay so we got a price reduction for that night. The location is great however the apartment is very cluttered and a little messy.
Erika reserved on extremely short notice and I did not have the time to prep the apt, straighten it up and clean it as well as I do when I know in advance that I will have guests. I explained this to her and she was okay with it. [I was about to vacuum the bedroom when they arrived, and she told me not to bother.] Yes, the apt. is a little cluttered (it's in the listing notes), but it is always clean and the photos are accurate.
Between the two of them, someone bled on the bedsheet and it soaked thru to the mattress cover. I wasn't happy about that, but was able to get it clean.
We didn't have a chace to meet her, but everything went smooth and she answered all questions quickly. Her nest was very homely.
We found this property was in a handy location and well priced for Manhattan. It has a good amount of sunlight. I would probably only recommend it comfortably for a couple or 2 adults and a child as the 2nd bedroom (study) requires a blow up mattress and was quite uncomfortable for my mum. There was no space for putting away clothes in drawers or cupboards as the apartment is very much in use by the owner and tends to be quite a squeeze as there is a lot of stuff. Overall however we enjoyed our stay & Robin was very friendly.
I'm sorry to hear Katy's mum did not have a comfortable sleep on the the airbed. All that Katy commented on is in my apt. description, which is quite detailed, so there should have been no surprises there. I'm working on a better 2nd bed solution that what I currently have. I wholeheartedly agree with her - the apt. is better suited for a couple , or two friends who don't mind sharing the queen bed; or younger people who are less sensitive about their sleeping conditions. I ask everyone to read the apt. listing very carefully to understand what to expect from their stay before they commit to a reservation.
Robin is a great host! We booked a trip at a short notice with no problem. Robin was travelling but responded right away and was able to arrange for someone to meet us. The communications were clear and instructions helpful. The apartment was clean and welcoming. The area is great for anyone who wants to live and explore the city as a true New Yorker.
Robin was a helpful and friendly host. She provided us with lots of information about places to visit, restaurants, events, and so on. It was my first time with Airbnb and it was a great experience. I stayed at Robin's apt for 10 nights with my sister and we really enjoyed our stay at Robin’s place. The apt was comfortable and had everything we needed, we felt like at home. The location is perfect and the neighbourhood is very nice. I would definitely recommend Robin's place.
Robin was very accomodating with our check in time. My husband and I were very satisifed with our stay at her apartment. We had everything we needed including a hair dryer, iron and ironing board that Robin so graciously provided. The apartment was clean and very conveniently located. Would highly recommend!
Robin's apartment is very comfortable, with a large and pleasant bedroom and living room. It is well situated, with all you need in front of the building: groceries, pharmacy, breakfast shop and the N°1 metro line not far. Nice walks in Central park at 10 minutes. Robin has been very thoughtful towards us, before our arrival and also after, giving us practical instructions for use of everything. We felt at ease, like at home.
Appartement très bien situé et pratique avec une hôtesse accueillante à l'esprit pratique. Bonne adresse que nous recommandons.
Robin's place is awesome! Right in the middle of the action, I had a great two night in NYC, all thanks to Robin. In fact, when two friends decided to join the trip last minute, Robin was very accommodating.
Delis, Diners, Jazz Bars and the subway are all right outside the doorway of this beautiful building from the early 1900's. If you want an authentic experience in the upper west side, this is your place.
Thanks Robin! Hope to be able to rent from you again
Robin was a wonderful host - gave us some good information on what to see (and where to shop). The location was perfect, just a few minutes from the downdown subway and Central Park with lots of terrific places to eat within a ten minute walk. Despite it being very warm and humid during our stay, the window air conditioning was more than enough to make the apartment comfortable for sleeping. I would highly recommend Robin's place - and in fact my wife and daughter hope to be able to stay there when they make their next shopping trip to NYC.
First, I'd like to say that Robin was a very accommodating host. She worked with the four of us to ensure that we were all able to sleep comfortably. The apartment is in an excellent location and the unit itself was clean. We were only able to hear the neighbors when they were in the hallway.
The only cleanliness issue we had was with a giant cockroach in the cramped elevator. The hallways were also a bit dark.
Something to note about this unit is that the owner lives here most of the time, so staying here feels kind of like house-sitting for somebody you don't know. It's a Manhattan apt; so it's small and full of things like family pictures, clothing, and plants (that need to be watered). I only bring this up because my previous rental experiences were essentially second homes that the owners rented out to make a little side money. The fridges, cabinets, and shelves were empty so the experience was more like a hotel without all of the formality. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing. It was a bit off an odd experience for me so I figured I'd point it out.
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