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***Please note: Reservations will not be accepted without prior conversation. Message me and wait for a response before making any bookings.***
Feel welcome and at home. My extra room in Manhattan may have little to it, but what it does have is comfort and convenience, plenty of light, enough space, and a queen size bed with a down comforter for you or you and your loved one to snuggle in at night. I offer breakfast (oatmeal, dry cereals, tea and coffee), and directions to anywhere in the city, along with my favorite places to eat and visit. The only thing I ask is that you take your shoes off and make yourself at home.
THE ROOM: One bedroom in a 2-bedroom apartment, located on the 2nd floor of a walk-up (one flight of stairs) in Washington Heights, Manhattan. The room is 11x14 feet; queen size bed with clean linens and towels; a large closet with hangers and a shelf for use; ceiling fan, and the best ventilated room in the apartment.
THE APARTMENT: Living room with TV, DVD player/collection, basic cable, WiFi, and space for yoga/excersize. Full kitchen includes use of: refrigerator/freezer, stove, oven, pots & pans, tea kettle, and french press. Breakfast (oatmeal, dry cereal, tea, coffee) included, but all other food is up to you. Laundry in building.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: A train, C train, and 1 train all 4 blocks away.
-25 minutes to Times Square & Midtown from apartment door.
-25 to 45minutes to all other tourists attractions from apartment door.
-LaGuardia Airport 30-60min by subway/bus or 20-45min by taxi;
-JFK airport 45min by taxi(recommended) or 2 hrs by subway;
-Penn Station/LIRR/Amtrak 25-35min by subway;
-Grand Central Station 35-45min by subway.
NEIGHBORHOOD & NOTED SITES: The neighborhood is mostly noted for its association to the 2008 Tony Award winning musical "In The Heights".
-The Cloisters (Medieval Art branch of The Metropolitan Museum)
-Fort Tryon Park and views of the Palisades
-George Washington Bridge
-Fort Washington Point & the Little Red Lighthouse
-Morris-Jumel Mansion (oldest house in Manhattan, built 1765)
-New Balance Track and Field Center
-The Hispanic Society of America w/the largest collection of work by El Greco and Goya outside of the Prado Museum
-Audubon Ballroom, site of Malcolm X assassination
-Restaurants of varying cuisine, several with live music & jazz
-New York Presbyterian Hospital
-Columbia University Medical Center
-Easy commute to Columbia University Main Campus
ROOMMATE: You will be sharing the apartment with only myself. However, I have been with the same man for three years and he sometimes sleeps over. The bedrooms are on opposite sides of the apartment and separated by the living room and a small room that is more like a round hallway, so there is privacy.
*Please check with me for any other times after 4pm.
CHECK OUT: Before 12pm (Noon)
*Exceptions can be made in advance, especially with check out time, though it is not guaranteed*
-Off-peak season: 65 USD per night with one, additional 30 USD per guest after first guest.
-Peak season: 70 USD per night w one guest, additional 30 USD per guest after first guest.
-Additional: There is a 150 USD refundable security deposit. There is a 10 USD cleaning fee.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITY: Being aware of the check-in times listed above. Notifying me of your check-in time at least two weeks prior to your arrival. Supply of your own toiletries (shampoo, body soap, toothpaste, etc). All food excluding the offered breakfast.
CHILDREN: Children are allowed if they are behaved. Play and expression is definitely encouraged, by 'behaved' I mean that they won't tear up my furniture and throw my stuff around. Seeing as how they are still little persons that makes noise in the morning (which is my night-time), I DO charge the $30 extra for them even if they are toddlers or babies.
PETS: Unfortunately, due to my lease, I am not allowed to host any animals.
ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING
Shoe-free home (no shoes beyond the front entry way).
Keep the apartment clean and tidy.
Please no eating in the bedroom.
Please conserve: turn lights off, recycle, be sparring on toilet paper, etc
Men: If you can't be bothered to sit down on the toilet SEAT, then please make sure to wipe off the seat after each use. Thanks.
CHILDREN: Children are allowed if they are behaved. Play and expression is definitely encouraged, by 'behaved' I mean that they won't tear up my furniture and throw my stuff around. Even tantrums are okay. Seeing as how they are still little persons that makes noise in the morning (which is my night-time), I DO charge the $15 extra for them even if they are toddlers or babies.
PETS: Unfortunately, due to my building, I am not allowed to host any animals.
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The apartment has a great location, near the metro. Very comfortable too. The neighborhood is very quiet. Meka gave several tips about the city. I liked very much.
Meka is a very friendly and fast responding person. The room is exactly looking like on the the pictures. It is very clean and the flat is very nice. I could sleep very well in her home and everything was well prepared, when I arrived.
So her room is a very good tip to stay.
Meka is a very pleasant and uncomplicated girl, so you can ask her everything if you need help. To say it in her words: "Make yourself a home!"
My stay with Meka was nothing short of fantastic and so warm and comfortable... I came into town looking for a place to stay whilst I looked for something more permanent and I what got was so much more as after two days I feel I have gained an incredible friend. Meka was so generous in opening up her home the pictures 100% reflect what the apartment looks like but they can in Norway give you any idea about the amazing atmosphere that Meka has created... Meka is so generous with her knowledge of the city and I would definiately stay with her again if given the opputunity
I had a lovely time at the Monkey Retreat! Great host, very clean environment, close to express subway. Even without air conditioning it was ver comfortable because Meka makes sure that you have plenty of fans! Will stay there again if available.
Once again I enjoyed my stay at Meka's Monkey Retreat, lots of memories. I will be staying in New York again this week, but due to late plans, the Monkey Retreat was already booked. Although I was not able to book with Meka, she referred me to friends that also book thru Airbnb and I was able to get a room. Thanks again for your hospitality and your help.
Meka's place was fantastic and quite accurate to the photos. Meka was very hospitable and it was great that she also provided cereal in the morning! The only reason it didn't get the 5th star was because the weather during our stay was very hot and the apartment doesn't have A/C or great air-flow. The room does have a good ceiling fan though. Overall a great experience.
Shave a monkey and put her in a tutu and you have me. I'm either down to earth or hyper, always joking, sarcastic, and bluntly honest. I don't go out-out anymore, so I no longer know the "it" places, but I do know amazing places for all kinds of cuisine & drink through out the city, art, and a few places that are great for drinking, laughing and random dancing. I am a dancer (ballet/modern), certified yoga instructor (practicing since 2004), and I waitress most evenings.
My days are spent training in the apartment, my nights at work, and my mornings sleeping. My schedule is always changing, and sometimes I am in bed by 9pm or home from work at 2am, so I understand a persons need for sleep and quite, but, I also understand when people come in late at night.