This was my first AirBnB Experience. I've stayed in hotels for the past 15 years, and was expecting something a little more than what I received. Loreta had gleaming reviews, so I gave it whirl.
There was simply no better value in NY at the time, so the location and convenience outweighed a lot of the not so great parts.
1. Location was great, right near the subway, and easy to get around the city. A few local coffee shops, restaurants, and other places really made Long Island City a new favorite of mine.
2. The value: It's one of (If not the best) value for a place to crash in New York. As I said, I usually stay at hotels. Last month I was at the W and spent in 2 days what I spent for a week at Loreta's, so keep that in mind.
The Unknown Guests: I came out of my room to see a guy doing push ups in a 400 square foot space while I ate yogurt in the kitchen. The whole vibe was weird, but I think it should be detailed that you will most likely be sharing the same space with strangers. My finance was also with me, and I felt uneasy with other men in there.
Shared bathroom: I was completely blindsided that I was sharing a bathroom with 4 other people. The shower had hair in the drain, which I picked up because the bathtub was backing up. Overall, kinda off putting to know a bunch of strangers are using the bathroom. Just, be aware of that. Again, this might be normal game play for AirBnB, but for someone who's looking for a private space, make sure to double check the listing. If it says "Private Room" There's other people in the house.
The heat: The room temp was fine because of the AC unit, but the common area ( Kitchen, Sitting Area) was basically unusable because of the heat. I ended up going to coffee shop every morning because I couldn't sit in Dante's Inferno for more than 10 minutes. An AC in the kitchen window would do wonders.
I don't know if I would ever stay at this home again, but only because I'm particular about my personal space, and I would like a certain level of comfort. This place was just a bit under what I needed it to be. The shared space and bathroom is a deal breaker. It's perfect for people on a budget, or if you just want a place to crash after gallivanting around the city. Again, the value is great, and will cause most people to deal with some nuances for an affordable place in the city. I recommend it, if you're aware of what to expect.