Alchemy B&B - room in artist loft

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States
Pamela
Your host, Pamela
72 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

The Space

I have a small room in my loft where I live and work, in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. It’s centrally located within three to four blocks of the F, G, R, 2, 3, 4, 5, A, and C trains, and a ten minute walk to the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. It is located in one the trendiest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, complete with fabulous restaurants, watering holes, and shops! The new Brooklyn Bridge Park is only four blocks from my front door. It has a very comfortable double bed, which also folds up to a sofa, a small frig, and Nespresso machine. There’s wireless internet, hairdryer, and iron with ironing board for your use. The room faces a busy thoroughfare, and can be a little noisy at times, a fact of life in an urban environment! To remedy this, I have equipped the room with a white noise machine and earplugs for those who are light sleepers. A continental breakfast is provided every morning. The bathroom is shared, and has a bath with shower. I live in the back of the loft and work in the front. The guest room is just off my studio in the front. I have it set up so there is have plenty of privacy during the early morning, evening and at night. During the day, however, I will be working in the studio adjacent to the room. This is usually not a problem, since most guests are out during the day, seeing the sights of this wonderful city. If you expect to be spending a lot of time in the room during the daytime hours, this may not be the best arrangement for you. There is a cat that lives here besides me, so hopefully you are not allergic. (I do keep the cat out of the guest room.) And if you don’t mind two long flights of stairs, that would be helpful. This is a 150 year old landmark building, so no elevator! Previous to my art career, I worked in the hospitality industry, so I know a thing or two about inn keeping, and will do everything possible to make your stay an enjoyable one! I am gay friendly!
Please note that I am less likely to accept a reservation from someone who does not have a photograph and some information of themselves on their profile, especially if you have no previous reviews and ratings. Thanks.

Guest Access

I offer access to guest room and shared bathroom. I do not offer access to the kitchen. Guests are occasionally invited to join me in my living room.

Interaction with Guests

I give the guests plenty of privacy, but try to make myself available in the morning, to offer tips and recommendations.

The Neighborhood

It is located in one the trendiest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, complete with fabulous restaurants, watering holes, and shops! The new Brooklyn Bridge Park is only four blocks from my front door.

Getting around

It’s centrally located within three to four blocks of the F, G, R, 2, 3, 4, 5, A, and C trains, and a ten minute walk to the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $658 /week
Security Deposit: $100
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
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  • Pam was a perfect host: convenient breakfast, awesome recommendations for restaurants and what to visit! The room & bathroom were both very clean & nice. And the neighbourhood was awesome: close to subway stations, but also nearby the park, restaurants...etc. Absolutely loved the neighbourhood if you're looking for something not too crowdy & nice.
    I highly recommend Pam & her appartment!

    June 2014
  • GERMAN: Pam ist ein netter und freundlicher Mensch, doch die Unterkunft war unserer Meinung nach eine Katastrophe. Das Haus insgesamt ist sehr alt was uns nicht störte, aber das Treppenhaus sah aus wie eine Baustelle; überall lag etwas im Weg und es wirkte sehr schmuddelig. Beim Betreten der Wohnung im 2. OG ging man erst durch eine Art Werkstatt zum Zimmer. Das Zimmer selber ist sehr klein, was uns nicht störte, aber was uns nicht gefallen hat war das muffige Bettzeug, die Spinne die unter der Tagesdecke krabbelte und das Gefühl, bezogen auf den Lärm, als würde man auf der Straße schlafen. Das Fenster war zwar geschlossen, doch es erfüllte leider nicht seinen Zweck. Die Atlantic Ave. Ist eine sehr viel befahrene Hauptstraße. Die ganze Nacht durch hörte man eine Menge Autos, Polizei, Feuerwehr, Müllabfuhr und Menschen die sich in normaler Lautstärke unterhielten, als stünde man direkt daneben. Bis 3:00 a.m. versuchten wir bei dem Lärm zu schlafen, dann packten wir unsere Koffer und gingen. Wir konnten Pam leider nicht persönlich mit dem Problem konfrontieren, da es mitten in der Nacht war und sie natürlich schon schlief (ihr Zimmer ist auf der anderen Seite des Hauses). Da New York zu unserem Reisezeitpunkt sehr voll war, waren fast alle Hotels ausgebucht und so mussten wir die Nacht in unserem gemieteten Auto verbringen! Für die nächsten 4 Nächte fanden wir glücklicherweise ein freies Hotelzimmer und mussten hierfür zusätzliche 1.000 US$ bezahlen. Wir können die Unterkunft bei Pam leider nicht weiter empfehlen! ENGLISH: Pam is a nice and gentle person, but the room was in our opinion a disaster. The house in general is very old, what didn’t bother us, but the stairway looked like a construction area; there was stuff on the floor everywhere and seemed very grubby to us. When entering the apartment in the 2nd floor we first walked through Pam’s studio before reaching the room. The room itself was very small which didn’t bother us at all, but what really annoyed us was the grumpily smelling bed linen, the spider that was crawling under the bedcover and the feeling, concerning the noise, that you are sleeping on the street. The window was closed but didn’t serve its purpose. The Atlantic Ave. is a high traveled road. The whole night you could hear a lot of cars, police, fire service, garbage disposal and people who talked in a normal noise, as if you were standing right beside. Until 3:00 a.m. we tried to sleep but it was impossible. So we decided to pack our bags and leave. Unfortunately we couldn’t speak to Pam in person about the problems because it was in the middle of the night and she was sleeping (her room is on the opposite site of the building). Since New York was very crowded at that time, almost all hotels were fully booked and so we had to spend that night in our rented car! For the next 4 nights we luckily found a free hotel room...

    June 2014
    Pamela
    Response from Pamela:

    Noise can be a common problem on busy NYC streets. Many of the reviews
    mention that I'm located on a busy thoroughfare and that I provide earplugs to help. I made sure to point this out to Cornelia and Ralf and so they knew they were renting a room on a very busy street. The window was open with a screen in place but they could have easily taken the screen out, closed the window as it was a cool night, and used the earplugs. However they chose not to do that. Nor did they come to me with their concerns. If they had come to me with their noise concerns, I could have installed the window ac unit, which would have provided some “white noise” to muffle any street noise.

    My building is undergoing some cosmetic renovation and I apologized for the dust in the main hallway as I helped them in with their luggage. This renovation is being conducted in an orderly manner by a professional company so the hallway is being "worked on" but it isn't unsafe. This is a 150 year old landmark building. It's old and that's part of what my guests find so charming. I make that clear in my listing. My listing also clearly states that the room is off of my studio, which is another aspect to staying here that most guests find charming and not a problem.

    As to this guest’s complaint about a musty odor and spider in the room... This room is in my home. I take pride in my home and don't live in a "musty" environment. Prior to their arrival I spent five hours cleaning the guest room and bathroom so everything would be in perfect order for their early arrival. The bed was made with freshly laundered linens. The bed, pillows and linens were all purchased new very recently. I take great pains to make sure everything is clean, fresh and spotless for my guests. There is not a problem with spiders or bugs in anywhere in my home, including the guest room.

    I did everything in my power to make Cornelia and Ralf feel welcome and went out of my way to accommodate their very late arrival. After showing them around, I asked them to let me know if they needed anything. Instead of coming to me with their concerns, they chose to leave, without notice, in the middle of the night. So I had no chance to rectify the situation. I wish they would have woken me up, so that I could help them, or at least lock up after them.

    In the meantime, I have purchased a white noise machine for the guest room. Hopefully this help to take care of the problem with the street noise, that is so much a part of NYC living!

    June 2014
  • It was our first time with airbnb and our first time in NY: couldn't have been better! Pam is the perfect host and if you want to explore NY the room is the perfect location. Really nice neighborhood (shops, bars, restaurants) and Manhattan is just a few metro-stops away - but you need to explore Brooklyn as well !ENJOY!

    May 2014
  • Pamela was a great host, and provided a lot of unexpected conveniences. The room has a mini-fridge, a coffee/tea maker and a brita filter. She also provided ear plugs, which ended up being critical to sleep through the road noise.

    The apartment is also in a great location, and the room was clean and well tended when I arrived. I would definitely recommend checking it out if you want a really reasonably priced spot in Brooklyn!

    May 2014
  • We had the best time staying at Pamela's place. She was a friendly and very nice host that gave us lots of great tips of what restaurants and vintage shops and jazz bars to visit (and more..) when ever we asked for her advice. Pamela also provided us with maps of the local area, guide books and brochures and umbrellas and. The room was tidy and cosy with a big window facing the street so we had a nice view while having our breakfast in the mornings. We had our own tea- and coffee machine that we could use whenever we liked. Every morning Pamela prepared heated bagels or pancakes or something else delicious. We would definitely recommend staying at her place and wouldn't think twice about staying there again if we come back to New York.

    May 2014
  • Pam is the BEST! She is literally the nicest! Her bnb is situated in the heart of western Brooklyn around the corner of all the important metro stations and the great areas of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill (my favorite with Smith and Court Street), Downtown and Fort Greene (with the Brooklyn Flea on Saturdays).

    The apartment is in this wonderful 150 years old building and Pam really created a wonderful place to live and to have guests over. The bed is comfy, the Nespresso machine makes hot fresh coffee in the morning, in the mini-fridge you can cool your Brooklyn Lager, and if you move the table to the window (as we did) you can enjoy Pam's breakfast (which you find outside your room at 8am and which varied from warm blueberry waffles to pancakes, to croissants) while watching the Brooklyners going to work or shopping (3 grocery shops just in your block and much more around the corners in all directions.

    But the best part is that Pam does not only provide you with a nice bed and breakfast but also with a profound arsenal of tips and hints if you tell her where to go! I loved every place she recommended (my favorite would be the original Diner on Smith or the Dumpling Place in Chinatown, Manhattan).

    I stayed with a friend and we didn't have any problems arranging ourselves in the room but it was a bit packed with two big pieces of luggage and no wardrobe to put your stuff. But we worked it out and were able to have enough space for the two of us.

    And if you are looking for something special to bring with to the loved ones at home, you should definitely browse through Pam's beautiful jewelry she's creating in her apartment...

    Short: We loved it at Pam's Alchemy Bed&Breakfast in Brooklyn and I didn't want to leave. When I will come back to New York my first address will be Pam's!

    April 2014
  • I had a very good stay at Alchemy B&B. The location is great, near subway stations, bars, restaurants and the Brooklyn promenade. The room has everything you need and Pamela is a lovely host.

    March 2014
  • Pam is a gracious and accommodating host. Her place is clean, comfortable, and well-cared for. Up two flights of stairs so you must be mobile. Great neighborhood on a fantastic stretch of Atlantic Avenue with a ton of restaurants, (good) bars, and interesting stores nearby. Thanks, Pam!

    January 2014
  • We had a great time at pamela's place. Pamela is very nice and have a lot of tips to spend a wonderful stay in nyc. The room is close to many subway station, and the neighbourhood is cool with a lot of restaurants and bars! The room is confortable and the breakfast tasty. We Will definitively go back to this place for our next airbnb experience in NYC.

    January 2014
  • Pam is such a great host and very helpful. I particularly like the breakfast she has ready at 8am! And of course the fridge and coffee maker in the room (she accomodated my tea preference by providing tea instead!). The accomodation was just perfect for me - near all the important places: food, groceries, subway, and even not too far to walk to Target (at Barclays Center). Don't miss the evening walk along the Brooklyn Bridge Park - as recommended by Pam. Thanks a lot - definitely enjoyed my stay there!

    December 2013
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School
Washington University in St. Louis
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Alchemy Inc.
About
I am an artist and have a small craft business in my loft, where I live and have my studio. I am lucky to live in one of the best neighborhoods, in one the best boroughs, the greatest city in the world. Looking forward to sharing it with you!
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