Chelsea Artist's Loft 2-PennStation

Loft - Private room · W 30th St, New York, NY 10001, United States
T. Lawrence

Very tiny room in a central Manhattan location, friendly hosts, easy access to everything NYC, come and go as you please, hip and cool (yet mellow) environment.

Your host, T. Lawrence
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Very tiny room in a central Manhattan location, friendly hosts, easy access to everything NYC, come and go as you please, hip and cool (yet mellow) environment.

The Space

First thing to know is that this is a very very VERY small, tiny, itsy-bitsy room with a single twin bed and very large (for the room) window. This is one of 2 rooms we have available in the same loft.

Private bedroom, shared bathroom. Fast no-charge wifi, fresh linens and towels provided. Kitchen available for cooking, coffee, snacks.

This is a VERY small spare bedroom in loft apartment with lots of windows and a shared bath in a busy music rehearsal/recording building in north east Chelsea/midtown.

There is a red house cat, 4 elevators (incl. 2 freight), about a hundred restaurants within a 10 minute walk, and enough 24 hour establishments within a 5 minute walk to keep you supplied with just about any consumables you may need. There is also a 24/7/365 post office 2 blocks away!

Your hosts are welcoming and friendly artists. He a native Manhattanite, Professor of photographic arts at NYU, motorcyclist, and musician (and you may feel free to pick up a guitar to play or jam if you like). She is a Swedish import and a clothing designer with a factory in Queens and a store on fashionable Columbus Avenue. [Update: Vivi is traveling, now in India, and intends to stay for an extended, and much deserved working vacation, returning late May.]

We do not serve breakfast, however there is usually something to munch (Granola Bars, Oatmeal, coffee, tea, etc.) and you may feel free to stock whatever you need in our brand new (June 2013), bigger than typical for NYC fridge!

Check in / out times are usually flexible (with notice) and are otherwise 3 PM for check-in, 11 AM for check-out.

Guest Access

You will have a key and are welcome to come and go as you please. You will have a key and are welcome to come and go as you please. There is a kitchen that we share so you can feel free to utilize it for snacks & light meals if you wish (restaurants are plentiful and many are inexpensive) and that is in the communal room with a couch, the dining table, and lots of windows. There is plenty of space in the refrigerator and in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom (actually shower room) for you, and an "overflow" space for your baggage in the foyer if needed. Wi-fi is fast and secure. Wi-fi is fast and secure. There is no TV.

Interaction with Guests

When possible we love hanging out with our guests, and that does not happen so much as most are out and about the whole day, so the amount of interaction is up to you!

We are usually available to give advice, regale you with our experience and stories of the neighborhood and city, and perhaps invite you to an event that we have arranged, should you be in town when such things are happening.

The Neighborhood

This has been our neighborhood for more than 3 decades, and we LOVE it. The central location, ease of getting anywhere we need to, the close availability of food and other options to make life so very easy, and especially the electricity of the center of the city, and the building with so much artistic activity.

Spotlights- There are restaurants, clubs, bars, deli's, and more on this block, and a hundred or more such establishments within a 10 minute walk. Take a stroll on "The High Line" … an old elevated railroad recently transformed into a lush park and art environment, and mosey on down to the old Meat Packing District (lots of shops, cafes, restaurants, clubs, etc.) or on to the Hudson River's beautiful piers and views. Chelsea's other offerings are its many dozens of art galleries, cafes, restaurants as well as an active nightlife.

We are officially on the most northern block of North East Chelsea (although the AirBnb map incorrectly shows Chelsea as (email hidden)., and also incorrectly shows the street view of another block), and in walking distance to Midtown (1 block), Macy's (4 blocks), Herald Square (5 blocks), Empire State Building (7 blocks), Jacob Javits Convention Center (7 blocks), B & H Photo (4 blocks), Madison Square Garden (1 block), the Hudson River Promenade (4 blocks), the stunning and inspirational High Line elevated park (3 blocks), Greenwich Village (16 blocks), Hell's Kitchen (7 blocks), Silicon Alley (10 blocks), The Museum of Sex (7 blocks), Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT, 2 blocks), Times Square and the theatre district (12 blocks). Plus New Yorkers walk a great deal, and so a 30 minute stroll will get you to Central Park, Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village, West Village, East Village, dozens of museums, a hundred or more galleries, shopping like it is NYC, etc. Just don't forget your walking shoes (and there are dozens of places to purchase new ones if you do forget)!!!

And there now are 3 CitiBike stations within 2 blocks of here in 3 directions.

Getting around

I cannot imagine that there are too many spots in the world with such an abundance of travel options so very close!!! We are one block from Penn Station and a short walk from the A, B, C, D, E, F, N, R, Q, V, W, 1, 2, 3, 7, PATH subways, NJTransit, some Metro North trains, Amtrak, Acela, Port Authority Bus Terminal, a dozen or more city busses and many of the low cost city to city bus services (Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, etc.).

Other Things to Note

While we started out thinking we were providing a traditional B&B (bed AND breakfast) kind of place, the fact is that almost no one has used the breakfast part of that B&B, and as a result we no longer officially offer breakfast nor snacks. You still may feel free to enjoy anything we may have in stock. We have a large (for NYC) refrigerator, and if you wish to sequester your stuff feel free to use the drawers below, with the numbers... this room is #2, so use the appropriate spot. The open areas we more or less consider communal... please enjoy!!! We always have coffee and tea, usually milk, oatmeal, granola. Please enjoy!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 0
Beds: 1
Security Deposit: $400
Cleaning Fee: $40
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Everything described in Lawrence and Vivianne's posting is accurate. The location is great and just a half minute from Penn Station. The flat is clean, cozy, and safe. At no time did I feel like safety was an issue. There was a window A/C unit in my room and I can't tell you how welcoming that was after a day of sight seeing in the hot sun.

    Clean towels, fresh linens, wifi, a key to come and go as you please... Everything you need.

    If you're new to New York, these hosts will give you all the information you could ever need to get going. Again, a really great, central location.

    I was rarely in the loft and had hoped for a little more time face-to-face, but it is New York City after all! The short interactions I had with Lawrence and Vivianne were very nice. They are both easy to talk to, friendly, and welcoming. And let's not forget Biscuit Boy. He greeted me every time I entered the loft. Super friendly kitty.

    Thanks for making my first Airbnb experience so smooth and positive!

    July 2014
  • Great location close to Penn Station. Very tiny indeed, but super-clean, cozy, whimsical, friendly environment - with 100% cotton sheets. All details are well thought-out and communicated well. I loved connecting with the owners - lovely folks! The only drawback is the loud nightclub music from downstairs, which sadly went on until 4 am when I stayed. Pack your most effective earplugs ever or pick a weeknight if you need sleep. I'll go back for a mid-week stay.

    June 2014
  • Thank you Vivian. I enjoyed stay in your apartment. She is very kind and the room is small but confortable. Her interior is lovely.

    June 2014
  • Super emplacement, accueil charmant. Tout a été au Rendez Vous pour une première découverte de New York en 4 jours ! Un peu bruyant, mais c'est New York !
    Thanks a lot at Lawrence and Viviane, it was very very nice !

    May 2014
  • I had a lovely experience staying at Lawrence's loft. My trip was pretty short and I was out during most of it, but I was provided with everything I needed for my stay, and Lawrence was extremely helpful in offering directions to where I needed to go! Thanks again!!

    May 2014
  • This place is just perfect. The location couldn't be any better (just a few blocks from all the sights, subway stations etc). The loft is cool and has a very quirky feel to it. I stayed in the small room and found it quite comfortable though I hardly spent any time in it. Lawrence (email hidden), very warm, friendly and easy going. I remember the guitar session on the first night which was a lot of fun. All in all, I highly recommend this place for your stay in NYC.

    May 2014
  • Great experience. Lawrence was extremely friendly and understanding of my late arrival. Great location near Madison Square Gardens. Evenings were a little loud as the loft resides over a music building, but that was expected so no problem.

    Great experience. Would go back for sure.

    May 2014
  • Lawrence was a kind and warm gentleman.
    He has a cute cat who welcome your stay.
    The room is decorated with vintage items which is very tasted and artistic.
    Although the bed is not so big, you can enjoy staying there if you are one person.

    May 2014
  • Due to a missed flight i changed my schedule and never made it to Lawrence place, therefore I can not make any comments about the room, but I can tell you guys that the communication with Lawrence was top score. He replys very fast and the information that is send to you prior to your arrival are massive and very informative. Next time I will definitely try and go for this place again.

    May 2014
  • Until I arrive at the apartment, Mr. Lawrence kept me taking care and when I asked some directions for the air port, he quickly responded! Also, arriving at the apartment, he came and waited for me to say hello. At the moment, I got to know why he is the best host ever. Because of those kindness, I was happy to stay there. Everything is the same as picture and the room as described not big but very cozy and clean! Also location is really close to , High line park, Port authority terminal and Penn station. I love the place and highly recommend!!

    제가 가기 전에 오전에 한국분이 떠나셨다고 하는데 아래 후기 남기신 분인 갓 같아요;) 정말 친절한 호스트 만나서 서로 인사도 하고 이런 저런 얘기도 하고 찾아갈 때까지 그리고 떠날 때까지 친구 집에 놀라간 느낌이었어요! 정말 강추하구요 위치도 너무 좋고 아침에 간편하게 떼울 수 있도록 몇가지 구비되어있는 것도 너무 좋았습니다;) 강추합니다!!!

    May 2014
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We are long time residents to this neighborhood (nearly 40 years!), older than we look or feel, and have truly enjoyed having guests stay with us. I am a true native New Yorker (born and raised on Manhattan), a photographer, artist, former musician, and professor at NYU-SCPS. My long time roomie is also my Swedish ex-wife and is a fashion designer with her own store on Columbus Ave. [Ed. Note 4/19: Vivi is currently in India & Sweden working on her new line.] We are relaxed and easy to get along with and Swedish tends to be the second language around the house (although I have never learned it). We have 2 rooms that we use for AirBnb guests, a very small one, and a regular (NYC size) one. The structure is 16 floors of fire-proof lofts originally built for light manufacturing, and now is a music-centric, multi-use commercial/residential address. As such there is a good deal the sounds of musicians rehearsing that is mostly a delight, and can be heard throughout the apartment, as well as lots of traffic thru the building and since there are music stores, restaurants and clubs on the block (plus a police station on the next block) there tends to be steady street traffic as well, making this one of the safest places in the city. If you play guitar, we always have at least one acoustic hanging about for you to pick up, and I (Lawrence) love to jam!
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