About this listing
This gorgeous, luxurious Moroccan-feeling Brownstone basement bedroom is decked out with Turkish rugs, Travertine marble tiles, original artwork, a flat screen TV with surround sound and cable (including HBO and Showtime). It has a beautiful king size bed for a single or a couple. Guaranteed to provide great sleep! The spacious private bathroom has an aireal shower, glass door. These stylish rooms are located two blocks from Fort Greene park in the artsy Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Near to Q, C and G lines--and walking distance from several subways, Brooklyn Academy of Music, award-winning restaurants, live music venues, Dumbo, Williamburg, coffee shops, sexy wine bars and Pratt Art School. Stay in a famous cultural district of New York which is only a 15 minute train ride away from downtown Manhattan. Both rooms were constructed a year ago as a renovation to the house and designed by Henry Mitchell (whose work has been featured in New York magazine). Lots of free parking available. Citibike rental also available on my block.
**Please no parties or photo shoots at my place**
Quiet after midnight, no guests of the guests, access to backyard. Kitchen access for morning coffee and tea.
**Please no parties or photo shoots at my place**
Gordon has a lovely place in a fantastic neighbourhood and close to everything. It's exactly how it looks in the ad.
Gordon was really accommodating - responding quickly to any requests I had including assistance with luggage, etc (I'd broken my arm a couple of days before arriving).
Great place and would recommend staying there.
Gordon was wonderful! We bumped into him a couple of times and he had wonderful conversation and recommendations about where to eat and a House Music festivals going on in the neighborhood. The place is exactly as pictured!The neighborhood is one of the most walkable places EVER! I felt very safe walking alone at night. People are really friendly, you can ask them for directions or recommendations for coffee (WTF around the corner is great!) or brunch. We walked to brunch at Olea, took the train into the city for a Broadway play, cam back to the neighborhood and got drinks late that night at Madiba. Wonderful trip and we would definitely stay there again.
Gordon made my first Airbnb experience a pleasant one. He left a printout with details on how to best take advantage of all Brooklyn has to offer and how to navigate NYC. Home was pristine in a great area and easy to find. Gordon was accessible and was an awesome host. He was a perfect introduction to this service.
I was very disappointed and didn't feel welcome. I paid $157 AUD/night and wish I had booked a downtown hotel instead as there are good hotels for that price around. For example, The Manhattan at Times Square is showing $143 USD per night.
The photos look great, but I wasn't allowed to use the kitchen after breakfast which I didn't make there because I was only allowed to use the fridge in the room and didn't want to cart things up 2 flights of stairs and back and so I bought tea & breakfast out every day. I also wasn't allowed to use my laptop outside my room and as I'm working and travelling that was a real inconvenience. The photos of the lounge look great but the rules state it's out of bounds after breakfast so I didn't sit in there at all.
The basement room had no window and only a sofa bed. The host walked into my room as I was getting changed and wearing only underwear which I found rude as most people would.
There was also no wifi on the balcony so wifi in the basement was the only option. On first arrival Gordon wasn't there and I somehow turned the dimmer light on, but couldn't work out how to turn it off which stressed me out as the rules also make it clear you should not leave lights and fans on - I did apologise but got a frosty reception and the welcome letter was far from welcoming - very condescending.
For this price I would have hoped I could have sat in the living room, freshened up a few clothes in the washing machine and made a cup of tea. I've been an airbnb host for years and even supply washing powder to my guests.
I get the impression that he really needs the money and is not interested in people or what they're paying for at all. Far cheaper rooms are available with a proper bed, large room, window, tea and people who at least pretend they want you around in a great location. This place is at least 15 minutes walk to the nearest metro.
I feel really ripped off and the stay in no way assisted an enjoyable working holiday in New York.
I'm sorry this guest didn't enjoy her stay, but Rachael clearly didn't read the listing fully, and this space was not a fit for her. But let me clarify some facts she has mis-stated in her strong opinions.
Guests are allowed to use the kitchen in the mornings, and have their own fridges, but 90 percent elect not to do so, because of all of the wonderful cafes around the corner. Those 10 percent that do so enjoy doing so (regardless of the stairs), and coffee and tea is provided in the kitchen for all guests--she was welcome to it.
The common areas are available to the guests in the mornings, because the housekeeper is often there working in the afternoons, and it can be obtrusive. The bed in the room is NOT a sofa bed--but a gorgeous $2000.00 Charles Rogers day bed that opens to fit a full king size mattress where hundreds of happy guests have slept in heavenly peace, and written glorious reviews (please read a couple above or below this one). She also could have used wifi in the kitchen had she wanted.
I did not walk in on her scantily clad, as she states untruthfully here. She came to my office to tell me she was having a problem figuring out the lights (which are very easy to use), so I came down to show her how to put them on graciously. She had on a slip and a blouse and the bedroom door was wide open, so I assumed she was okay with me coming in briefly to assist her. I, too, was in my pajamas, since it was nighttime.
I do not allow guests to use the washer/dryer (nor do I advertise that I allow that) because one guest overloaded it and caused a huge flood by accident, but I directed her to a laundry mat around the corner that would have done her laundry for her at a nominal price.
The house manual is not a Toni Morrisson novel, but it is thorough and clear which guests find helpful.
Last, and certainly not least, I am a very successful property owner and musician who doens't do this for the "money"--I do it, and have done it for the last five years as one of the top hosts in NYC, for the love of hospitality. As a matter of fact, my prices of my rooms are far below Airbnb's suggested prices for similar listings in my neighborhood.
Rachel should have rented a full apartment, which would have cost her more, since and a shared space is not for guests who like to break or bend the rules. I wish her luck find spaces that are a better fit for her. But fear not to book this room if you want a stylish place to lay your head on vacation or business trip in a brownstone-lined, cafe society neighborhood with scenic streets, delicious hosts and a seasoned host. The proof is in the number of bookings, and the quality of the reviews above and below.
Great host, nice neighborhood and room. The house is closely located to grocery stores and one of the stations for the rental bikes that served us as an effective way to move arround the city. Gordon was accesible at any moment and very helpful giving nice suggestions.
Thank you Gordon.
Me and my wife had a wonderful time staying at your beautiful house. You were so easy, helpful and friendly to talk to, we had a wonderful time on our two week vacation.
Great location easy to get everywhere and felt super safe in Fort Green. We fell in love with the area especially the restaurants and park. Would recommend everyone to stay here.
My Husband and I enjoyed our stay at Gordon’s. The room was a good size and the bathroom was really nice. The location was great – not too far from the Brooklyn Bridge if you are travelling via cab or Uber to/from downtown, a 10-15 minute walk to the subway and a bunch of places to check out in the area (including Barclays.
Gordon was very thorough in providing instructions on how to get to his place, and was very responsive whenever I had questions leading up to the trip. I’m glad we got to meet him because he’s a really cool guy! Thanks for being a wonderful host!
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About the Host, Gordon
I am a world-traveling, professional musician. Singer-songwriter. My passions include: wining, dining, vacation, cooking, friends, family, gardening, museums, the arts, concerts, theater.