Very private en suite bedroom (with private bath), queen sized bed, bistro table and chairs, oriental carpet, club chair, drawers, closet, free organic breakfast, coffee, tea, and wifi, in Manhattan, 15 mins from Midtown, near Columbia University!
We work with our guests to create flexible check-in times, although we ask that you check-out by 11am, vacating the room for cleaning and prep for any incoming guests. With prior arrangements, you may store your luggage in our living room and retrieve it later on the day you're checking-out, at no charge. Please note, if you and/or your belongings remain in the room past 11 am, we must place a claim against your deposit for another night's stay.
Located on the 1 (local), A/D (express) subway trains in beautiful Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill, West Harlem, with it's rich history (government, jazz, art, & literary greats), 15 minutes to Midtown Manhattan, this very quiet, luxury-retreat awaits you. Relax in a large master bedroom w/private marble bath, bidet, & heated toilet seat and towel rack. The queen-size bed comfortably accommodates 2 adults ($25.00 additional cost per night for 2nd person). There is also a granite bistro table (which has replaced the desk pictured in the photos) & 2 leather chairs in the room, along with a leather club chair & footstools/luggage stands. Closet space & drawers available as well. We provide linens, towels, shampoo, and soap. Please note, art work hanging in the private room may vary from that depicted in the photos.
Amenities include FREE Wi-Fi, internet, Fax, kitchen privileges (food foraging privileges for free breakfast & light cooking), & iPod/iPad/iPhone speakers & connection. For longer stays, such as visiting scholars, washer/dryer, dry-cleaning, laundry, and office services such as access to printer, scanner and more, available at minimal additional costs. And, air filters throughout the apt & in your private room for your optional use. Please note that guests must be quiet & responsible. You will have your own set of keys to come & go as you wish, any time, 24/7. FOR SAFETY & SECURITY REASONS, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BRING UNREGISTERED, NON-PAYING, NON-AIRBNB-BOOKED-WITH-US GUESTS BACK TO YOUR PRIVATE ROOM. Please note: stays of more than 30 days require a lease signing.
This PRIVATE ROOM is located in a doorman building (new construction), just steps from Riverside Drive & its lovely wooded parks & bike paths that lead to beautiful strolls along the Hudson River and breathtaking sunset views of the George Washington Bridge (GW). Walking distance to City College & The Little Red Light House at the foot of the GW. 2 subway stops to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, & 3 stops to Columbia University, Teachers College, Barnard, & the Manhattan School of Music. Spend the day shopping along Harlem's fabulous 125th Street, & visit the Harlem Studio Museum, The famous Apollo Theater, Harlem restaurants, & much more! Or, easily ride the subways or buses along the West Side of Manhattan to visit Lincoln Center, The Natural History Museum, Zabars, etc., all the way downtown to the South Ferry stop & the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry. 15 minutes by A/D train to Columbus Circle/59th Street shopping, or take the M4 Bus from Broadway (steps from our door) to Central Park's Northern & Eastern edges, down 5th Avenue to multiple subway/bus transfer points & selections to lower Manhattan/Wall Street, & everything in-between. Great, fast inexpensive transportation to all NYC sites, Up-or-Downtown, is our best kept secret in Hamilton Heights. A stay with us will highlight the wonderful natural environment as well as the built environment in Manhattan. Watch red-tailed hawks and sea gulls soaring in the sky outside your oversized window (that opens).
FREE Illy, Intelligentsia, Joe's, &/or Stumptown's coffee, Harney green & black teas, & herbal teas available in abundance. You won't be served, but you're welcome to forage for fruit, yogurt, juice, oatmeal, granola, Kashi cereal, bagels, crumpets, and/or English muffins from our pantry and fridge because breakfast is on us. We stock gluten-free, low-fat (includes honey, Stevia & Agave Syrup) & organic groceries only, including lactose-free milk, soy milk, & almond milk. Street parking (free) and garages (varying daily fees among the lowest in Manhattan) located throughout neighborhood. Reasonable prices & great neighborhood eats nearby -- see our Guidebook for a few suggestions. PLEASE NOTE: Our Greeter is a VERY WELL-MANNERED, GIFTED & TALENTED PUG/DOG, who LIVES IN THE APT.
Our ADDITIONAL FEES? Yes, as mentioned, we charge an additional $15.00 per night for a second person, and we charge a $250.00 Deposit (via Airbnb when you book), which Airbnb refunds to you if we make no claims within 48 hours of your departure. This deposit covers the cost for extensive cleaning, replacement of linens, replacement of keys, & damages. Airbnb may charge an additional processing fee separate from our stated room fee -- please refer to their stated processing fees for current costs.
Parking: Yes, low-cost garages and free street parking are available. You must observe street parking signs/rules, however, and move your car accordingly for street cleaning as specified.
Travel From NY Airports By Subway & Bus (Requires Coins or Metro Cards):
JFK: Take Air Train to Howard Beach Stop, Purchase Metro Card at stop/station & transfer to A train to Manhattan, get off at 145th Street Stop. Cost is under $10.00, one way.
LGA: Take M60 Bus (ASK FOR PAPER TRANSFER FROM BUS DRIVER WHEN YOU PAY) to Manhattan (You Must Exchange Paper Dollars for Coins in Coin Change Machines inside JFK to Ride Bus, as BUS ACCEPTS ONLY COINS), Columbia University 116th Street Stop. Cross Broadway to use paper transfer to M4 Bus headed North to The Cloisters. Get off at 148th Street Bus Stop. Cost is under $2.50, one way.
Newark: Connect from airport rail to NJ Path Trains into NYC, then transfer to NYC subways, taxis, buses, or take taxis & vans to NYC. Prices vary.
Taxis: See Taxi Stand Attendants for current fee estimates. For return trip to airports, Taxis can be hailed from outside 603 W 148th Street, or Towncars/Limos called or scheduled in advance. General costs: $35.00-$55.00 to LGA one way, & $50.00-$75.00 to JFK one way. Time of day & congestion of traffic can affect costs. Scheduling the Super Shuttle to/from our apt is also a low-cost option. PLEASE NOTE: if you travel by taxi, remember to ask for a receipt every time! If you forgot a belonging in the taxi, the receipt will identify the car & driver. Otherwise, you must report your losses to local authorities, check numerous lost & found locations, & hope for the best...
Travel From Port Authority By BUS (W. 42nd St) & Penn Station By TRAIN (W. 34th St):
Take the 1 Subway Train UPTOWN to W. 145th Street Stop. Get out & go above ground to find Broadway. Walk UPTOWN (north) to W. 148th Street, turn left on 148th Street & walk WEST toward Riverside Drive (RSD) & the Hudson River. We are located between Broadway & RSD.
Private bathroom, private bath, shared kitchen, free coffee, tea, organic breakfast, & wifi in a secure, door-person building.
Interaction with Guests
We're happy to answer questions, give tour guide help, and are present living in the apt, so we interact as much as you want us to. Breakfast and kitchen use is all self-serve... Your privacy is paramount.
Hamilton Heights West Harlem is 15 minutes from Midtown Manhattan, yet 5 minutes from the Hudson River and a 1/2 block from the Riverside Drive and Riverside Park green belt surrounding Manhattan, which allows for biking, hiking, running, enjoying nature, and much more.
Absolutely great public transportation! Express subway trains (A/D) and busses (M5), local subway trains (1/B/C) and busses (M4, M11, M60 and more), and cabs and town cars too. BTW, ample free street parking and low-cost garages, as well.
Other Things to Note
West Harlem has a rich history steeped in Revolutionary war battles, Alexander Hamilton's home, artists, musicians, and literary greats, City College, Columbia University, and much more to discover and explore.
Although you will be residing in the master suite/bedroom, you are sharing the apt with us, as we also reside in the apt. Guests must be quiet & responsible humanitarians. You will have your own set of keys to come & go as you wish, any time, 24/7. FOR SAFETY & SECURITY REASONS, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BRING UNREGISTERED, NON-PAYING, NON-AIRBNB BOOKED GUESTS BACK TO YOUR PRIVATE ROOM. This is a NON-SMOKING residence (with hard-wired smoke detectors in the room, so TRYING TO SMOKE IN ROOM & blow smoke out thru the window screen DOES NOT WORK). And, please note that stays of more than 30 days require a lease signing.
Thanks for your consideration.
Thank you to Tama and Nancy for sharing their home. The room is very comfortable and exceptionally complete. Everything i needed as a guest was provided including small details like power supplies for electronics. The bed was exceptionally comfortable and the bathroom...ok so heated toilet seat was over the top...and very welcome in cold NYC. Tama's artwork around the house also ads a lovely touch. thank you!
The room in Tama's home is very well-equiped and quite comfortable, especially with the private bath connected to the room. I especially appreciated having breakfast included as it made my morning less hectic and a lot more enjoyable. The location is right on a main subway line, so getting around the city is pretty effortless and convenient. I would most definitely stay with Tama again in the future!
We stayed at Tama and Nancy's apartment for 2 nights. The entire place was well maintained and artfully decorated. Our room and the private bathroom was spacious and comfortable. Tama has provided everything we needed for the stay. We tried one of the restaurants Tama suggested in the neighborhood and it was great. The breakfast were all healthy choices.-the things I would usually get from Wholefoods gourmet supermarket. We really enjoyed our stay!
A wonderful welcoming and peaceful home with everything I needed. The room is as presented in the description and photos. It is very clean, spacious and the ensuite was a dream. I felt great respite from a busy New York, and it was the perfect place to rest and cope with Jet lag. The apartment is quiet, modern, chic and colourful. Tama is the perfect host, very helpful and on hand to answer any questions. Leonard the Pug is enormously friendly and cute, and is available for cuddles. Nancy, the other housemate, made me a fresh cappuccino on my first morning for which I am grateful. Food, drinks and snacks were available for my comfort, and there was such a variety of choices here. I couldn't have asked for better accommodation, I really felt I had my own little apartment with the privacy and space of the large bedroom and ensuite . The location was perfect and easy to get around from. What a great stay, a blessing, highly recommended.
Wow. We have just spent 11 nights in NYC, and loved every minute of it. This was in no small part to do with Tama hosting us in her beautiful apartment. From the water on arrival, to the immaculate bathroom, the breakfast options that would put most high end hotels to shame, and the sizeable bedroom, it made a massive difference to us to have somewhere so comfortable to come back to every night after dragging our ever wearying legs around this wonderful city. Tama, Nancy and Leonard were the perfect hosts, whilst we weren't around much, when we were our every need was catered for. Location wise, it was the perfect mix of just far enough out away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy a peaceful walk by the river, but only a short walk and subway ride away from the middle of the craziness of Times Square and Broadway. We could not recommend this place, or it's hosts enough. It wouldn't certainly be our first stop on any return to the bright lights of NYC.
I love nancy and tama's apartment. It is quiet, comfortable and stylish. Tama and Nancy definitely spend time in decorating and maintaining their home. The guest room is spacious and equipped with modern houseware. We stayed at this room for four days, and i can't find anything to complain about. Tama and Nancy are helpful and polite. They prepared everything a tourist probable need and i recommend their place to anyone in Newyork for pleasure or business.
We stayed four nights at Tama , Nancy and Leonard ... ( a cute little dog !).
We have been very well received. The room is cozy , spacious and very clean. The adjoining bathroom is also nice . Having our own bathroom adds privacy.
The neighbour is itself very nice and 2 minutes from the metro.
In short, we highly recommend !
Tama is an artist (T.R. Robertson), educator, & NY Real Estate Associate Broker with City Connections Realty. She has taught visual arts & architecture to all age groups & grade levels, in public & private schools, the Lincoln Center Institute, & the AIA, Learning By Design Program. Her partner, Nancy, is a Columbia University Teachers College Prof. They have a pug named Leonard Cohen. You can view & purchase Tama's paintings and jewelry designs while staying in the apt. Tama & Nancy like to travel, camp, hike, bike, canoe, & hang out on Cape Cod. Tama & Nancy began hosting via Airbnb because they love NYC, its built and natural environments, and its unique embracing of the absurd...