A quick note: If you are reading this, it means my apt is currently available for the dates you specified, so no need to message me just to check the availability. Simply request reservation if you have read this completely and happy with it.
Now, about the Apt:
It is Zen Hideout 15 minutes subway ride away from noisy Manhattan. Japanese style one bedroom apt with living room, full kitchen, and a full bathroom (bathtub with shower) located in historic Jackson Heights, Queens.
First thing's first:
I prefer guests who will be out during the day doing sightseeing/working/exploring/etc as I have my design studio set up at the backside of the apt working during some week days. You will have your full privacy as I will go to my studio while you are out for sightseeing/work/etc. You are free to go in and out during the day if you'd like. If you prefer the access to my apt just to yourselves, that can be arranged as well. So please inquire.
The second important thing (for some people):
It is a semi basement apt (thus, it makes a perfect hideout). I personally love it because it gets super quiet (very rare in New York) and gives me the feeling of being tucked away from noisy city once I step inside. I am picky about air quality, so I keep the apt dust-free and run a high-end air purifier. I have sufficient windows for ventilation and plenty of lights inside though not sufficient with natural light.
Now, if you are still reading, you are the kind of guests I like, and you will like my place more and more as you continue to read! :)
If you are going to commute to Manhattan everyday for sightseeing/work/etc, you will love the convenience of easy quick transportation here. Maximum 3 min walk to the subway station. Some of the other locations you are considering may only have 1 or 2 subway lines, but my mega subway station has 5 subway lines to choose from (E,F,R,M,7), which means, you will actually get to Manhattan in 15min, not 15min in a good day and 40min if you are not lucky. You would be surprised to know that it's much quicker to go to mid/lower Manhattan and Brooklyn from my neighborhood than from upper Manhattan if it is 110th street and up. It's hard to believe, I know, but that is due to having only 1 or 2 subway lines running up there. Also, more subway lines mean higher convenience in getting to different parts of Manhattan. Believe me, it makes huge difference! Also, there is an express bus to La Guardia Airport. It takes 15 minutes and it costs regular bus fare ($2.50). It takes 30~40min from JFK by subway.
The bedroom has a luxurious queen size bed (just bought a new bed.) Goose down pillows and comforter. Fresh linens (100% cotton), towels, toiletries are provided. Have a hair-drier, so no need to pack one. Have WiFi, iron/ironing board, a yoga mat, two guitars, and a piano, A/C, and a remote controlled fan for people who dislike A/C like me. No TV (but who needs a TV at a Zen hideout?)
If you are booking for more than 2 people or to book for two but need separate beds, I will set up a Japanese futon in the living room for you. So let me know when you book.
I have a big (in NY standard) kitchen with all the necessary appliances. You will enjoy cooking here. Also my bathtub is not a Barbie size. Most adults can bathe comfortably.
Deco of my place is also very Zen. No access. Yet has everything you need for necessary comfort. Hardly any visual noise but inspiration...
Now it is time to brag about my neighborhood a little bit. First of all, it is a VERY SAFE neighborhood as in you-can-walk-around-ALONE-at-3AM safe. If you appreciate diverse ethnicity, budget friendliness, and convenience, you will love it here. Little India is a few blocks away where there are a whole array of Delis, all you can eat buffets, and traditional restaurants. Depending on which direction you walk, you are within 10 minutes away from authentic Colombian, Ecuadorian, Peruvian, Argentinian, Italian, Thai, Filipino, Tibetan, Korean food delights. Also you are 1min subway ride away from Elmhurst (the 3rd largest Chinatown in NYC) and 15min ride away from Korean town in Flushing (Do you enjoy Korean Spa? There is a free shuttle to Spa Castle!)
24/7 grocery stores, coffee shops, pharmacies, banks, post office, laundromats/dry cleaner are all within a few blocks. Did I mention, budget friendliness? Everything, from restaurants to groceries, is more reasonably priced around here.
NO smokers! Very important!
NO pets! Equally important.
Uji is the best host ever! She is an excellent communicator and made everything clean and tidy for my midnight arrival. During my stay, she made sure everything was okay every step of the way.
The Zen Hideout is located in Jackson Heights which is probably one of the most diverse and vibrant neighborhoods in NYC. I really enjoyed exploring the many restaurants and shops along 37th and Roosevelt Ave. Very different from Manhattan, which is very close by train.
I would definitely stay here again!
Uji's apartment was the perfect place to stay over new year's! Very quiet aside from the stomping of people living upstairs. It was nice and warm in the hideout and very clean.
The best part were all the grocery stores just a street away and the nearby subway station that gets express trains. Takes about 10 minutes to get into manhattan on an express train, thirty on a local one. So the express is very important!
Uji was a wonderful host. Very helpful with instructions on getting to her place from the airport. She's also just a very friendly person and meeting her was great.
There's also a marvelous hat collection in the apartment.
This is a great place to stay. Uji is super responsive, reliable, and attentive. The apartment is comfortable and creative. Jackson Heights/Woodside/Elmhurst is a lovely part of the city to stay in. You have access to amazing food - both restaurants and grocers - and also one of the most interesting mixes of immigrant New York. And - you are right near a major subway stop. As stated in the description, the apartment is in the basement - so if you need natural light - that's the only disadvantage. However, if you are out and about most of the time it doesn't matter.
Uji's apartment is indeed a great hideout from the hustle and bustle of NYC. It is located in what seems like a busy neighborhood, but amazingly very quiet except from the occasional foot steps of the house owner. Although the house itself is actually quite old, we can tell that Uji has made a lot of extra effort to furnish and beautify the place. The bed is very comfortable, and the kitchen is fully equipped. The bathroom has everything we need, i.e., bath gels, shampoos, functioning toilet, but there is a small window next to the bathtub that cannot be closed. The apartment is a stone throw from the subway with direct express trains into Manhanttan. We never waited for more than 10 minutes for a train to arrive. Uji herself is very very friendly and easy to talk to. We had a good time staying at her place.
One thank you to Uji to have welcomed us in your apartment.
Quiet apartment, far from the excitement. Functional apartment.
Thank you very much.
My husband and I stayed at Uji's place for the US Open during the Labor Day weekend. Overall it was a five star experience. The apartment was kept neat and clean in spite of the old age of the building. Subway was 5-minute walking distance away and only 10-minute ride to Flushing Meadows. A ton of restaurants were nearby and many of them open late. Above all, Uji was an excellent host - she stayed up until midnight to wait for us on the day we arrived and kept away to give us privacy. We are very lucky to find this hidden jewel in NYC!
I loved Uji Zen Hideout ..it was spotless, unique and accessible to public transportation ..I was traveling alone and felt quite safe in the culturally diverse neighborhood..Uji was helpful ,thoughtful and considerate ..I would stay at the Zen again .. Carol
Uji was very friendly and outgoing! She didn't hesitate to make us feel welcome and at home.
The apartment itself was cozy, in good shape, and well-decorated. It (email hidden)d-in vibe which I really appreciated.
I'd recommend this place to individuals and couples looking for a quirky, convenient place to sleep while they see the city.
I really enjoyed my stay with Uji. She is a very kind and enthousiastic person and an attentive host. The studio has a cozy atmosphere and is comfortable in size and well equipped. The bed is of really good quality, I slept very well. I had to get used to the lack of daylight and it was a bit warm on the hot days, but a fan (two, actually) is present and it was not uncomfortable. The area is very safe and public transport is available all night. There are a lot of restaurants around. The subway station is only 5 min. walk with frequent trains running to Manhattan.
Very nice and spacious apartment. Uji is very kind and friendly