About this listing
Located in Jackson Heights, Queens known as "a garden in the city", Zen Hideout is a perfect place to have a good rest and restore your calm every night before you go out and explore the Big Loud Crazy-FUN city of NY all day.
A quick note: If you are reading this, it means my apt is currently available for the dates you specified (otherwise, my listing would not have come up), so yes, it is available for you to rent. If that is the only question you have, you have the answer right here. No need to message me to ask just that. Also if you are booking for 3~4, please let me know BEFORE booking. I will have to set up a Japanese futon in the living room.
Zen Hideout is a Japanese style one bedroom apt with living room, full kitchen, and a full bathroom (bathtub with shower) located in historic Jackson Heights, Queens. It is a quiet and calming place just 15 minute subway ride away from noisy Manhattan.
First thing's first:
I prefer guests who will be out mostly during the day for 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 be working while you are out for sightseeing/work/etc. You are free to come 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.
Also my Hideout can accommodate non-smoking ADULT only (No infants or children.)
Secondly, please note that 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 creates the feeling of being tucked away from noisy city once you step inside. I am picky about air quality, so I keep the apt dust-free and run an 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 my kind of guests, and you will like my place more and more as you continue to read! :)
If you are going to commute to Manhattan pretty much everyday, you'd love the convenience of easy quick transportation here. 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 like 15min on a good day but 40min on most days. 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. It's hard to believe, 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! Subway station is 2~3min walk from my apt.
Also, there is an express bus to La Guardia Airport right outside of the subway station: one express stop to the airport, takes 15 minutes and costs regular bus fare ($2.75).
The bedroom has a comfortable queen size 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 a WiFi, iron/ironing board, a yoga mat, two guitars, and a piano (Yamaha Clavinova Keyboard), 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 two people but need separate beds, I can set up a Japanese futon in the living room for you, so let me know.
I have a big kitchen (for NY standard) 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...
Your private bed room, living room, kitchen, and bathroom.
Interaction with Guests
I greet my guests in person unless I am out of town or you arrive near midnight. You can email, text, or call at any time if you have questions or concerns.
It's time to brag about my neighborhood. Firstly, 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. Depending on which direction you walk, you are within 10 minutes away from Indian, authentic Colombian, Ecuadorian, Peruvian, Argentinian, Italian, Thai, Filipino, Tibetan, and 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.
Uji is a fabulous host. Responsive, easy to talk to, very friendly. I loved the space, it was exactly as described. A great place to relax, quite close to two subway stations, food, anything you could want or need. Given the chance, I will happily stay at Uji's Zen Hideout again!
Uji is such an amazing host and wonderful person. The Zen Hideout Manual is the most complete and helpful that I encountered. The place was very easy to find, Uji's directions being very clear. You really feel disconnected from the intense buzz of NYC. The place is clean and offers a completely different experience from your average flat, even if it has no windows, being a basement. Lots of wood warms the atmosphere and the bed mattress is extremely comfortable. If you are claustrophobic or you can't live without windows and natural light, this listing is not for you. For everybody else: give it a try, that many good reviews are here for a reason. The neighborhood is extremely diverse and safe. One can surely find the cuisine to his taste. I can't recommend enough Espresso 77 for coffee and breakfast. If I'm visiting NYC again soon, I hope Uji's apartment will be free.
I had a very comfortable stay at Uji's place. The room is as pictured. the place is clean and comfortable.
The host was most pleasant and could not have been more responsive to our needs. She suggested we might want two keys, and she made sure the air conditioner worked on a warm day.
We were happy to be in the neighborhood, because my son lives nearby.
This is a one-bedroom apartment. The bedroom has been partitioned into two work rooms, and the living/room dining room has been partitioned into a bedroom and the living room/dining room. There is a bathroom and a kitchen.
The apartment is in the basement, so basically there is no ventilation and no outside light. The place is filled with the host's daily-use possessions, from the entrance stairway to the kitchen and bathroom. We used the livingroom/dining room, the bedroom portion of the living room/dining room, and the portion of the refrigerator not used by the host. We bought plastic drinking cups and paper towels, because we thought we needed them.
My husband typically took an afternoon nap in the bedroom portion of the living room/dining room while the host worked in the 2 work rooms. There is a good portable fan in the bedroom portion of the living room/dining room, and the bed was comfortable for two people. The bathroom was adequate. I used the shower daily. We never cooked and ate very little of the food we had stored in the refrigerator.
The host asked us to use the air conditioner only be used when the electric fan is not in use.
After renting another one-bedroom apartment also in Jackson Heights, with lovely breezes and a usable kitchen, where we have exclusive use of all of the rooms, including some closet and drawer space, for 74% of the price, in my opinion this apartment is considerably over-priced.
Uji was a wonderful host - she made every effort to make sure we felt welcome, provided comprehensive instructions with regards to onboarding and leaving, and stayed in touch throughout. Her Queens apartment is well-designed and in a very safe neighborhood; everything you might need is within walking distance and the subway really does run reliably and quickly to Manhattan. Would stay again!
Second time staying with uji and again she was an awesome host ! Anytime she would have me I would love to stay with her
Uji was a very informative, friendly and flexible, despite a very late booking! We really enjoyed our stay at her cozy place, and everyhting went very smooth. It was easy to go to Manhattan with the subway and we felt very safe at all times.
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