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, please let me know BEFORE booking. I can't always accommodate 3 guests.
Zen Hideout is 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. I apologize but my apt can NOT accommodate infants, kids under 17 years old, or pets.
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 ($2.50).
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...
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.
Great Communication and instructions. The place was easy to find and conveniently located both to reach by car and subway. I was able to find street parking with no issues, and walk a short ways to the subway to enjoy the city. It really is a quick subway ride to Manhattan. Once you get over the initial impressions of the apartment (walking down into the basement) you discover that she's done a great job with the space and it's workable.
Uji was very kind to welcome me on the fly. I was departing Denver Midnight before the day she accommodated me. She was quick to reply all day despite my multiple devices losing power during my travels and my day's work. She gave very detailed information about the place and was very clear on her expectations during my stay. We rarely crossed paths, and when we did we indulged in a passionate conversation about both our lives' work. If you are a person who wants a taste of a new yorker life for a few days, Uji's spot can give you a proper flavor. Strongly encourage it, and the location is superb.
I had a good 4-day stay here. Uji was a great pleasure to interact and converse with.
I recommend this place if Manhattan options are more than what you're willing to pay for, and if you'll be spending most of your time out and about. Public transport is only five minutes away and you'll be in Manhattan in about twenty minutes.
The website photos accurately depict the place, which is located in the basement of a house. You won't have sunlight streaming in, but It's clean, quiet and comfortable with all the basics that you'll need. The surrounding neighborhood was lively and ethnically diverse.
In all, good value for money in a very expensive city.
There were several things seriously flawed with my experience with Uji and her apartment.
1. The moment I arrived at her place she quickly wanted to know what my schedule would be during my stay in New York. I found this odd. I booked her entire apartment for 5 days which to me meant I would have it all to myself for 5 entire days, which was not the case. She wanted me to text her every time I left and before I returned so that she could use the space while I was gone. This was not disclosed in her listing nor was it communicated once I booked it, she left it for the moment I arrived which was very sneaky of her. I felt like I needed to have things to do just so that I would have to leave the apartment.
2. The flooring underneath the fridge in the kitchen seemed to be collapsing underneath. I didn't want to get near the fridge because the flooring was warped and a bit caved in, seemed so hazardous.
3. On the night of day 3, there was an incredibly bad smell in the apartment. I though maybe it was something that would pass by the morning. But by the next morning, it had not gotten better. I didn't know what to think at this point. This was the last draw and decided to leave her place prematurely.
I'm lucky to have had family in NYC that I could stay with after leaving her place after only 3 nights. I was looking for privacy for my girlfriend and I, and it ended up costing me unnecessarily. I will use AirBNB again, my first experience with a home in Florida was very pleasant therefore can't say all bookings are created equal. I will definitely do more research next time so I don't get taken for a sucker again.
1) Danny seemed to be confused my listing with other listing that he thinks he booked?? It says on my listing that I have access to my work area while my guests are out, unless guests request complete privacy (Danny didn’t.) Therefore, I always ask my guests their schedule so I can schedule myself to their schedule.
What I can’t get my head around is that Danny complains harshly about having to text me to inform their leaving/returning although he said, in person, “Oh, that is no problem at all!” with such a generous and warm tone of voice. I am utterly shocked.
Sneaky??! The reason I left right after (greeting them in, showing them the apt, give them the key…) was entirely for their convenience: so they could unpack and settle in more comfortably without me being there.
Speaking of sneaky, Danny booked for 1 guest though it was for him and his girl friend, then they “sneakily” left without paying the extra guest fee, without notifying their premature check-out. Not very courteous. At All.
2) It’s an old house, and the flooring was like that since I moved years ago. It doesn’t look good, warped and all, but it’s not hazardous. Danny’s girl friend had foot injury: her foot was in a full cast, using crutches, so I understand his overreaction. And it gave me the oppt to improve it for future guests, so I am glad he brought it up, athough I don’t appreciate the way he did.
3) What smell?! I arrived in about an hour after he sent text about the smell, I walked in inhaling to smell the smell. There was no bad smell at all. What was bad was that I found the apt completely empty of their trace and not knowing that they had left without giving me any hint. Not very nice.
** I am glad to hear that he will continue to use Airbnb. I respect Airbnb as a business: It is not all about profiting but really do their best for its hosts and guests. And I don't want to disadvantage all the hosts who works hard. I am hurt, but this experience gave me a push to do better. So Thanks.
My wife and me were at Uji's place for 10 days and we wholeheartedly agree with the other positive reviews: Uji was a fantastic host, her instructions how to find her place were perfect. The apartment was exactly as described, impeccably clean and nicely decorated - we had a great time there. It is close to the subway, the neighbourhood was very interesting and safe.
One supermarket nearby is the home of a cat named Tiger, which is mainly residing on a shelf packed with rice. For cat lovers like my wife that is perfect :)
Only thing that you have to get used to is that it is a basement apartment, so it has no windows with a view, but since we were mainly all day outside sightseeing, for us that was no issue at all.
Uji is very friendly and helpful with everything. Getting information regarding traveling in New York from her makes it a lot easier to travel around New York without spending much money.
The apartment was as described, with very convenient access to a major transport hub with many subway lines into Manhattan and a direct bus to LaGuardia airport.
Uji was super helpful during my trip, she went out of her way to help me dispose of some junk when I was moving my stuff from one storage unit to another.
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