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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 ADULT (and non-smoking) guests only. No infants, kids under 17 years old, or pets. I apologize.
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, 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 or booking for 3, let me know. I can set up a Japanese futon in the living room for you.
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...
I greet my guests in person unless I am out of town or you arrive after 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.
Super location, very convenient to access Manhattan. Nice flat, and host very friendly and accommodating.
Would definitely come back.
Uji was great. Easy to find place in a quiet location but great multicultural neighborhood. My daughter and I just loved it!
Great stay in a super quiet location only a few blocks from the subway. Loved the really comfy bed.
Uji was friendly, accommodating and delightful. The Zen was quiet, roomy and well equipped. The location was interesting, colourful and convenient. It was, basically, just as advertised, and we enjoyed our stay.
Uji is great!!! She is really nice and sooo helpfull, it was fantastic to meet her. The apartment is very nice and comfortable and the área seems to be really safe. It looks like and Indu neighborhood and there are shops open till quite late, which is pretty Handy. The metro is just a couple of blocks from the apartment. The only thing I´d say, is that the bathroom has only a curtain, no door, which can be a thing if you are not staying alone, the rest was all perfect! Thank you very much Uji, I hope to see you again soon :)
It's a very nice and welcoming apartment. The decoration is really cute and the apartment is very functional. The location is great, near express trains to Manhattan. As it's a basement, it's a very private apartment and around the place you will find all kind of shops and food markets. Uji made us feel welcome and she made sure everything was ok.
The Zen hideout is a really great place. Quiet, confortable, fashion and close to the subway. So it's very easy and quick to travel into Manhattan (express train).
We 've liked to discover the neighbohrood.
Uji is reactive and a very helpful person!
I enjoyed my stay over the week! Uji made sure that my visit was comfortable and would check up on me throughout my visit in NYC. She allowed me to feel right at home in Jackson Heights, a vibrant place that is minutes away to both Manhattan and Brooklyn.
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.
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