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This airy room is my back room carpeted office/bedroom. I can accommodate up to 2 people in this 12' square room but prefer to only host one person because it can get really snug with 2 people and their luggage.
You have a choice of either a pull-out sofabed or a comfy aerobed on the carpeted floor. All linens, pillows + towels provided. The back room gets lots of light with windows on two sides (blinds on the windows to keep out the light in the am). It has a 26" HD TV with remote control, clock radio, hair dryer, desk lamp and overhead light/ceiling fan, A/C and a small desk & chair for your laptop (wi-fi throughout the apt). I also have a fax machine in case you need to receive one (there is a charge to send a fax). There is a laundromat nearby. There is a small kitchen where you can do some light food prep and store some items in the fridge.
Everything is here: 42" HDTV and cable in the living room, wifi, laundry service on the block, etc. I'm on a high floor in an elevator building. The apt is very light and airy with beautiful old wood floors, high ceilings, moldings and other features of the great pre-war Apts. (like a huge tub!). Unfortunately, like old pre-war apts. it uses window box air conditioners and they are not the most efficient in cooling off an entire apt. Your room will be cool, but the bathroom will not be air conditioned.
The room faces Broadway - stores, restaurants, supermarkets and bars galore. There is a 24-hour diner 1 block away, a 24-hour drugstore across the street, etc. It's 3 short blocks from one subway, 4 1/2 blocks from the Express train, bus outside the door, crosstown bus 3 short blocks south....7 minute walk to the Central Park Reservoir jogging/walking path.... just a great location on the Upper West Side. Churches, synagogues within a couple of blocks. Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, frozen yogurt, salad bar, fresh bagels, pizza, good Chinese food, etc. It's a fabulous, safe, green neighborhood.
Broadway is a commercial street, so there is street noise including a garbage truck which comes by late at night to pick up garbage from the businesses. At some point you may hear them, but they are only there for a few minutes.
The back bedroom is my office, so I often need to get back there to do some work during the day if I'm not out. My guests are welcome to hang out in the living room, watch TV there, work at the dining table, etc. My preference is for someone who is up and out of the room by about 10 am. (of course if I'm not here, it doesn't matter). If you want utter privacy 24/7, this room may not be for you. Once the bed is opened there isn't a lot of floor space left, and I have no closet or shelf space (just hooks and hangars on the back of the door), so my preference is to accommodate 1 person rather than 2, or to host folks with minimal luggage who are happy to live out of their suitcase rather than unpacking their stuff. Two people staying together will be slightly cramped space-wise, especially if they bring a lot of bags, but most visitors have had no problem (please read the reviews of prior guests).
Feel free to write to me with any questions you may have, but read the description carefully first - chances are many of your questions are already answered here.
I get many requests daily, so if you don't hear back from me, it's because I'm overwhelmed with emails. If you get no response within a week, feel free to write again. Thanks!
Kitchen, living room, dining area. Shared bathroom in the apt.
You may not use my computers - bring your own devices (wi-fi provided) or you can pay for computer time at a store nearby.
Interaction with Guests
I look forward to meeting my guests and finding out a little about their lives. Sometimes we have breakfast, a meal or a drink together.
It's green, near two parks including the great Central Park, has beautiful old pre-war buildings and brownstones.
subway transportation is within a 2 min. walk. Buses are outside the door north and south; crosstown is a two minute walk.
Other Things to Note
If you are noise sensitive, you may want to pack some earplugs for sleeping. If you can't tolerate noise at all, this place is not for you. My windows are charming pre-war windows, but pre-war builders did not know the meaning of "soundproof" when it came to window design. :) If it's summertime and you have the A/C on, that will help block out any noise.
No outside shoes in the house. I ask all guests to remove their outdoor shoes upon entering, so you may want to bring your house slippers.
No heavy perfume or aftershave please - I have allergies.
No snoring.... (I'm kidding! Just wanted to see if you were reading this :)
Please only eat in the living room and preferably at the table, not on the sofa!
No food in the back room.
Any stains, food on floor of bedrooms, etc. will result in holding back of your security deposit.
You need a LOW PROFILE to stay here. If you don't know what that means, please ask.
Bring your own laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc. (wifi is provided). You can rent computer time at a store one block away. No using the computers here, sorry.
Robin was nice and I stayed at her place for a few nights. It was clean and well located.
The only point would be the bed that was pretty thin so I felt the structure pretty much and was not that comfortable.
Thanks anyway for making me great in your place!
Robin's place was very comfortable and exactly as described. Easy to communicate with. Awesome neighborhood. Great experience.
Robin was the most gracious host! She gave me a very thorough and clear briefing upon arriving and was so extremely attentive to any questions and needs i may have. Was really great to chat with her, but at the same time she also gave me the space and privacy i needed. Room was very spacious and comfortable. Totally loved the place - has so much personality - and is in a great location! i really had a great and memorable stay!
We spend nice time in this appartement. We liked talking with Robin who is a great host :)
I have just spent 3 night in Robin´s apt and it´s really fabulous! The apt is as she describes and the situation is perfect: you are in the middel of everything!!!
Robin is a very good hostess: when I arrived, she has a list of a lots of interesting thing to do that weekend: concerts, music...
I really recommend to spend a few days at Robins´home!!!
Robin was nice and very helpful and her room is as advertised. She was generous in offering fridge space and the use of her living room, bathroom etc.
My stay was cut short because I got sick quite suddenly and had to return home. It's a safe building in a great location with everything you need within a block or two.
Robin's room is just like how she described in her description, which is also the reason I choose her place. She is a great host, everything is very organized, super helpful for people like me who is the first time to NY! The neighbourhood is so nice, safe to walk even in midnight, and convenient to get food and everything, and easy to take metro in 3 minutes walk only. And very easy to walk to central park and museums. Robin's apartment is so cosy, it gives the feeling that it's really a home not a "stranger's house". Robin gave me a big surprise when she offered me some dumplings on the first night when I arrived, which made her place even more like a home to me.
I'll definitely recommend her place!
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I'm a full time musician, part time Real estate mogul! :) I love to travel and have friends in all parts of the world. One of the customs I picked up in my travels, and which I exercise in my home now, is the practice of removing outdoor shoes after I enter my Apt. (thanks to the Danes and Japanese!).