Bright, Quiet 2 BR in Awesome Area!

Entire home/apt

2 Guests

2 Bedrooms

2 Beds

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About this listing

This is an entire 2 BR apartment for your private use each separated by a door for your privacy, smack in the heart of Upper West Side(70's) central to everything! You get your own dedicated high speed internet. If you want to live like a New Yorker while enjoying all the attractions, this the place!

Please read the entire description before messaging me, as most of your questions will be answered here. I have instant booking turned on, so you are welcome to book it if you are ready.

The space

This lovely two bedroom is in a quiet brownstone building at the heart of Upper West Side, one of the safest, most convenient and beautiful neighborhoods in NYC.

This apartment is not suitable for elderly people or infants. We just can't take responsibility if there is an issue climbing up the stairs, or accidents of any sort.

It's perfect for couples, students, for active professionals.

The apartment is in a residential brownstone building on the 4th floor (walk-up) and features two private bedrooms of approximately equal size.

Bedroom one has 2 spacious closets and 2 large windows. Bedroom two has 1 spacious closet and 4 large windows that face Northeast. Both rooms get plenty of natural light, and have plenty of storage space. Hi-speed internet is included, so you can stay connected.

The apartment is equipped with one full bathroom with tub and shower, dimmable lights, and mirrored wall. There is a kitchenette with full-sized fridge, sink, hotplate, toaster oven, and shelves for kitchenware.

You can expect to be central to most attractions, while having a quiet place to come home to. The apartment is ideal for people who want to explore the city and get a real sense of living in NYC.

Guest access

You'll have access to Time Warner Cable TV and a dedicated Internet (your own line) connection included in the price of your stay.

Please note that check-in is 3pm and check-out is 11am. If you arrive earlier, we can store your luggage for you while you go check out the neighborhood. We'll do the same for you if you need to leave later than 11am. The maximum hold time for luggage is 4 hours.

Interaction with guests

I love to welcome my guests and make sure they are settled and have everything they need. Once you're settled in, I'm here if you need help with anything, but will leave you to your privacy for the most part, so you can go and explore this great city!

Other things to note

I will do my very best to welcome you in person. If I am away, I will make sure you will be received by a trustworthy and friendly person. I lead with integrity, and will do my best to be of service!

Please DO LET ME KNOW if you plan on having more than 2 people staying at this apartment at any point in time. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you let me know in advance about the number of people who will be staying at the apartment.

The landlord is very strict about this, and failure to inform me can result in our having to terminate your reservation.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: 3PM - 11PM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee: $70
Security Deposit: $400
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price: $225 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 11PM

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in this apartment.

If you smoke, please do so near the window. Officially, this is a smoke-free apartment.



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Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Safety card

3 nights minimum stay

51 Reviews

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So Yeon User Profile
May 2017
Quiet clean neighborhood to stay in, away from the hectic bustle of midtown. A quick walk to the metro, cafes and grocery shops. Mariko's kitchen was equipped with everything we needed to cook breakfast in the morning and the two bedrooms made it handy to leave our luggage in one room and sleep in the other. Just a minor problem is the five flights of stairs up to the apartment if you have large luggage and the window that has the air cond has a breeze so can get a bit cold at night. Overall it was a pleasant stay!

Elsa User Profile
May 2017
Cute little apartment on the upper west side. Great location. Mariko is easy to get in touch with and very responsive to requests. I'd go back for sure.

Adam User Profile
May 2017
Great value for the money but be prepared for 5 flights of stairs and very basic, "undergraduate" style accommodations. That said, the location is fantastic! Quick walk to subway and endless array of UWS restaurants and shops. Central Park and all the great museums just minutes away by Uber. Very prompt Uber response in this area. Walk to Lincoln Center & Alice Tully Hall in 20 min. Carnegie Hall a 12 min Uber jaunt. Great value for budget travelers!

Oliver User Profile
April 2017
The booking had been made early in March, and the host had been informed of the approximate time of our arrival in advance, by email. However, when my colleague arrived, on the afternoon of the 25th March, in the pouring rain, he found that the host was not at the flat. He attempted to call her, but she did not answer the phone, and he was unable to leave voicemail as the service was full. He then messaged me, (I had just landed in Newark) and I attempted to contact her, and sent an sms. Finally, by contacting a friend who also rents through Air BnB, we were able to contact the host, who arrived at about 19.30. By this time, we had been waiting in the rain for two hours. On entering the flat, we discovered that it had not been cleaned, and that the bedclothes had not been changed. The refrigerator only had some diet coke. The host apologised profusely, and we left her to clean the flat while we went to find some food. The following morning the toilet blocked. Again, we were unable to contact her on the number she had provided, but realised that she in fact lived in the neighbouring flat! My colleague had had to use the towels provide in the flat to clean the mess in the bathroom. We left for work, and she promised to have everything clean by the time we came back. That evening I found that she had left one of the dirty towels festering in the bathtub. Not only that, but she had not supplied fresh towels for the other bedroom. The evening of the 29th we returned to find a greyish powder in the bathtub (see image). It turned out to be some chemical cleaning product which had not been rinsed. Late that night, my friend had an infestation of ants in his room. Fortunately, we were leaving the following morning. In addition to this catalogue of disasters, the flat was shabby, with an unprotected light fitting and a rusted, disused heater in the bathroom. (See images) It was poorly equipped, the coffee percolator needed to be balanced on a chair to reach the plug socket, and although the sheets had been changed in one room, we suspect that the single bed had not been changed. I have used Air BnB on many occasions, and in general have been pleased with the standards of the apartments, the helpfulness of the hosts, and the easy of using the service. This experience has left a bitter taste. I realise that the location of the property is highly desirable, but the apartment and attention were severely sub-standard. Frankly, had we been able to leave, we would have done, but having a heavy work schedule and a tight budget meant that we felt obliged to stay and out up with the indignities.

Joanna User Profile
April 2017
Mariko's place is in an excellent location, and I had a great stay while I was in NYC for a month for school. The apartment is comfortable, and Mariko is very responsive and helpful as well!

Kelly User Profile
January 2017
Mariko's place was clean, in a great location, and had everything you need for a stay in NYC. She was a great host and responded quickly to all emails. The apartment is quiet and the 2 bedrooms are, as advertised, 2 private bedrooms. Great place!

Cole User Profile
January 2017
Mariko's place is way west, almost on the Hudson. The upper west side in that area is quiet, residential, a nice break from other parts of Manhattan. There is not much of a kitchen but I didn't need one anyway. There are restaurants within about a block of the door so I ate out. I recommend Millefeuille Bakery about two blocks away for some great croissants.

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Mariko User Profile

Welcome to this vibrant and always-happening Big Apple! I've travelled a lot, but returning to the diverse, bright and creative community of NYC always feels like home to me. New Yorkers "get you" as you are, and that is a most liberating feeling!

I am a former ballet/contemporary dancer-turned full-time Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Practitioner, and I love my work. (And nowhere is my work more needed than in this hyper-kinetic city!) I was born in Japan, but grew up in the United States, and spent about 10 of my adult years in India living, studying, and exploring the place. It feels like a second home to me, and there's still so much left to explore!

I love to travel and discover cultures, sacred places, and approaches to life. The world is as you see it, and I find it vital to my evolution as a human being to keep expanding the way I think, feel and capture life through travel, reading, and meeting people. I was recently in Barcelona, Cannes, Florence, Rome for vacation and fell in love with Europe all over again. My next adventure will be to Central and South America. I can't wait!

In a similar vein, I love books and films that take you into another culture, or period in time. I just saw Beasts of the Southern Wild, and was blown away by it. It's all shot in 16mm, and just so full of life-affirming messages. I also saw the 13 Assassins, an awesome Japanese samurai film by the uber-prolific director Takashi Miike, and was awed by his brilliance as a film maker. I feel he brought the forgotten samurai culture to life in a most dynamic, engaging way.

Books I've read recently include 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, and Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet. Fantastic voyages!

Five things I can't live without? the top of my head, I would say:
1) An open mind . Ain't no substitute for that!
2) A discipline that liberates your body and mind, like Yoga, Surfing, dancing, whatever works.
3) Being close to Nature. This is one of the reasons I love where I live. It's a hop-skip away from Riverside Park, with Hudson River, which I dub 'the NYC Ganges'.
4) Creative self-expression. I would feel suffocated otherwise.
5) Nurturing, loving relationships.

And may I also add cultural stimulation to the list. If you ever feel a lack for inspiration, or starving for sensory/mental/spiritual food, there's always something happening here that will answer your call. Or, just sit in a sidewalk cafe and watch the people go by. You'll never be bored!

Speaking of food, I am not a foodie, but the restaurants in NYC rock! You can enjoy the culinary gems of the world on a Metrocard.

Look forward to being your host and facilitating your discovery of all that the the city has to offer!

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