About This Listing
Lively decorated apartment in the most hipster neighborhood in NYC. Conveniently located 1 block from the L train, the ride into the heart of Manhattan is 15 min. Lots of great bars, restaurants and galleries in the area, great to people watch!
A one-bedroom apartment for rent just for you. The room has a full bed and a twin mattress for a third person, which fits in the living room and also in the room. The neighborhood is vibrant, safe, and artsy; filled with artists, bars, cafes, restaurants, GREAT VIBE!
Best thing of the apartment: it is located one block away from the L train (Dekalb Ave stop) which will get you to the heart of Manhattan in less than 15 min. and to Williamsburg in 10 minutes!
The apartment includes WIFI and has a nice size flat screen TV with AppleTV (netflix connected to watch movies).
You can check out more about the neighborhood on the area's newspaper: Bushwick Daily. There are art galleries, restaurants and bars all around. Lot's of art and music shows in the area for your unforgettable time in Brooklyn ;)
Whole apartment. I won't be present during your stay at any time.
Interaction with Guests
Answer questions as soon as I can, hand in keys (try to do it personally) and recommend things to do in the neighborhood through a PDF. I send my guests a list of recommendations from how to get to the apartment from the airport to where to get the best burger!
I recently read Bushwick is the neighborhood with most street art in the world. Doesn't shock me, walking the streets of this neighborhood is like walking inside a gallery! The neighborhood has lots of bars, galleries and restaurants. There is a large artist community in the area, so great people watching. In a few words: artsy, safe, fun!
L train a block away, gets you into the heart of manhattan in 15 min. The L train is the best train because it cuts through Manhattan so there is easy connection to all other trains.
Smoking is allowed only by the kitchen window (there is a smoke detector). If anybody in the building asks please say you are visiting me.
First of all, Maru is an incredibly patient individual who was exceptionally quick to return texts and emails. There was a few things that changed from the time I booked her apartment to when I arrived and she made everything incredibly easy. I also was particularly pleased with the apartment and neighborhood guide she emailed me before my arrival!
Now on to the apartment. The photos are very accurate and yet I was surprised at how open and airy the space was. Maru had left everything as expected and I was very comfortable. We didn't spent much time in the apartment but everything from water pressure to television/internet was tip top.
The neighborhood is amazing too. The first night we were there we found so many places to eat and ended up at a great Mexican place right during happy hour which had the best margaritas. The subway is just a block or two away, a straight shot down the road and if you're missing a few essentials, the pharmacy downstairs or the deli across the street has you covered.
I visit New York a couple of times a year and have been to many neighborhoods and rented places from many people but I'd come back here in a heartbeat and recommend you do too.
The place was lovely, the photos don't do it justice, it was perfect for the 2 of us, we had a great time at the flat, and the Neighbourhood of Bushwick is great fun, lots of great cafe, restaurants and the subway is very near by, perfect.
I would definitely stay here again, the place was clean, all the things you need in a flat where to hand, and Maru had left really useful instructions on the flat and local things to do.
thank you for letting us stay here. Communication with our host was very very good.
El departamento es tal cual se muestra en las fotos e incluso mas lindo. El barrio estaba muy bien! A una cuadra del subterráneo que nos dejaba en pocos minutos en Union Square. Gracias Maru por todo. Saludos.
We stayed in the apartment for 2 weeks, so we got to know it pretty well. First of all I want to say that we had an issue with the apartment (something broke) which Maru handled with great integrity (and didnt take advantage of the situation like you could imagine some owner might) and I want to thank her for it . I think integrity is key in this kind of short term rentals.
Maru welcomed us outside the apartment, and was very helpful in rescheduling the time as we had a delay in our arrival.
Like people said before, the apartment is close to the L line, and basically you get to times square in 30 minutes. we found that it was very easy to use it as a "home base" to explore Manhattan but also Brooklyn which had a lot to offer.
The apartment had everything we needed, kitchen stuff, some basic cooking items etc..The bedroom was very comfy overall and so i'd say that value for money this apartment is great.
Do take note, the apartment isnt very big, but certainly enough to relax (watch netflix) or dine.
There were some issues with the heating which was leaking (and used a container to control the leak), In essence, we had the container got full once/twice a day. hopefully this would be fixed soon and wont be an issue.
I also read in a previous review that the apartment was cold, I can say from our experience this was not true (and it was cold outside when we stayed). Yes when we just entered it the apartment was a little "chili" but this was due to all the windows being completely open. once we closed some of the apartment heated up and was quite fast very pleasant.
The flat is in a great location and very close to the L train. The price of the place is reasonable but not that cheap to justify the bad experienced we had.
Reading about the apartment and reviews we were really excited to stay here but on arrival we were really unhappy with the state of apartment and wanted to leave but Maru refused a refund for the remaining days so we had no choice but to stay.
We did put a complaint forward to Airbnb which was upheld and we received a refund for the following issues:
- when we arrived the heater that was promised on the document for the bedroom wasn't there and the temperature was below freezing outside during the night. We had to keep asking for it via email until finally Maru gave in and provided it.
- the apartment was very unclean, full of dust (I wouldn't recommend you look under the sofa) and we submitted photos to airbnb as proof for which we received a refund for the cleaning fee.
- the bedroom sheets smell of damp, the sofa itself is covered in damp spots which is really uninviting.
- the heater was leaking water and one night when we returned the water had spilled over the container and covered our belongings including our laptop cables that were on the the floor as there is nowhere to even hang a coat never mind your clothes. Maru's first response was to say 'I don't know what you're talking about' as if we had lied about it. We then had to involve airbnb to which she responded the cleaner hadn't told her about it and she would fix it- she didn't fix it and it leaked again.
- the bathroom is an absolute state, full of mould which can easily be cleaned if Maru chose too. the mould is caused by zero ventilation and so the window is propped open. It really should be fixed.
- the shower is impossible to get right, it's either really hot or very cold.
This was our experience but I'm told by Airbnb they have relayed all of this to the host and they're certain the apartment will be brought up to the correct standard.
Sofia was a hard to please guest, those you luckily get once in a blue moon! She started out asking me to waive the cleaning fee when she was about to book. The apartment was already super affordable so I refused. She complained inmediately when she got to the apartment, claiming it didn't meet her standards. But I never refused to give her a refund, I suggested her to talk to airbnb. Also, when she mentioned she needed a heater, I personally delivered it to her (I NEVER gave her a hard time about it!). Previous guests had not requested a heater because it had not been cold yet. Anyways, please refer to other reviews for an accurate description of people's experience at my apartment.
Maru's apartment worked perfectly for us. The apartment itself was very comfortable, and the neighborhood nice and calm. The L train was very close, so that made transportation easy. There were also several restaurants and a supermarket close by.
Maru answered our emails quickly, and she let us leave our lugagge in the apartment before check in since our flight arrived early.
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About the Host, Maru
My name is Maru, I'm 29 years old. I am originally from Uruguay but have been living in NYC for 13 years. I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Art History.
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