A Brooklyn Home Away From Home

Apartment - Private room · Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216, United States
Kat & Tonye

Come stay in our cozy guestroom! Our home is PERFECT for travelers who want to explore New York without spending tons of money on a comfortable place to stay. We're also located close by the A express train, making traveling to Manhattan very easy.

Your host, Kat & Tonye
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Come stay in our cozy guestroom! Our home is PERFECT for travelers who want to explore New York without spending tons of money on a comfortable place to stay. We're also located close by the A express train, making traveling to Manhattan very easy.

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We're two lovebirds who met in college. Fast forward 7 years later and now, we're married! We originally joined Airbnb as hosts in order to afford the wedding of our dreams. Now, we're still interested in hosting because the experience of meeting new people has been rewarding.

Our home is filled with love and we want our guest to feel rejuvenated, relaxed and well taken care after a stay with us.

Kat is a New York native, who has lived in Brooklyn for the past 6 years. Tonye is a Seattle native and Boston transplant who moved to Brooklyn a year ago. Between the two of us, we offer a perfect mix of newcomer's enthusiasm and seasoned resident's know-how.

Since we both work full-time and have active social lives, our guest will feel as if they have the place mostly to themselves. We're also a phone call or text message away if you have a question or need us to come by for anything.

We live in a spacious and cozy, 2 bedroom + 1 bathroom ground floor brownstone apartment that's handicap accessible.

This listing is for our guest room. We will occupy the master bedroom during reservations.

Our guest bedroom is warm and cozy space featuring a queen size platform bed, dresser, armchair and alarm clock. The room also has two doors, one leading to the hallway and the other, to the living room.

At check-in, you will receive a welcome basket filled with a map of the neighborhood that highlights cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, food markets and subway stations; a list of local cultural institutions and events happening during your visit; and several certificates for nearby eateries.

We also offer: wireless internet, cable television with DVR, video games, a flat screen television that is hooked up to our Netflix account, a fully stocked kitchen that includes a stove, refrigerator, food processor, rice cooker, waffle maker, spices and kitchen staples (sugar, honey, cooking oil, etc.), an air conditioner, iron and ironing board, fresh linens, towels, wash clothes, soap, shampoo and conditioner.

In the bathroom is an incredible chrome showerhead that has a handheld option and 7 spray modes, including pulsating massage, for a luxurious shower experience.

In the living room there's a dining alcove with a table that seats four and also a reading nook with a chalkboard wall for messages, quotes and doodles.


Our place is situated in the heart of Brooklyn's culturally diverse and historical Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood. Directly next door is a 24 hour convenience store and deli. Across the street from us is a basketball court, playground and handball court. Along our street is a laundromat, vintage/thrift clothing store, authentic Jamaican restaurant, soul food restaurant, hair salon, barbershop, nail salon, liquor store and several cafes.

We're 2 blocks away from bustling Nostrand Avenue which has a wonderful lounge/restaurant, a huge supermarket, a health food store, plenty of clothing shops, wine shop and Caribbean food stores and restaurants. We're 3 blocks from a very popular authentic Italian restaurant, tons of bars and nightlife options.

Additionally, we're a short bus or train ride away from the Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Park Slope and Williamsburg neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Some of their highlights are: Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn Academy of Music - a multi-art center with international performances and films, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park, Children's Museum, Zoo, Botanic Gardens, Fulton Street Mall, Atlantic Center and Barclays Center - a landmark sports and entertainment arena that is home to the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.


Distance: right in front of the house

Distance: 5 minute walk
Offers: C local train
Can take you to: Downtown Brooklyn, Manhattan.

Distance: 6 minute walk
Offers: A express train, C local train
Can take you to: Downtown Brooklyn, Manhattan

Distance: Across the street
Can take you to: Children's Museum, Prospect Park

Distance: 2 blocks away
Can take you to: Along Nostrand Ave., Clinton Hill, Fort Greene,

Distance: 1 minute walk, less than 1 block
Can take you to: Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, downtown Brooklyn, further into Bedford Stuyvesant

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $420 /week
Monthly Price: $1650 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Kat and Tonye were wonderful hosts who really went above and beyond to ensure we enjoyed our stay. Tonye's guacamole was awesome!

    The apartment was handily near the subway station and had some good places to eat nearby. The neighborhood is a bit more sketchy than places like Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights, but we didn't have any issues.

    The bed was comfy and the place had everything we needed. Because the room lacks a window we had to keep the door open on hot summer nights to let the aircon blow through, which was fine, but I guess it's something to bear in mind if you're big on privacy.

    All in all, we had a wonderful time. Thanks guys!

    July 2014
  • La experiencia de vivir en la casa con kat y tonye ha sido insuperable. Ellos son increíbles, atentos en todo momento, nos han ayudado en todo y la casa esta genial y bien ubicada con el subway. Un viaje para repetir!

    June 2014
  • My stay with Kat and Tonye was great. The room was as pictured and cozy. They were very accommodating and willing to assist in any way. They provided us with directions to anywhere we needed to go and a list of awesome local restaurants. Very nice people with great personalities. I would definitely stay again and recommend to anyone else.

    May 2014
  • Kat and Tonye's place was an amazing base for exploring New York City. The neighbourhood has great food close by (special mentions to Saraghina for pizza and pasta, Peaches for brunch, and Le Paris Dakar for crepes and sandwiches) and is an interesting place to explore. Transport to Manhattan is really easy - the express A train is at Nostrand Avenue about a 5 minute walk away. The room and apartment are comfortable - if a little warm on hot days. Kat and Tonye were away when we first arrived, but took the time to chat to us on the phone about where everything was. When they got home from their own travels, they were warm and welcoming, and lovely to chat to.

    May 2014
  • Kat and Tonye were great hosts, very friendly and helpful with suggestions on what to do and where to eat in the neighborhood. The room is small but comfortable, and the neighborhood has character and some great restaurants (definitely try Peaches, Hothouse, and Saraghina’s!) One tip – the entrance to the apartment is under the front porch stairs, don’t go up the stairs to ring the bell (oops, sorry neighbors). Overall, we had a great stay and can highly recommend this place!

    May 2014
  • Staying with Kat and Tonye was a great experience!! They are both so nice, and willing to help you getting around in NY. Their hospitality is wonderful. Makes you feel at home.
    It's easy to go to Mantattan by subway, but we even walked in one and a half hour, crossing the Manhattan brigde, as wel as the Brooklyn bridge.
    Their appartment is very nice. You can use their bathroom and kitchen. One little disadvantage is the lack of daylight and fresh air in the bedroom. But the bed is very comfortable, so that wasn't really an issue.
    I would command this place to everyone!!!

    May 2014
  • Our stay at Kat and Tonye's place was ... in one word ... amazing. We stayed for 12 nights and never had the feeling we were in their way. After a long day in the city, coming back to their place felt like coming home. They are lovely couple, with an even more lovely wedding video ... (Just ask Tonye ;-)). We never got bored talking to them. They were very helpfull in finding new places to eat, have a drink or visit. They really share their house with their guests. We could use anything, anywhere at anytime. From Tonye's guacamole to Kat's chilli ... We'll miss all of it ;-) THANKS!

    April 2014
  • We had such a good time at Kat & Tonye's Place . Kat and Tonye are so nice , kind and hospitable . we had a very good welcoming . Kat shows us everything in the apartment and Tonye were so kind to give us tip where to eat .The apartment is in a very nice place , close to the Subway and you have whatever you need around.
    The room is clean and good for two people. the apartment is full furnished. I'll remember this vacation for all my life . Thank You Guys :)

    April 2014
  • This was our first time using AirBnB, and Kat & Tonye's welcoming attitude and friendliness assured us that this is a service that we will be using often in the future. Whenever we had questions leading up to our stay, they always responded right away via the inbox. Once we got to their cozy place, they offered lots of suggestions for restaurants and things to do in the city. Tonye gave us some suggestions of apps for our phones that might help us find discounts at local restaurants. They were very open to letting us use anything in their home (TV, XBox, kitchen, etc.), Kat even offered my girlfriend one of her jackets to help keep warm outside in the chilly March weather. We had some great conversations with the two of them, and even watched a movie together. Without us even asking, Tonye surprised us with some incredible mango pina coladas and fresh guacamole!

    The bed was the most comfortable that I've ever slept in, and the location was just a short walk to the subway. The apartment is spacious and the bathroom is adequate. They have every TV channel that you could ask for, as well as an array of DVDs and video games. The bedroom is the perfect size for two people.

    There is NO reason not to stay here! It's affordable, in a great location, and Kat & Tonye are two awesome hosts! We hope to come back and visit them some day :)

    March 2014
  • Kat and Tonye have been great hosts. As soon as we arrived they made us feel comfortable and they let us use their apartment as if it were our. In the bedroom that is rather spacious there is a coach, a bed that is SO comfortable and a dresser on which there are plenty of books, maps and stuff that have been very helpfull for us to find what we wanted. No trouble happened during our journey thanks to them, they immediately helped us to locate in the city and in the neighborhood. Even if you don't speak english very well (like us) they are very patient and they make sure you really understand what they say and they make sure everything is ok. To summarize it was great to stay at their place, thanks to this we had a wonderful journey! We highly recommend them!

    Kat et Tonye ont été des hôtes super. Dès que nous sommes arrivés ils nous ont fait nous sentir à l'aise et nous ont invité à utiliser leur appartement comme s'il était le nôtre. Dans la chambre qui est plutôt spacieuse il y a un fauteuil, un lit extrêmement confortable et une commode sur laquelle il y a plein de livres, cartes, prospectus pour des restaurants etc, bref tout ce qu'il faut pour savoir ce qu'il y a d'intéressant dans le quartier et en ville, ça nous a été super utile. Kat et Tonye nous ont immédiatement aidé à nous repérer et à nous orienter dans la ville et nous ont expliqué comment fonctionnait le métro et même si vous ne parlez pas très bien anglais ils sont très patients et s'assurent que vous avez bien compris ce qu'ils disent et ils s'assurent que tout va bien pour vous. Pour résumer c'était génial d'être chez eux, on se sentait très à l'aise et grâce à cela on a passé un séjour formidable! Nous les recommandons chaudement!

    March 2014
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Kat - doula/childbirth educator/writer Tonye - Financial analyst/budding entrepreneur
Hi! We're an outgoing and fun-loving recently married couple. Kat was born and raised here and is a true New Yorker while Tonye has been living in this city for 2 years. We are foodies who love to travel and make new friends. We love meeting new people from around the country and around the world. Please feel free to message us if you have any questions about our place, the neighborhood or New York City in general. Thanks!
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