ONLY TWO STOPS ON Z OR J EXPRESS TRAINS TO DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN ON SUBWAY!
A classic 3 floor red brick building, built in 1890! With a huuuge backyard! Feel free to make your barbecue! All the utensils and charcoal is provided! :)
24/7 Grocery store is a quarter of the block away!
Liqueur store is 1.5 block away! :)
4 Hippie style bars with live music are 8 minute walking distance!
Young Musicians, poets and writers reside in this area and you are welcome to meet all of them at these local bars.
Probably the best place to stay for an international student!!! In terms of location, price and multicultural experience!
We work with international student agencies, and manage several properties, this is why we are capable to accommodate large groups!
Free unlimited calls to landline phones in 105 countries!
Fully equipped kitchen so that you can cook and save your money on food!
We have a common laptop computers for your use if you do not have on.
Super Boost wifi internet!
We do not rent single rooms. All rooms are shared. We provide single rooms when we do not have many visitors or reservations. Most of our guests are international students or 20 to 30 year old people from Europe.
|Room type:||Shared room|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$29 / night after the first guest|
|Weekly Price:||$195 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$899 /month|
|Check Out:||12:00 PM (noon)|
Upon arrival Russ was very accommodating and arrived right away when I got to the apartment. There were many people staying at this place and we all shared two bathrooms. I would've thought this would've caused a huge line up in the morning but luckily everyone all woke up at different times and so there was no more than one or two people waiting for the bathroom. As for the other reviews saying the bathrooms are really dirty, I didn't find that at all. Yes, it's not going to be as clean as a bathroom in a hotel room but definitely nothing disgusting in the bathroom, just a lot of soap products left behind by other travellers.
I appreciated the free wifi available in this apartment, a clean kitchen (which I personally didn't use), and the ability to come and go at anytime.
The location was great for Brooklyn. Two subway stops nearby that could get you into Manhattan fairly quickly. Great early morning and late night eats nearby as well as a block party down the street the weekend we were there. Felt very safe walking around the neighbourhood at anytime of the day, people were actually very friendly.
Definitely recommend staying here, Russ is a great host, other travellers are so friendly and want to hang out, just remember to bring your own towel and clean up after yourself.
Good for just crashing when u r tight on budget.
I stayed at Aur's place for Memorial Day weekend, when I had just flown into town from Los Angeles. Although a bit confusing to find at first and a bit fueled by that "first impression" you get upon seeing the neighborhood the train leaves you in, I called Aur, who politely gave me the directions to get to his house.
After about 6 minutes of walking (I heard 10 minutes in other reviews but I walk fast, lol), I finally got there and was greeted like an old friend. Much to my surprise as well, everything "negative" about the area seemed to vanish right before my eyes the closer I got to this house. I was given a tour of the house and then shown into my room, where I'd be spending the night.
The location is very conveniently located to a market & a liquor store, as well as local fast food restaurants which works in your advantage as a guest in order to save you money. Also, this place has no curfew, Cable TV (all of us stayed up to watch Iron Man in the living room area) and access to WiFi, for those travelling with Laptops or who want to use your phone to surf the web without killing data. Also, the house has this HUGE patio in the back but I didn't spend too much time out there, as it was raining on and off during my stay.
As far as hosts go, Aur & co. were nothing short of amazing! They took the time to talk to me about my trip, guide me to & from my locations, offered refreshments and even introduced me to powdered milk... which goes great on coffee with sugar, btw. (Yup, random but you'll find out soon about it through Aur). The guests who were also in the house were all some of the most interesting people I've had the pleasure to meet and each one had a different story to tell about why they were in the house and where they had come from. It was quite fun meeting everyone.
All in all, I highly recommend this place to anyone travelling on a budget like I was. While it may not be this "5 Star Hotel" somewhere in Manhattan, it is somewhere cozy to keep you warm & comfortable for the night and Aur is one of the kindest hosts you'll ever meet. The next time I come back to New York, I know for sure I'm definitely staying here again.
Don't expect much of your stay here, I guess this is what you should expect for 29$ a night in a hostel in Brooklyn?
Russ is really nice and helpful, but the place needs some more maintenance, even if it's relatively cheap (only relative to NY, and it's quite deep inside Brooklyn). The place doesn't feel clean, specially the bathroom (there was a layer if hair and dirt behind the toilet seat which looked like hasn't been cleaned for ages, and the bedsheets weren't clean when I got the room from Russ's assistant (which was also really nice, but should be more aware of those stuff).
There was also a really annoying German tourist that was there all the time and played guitar and music in the kitchen after midnight for the whole of my stay, so keep in mind that you might run into annoying people or situations there.
Overall, it was a fine stay, not more than that (and I don't have high standards at all).
Check out the cancellation and refund terms, it is quite impossible to get refunded if you need to cancel less then a week ahead.
The people are friendly so is Russ, you go there not knowing what to expect but become happy with the outcome. Definitely a place to go especially if your short on cash or you have a small budget.
What can I say? I got an extremely great deal in a very stressful situation! These guys are great, I have no complaints at all. I was left to myself for the most part, and that made it even better. Plus I roomed with some great guys so that made it good too.
It was a good experience, the place is nice, close to public transportation and manhattan. Russ and Nagima are very kind, they won't hesitate to help you or give you some directions.
It's perfect for international students looking for exploring new york city with a cheap price. I will not hesitate to come back again !
I felt very congested. 1 small bed room has 4 double cots i.e 8 people/small room. Russ was very friendly.
Nagima and Russ are really great hosts, always making sure you're okay and have everything you need. I spent nearly a month in their house, living in a comfortable and quiet room. The roommates were nice too and everyone could meet and share. Thank you Russ and Nagima !