The room hosts 5 young, friendly, adventurous, international travelers and interns. There are 2 loft beds, and 3 single lower beds. It has a big closet for storage. Dressers and lockers are located in the living room.
The apartment has 2 bedrooms total, with 1 bathroom. The living room has a wall high window giving lots of natural lights. It is an open concept living room and kitchen. Everyone hangs out together during meal time. We invested in the huge 50 inch plasma TV to have movie nights and sports nights.
We also have a cabinet full of free foods for those who are on a budget. Coffee and tea are free.
The bathroom is shared between 6-7 people at time. Everyone is considerate to ask other before taking a shower.
The building consists of Pratt students and friendly families. There are two elevators which are accessible at the main entrance of the building. Note: there are 3 entrances, and the main entrance is the middle or the 2nd one.
In the basement is the laundry facilities that operate by laundry card.
My place is at Classon on the G train, which comes every 7-10 minutes during the day, and every 20-30 minutes after midnight and weekends. There are more than 5 bus lines around to go to downtown Brooklyn, Williamsburgh, Brooklyn Museum, and other places. It is a couple blocks away from Pratt Institute. C-town, our grocery store is at the corner of the block, so less than a 4-min walk away.
It usually takes me 30 minutes from door to door (counting time in the elevator also) to SoHo or Union Square, and about 35 minutes to 40 minutes to Times Square.
I call my place Homestel because I want everyone to feel at home, and treat my place as their home.
It was a really fun 4 days staying at the Homestel. Would definitely return in the future if I visit NYC again.
First of all - enjoyed my trip! Those people living there as long term residents are awesome and the apartment is in a nice area.. But I've to say that it could've/should've been cleaner..the tv was (partly) broken as well as the toilet seat (which is super annoying!)..
whoever can live without the comfort of an well-cleaned and expensive hotel, feel free to book..
Had the time of my life in NY, Hannah's Homestel just improved the whole experience, a very comfortable and cozy place which l couldn't recommend it more, I'v met awesome people there who were also excited to be in NY, Kristi and Jessica (Hannah’s assistants) and other cool mind alike travelers. Don´t think twice if you are looking for a place to stay in NYC, especially if you are involved in music and liberal arts, Pratt Institute is just two blocks away :)
Hannaˊs house is really nice and tidy,i really like the decoration in this house. and her 2 assistances Christy and Jessica are really helpful with everything i was asking. and they got so many free stuffs i can use, not just food,u still can find shampoo or lotion,thats nice,kuz i was thinking should i buy lotion or not,then i found a free lotion in the cabinet....btw,the enviroment is save,even i went home at 10pm,its still alright(but cant guarentee,i might be lucky)
A cozy place to stay in a good atmosphere. You share the place with several people, but everyone's considerate for one another and it's spacious enough.
The location is more tranquil and not as packed as Manhattan. Still you have a supermarket, 24hr subway connection and pizza place around the corner. Nice park in 5 min walking, and a splendid flea market on Saturdays.
Great value for its price.
Hannah's homestel is a really nice place, it's clean and I could sleep peacefully there. I also liked how Hannah was improving it continuously. I keep a fond memory.
Is very difficult to find a cheap place like that with all those advantages.
Nice place to stay, Hannah lives just across the hall so is easy to contact with any issues. Comfy bed and towel provided.
Although I only stayed at Hannah's place for a very short period, I would highly recommend staying here to anyone. I contacted her very, very last minute, and she replied in less than an hour and I was able to find a place to stay in NYC for the next 3 days!
She was very clear on how to check in, and I was able to communicate with her quickly and without difficulty. As someone using airbnb for the first time, this really helped me become comfortable about airbnb.
As for the roommates, they were all great and easy to get along with, and I wish I could've stayed longer. Some were long-termers and some were itinerant travelers like me.
The neighborhood itself was surprisingly nice, because given my past knowledge of Brooklyn, I was expecting it to be a little bit on the rougher side. It's located right next to an art school and also a police precinct, and you could see people walking around and chilling and etc. so it felt pretty comfortable navigating the neighborhood.
The pizza place around the corner and across from the police precinct is BOMB, highly recommended. And there's a supermarket, bunch of shops, and a cafe right down the street, which was very convenient. Also: very close to the G Line and so not that hard to get to Manhattan, though you have to make a transfer to get on A,C, or E train.
The apartment itself was really, really nice (at least by my standards, haha). Clean and cozy, felt like home. Just FYI, you share bathroom with four to five other people, which wasn't a problem for me. Also, as you share space with a number of other people, you shouldn't expect privacy as in a hotel (but that's really a given). One last thing I really like about the place was that there was always A/C going, and I get hot really easily and this was during a hot month, so I really appreciated that.
In sum, STAY HERE AND STAY HERE AGAIN! It's affordable, nice, convenient, and GREAT.
It was my first time in NYC and my stay at Hannahs place really made it a wonderful time in the city. The area was very nice with the metro nearby and with different foodstores and nice cafe´s. I had a great time with the people staying in the apartment, and eventhough all the beds were fully booked, it didn't seemed crowded because people were in and out of the apartment at different times. I can fully recomment Hannahs place, if you need something cheap and homey.
OMG ! I stayed at Hannah's place for the month of June and it is one of my best traveling experiences. The best: neighborhood, location (train 1/2 block) , cool living space, cool block, cool people, great host!!!
I wasn't sure what I was getting...because the price was so cheap. But man...the place, the experience priceless. There is nowhere in NYC or on Air bnb that u can get this much value. The place is clean and safe. I really felt like I was a real New Yorker! There are people from all over the world and that is cool...Poland, Amsterdam , UK, Asia, and from here! It was neat in the evening when everyone got home to see what everyone had done with their day. LONG TERM STAY...recommended!!! At least a week.
I plan to stay again...
Since I think this place is great...I will warn people who want room service, a hot tub, a personal chef or you just like being real picky and uppity!!! Take your @ss to the W Hotel. The place will be as clean as you cleaning up your own collective mess (and she does have the place cleaned everyday) . Any negative reviews are likely people who couldn't afford the W Hotel but wanted that 5star experience.
The best experiences come to cool budget travelers who are young at heart, friendly , open minded, adventurous and are determined to enjoy NYC and all it has to offer. If that's you...you will love Hannah's place.
Do: shop at the market on the corner and cook
- eat at Tony's pizza on the block $2.25
- eat at the Dominican spot on the block $3-5u
- get items from the variety stores from the friendly Bangladeshi families on the block
-pick up a late night sandwich at the corner deli
- learn the trains fast
-use the bus right at the corner #38 going to Fulton Station (much better way to main trains)
-enjoy Hannah's place, meet people and stay in touch with them on (website hidden)
I loved my time at Hanna's place....don't second guess...just go and you will see
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