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This apartment was a mess and felt unsafe. One side of the apartment was apparently used as storage, and there were piles of junk on the floors, barely hidden behind a screen. The room door had a lock on it but the bathroom was in the hallway, along with more junk. The bed was positioned squarely in the middle of the room (this is not visible in the photo). The only reason I could fathom putting it there was to keep bugs from crawling up the walls and onto the bed at night.
The host was not specific about whether anyone lived in the rest of the apartment or whether anyone would be "in and out" during the night. This made me feel unsafe, to know that he may or may not be in the "junk room" at night, even thought he didn't live there.
He mentioned that the tub was not draining well, and showed me a rickety metal stool that he had placed in the middle of the tub. He suggested that I stand on it when I took a shower. This also struck me as unsafe, and even indicative of my host's poor judgment. I left the premises disgusted and forfeited my reservation and room payment. That was the last time I will book with Airbnb.
Gil's spot is good for a quick stay when you need a bed. He was a good host and easy to coordinate with.
Was solo travelling and glad to have found this affordable place in Manhattan.
Located in a safe and quiet neighbourhood - nearest metro station is less than 10 mins walking away, from which you can take J/Z train to the JFK airtrain station near Jamaica Center
As stated clearly in this airbnb page and other reviews, the place is being renovated so don't have high hopes for 5-star quality. But you can tell Gil gives his guests the best he can offer by providing a lot of travel books and restaurant guides (all of the latest editions and they are nowhere near cheap). Of course if you need any tips or advice, Gil would always be there to offer his invaluable insights!
Overall if you are looking for an affordable place to stay in Manhattan, this is a good run for your money.
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Gil was a very friendly host and I had a very comfortable room
Many thanks to Gil! I had a very pleasant stay, Gil is a great host and is happy to share his knowledge of New York!
Room is spacious as described. There's a small closet, two chairs, a table, and a queen size bed. Gil is a great host and is very nice. It felt bad because his place is getting renovated and he was sleeping on this chair. Good for short stay.
Gil was kind host. Very organized and helpful. Thank you!
Gil was a perfect host. We stayed (my girlfriend and I) for almost a week. The location is very nice, safe, near the bus stop and the subway staion. The room is large for Manhattan standards and Gil was always looking for improving some little things to make me us feel confortable.
Thanks Gil! See ya!
Gil was more than accommodating. Everything you could possibly need was made available. Gil is a friendly person and a great guy. I hope I have the opportunity to stay here again.