I love New York City and I love the arts, and that is reflected in my home.
Daniel was a great "host" - as you can call it a "host", because we rented the whole appartment. Though he was present to welcome us in his apartment and give us the keys, he asked about our flight number before our arrival so he could track the airplane. We were a bit late but he waited paciently for us in the flat. He gave us two keys, so we could seperate in town, too. The area is very nice! We loved the neighboorhood and appreciated the safety in Chelsea! There are living a lot of families, but mind that the flat is directly next to a school, so every morning at 8am the children are loud outside (which was no problem because we stood up at this time). In the night it's very loud on the street (sirenes, police, etc.) but we NYC is loud everywhere! The apartment was exactly as expected and described. The bathroom was clean and the shower was hot, what we needed in the evening. The TV was PERFECT for watching the FIFA World Cup because it is huge! The wifi was fast, the freezer was working. We can not tell any other experiences about the kitchen because we didn't use it. For breakfast you can go just around the corner and there are a lot of fancy restaurants in the area, too. The Subway 1/2/3 is like 200m away which connects you to all the important spots. The air condition was working, too. There are some doves nesting on the window ledge in the living room which was a bit irritating at night because we used the sofa for sleeping, too and the doves are loud. The sofa is very comfortable, though. Also it was very nice that Daniel let us stay a bit longer on our departing date because our flight was at 6pm so we didn't know where to put our luggage. We highly recommend this flat, because the area is great and safe and in the whole house you feel safe (which I think is really important in a city of this size. Chelsea is lovely and you are just 1 block away from an Highline Access (SO LOVELY!!) and 2 blocks from the Hudson River with New WTC View. You can see the Empire State Building from the bedroom, too!
We enjoyed our stay, thanks Daniel for making it possible (NYC is so expensive and I think a flat is much more comfortable and cheaper than a hotel, because you are free in your plans and your timetable!) - NYC, we'll see you soon again, we loved our holiday!
This was my first time using Airbnb and I was excited but also nervous as I'm female and was traveling alone. When my train journey was delayed, I was worried nobody would be at the apartment to greet me with the keys, but my fears were unfounded. Despite arriving over an hour after I had initially stated, Daniel was waiting patiently at the apartment for me.
There was an issue with the buzzer going in (they had some engineers working on it when I arrived) so he came all the way down from the third floor and helped me up with my case. The apartment was exactly as pictured. Very cool. Daniel gave me the wifi password, showed me how to use the TV, gestured to the AC units in the kitchen and bedroom, indulged in a little small talk and then left me in peace while he went to stay with his girlfriend for the weekend.
THE NEGATIVES: It's extremely hard for me to fault this apartment. However, you ARE in the middle of NYC, so it can be a little noisy at times which would wake me abruptly in the middle of the night. The outside of the apartment block looks a little intimidating and the corridor when you first enter smelled of urine. The stairs needed a good steam clean. The apartment itself was clean, but the first time I accidentally turned on the bath faucet instead of the shower, a gush of brown water spurted out before clean water followed. I expect this is one of the perks of living in a big city. Sarcasm intended. :)
THE PLUS POINTS: This apartment is huge, stylish and close to everything - exactly as stated. The bed was comfortable and the water hot, and those were two of the things that mattered most to me. There was ample space for me to hang my clothes on hooks on the bedroom wall and Daniel was a polite and courteous host. I felt secure in the apartment (you have to use two keys to get into the building in the first place, another key for the apartment and the bedroom had an additional lock on the door), which is especially important if you're a female traveler and traveling alone.
TIPS: Stock up on drinks/snacks/etc. I arrived late and realized I'd forgotten to grab a sandwich or anything to eat for dinner, so had to head back out again. (I didn't see a convenience store close by, but I may have missed it.) Also: If you haven't used Uber before, I'd highly recommend downloading the app and using them. I used them on both mornings to pick me up from right outside the apartment and take me into my conference and they were great.
For a first experience with AIRBNB, I have really appreciated to have an host like Daniel.
Before our arrival and during our trip, Daniel have response to all our request, and very quickly.
In fact, we have meet a problem with the wifi access in the apartment. We have informed Daniel the morning via an airbnb message and we have a return immediatly in the 10 minutes !! Daniel have called his web company and the problem has been solved to our return at the apartement so the end of the day.
Also, Daniel was very understanding. The day of our arrival, we have been delay with the subway to NYC, (long distance with the subway from JFK to the apartment)
The apartment was very clean and full equiped. The neighboors were very friendly.
The location of the apartement was perfect. Chelsea is an amazing district, full of restaurant, bar, shop near the apartement and the subway to 1 minute !!
The chelsea market near to the apartement is so cool, go to the market to eat fresh food like fish, shrimp etc the high line is to near also.
To conclude i will come back with pleasure.
Thank you again Daniel ;)
Daniel was very attentive and responsive. Our flight was cancelled initially and he went over and above his call of duty to meet our family and make what could have been very chaotic an easy and pleasurable situation. The space was large enough to have our family there in the afternoons and evening to sit back, have a glass of wine and appetizers before we headed out to dinner. The location is right near the subway, in the midst of wonderful restaurants and near the highline which we walked and enjoyed almost daily. When we did see others in the apartment complex, they were friendly. Kitchen facilities were more than adequate. The dining area was perfect for breakfasts and our family gathering time. The futon in the front room was very comfortable as well as the bed. Plenty of clean towels, sheets, pillows and comforters. Thank you also for the use of the wi-fi which was convenient while traveling. We loved having our own home away from home. Our daughter's apartments are so small in Manhattan. Grandpa loved that he was able to buy food from the nearby grocery and eat breakfast, lunch and snack if he needed to! Thanks for such a pleasant stay.
I highly recommend this flat !! We were two french people, going to New York for performing in a theater just near the flat. We were looking for a quiet and nice place to stay, not far from the theater. And our experience in Daniel's appartment was really great !! The flat is really beautiful, well furnished, and quiet. It is in one of the best place in New York, in Chelsea area. You have everything you need just nearby : a supermarket, a really nice coffea korner, etc. It is just near to the famous Chelsea market and the highline, which was for us some beautiful places to go after our work.
To tell you more about the appartment, we really felt at home ! You have a closed bedroom and a living room where the cough can be converted into a bed. I was sleeping in the bedroom, and my colleague in the living room and it was totally confortable like this ! You also have a kitchen with dishes and refrigerator, etc. so it was very handy for us, when we want to stay at the flat for breakfast or to have diner.
Everything is really clean, and nice, and cosy ! It was also really impressive how quiet this place is, related to its location (email hidden)ly area ! We spend one entire week there, and it was for us a great place to sleep, but also to rest or to work in. You have a good Wifi connection and a big dining table where we were able to work, have breakfast, etc.
Daniel is a really nice person, and he answered really fast to our questions. We was particularly accomodating and find solutions to every situations ! We arrived in Chicago on a monday afternoon by plane so we didn't know exactly at what time we will arrive at the flat. But Daniel arranged everything and we had someone arriving to give us the keys just 15 minutes after we were there. For the departure, my plane was leaving in the evening and he found a solution so that I could stay until the mid-afternoon, not to have my luggage with me. He was also particularly accomodating because I forgot one jacket when I left, and he spend time to arrange a meeting a friend of mine in New York to give it back to her.
If I had to go back to New York, I will certainly try to hire this place again !
ATTENTION: No Home or no conseil.Pas contact with the absent owner NY.Difficulte to recover clés because friend of Daniel was not reachable and found despite using the taxi ....
ATTENTION: This apartment suitable for 4 people has a single pot of a very dirty oven .... no bowl and no dish .....
Shame that this apartment is not maintained (torn or broken electrical outlets, table and rods armoirs broken and filled with personal clothing) because it is very well located.
Aside from that NY remains an extraordinary and magical city and would have loved this apartment is at the height of his claims but really it was not.
Lione / Ysabel / theoretical Gerard and Agathe.
Daniel's apartment is very spacious and clean. We were three (celebrating my mom's 60th bday) and really appreciated how much space we had to move around and relax between our various comings and goings. I can't say enough nice things about the neighborhood - if you want to spend the weekend away from the tourist crowds and be in a really nice area bursting with restaurants, art and shops and that is close to everything, this is definitely the place for you. Greenwhich village and the high-line are steps away, and the subway is just around the corner.
Aside from the fact that we had to pick up the keys at another location (which we didn't know we would have to do until a day before our arrival) and a minor maintenance issue that Daniel handled very promptly before it became a cause for concern, we truly had a fantastic time and would recommend the place to anyone.
p.s. some previous guests have noted that the apartment building itself is 'filthy'. I was pretty concerned after reading these comments (made after I had booked), but didn't find it to be the case at all. The hallways are perfectly clean. The building is just kind of old and looks like it hasn't been renovated in a while. I didn't notice anything that was off putting at all.
Our stay at Daniel's was for second part of our two week stay New York and we were very glad it was not our first. The communication after our initial booking was alarming with emails up a month before our visit unresponded. The night before time to move in we rang on (website hidden) and we were instructed to meet his friend at a nearby coffee shop where she would hand me the keys 8.30am on her way to work. I nearly gave up and cancelled when she didn't show for over half an hour. She finally sauntered in and then wouldn't show me the apartment in case I was "a murderer". Not a great start and it didn't improve as I was to wait until 10.30 so as to let the cleaners in.
I returned to gather the family who cheered me so we persisted.
The positives: the kitchen (though the bin was full when we moved in); the bathroom; the paint was fresh and fun; the sofa.
The negatives: the hall way and steps were really grubby; the bed was awful (squeaky and mounted on witches hats); construction on both sides of us; the street was noisy in the mornings due to the school across the road but it was bedlam on the Friday night with louts, yelling and beeping and sirens nearly the whole night. The proximity to subway and Chelsea market was good but the street wasn't the most desirable.
This was our second Airbnb stay in NY and this fell far short of our first. Our expectations were not too high as we realise it was a mid range price property. We understand that Daniel has business priorities, but the lack of communications was a serious breach for visitors' confidence.
El edificio está en muy malas condiciones de limpieza, realmente desagradables el estado de los espacios comunes. El departamento tampoco tiene buenas condiciones de limpieza y orden a pesar de ser comfortable y estar bien decorado. La ubicación es muy buena. El anfitrión provee escasos elementos con relación a otros departamentos publicados.
Things we appreciated, let's start with that:
The apartment was clean and spacious. It was close to a subway stop making it easy to get to other parts of the city.
Daniel was easy to contact leading up to our arrival.
The shower was hot & good water pressure.
We were staying for a week for business, and told him that.
So there were definitely things we were disappointed with given the amount we paid for the place.
-When we arrived at our appointed time, the apartment was still being cleaned for an hour or more. We had to drop our luggage & leave right away. He had a friend meet us with the keys, but there was only one set, we had told him there would be two of us staying there for business.
-We expected at least basic service for the nightly rate we paid.
There was only 1 roll of toilet paper, so we had to go get more. Only one set of towels per person for the week.
There was no toaster or coffee maker, and when we asked about it, he said New Yorkers don't eat toast at home.
No instructions for internet or tv.
-One of the reasons for even doing Airbnb, is the ability to use the space as a home base, and bring in groceries and cook. This place definitely lacked in that. We ended up having to buy coffee every day and get creative when making food, couldn't get the oven to turn on, just the stove top.
-Even though the place was kept clean, hunting for more linens for the futon was an adventure, all the closets we very out of control. Shelves and outlets felt like they were going to fall out of the walls if you knocked them.
We're just trying to find a place that we can come back to again & again when we travel to NY twice a year for business & this was definitely not it.
Although Daniel did not stay with me I enjoyed interacting with him, in booking a stay on behalf of his friend.
The person who did stay was a wonderful guest, very friendly, easy to talk to, incredibly neat and clean. A really lovely person and it did not feel like we were meeting for the first time. In a word PERFECT!!!!
Daniel is an engaging person, and a joy to host in our home!
Daniel is a very person. He actually reserved the room on behalf of his mother a very gracies and lovely lady. I enjoyed her stay. She is welcome back any time. Thank you Daniel for giving me the opportunity to get to know her!
Daniel est un bon ami depuis plusieurs annees, responsable et enthousiaste. Je recommande vivement son apartement qui est tres bien situe. En plus si vous parlez francais Daniel se fera un plaisir de vous donner ses meilleurs conseils sur New York dans cette langue!
i met Daniel 17 years ago in Stanford, California while we were in high school. He's extremely well-traveled, courteous, thoughtful, appreciates the finer things in life, and a gentleman. As his guest, I'm certain he'll be happy to ensure that your needs will be accommodated. His apartment on 8th Avenue is near plenty of eye-catching tourist spots. Points of interest on or within one block of Eighth Avenue include:
-Hearst Tower-Soros Foundation and Open Society Institute headquarters on West 59th Street-111 Eighth Avenue the Art Deco former Inland Freight Terminal of the Port Authority is the eighth-largest commercial structure in Manhattan, hosting the East Coast headquarters of (website hidden).-The Hotel Chelsea (on 23rd Street between Seventh and Eighth)-The Fashion Institute of Technology (at 26th/27th Streets)-Madison Square Garden and Penn Station (between 31st and 33rd Streets)-James Farley Post Office-The New York Times Building at 40th Street-The Port Authority Bus Terminal (between 40th and 42nd Streets)-One Worldwide Plaza
If you're seeking to take a vacation or business trip with nearby cuisine, modern architecture, transportation, a breath-taking high rise view of the "Big Apple", and much, much more..., then you've arrived at your destination!
Daniel is a fantastic, smart, energetic person. He's got good taste and knows how to get things done. I appreciated his humor and positive attitude in business school classes. I also appreciate his sense of ethics, adventure and his ability to pick up where you left off and not miss a beat. E.g. The last time I saw him, we bumped into each other at the Apple Store in midtown getting our computers fixed. We decided to catch up on everything from travels to sports and media world gossip over some gourmet fast food tacos and a 3/4 full bottle of wine in my attache.
I've stayed a Daniel's place several times and I must say it a fantastic place. It's in the heart of the Chelsea and just blocks from the meat packing district. You'll love the cool decor and modern furniture, too. The place was very neat and clean. My favorite part of the apartment was Daniel. He showed me around the neighborhood, gave me suggestions for places to eat and things I should see while visiting. He was a perfect host. I'll be saying a Daniels' place next time I visit NYC.
I've known Daniel since I was 15 years old and we were both growing up together in the Bay Area. He's been a very good friend over the years and we've since rendezvoused in London, Paris, New York and Jamaica, to name a few. Daniel is serious and dependable but he likes to have fun too. At the end of the day, he's a nice, good guy who you can always feel comfortable welcoming as a guest.
Daniel and I worked together producing public television programming in San Francisco, about seven years ago. Since that time we've remained good friends, visiting each other on either coast, walking around talking about work, love, digital distribution (long before it was a reality)... Daniel is smart, inquisitive and kind with an enthusiasm for the world that can't be beat. He's traveled extensively and has a ton of insights and friendships from various corners of this planet. He'd make a great host or a great guest.