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My 19 year old son will be staying here for 4 months while he does a co-op with a company in the Empire State Building. It was very important for me to find a place for him to live that would be spacious, and accommodating as well as convenient to the subway, a grocery store, and a Laundromat. I stayed there with him the first 4 nights to get him settled in and help him get his bearings. I don't think that Biljana could have been any more accommodating or helpful to us than she was while I was there. I hope this continues for the entire duration of my son's stay. The apartment is in an extremely convenient location/neighborhood. The subway is two blocks away, a huge grocery store is only 2 blocks away and there are several others in the neighborhood as well. Laundry is right across the street. The apartment has a bit of an odd configuration, which I only learned about from reading a previous review (after I booked). It is known as a "railroad apartment" in which all of the rooms are connected to each other in a line like train cars. For my son to get to the bathroom, he has to walk through the hosts bedroom, a small den-like room, the living room and then the kitchen. There is also a door from the bedroom directly out into the hallway. So, the bedroom has its own entrance which is kind of nice. If you need to access the rest of the apartment while the host is sleeping/in her room, you need to go out in the hall and use the other entrance to the apartment which enters into the livingroom. The only time this is a big issue is when you need to use the bathroom (for showering, etc.). And the middle of the night can certainly be an issue if you need to use the facilities. So having to do this long term (4 months) might get old. However, it's no different than living in a dorm and having to go down the hall to the bathroom. If the host isn't in her room, you are more than welcome to walk through her room to access the rest of the apartment. So we will see how this works out for my son for this length of time. But again, Biljana was so helpful and went out of her way several times in my short stay to make sure we were comfortable. She even told him to let her know if there are things he does not want in the room and she would put them in storage. I would assume guests don't typically stay as long as my son is staying.
The room was wonderful and very convenient short walk to the subway station and all Astoria has to offer . The apartment was clean and well appointed. The hosts are very friendly, we would defiantly stay here again!
Thank you Hajar!! You are always more than welcome in my house!
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The bedroom definitely looks exactly like the pictures shown.
It is a feast for the eyes, as Biljana is an art collector and it has great interior design, and the bed is SUPER comfortable.
Biljana was away, so her roommate Roko hosted me. He was very accommodating and went out of his way to ensure I was comfortable. I was very grateful to him.
The location is AMAZING, you can't ask for a room closer to the subway or all the shops & restaurants on Steinway / Northern Blvd / Broadway / 35th Ave, etc. You can spend your entire NYC stay just in this neighbourhood!
This is a railroad apt so there is another bedroom and living areas to walk thru in order to get to the kitchen and bathroom, which surprised me at first when I got there. However, there is also an apt hallway entrance / exit directly from Biljana's room which makes it cool because this bedroom has its own separate entrance / exit with a key, and you can access the apt the same way on the other end of the hall, closer to where the kitchen and bathroom are located.
The only other surprise was that this is a residence where people smoke, which I wasn't aware of but I assume thats probably because I didn't read the listing closely enough. I did not smell smoke or have any smoke in my bedroom, however, they were very good at keeping it far at the other end of the long apt.
Overall I'd say this was a + + experience, and I would definitely stay there again. Thank you Biljana and Roko!
Thank you for a wonderful email!
I'm still away from NY!! I'll be back in November ( hopefully)!
Best wishes to you!!
Biljana is a great host. Right from the get-go she was very easy to talk to and was willing to help me with any issues I had. She keeps the apartment extremely clean and makes sure that her guests are happy and satisfied. I would definitely recommend the apartment and her as a host as she is very nice, friendly, clean and reliable.
She is sooo lovely and so friendly, I was waiting so much to be her host because I knew it, I felt that she will be a really nice and interesting person!
Biljana wanted to take a break and have relax and healthy living. She likes to spend as many time as posible swimming (which is not the same as being on the beach!). She was very peaceful and respectful but as well totally social and open for a talk. She fully understand the meaning of sharing your place. She is very generous and always regardful of others. We were completely connected in spanish, english or just by the eyes ;)
For all of that, we think we made a very good friend and cheer you to acomodate her at your place. You won't regret!! You are part of the family now ;)
Thank you guys!!! That's so so sweet!!
I looking forward to see you again somewhere :)
Great guest. Nice, clean, respectful, everything a host may ask. Recommended!
It was a pleasure to welcome Biljana and share my home with her She is very friendly and fun, very neat and clean. We had the opportunity to go out sometimes for a drink and was always very fun and interesting. I felt completely at ease at home with her and loved to listen/ share experiences and stories with her. It will be a pleasure to host her whenever she comes to Porto. Thank you for everything Biljana.
Biljana es una chica muy interesante y jovial.
Biljana is a lovely person, I was so happy to have her in my house. Great experience.
Biljana.......what can I say , we has the best time host her and a friend.
We set out on the front porch with a glass of wine and just talked.
I felt like we where old friends