I believe life has a beautiful meaning and is a gift. I appreciate every moment and believe that how we choose to live our lives is our gift back.
This is a magnificent place to stay. The house is exactly as you see in the pictures. My husband and I returned from our trip to New York this weekend and we stayed in this beatiful grey bedroom. Staten Island is a quiet and charming place near and cheaper than any other rent in Manhattan. The 15 minutes trip to town is free and day after day we felt we belonged to that journey. I should say that our trip was a great adventure, with snow, rain, and fantastic days. You'll always feel at home. A real home. I would recommend it specially in spring, summer or fall. Alissa and his husband are great hosts and you can mantein your privacy if you prefer. Thanks to the Universe that we found you!
This past year has been one of the most difficult years of my life. After being laid off from my job, my wife unexpectedly announced that she was abandoning our marriage and, with the help of her parents, stepped away from not only our marriage (taking our six year old daughter with her, thanks to legal services provided by her parents) but our shared financial obligations as well. After putting 11 years into building our family, one day I wake up unemployed and alone. On Christmas eve our landlord knocked on the door to let me know that he intended to evict us from our home. Our car had just been repossessed.
My wife was at her parents house having dinner and preparing to exchange gifts the following day.
Now you may reasonably ask: what in the world does this have to do with Airbnb, Alissa or this wonderful house on Staten Island?
This house has been one of the best things to happen to me during this profoundly difficult moment in my life.
First of all, it is a beautiful house, spacious and quiet with everything you need to get on.
Too, I've met some wonderful people from all over the world and have shared many meals and experiences with them. It's been a great comfort that my story resonates with so many different people. Sitting at table having dinner with a couple from Germany, or a family from Norway, Australia or Argentina, sharing the cooking and the cleaning and stories is simply an experience that no hotel can compete with.
(I realize that this 'sharing' is not an experience that everyone is interested in when traveling. Fair enough, but let me say that the house is large enough to accommodate a family style dinner AND a more private gathering simultaneously.)
Finally, Alissa and Airbnb have made it possible for me to travel to NYC to start a new job and a new life. Moving to NYC is fantastically difficult even for 20-somethings or those who don't arrive with a raft of responsibilities. The simple fact is that if I had to make this transition with (website hidden) or hotels as my only lodging options I'm afraid I wouldn't have been able to stick it out.
As it is, this house, Alissa, Airbnb and the many people I've met from around the world have been such a great solace when I truly thought I wasn't going to be able carry on. But now I have a great new job and am starting to get on with my life. Despite great difficulty I'm still blessed in so many ways.
Thanks Alissa! And thanks Airbnb!
Communication was perfect. We only saw the owner once, but he was a very friendly guy. The house is very nice (typical wooden house you see in movies), ground floor with living room and kitchen is nicely renovated. Bathroom was ok renovated.
The room itself was kind of disappointing: it was very cold (there was only an electrical stove, which is rather dangerous to leave on when no one's there, it took a long time to heat); renovation in this room seemed to be done in a hurry (carpet stained with paint, light switch on stairs doesn't work, no curtains). Most annoying thing: the squeals of the alarm (?), every hour or so the thing beeped, waking you up.
We were a bit surprised how long it takes to get into Manhattan: bus is every 15 minutes, but ferry is only every 30 minutes, so if you just miss one, you have to wait 30 minutes (+25 minutes on the boat). All in all, it takes at least an hour , if you plan well.
It was so comfortable and peaceful place! very nice one! Thanks Alissa!
Great house and great location. Free ferry to Manhattan is a plus. The host is very helpful.
My husband had a great experience staying here. The house is in a good location and is easy walking distance from the ferry. There are also buses from the ferry available if you do not want to walk. Alissa was communicative, responsive and friendly. The room was clean and provided a lovely place to rest at the end of the day. We would definitely stay here again. Thanks so much, Alissa! :)
its very good place they treated exelancnce service to us by alissa
thank you for everything we ll come back again next time
The place is about 15 minutes by walk to the ferry, which takes you for free to Manhattan in 20 minutes: it's a nice location! During the ferry you can see the Statue of Liberty and the skyline.
The basement is noisy, you hear people upstairs walking all the time and the boiler turns on regularly.
One mattress was comfortable, the other one wasn't at all and the couch was ok.
Alissa forgot we were 5 and we had only 4 towels and sheets, but she was very reactive and someone brought us what we needed 20 minutes after we told Alissa. Perfect!
Watch out if you're taller than 1,80m, the ceiling is low!
We stayed for new years and even though we had to take a ferry to get to Times Square, the ferry station was at walking distance and the house was nice and very spacious and clean. We really enjoyed our stay at Alissa's house. I would definitely consider staying there again.
Alissa is hands down one of the most incredible people I have ever met! She is very sharp, warm, conscientious and filled with energy and joy. Anyone would be lucky to host or be hosted by Alissa. She will touch your life; it will never be the same!