california girl meets new jersey boy in new york city. fairy tale ensues. warm home created. love is shared globally.
We were very excited about our trip to NYC, and looking forward to staying at this apartment in one of our favorite places in the city.
Starting with our arrival at the apartment after a long day traveling, we were a bit put off by the extra floor we had to go - it is only a fourth floor walk-up if you're European; In the States, the floor on which you begin is the first floor. So, ...
then when we got settled, we went for pizza at a place the hosts recommended. It was fabulous, so we ate heartily, and trundled back to the FIFTH floor walk up to shower and hit the hay. BUT THERE WAS NO HOT WATER! Also, the shower water didn't drain, so you were left to try and bath in about five inches of dirty water: YUCK!
We then went in to "open up" the "new" sleeper sofa, only to realize it does not in fact accommodate two people (unless they're madly in love and wanting to spend their whole time doing the horizontal mambo)! I'd gone out of my way, avoiding places on here that were listed for 3 people, or that offered an air mattress, so we were disgruntled, to say the least.
We dealt with all of these little irking things until the third day, when at 8:30 a.m., there was banging on the bedroom wall so hard that things on a wall shelf were falling off! After dressing quickly, we went round to the apt. next door to find a guy w/a sledgehammer taking down the plaster from the walls opposite!
We phoned the friend the hosts had said could help in an emergency, but all he did was phone the hosts (who were in TX). The hosts said someone would fix the drain, and then explained there's a trick to turning on the hot water.
Well, the "trick" we were told never did work, and no one fixed the drain, so we took as few showers as possible.
The noise level is incredible. Now, I lived in NYC, so it's not like I don't know about noise, but what the hosts also failed to disclose is you have to sleep w/windows open to breathe, which of course, leaves you vulnerable to the four or five garbage trucks that trundle up and down Bleeker EVERY morning; earplugs are a dire necessity in this place!
There was communication with the hosts, but it was too little, too late, and the amount we paid for this did not warrant the hassles we were forced to deal with for not having known all of the quirks and misleading "amenities" for this listing.
WOULD NOT EVER, EVER STAY HERE AGAIN - TOO BAD! Suffice it to say, home never looked so grand. :(
Fab little apartment. Clean, tidy with a good energy. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would come back again. Great location, felt like a real local living on Bleecker Street. Highly recommended!
We had a very enjoyable time in a clean and welcoming home. The appartment is set in a very central aera in the village. Close to all the public transport. and all the night life. Can recomend this one. Rudi Margaux Stephan
We had a great time staying at Victorias place. She was extremely helpful with anything that we needed, even had her friend come back to the apartment to bring us an iron. She laid out complementary amenities such as toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant! She left out coffee and tea for us which was really nice in the mornings and even prepared a welcome letter with a list of recommendations for local shopping, restaurants, bars and sightseeing. I can not say enough good things about Victoria and her place is beautiful, very very clean and super spacious! It's located in the heart of Greenwich Village, and there are tons of nearby restaurants, bars and shopping, and it's right near the subway. The AC in both rooms was really nice to come home to. The only negative things were that the blinds in the bedroom were super minimal so I definitely recommend that if you stay here- you bring eyeshades and the AC is really loud,( we kept imitating that it was a lion screaming at us), but my silicon earplugs worked just fine. Overall- you would be lucky to get the chance to stay at her apartment!!