I stayed with Nicholette and Leon for a fortnight, and were fantastic hosts: they made made room in their fridge for me and on top of that gave me a cell phone with a US number so I wouldn't have to use my German one when texting / making calls inside the US. Although I didn't see them very often, both Nicholette and Leon always inquired to make sure I had everything I needed, and since they were out most of the time, it basically felt like I was having an apartment all to myself. Whenever I did meet either one of them, they were always very discreet and I really did not notice that the living room where I stayed was only separated by a curtain from the rest of the apartment.
The building is located very conveniently from a subway station only a couple of blocks away, and the area is very safe even late at night - and I was out on my own.
On a side note, Nicholette's cats are really very sweet but are very interactive; or at least they were with me. I really did not mind that at all but still, Nicholette offers to keep them in her room only so people who aren't the biggest fans of cats, or pets in general, will hardly notice them. You should bear in mind though that the cats usually roam around the entire apartment so that there are basically cat hair everywhere. Again, I did not mind this at all since I have a dog myself and am perfectly used to this. However I can imagine that if you are not used to having a pet, the apartment might come of as a bit unclean. It definitely isn't dirty though - but I know that animal hair isn't everybody's cup of tea. Also, I am usually highly allergic to cats, yet I did not have a single reaction to those two which probably doesn't have to apply to others suffering from allergies but I wanted to mention it either way.
Overall, I felt very much welcome in their home and I highly appreciate everything Nicholette and Leon have done for me. I'd definitely stay with them again should I ever go back to NYC, and I'm certain you would not regret staying with them either.
We had such a good time in New York and staying at their place made us really feel comfortable.
Nicholette and Leon are very kind people, always helpful and friendly.
They even gave us a mobile phone, since most european phones don't work in the US. That was really helpful.
Their neighbourhood is great, safe and just the right place to start exploring the city. We can just recommend them!!!
This was a great place to stay. It's in a really good area, right next to all the cute Soho shops. The section where you sleep is curtained off so you get lots of privacy. And even though you don't see them much, Nicholette and Leon are very accommodating and they go to a lot of effort to make your stay enjoyable. I really recommend it.
En un mot : " Inoubliable ! "
Cette ville est magique. On s'en est pris pleins les yeux pendant 10 jours. Les gens sont adorables, décontractés, sportifs etc... Un grand merci... Non, un énorme merci à Nicholette et Leon pour nous avoir accueillis durant ce voyage... Vous êtes un couple adorable et on espere pouvoir vous revoir un jour " Avec un meilleur Anglais :) " La ville, Stanton Street, Rooney et Fanny " les chats "... Enfin bref, tout nous manque ! Continuez à rester comme ça et toutes les prochaines personnes ne regretteront pas d'être passées par chez vous :)
See you soon my friends :-)
This was my first time in NYC, and Nicholette and Leon’s turned out to be a great place to stay at.
First of all, location is perfect. The LES is a lovely, eclectic neighbourhood. We only stayed there for a week but it seemed safe. There are bars, restaurants, laundry places and stores all around. The F subway line is only a few blocks away, and from there you can get pretty much anywhere in the city.
Nicholette was there when we arrived (as previously arranged through emails) to hand us the key and show us around the apartment. She also handed us a local cell phone, just in case we needed to make a call or text and ours (since we are not from the USA) didn´t work. She also gave us travel guide books, and a written guide with the specifications of the apartment and its sorroundings, such as the best restaurants and bars. Everything was set for us: pillows, blankets, covers, towels, etc. They made space for us in their fridge, left us coffee to use in the mornings, and invited us to cook using their spices if we wanted.
The building is not at all noisy. Their appartment is cozy, well-decorated and very clean. It was pretty hot in NCY while we stayed there, but the AC works just fine.
My boyfriend and I slept on a futon that turns into a perfectly confortable queen-size bed. It’s even prettier than the one in the pictures. The room itself was the living room, but it was separated by a curtain from the kitchen, so privacy was not an issue. Besides, both Nicholette and Leon were very respectful and discrete. We only were at the apartment in the morning and at night; and when we saw them it was very brief, but they always asked if we had everything we needed. They really do their best to make you feel at home. They have two lovely cats. But even if you don’t like cats, this shouldn’t be a problem, because they won’t interact with you, only stare at you for a while since they are curious :)
I was travelling with my boyfriend, but I would also recommend this place to anyone, specially girls travelling alone, because Nicholette and Leon are obviously very nice people, and the neighbourhood is safe.
The location was amazing!
The livingroom was ok...we were 3, we have really lack of space..but we managed really well..
we meet nichollete only 2 or 3 times. she was kind and helpfull.
She let us use a cellphone and maps!
she was working while we were at his home so... we were like alone, that was great for us.
The price, the reallly good location....we reccomend to stay with nichollete. But if you don't like (email hidden)ay away!!!
We checked into Nicholette's place only to find a comfortable and cozy home. I was immediately attracted to the bright colour of the walls and decorations as well as an unpainted brick wall that somehow had an aesthetic appeal to it. Despite being not around, Nicholette left a type-written guide to her home i.e. linen, internet, electronics, etc. She even had a wii system which we could use! Additionally she was nice enough to leave a few travel guide books on table.
The futon was comfortable and so was the air mattress my friend slept in. The toilet and the floor areas were clean. We were provided to ample blanket and pillows to keep ourselves warm and comfortable through the nights. Heating was fair. The only setback was the mediocre internet connectivity.
All in all, the stay at Nicholette's place is simply amazing! The locality is right downtown so you don't have to walk far to catch the liveliness and vibes of NYC. Opposite her house is a Zip Laundry where you can do laundry at your own convenience for a reasonably cheap price. A must stay in Manhattan!
Everything was perfect !!
They are really cool, and you feel home.
They give us 2 sets of keys, a cellphone, ...
it was a really amazing stay in new york.
Moreover the LES is a very cool area
The location of nicholette and leon's apartment is very convenient to the subway and there are numerous pubs, restaurants and small grocery stores only steps away. if you are in your 20-30s you will have plenty of company! the apartment is in the rear of the building and is very quiet., it is highlighted by the high ceiling and beautiful brick wall in the living room and a great shower.
I'd put one star so that I can reserve the space for myself every weekend... but that wouldn't be fair to her awesome kitties.
oh, and everyone should get a chance to see that AMAZING exposed brick wall.
other than that, Nikki and Leon are probably the two greatest people walking around the lower east side. it would be your honor to stay with them :]
Nicholette & Leon were absolutely great guests! We couldn't asked for guests that left our cabin in such great condition. We would welcome them again.