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The location in Astoria has a wide range of cafe's and restaurants nearby, as well as supermarkets and Laundromat facilities. It is also just a 10-minute walk to the nearest (overground) MTA Subway station.
There were no problems checking in or out by friends of Waleed while he was out of town and away from his apartment, and Waleed himself was friendly and contactable as necessary. He also provided a house manual with local information and recommendations.
Waleed was a wonderful host and his apartment is very comfortable and cozy. He was very accommodating and quick to respond to questions. He provided a fantastic guide and recommendations to the neighborhood, which is quite cute! It is quick and easy to get to and from Manhattan, although Astoria offers a lot as well! I highly recommend staying in Waleed's apartment.
Thanks so much for staying at my place! It was a pleasure hosting you!!
Waleed's apartment had everything that was in the description. In fact, it exceeded our expectations. It is a really spacious 1 bedroom, very well appointed and with sunlight, which we love. Although it is on the ground floor, it has many windows and the plants provide privacy. He found a great solution for the windows: the shades can be opened from the top down which allows you to enjoy the sunlight and privacy at the same time. It is very quiet. The building is very well maintained, clean and quiet. My husband was there during Hurricane Sandy and was amazed how the building looked the morning after the hurricane: everything was clean and there was no garbage to be seen. The super is super.
The vibe in the apartment was wonderful and you can tell that the owner is a very sensitive and artistic person. Great decoration, plants, good quality linen and towels. Waleed highlights the quality of the mattress in his description of the apartment and he is right: we wanted to fold it and take it home with us! I slept better than in my own bed. Our son and his girlfriend visited during Thanksgiving and they said the sofabed was also very good. The kitchen had all we needed and a window. There are removable screens for the windows. All of this contributed to make us want to take good care of his home, as if it were our own. Waleed provided garbage bags, cleaning products, toilet paper and soap.
As for the neighborhood, we loved it. Very residential and, at the same time, many different and good restaurants and cafes and other businesses. My favorite was Martha's Bakery and my husband's favorite was the Greek Taverna Kyclades, both recommended by Waleed. By the way, the guidelines he left were very clear and objective and helped us operate everything in the apartment. There is a good 24 hour supermarket (Trade Fair) across the street and another very good one about three blocks away (Berry Fresh Farm).
Negotiating the rental with Waleed was very easy. He was always very well educated, ready to help, flexible and available.
We highly recommend his apartment and look forward to staying there again!
It was wonderful to host Waleed & Monica, they are cheerful kind and lovely people, and wonderful guests in every way.
We had a wonderful time together making plans and maps for their day tours, and talking about all kinds of interesting things.
They are guests which all hosts wish to have.
We sincerely hope to see them again in the future, maybe next time in a summertime so they can enjoy some of the great summer festivals all around Iceland . They are always welcome and we wish them all the best.
Einar & Thora