Fun-loving guy originally from DC. Moved up to NYC back in 2004 and haven't left.
Staying at Simons place was great. There's plenty to do nearby. Plenty of bars bars to grab a drink. There's even a tattoo shop we all highly recommend going to aswell.
Simon was a life-saver. We had booked another place that wasn't exactly what we had been lead to believe it was, so we had to look for last minute place to stay asap!
Simon certainly wasn't expecting a last minute booking, but he was gracious enough to give us his place and waived us the cleaning fee since the place wasn't totally prepared for guests and was extrememly flexible in getting us checked in and out. He was a great communicator and followed thru on everything that was said/agreed upon. He met us at the apartment and had a key for each of us, letting us know if we had any sort of problem not to hesitate in calling him.
Awesome location, close to the 4th Street MTA and Washington Square (website hidden) That blow-up mattress was better than some beds I've slept on!
PPS There's no elevator so if please know it's on the 5th floor.
PPPS You definitely won't be cold during the wintertime with the heating so pack some light pajamas.
For a relatively new host he had the hospitality of a veteran.