Former financier, divide my time between New York and Moscow. Enjoy reading, scuba, surfing, cross country skiing
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I wasn't as thrilled with John's place as I wanted to be. Based on the pictures I had expected the apartment to be a very comfortable oasis from the city, with the transportation still being close enough to make it back and forth easily. The reality wasn't quite there. While the view IS ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR and the location is nice and quiet and easy to get to once you actually get ON the bus at Port Authority, there are a quite few problems I need to address that might help people make a more informed decision.
For starters, John's place is a nice little apartment with two rooms, a nice kitchen, etc., but there was stuff everywhere and it was hard to get fully comfortable in. It had a strange feeling of someone who hadn't quite fully moved in yet. My business partner and I came, hoping to get a place with two rooms. One was the master bedroom with a nice bed and the other was an office with two smaller little twin beds that were so uncomfortable I ended up waking up in the mornings with horrible back aches and ended up on the couch the rest of the time. In addition, there is so much stuff everywhere that access to any plug-ins is a bit more difficult than it should be. Had a hard time finding one that I could just plug my phone and my laptop into without moving a bunch of stuff around.
And while the bus into the city is a short ride as he mentions, it also is often very late and very overcrowded. It seems a lot of people live in West New York and we had to wait in line, sometimes for an hour just to get on our bus at Port Authority and get home, in one instance getting very close to not getting it because the bus stops service at 1am, which made it difficult to enjoy a night out on Saturday. And when it was time to get to our flight early Monday morning, we couldn't even use the bus because the service started much later, and we were forced to get a car service, which was incredibly expensive because we were in Jersey and had to add the toll fare on top ($13). Had we been in the city all of this would have been avoided because we could have easily just taken the subway everywhere, or a cheaper taxi at least.
All in all, this apartment is decent if you're coming with a car, and even then expect to pay the toll everyday to get into the city. We were just in L.A. and used Airbnb and had an amazing place, so comparatively this was a lesser experience overall. Not horrible, but it could definitely use some improvement.
John was a lovely guest. Quiet, neat and considerate.
John was a very nice, clean, respectful and sympathetic guest. We had good communication. I strongly recommend him and It would be a pleasure to welcome him again in Paris ! !