Hello. My name is Nafisa Abercrombie.I love to be around people.Always trying to be helpfull and respectful.
I had a horrible experience here. When I checked online to see if they accepted dogs it said specifically "pets allowed" then when I got there late after finding the address on airbnb was not the correct one, I was told they don't accept dogs. On top of that I had to wait over an hour for Nafissa to get there so I could be patronized about how SHE understands what "pets allowed" means. I was told by her that it meant she owns animals. Then I was put in a hostel type like environment which wasnt stated in the description. The bathroom I had to use a flashlight and then I was told that if other people come I was to be moved to another room in case they didn't like dogs. I was mortified the next day when this older gentleman persisted in asking everyone about me and pushing his way into my business. I DO NOT recommend this place at all. It is nothing like the advertisement states and the cleanliness is much to be desired and on top of that, no one speaks english as a first language so the language barrier is impossible to get (website hidden) NOT STAY HERE!!! I stayed one night and left the next morning wihout a refund. It sure makes me wonder at all why I use airbnb. I was out nearly 200$.
This was a great place to say. Good location and lots of friendly people to meet. Nafisa was an excellent host! - Mohamed Tahir
Je ne regrette pas mon passage à ce guest house parce que c'était pas cher du tout, mais l'endroit sent terriblement mauvais, et plus spécifiquement Olga travaille là, mais partage un dortoir avec les clients. Je n'ai pas rencontré Nafissa, mais les deux autres employés ne parlaient pratiquement pas l'anglais et notre arrivée fut très laborieuse.
The place is okay for a place to sleep, but there is definitely room for improvement. As shared by many others there is an odd smell in the apartment; the host (or the person who works there...i dont really know) doesnt speak a lot of english and that makes communication a bit difficult. The room we are staying in doesnt have a door; As far as I know, there is only one bathroom that is functioning during my stay, and there are over 30 people to share that...We stayed when the temperature was below 0 degree celcius (below 32) and there were only 2 blankets for 4 people (which means 2 of us didnt have anything to keep us warm...) We asked for additional blankets but they dont have any. The heater wasnt working well either: the room was not warm and very noisy.
Bright side: it is indeed very cheap for NYC and it's close to metro station for the Q line. Its in a Russian neighborhood and food was cheap and delicious.
Overall I wouldn't recommend this place unless you absolutely have no other chance. It's definitely cheap, so there's that. I don't know if one should expect better for this price but the place could certainly improve.
First of all, I've never met the host Nafisa despite I stayed there for 3-4 days. There were only 2 employees around, NONE of which are fluent in English so that's a big problem there.
The place does not give you a "Huge, comfy, relaxing" impression. Instead, it's extremely crowded. I didn't count all the rooms but it seemed as if it hosted more than 50 guests and it ONLY has 2.5 bathrooms. There is only 1 room with a table for 4 people to sit around it and a couch for 2-3 people to sit on. So anytime there's a group having a meal in there it's absolutely impossible for you to sit down and prepare yourself something. At the entrance floor is also a kitchen but that doesn't have any table or anything to sit and eat. Also the place is not safe at all. There is one code for the entrance that hasn't been changed for a while so basically anyone who knows it can enter and leave without being noticed or questioned by the staff. There is no place to lock your stuff in so if you leave any valuables around there is always a risk of theft.
By the way, other reviewers also mentioned it, there is a certain smell in the building.
When we stayed there it wasn't too bad at the beginning. The place was relatively empty and quiet, we were enjoying it. But then a huge group arrived and one evening when we got back from a long day of sightseeing we were told that our stuff was moved to another room. Without notice or without asking for consent etc. they moved our stuff into another room. That was very unprofessional and annoying. The new room was in the basement and had 2 huge hot water pipes running through it. It was hot like a sauna when we first entered the room and we had to open the window during the night to balance the heat. We also slept on the upper beds which were only 1-2 feet away from the hot pipes which means there was always a risk of accidentally touching them and getting burned.
It is not the worst hostel in new york, is the worst hostel in the world! the worst is the smell, smells fuck, rotten, old. It is very dirty and ugly! Believe me I am open minded and I do everything, I am not complicated, but this hostel is very bad. The only thing good is the hospitality of the only girl employee, the man manager is an ogre, and I never met Nafisa. It is an ugly neighborhood, Russians. Whatever you do, never go! not even sleep at night!
its near the beach, which is really nice and right by the subway. ask the host for directions to the hostel beforehand, because your iphone will lead you somewhere random.
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THE BADEST PLACE I EVER BEEN !!!
1- you will only see nafissa during your tripe when she will come to ask you if you have allready paid. And that it when she is providing you a good costumer service, the reste of the time you will talk to a guy who live in the house and this guy doesn't speak english.
2-the dorm room doesn't have any space for your luggages, even no space to have acces to your bed easelly.the room are not clean and they are verry verry cold (no hitten) !
3-the house have a big energy problem: most of the time you will not have wifi and cable.
4-Nafissa take everybody ( homeless,people who come in NYC to find a job,...) so you will frequently have some people who have their food or their money stolen. And nafissa don't care about it the only think she wan't is CASH MONEY!
5-there house isn't safe because you only need a code to enter in and every people have the same!
Never Never Neveeeeeeer Book for this house!
I don't know why airbnb work with those kind of host
I gave it four stars only because the people were so interesting who were staying there, and it was a lot of fun. Nafisa is a sympathetic, kind person. However, there are some things a potential guest should be aware of: You share a room with many other people, there was the theft of a laptop while I was there, the place is a little run-down, and it seems that only one or two electrical circuits are running in a three story house, so at times the electricity (and the internet, due to unpaid bill,apparently) kept going out, sometimes as much as every hour or less, as everyone was running space heaters because the heat was not working. However, once again, it is Brighton Beach, it is cheap for the NY area, and the people there were from all over the world, all different backgrounds, and each person was very interesting and for the most part really great people. So overall it was an intense, wonderful experience.