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I had a good stay, and I think it is a decent place to stay in New York City, especially considering the price.
Pros: Great location in Flatiron. Close to the trains. Close to Chelsea. Easy public transport to and from Laguardia. Some really great places to eat in the area. Nice park nearby. It was also nice to make my own breakfast with the kitchenette, as I am not really a morning person. There is no range or stove but there is pretty much everything else you could want, including a fridge and hotplate. The room was clean, private, and quiet. The bed was comfy. It is a dorm room but you're not sharing anything with anyone. Nicole was good at getting back to me about any concerns. I was able to check in a little early so I could freshen up before a matinee show on the day of my arrival which was definitely nice.
Cons: The building definitely has a lot of college students, being a dorm. So sometimes it felt a bit awkward since I am not college-aged. The security is very tight, which is a pro, but on my second night, one of the security ladies didn't want to let me back up to my room. It was all handled in a few minutes, but it did make me a little paranoid about coming and going for the rest of my stay. Also, if you order food, you have to go down and get it as they won't let the delivery person upstairs. Wi-Fi was a little iffy for me. Usually I got just two or three bars. It did work but was a little slow for (website hidden) was listed as an amenity but there is no service hooked up, so you can't watch anything. I bought a cheap antenna so that I could at least get the local channels and it was fine. The room was super hot. I couldn't figure out a way to control the temperature, so I just left the windows open.
All in all, it was a good stay. The price is definitely right, and the pros outweighed the cons for me.
Good experience. Would stay again. Didn't mind that the building was mainly a dorm. Didn't meet the host but she was responsive and everything with check-in/out and door people worked smoothly.
The listing is described 100% accurately, it has great views of the Empire State building and is just so nice and bright!
Nicole was very responsive in getting back to be with any queries I had and gave me clear instructions of how to get a key.
Security is strict as it is a student dorm however don't be alarmed because the students aren't loud and they don't bother you. You'll only see them when you use the lift. So actually the strict security works in your favour as it makes you feel safer, particularly if you are travelling on your own in this big city.
PROS: This apartment is just as advertised: Bright, clean, fantastic views, easy access to transportation, true high speed Internet, and Nicole offered clear instructions while being welcoming without being intrusive.
CONS: The apartment is in a college dorm. This really should be made clear in the listing. The 24 hour doormen were all very nice to me, and the entire building was very quite, so it is not as if there is an “animal house” vibe to the place. However, as a male in his mid forties, I felt like an intruder while riding the elevator with teenagers.
To be clear, if you choose to stay in Nicole’s place you will have 100% privacy; it is NOT a dorm situation in which you need to share space with college students. Also, at this price point, location, and quality (it really is a very tranquil and lovely place to stay) you will have a hard time getting anything this nice on the island of Manhattan.
Nicole's apartment is lovely but...
Something came up and I was only able to stay 2 of the 5 nights I booked. I communicated this to Nicole 24 hours before I arrived per her "moderate" cancellation policy.
Nicole, who was an awful communicator handed me off to her boyfriend, Lasse whom she said would refund me. It took me 3 emails across 3 days to finally get a reply from him. He was unreasonable, rude and seemed determined to be as difficult as possible. He refused to listen and had no intention of refunding me 50% of the last 2 nights that Airbnb defines as fair for a "moderate" cancelation policy.
In the end I had to write to Airbnb who agreed to refund the money for me.
This was an unnecessarily stressful experience that required a lot of time, effort and patience to resolve. It's such a shame that true community spirit, consideration and understanding is still lacking in some places.
I didn't met Nicole but she gave me all the informations that i needed and always answered very quickely. The studio is extremely well situated and realy have an amazing view ! I totaly enjoyef my stay there and definitly recomand it! It's a perfect and relexing place in the heart of the city.
I would say that the listing of Nicole's studio apartment was more then I expected. Not a Loft; but a clean sweet studio apartment that had some really positive spiritual vibes. The place is part school dorm and part permanent tenants (But NO crazy parties. Just peaceful). I rented the place because my Village Loft was being renovated and the worker's coming in each morning at 8AM stressed me out to such a great point that it was affecting my sleep and health. When I first walked into Nicole's apartment, I felt a peace. The sun was beaming through the window over her bed between 2 buildings and it sat there for about an hour so I just sat on her bed and soaked up the sun. A hot bath at night helped calm my nerves. And then in the morning, the sun woke me up at her North bound window overlooking Lexington Ave. The books in her apartment also added to the spiritual feel of the room. And it appeared there was a bit of fen shui happening in the room. What are the odds of being so stressed out then hitting the only apartment that had a fen shui feeling to it. This is what is so SAD about the NY Attorney General and why so many Americans are leaving the Country. The government just doesn't get it nor does it want to. There are more important things in life then money and one of them can be found in this apartment. It is the sharing of ones life with another that NO hotel can give you. I hate hotels. They are cold places that shuffle you in and out like products on an assembly line. I would say the only negative point was the doormen downstairs yelling "Hey Hey, who are you!!!" all the time. But after I told them the apartment number they would say "ok".
BTW, Nicole's apartment convinced me to fly to Hawaii with my wife because where else can I find such a spiritual feelings in the United States without the attitude. And in Hawaii, we met an Ex-New Yorker who left because the NY Attorney general wouldn't let her rent out her apartment on Airbnd. She is loving it down here and she can rent out her apartment via Airbnb all she wants. SO the law abiding citizens will just leave NY to avoid its ridiculous and harmful laws. NEVERTHELESS, the NY Attorney General will be left with those who will NOT abide by its laws and he will NEVER win this fight because people will keep renting to each other under the table no matter what he does because they have found each other online. The NY Attorney General would have to eliminate the Internet completely to win this fight. Good luck ........
The apartment was exactly as described on the profile, lovely and clean, bright and airy - a lovely place to stay. Excellent location for anyone wishing to explore central New York. Nicole was very efficient, it was very easy to organize the stay.
The reservation was canceled 5 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
i stayed 7days here with my wife. the room is really cute, save and save . close to thr subways and supermarkets. nicole is very concerning and helpful. even the doorman are all nice. i may stay next time when i visit nyc. just it would be perfect if the little things can be more cleaned.