artist, professor, cyclist, zipliner, lover-of beetles salamanders and bats
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O apartamento é muito bem localizado, arejado e claro. O sofá-cama é confortável e a cozinha tem todo o necessário. Só não espere simpatia da dona. Ela não responde aos emails, não dá muitas informações, não dá dicas e nem ao menos diz onde está a chave da porta. (Estava com o vizinho e só descobrimos isso horas depois). Mesmo assim, recomendamos. O ar condicionado funcionou bem e a estadia foi boa, no geral.
We stayed in Natalie's apartment for 5 days in July and it was perfect.
A great location and the apartment stayed cool even though it was 40degrees outside!
The apartment was comfortable and had everything we needed for our stay.
I'd highly recommend this place and would stay again.
Dreadful. We are two 62 year old grandmothers and as a result of staying at Natalie's apartment, we both became very ill, one of us in particular.
Upon arrival the apartment was dirty. The walls were filthy, the bathroom floor was full of hairs, the bath and surrounds were grubby, underneath the kitchen rubbish tidy was disgusting and there were two filthy vents full of moldy substances and dirt. One vent in the bathroom and one in the kitchen adjacent to, and above, the stove.
The sheets and pillows which were left in a dirty cupboard for us to make up the "couch" with, were a disgrace. The sheets were so thin, stained and threadbare that we were forced to go to Kmart that afternoon and purchase a set of new sheets so that we might feel clean and secure when sleeping. The only blanket appeared unwashed so we made the housemaid put in through the washing machine before we used it. As well, the pillows were extremely old with feathers coming out of them in all directions. They were very badly stained and there were no pillow case protectors. As well, the bath towels were thin with dreadful staining and were unusable.
As a result of this, Natalie agreed to purchase two new towels and two new pillows that afternoon which she sent the cleaning girl to buy. She would not however, replace the sheets, hence we had to purchase our own.
There was no kettle and the place was extremely basiic with only one lounge-type chair to sit on, a table and a couple of dining chairs. The couch was the bed, but this had no "mattress cover" or mattress protector to soften the hard vinyl of the couch. It is described on the site as a full (therefore QS) bed, but it is only a double size bed and the seams and piping of the vinyl stick into you when you are lying on it. At 2AM on the second morning, Natalie knocked on our door and handed us a kettle so that at least we might make a cup of tea!
Three days later, the house cleaner came in and scrubbed all the walls in the kitchen, livingroom/sleeping area and bathroom with sugar soap and water - that's how dirty the walls were! We have a written note from the cleaner asking us if the walls were "now satisfactory" ! There was also paint peeling in sheets off the ceiling directly above where we slept.
It may sound exaggerated to the reader, however we purchased plastic plates and utensils to eat off because we were not game to eat off the grubby plates and cutlery.
All in all, our experience was utterly appalling and extremely upsetting and stressful. As well, Natalie was argumentative and in complete denial of her role as "owner/provider" of this accommodation.
In summary, this apartment is NOT lived in at any time by the owner as she in fact, lives next door. Our understanding from Airbnb was that the apartments listed on their site, are in fact, apartments "owner occupied". This is certainly NOT the case here. Furthermore, Natalie really "did not want to know" of the state of the apartment and it was only after we had insisted a number of times that she come in and have a look around. Prior to this, she clearly just left it to the cleaning girl who was obviously not competent to look after it, nor present it the way it is represented on the internet. After Natalie had finally inspected it, the cleaning girl came in three days later and washed all the walls.
Finally, the area outside the bathroom is clearly used for storage by Natalie and was dusty and dirty. As well, there is obviously some sort of connecting door into her own apartment which has been covered over by some sort of temporary plastic or cardboard and which flaps incessently with the drafts it creates.
All in all, we could not recommend in any way, this apartment in its present state, in particularly the disgraceful state of the linen, etc. When you are asked to pay a certain tariff for an apartment, the least a paying guest should be able to expect is for it to be clearn and to have presentable, clean linen. Our experience was most regrettable, but even more regrettable was the fact that one of us became so ill due to the smell, dampness and possibly the moldy vents, as well as the sheer stress of the experience, that for two weeks following our stay at Natalie's apartment, she was very very ill. As well, the first FOUR days of our holiday at Natalie's apartment were completely wasted on the above issues so that we did not even have the time or the inclination to sight-see and by this stage, one of us was very unwell.
This apartment is NOT in the least how it appears on the Airbnb website and we would not wish this experience on anyone. Unfortunately, being 62 year old grandmothers, we did not understand our rights at the time and therefore did not know that we could have left and our money would have been returned. We did not have the means or money to find alternative accommodation (no phone or internet), so sadly we were forced to stay at this apartment for the 8 days.
We stayed at Natalies apartment the last 2 weeks of may 2012. We just loved to stay there. The apartment is tastefully furnished nicely and very bright. The kitchen had the equipment, we needed, and we certainly loved the big balcony with the nice view to the east and the west.
It`s absolutely the best area in the whole city. Short walking distance to SoHo, West Village and East Village.
We`d really like to come back :-)
todo fue muy bien. el departamento es muy luminoso y ubicado en unos de los lugares de manhattan mas lindos para mi.
Our stay in Natalie's was really good. Everything was as expected. The apartement was nice and the terrace really good. The bath and kitchen were tidy and clean. Location is good too.
We had a great time in New York, using Natalie's apartment as a base. It is ideally located with lots of coffee shops, restaurants and bars nearby. We had breakfast at Think Coffee most days and we recommend the Peculiar Pub on Bleecker Street (between Thomson and Laguardia).
Central Park, with all the must see tourist spots along 5th Avenue, is only an hour away on foot, while Battery Park is about the same downtown.
We had a slight delay checking in as Natalie wasn't ready for us, so we left our bag with the helpful doorman Frank and went to the pub for an hour. Once we were in the apartment we could see it was pretty much the same as in the photos. It was clean and fairly well equipped with pots and pans and cutlery. There was even some food in the fridge and cupboards.
The only slight negative was that the apartment was looking a little tired - some of the paint was peeling from the ceiling, there were some dirty marks on the wall, the chairs on the balcony had broken backs. Oh, and we could hear everything that happened in the neighbouring apartment as the soundproofing was terrible. No doubt they could hear us too!
These are minor quibbles though. We were out all day every day and used the apartment as a place to crash and for that it was perfect.
After a few organisational hickups this turned out to be a really nice flat. The location, the flat itself and the balcony are great, but on the downside, there were some issues with having the flat cleaned prior to our arrival (but a refund was issued for the first night) and the Wifi did not work for the duration of our stay. Natalie seems very nice and was quick to respond to issues and queries.
Natalie's place was perfectly situated in the village. Easy access to most of the cool little boutique shops, bars, cafes, diners & restaurants the village has to offer. The apartment was minimal, bright and clean. We'd stay there again.
Natalie and her family were great guests! We didn't had a chance to meet them in person as we were out of town but had no problems with anything while they stayed at our place. Left the apartment in great condition as well. Highly recommend and would love to host them again!
natalie was a decent,clean and profesional person welcome her to return staying with us
Natalie has extraordinary energy and combines vision and enthusiasm with meticulousness to detail. She knows the city like a native and is an exceptionally exciting and courteous host. Exceptional place to stay, right in the heart of Manhattan with vast views of downtown & yet a real treetop haven, birdsong can drown out the sounds from the street. The lengthy balcony is utter luxury.