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Room, stateroom actually, exactly as described on Internet. Host left guest feeling as if you were second fiddle( not top of mind) to repair and repainting. Neighborhood , beyond the dock area itself, was OK and typical Red Hook, that is to say as expected. Dock area a mess of abandoned materials, paint cans ,lids, and used paintbrushes scattered about. Chaotic scene.
Amazing rental with lots to see. Make sure to visit the Red Hook neighborhood while you're here
Cape Race is one of the most unique and memorable places we've ever stayed in, and that's saying something. The pictures get it across, but it's even more impressive in person... the beautiful hardwoods, the overall fit and finish, and seeing that everything is *real*, like this vessel and everything on it are designed for real rough sea conditions. This also means you'll make some minor compromises like shower water pressure and bathroom size which we didn't care about and I only mention in case you, dear reader, do.
The Red Hook area exceeded our expectations as well. Other then being prepared for a lack of local public transport (nearest subway is a 20-25 minute walk away), we didn't really know what to expect. Red Hook turns out to be such a cool area with some outstanding restaurants (do NOT miss Kao Soy for dinner or Fort Defiance for brunch!), cute-as-button shops, and an amazing collective of local distilleries which all do tastings (Stillhouse is a good place to start and Widow Jane was fun). We wish we'd had an entire day to explore and tour.
If you can get your hands on bikes & NYC appropriate locks/chains, they'd really come in handy for local exploration and would make to/from the subway an easy 10 min ride.
Milo is very hands off -- most of the time it felt like we had the entire ship to ourselves. I wish we'd had more time to chat with him about his travels and the ship's adventures.
Make sure you know exactly where to have the taxi/car service drop you off (street and cross-street) and clear walking directions as the ship can be hard to find the first time, but it's a snap after that.
We hope to have the pleasure of staying at Cape Race again someday!
Lovely accommodations. I'd be happy to stay there again and I'm now interested in the arctic cruises aboard the Cape Race.
It felt a bit like being on the set of a Wes Anderson movie - there's a combination of beautiful woodwork and details, with the density of stuff that you get when a space is actually used. Plus the combination of the rough exterior of an ocean going vessel with very warm pleasant interiors.
The room was quiet and comfortable. The bed is good too. Since it's a boat, I wasn't sure what to expect the shower situation to be, but it turned out to be very nice.
It's worth mentioning that the room didn't have windows. I didn't mind this, since I had a lot of sleep to catch up on, but it does make it hard to get woken up by the sun (unlikely in fact).
I stayed on the boat with my partner for an evening, and after getting used to the uniqueness of the experience we enjoyed ourselves. There were a few unexpected issues with arriving to and from the boat, but Milo was able to assist in most situations. I would suggest scheduling your arrival around a time that Milo is available to meet you and show you around.
My wife and I came to Brooklyn to see a show called the 'Thrilling Adventure Hour' and staying about the Cape Race made for a perfect complement.
The boat is amazing, the rooms are quiet and lovely and the view is spectacular. The area around the port is a great get away from the bustle of Manhattan, yet close enough walk to take the ferry to Wall Street, (if you are so inclined), but we were frankly just as happy to spend the weekend in Red Hook.
Milo is remarkably easy and accommodating. Not being familiar with the area, he provided us with a map of the neighborhood with great ideas and warnings where to stay clear of would be dragons, (we highly recommend Sunny's Bar for evening entertainment and great drinks.)
In an area that is full of hotels that are overpriced and surrounded by less than stellar parking or amenities, why anyone would stay anywhere but aboard the Cape is beyond me. We only hope that next time we find ourselves overnight in the big city that Milo and company are in port.
Everything was (email hidden)o gave us good advice for places to visit in Red Hook...including the Bait & Tackle Bar with Barry and Sonny's with the great music...Red Hook is a great place to visit...
My girlfriend and I spend a wonderful ten days on the Cap Race. It was amazing to live et sleep on the ship, in the port of Brooklyn with this incredible view of Manhattan and this nice neighbourhood of Red Hook. Our car and bikes were nearby along the boat. The room was quiet and confortable.
It was interesting to see the crew preparing the boat for a big trip in Arctic.
One of the best reservation on Airbnb until now.
We first stayed on the Cape Race last year and had a wonderful adventure in Red Hook. Milo gave us a tour of his beautifully restored vessel and provided a sightseeing map of the area. The sleeping quarters were quiet and comfortable, and the bathroom with a shower was a real plus!
This year we returned for two nights and again enjoyed our accommodations--the boat is magnificent, and the harbor views of Manhattan can't be beat. If you are planning to explore Red Hook's cafes and galleries, this is a central and safe location.
Some things to consider--this is a working ship. You'll climb up and down two steep ladders. Milo and friends are often involved in preparing the boat for the next Arctic journey. When you send your inquiry, be sure to ask if they will be in port. Milo may seem hesitant to accept because his mind is on getting everything ship-shape. Be sure to ask about breakfast arrangements on board. (Many of the local cafes open a bit later, but there is plenty of early coffee and bakery on Van Brunt St.--don't miss Fort Defiance cafe from breakfast to late night. We had 4 out of 5 meals there! Fabulous food.)
My wife & I spent a weekend with Milo aboard the Cape Race. It was a GREAT experience. The boat is extremely comfortable & perfectly located if you're interested in a relaxing few days in the Red Hook, Cobble Hill & Carroll Gardens area. Milo is the perfect host. He gives you complete privacy but is always just a quick shout or text away if you need anything (which you probably won't because he takes care of everything in advance). The bed in the stateroom was large & comfy, and the bathroom was extremely clean & more than adequate. So, if you're looking for a fun & different Brooklyn experience, Milo & the Cape Race are where it's at!!!