I'm Russian Jewish, live in NYC for over 10 years and am happy to make suggestions for your stay while in NY.
first time airbnb user and in nyc.
I've stayed at Ilona's from the 8th till the 14th of april.
The apartment is exacly like the pictures, very comfortable and very clean.
It's right in the middle so you're very close to alot of places and transportation but not noisy so you can sleep.
Ilona was a very nice host and helped me in every question I had.
Добрый вечер друзья!) Хочу поделиться впечатлениями от поездки в NY! Благодаря Илоне мы прекрасно провели свой отпуск! Илона заботилась о каждом шаге и контролировала все наши передвижения!) Квартира очень уютная, чистая и находится в центре! Вокруг много хороших ресторанов, все шаговой доступности. По поводу кровати могу сказать следующее) кровать на фото гораздо больше чем на самом деле!) мой муж под 2 метра ростом)) и мы прекрасно помещались. Мы уже планируем следующую поездку и надеемся, что Илона нас примет!!! Отдельное спасибо родителям Илоны) они нам тоже помогали в некоторых вопросах!!! Всем удачи!)
Excellent experience in Midtown NYC. great for visiting, work during the day and great location to reach cultural, gastronomic and good fun activities. Ilona has a very nice, clean, comfortable, quiet apartment. She was very accommodating at all times guiding me to great locations, city tips and all. I think its been my best NYC experience yet, forget hotels and their crowds. It could also give you an idea how is to live in NYC literately. I felt at home at all times, safe, courteous doorman and helpful staff onsite 24/7 Close to Broadway at walking distances too. I will recommend Ilona's place to everyone that is looking for a great NYC experience alone or as a couple anytime.
My partner and I stayed in Ilona's apartment for 10 nights in October. The apartment was fully furnished and was in walking distance to everything! The bed does fit two people comfortably but the pillows were very uncomfortable and odd.. We arrived to find that the shower was not working and was instructed by the maintenance team not to use it until it was fixed, this was 3 days later.. Being in another country we felt very vulnerable in this situation and desperately wanted a shower after our long 15 hour flight and was unable to do so. Ilona did make an effort to message me but the situation really could have been handled better. I contacted Ilona once the shower had been fixed to ask for compensation over the matter and she blatantly refused, I guess she thought it was okay to be left without a shower for 3 days when we are paying over $200/night. This was very distressing so I contacted Airbnb and they were happy to help. Ilona became very frustrated over the situation and made me upset whilst I was trying to enjoy my holiday with my partner so I discontinued contact with her as much as I could after the issue because I really didn't need the drama. We were also slightly inconvenienced by the check-in time as we arrived at 1pm and wasn't able to check in until after 5pm due to the cleaning service not being finished. Ilona had only notified us of this when we arrived and messaged her. Overall, the experience was stressful but the apartment and location was great. I guess renting an apartment like this comes with risks as staying in a hotel the situation could have been dealt with efficiently and less stress for everybody. Ilona was very helpful with suggestions for restaurant ideas in the area and was also happy to answer any questions we had. Enjoy your holiday in New York :)
We stay at New York in October of 2013 at Ilona's apartment. Ilona is a very friendly people, and she always answer us very fast. We had some problems with reservation dates, but finally we had done. She gave us a lot information about the city before the holidays and when we stayed in NYC.
The apartment was great, in a good neighborhood, very near to Times Square and Broadway on one side, and the river hudson on the other (there are Intrepid museum and a lot of little cruises there). There are a little markets near, and a lot of places that you can eat everytime.
The flat has a lot of services, recicle room, gym, laundry, garden and comun living room and doorman.
The apartment is complete, everything you need on holidays, and the bed is confortable (the size is no problem fot tall person, myboyfriend is 1'90zm tall and he sleep very well).
So is a place that I recommend for everyone!
Lovely place, location perfect. Ilona also gave good advice on restaurants and breakfast places. No complaints whatsoever.
We really enjoyed staying here! The apartment was clean and exactly as shown in the photos. It was a perfect size for my husband and I. We were initially concerned about the bed size, but it fit 2 people very comfortably.
Ilona was a wonderful host! She is extremely knowledgable of Manhattan and provided us with pages of information with recommendations and helpful tips for our trip. We always received a quick response from Ilona when we had to communicate prior to our trip, and while we were on our trip. There was a slight confusion with the doorman and the keys, but Ilona was extremely quick to respond and very apologetic for the mishap. She is very pleasant and friendly to deal with!
The Apartment is in a great location! You are a 10 minute walk from the subway and Time Square. 15 minutes from Central Park, and minutes from great restaurants and bistro! The building is new and in great condition. The neighbourhood is beautiful, which makes walking to your destinations very enjoyable. Street traffic was minimal in the apartment.
If we ever stay in NYC again we will definitely look for Ilona and this apartment!
Nice place, close to Broadway and Times Square.
Safe, comfortable, a lot of restaurants around.
Full night life. Nice coffee place next door
Ilona was a wonderful host! Her responses were prompt and her descriptions were very accurate and I asked a lot of questions. The picture of her lovely apartment is exact! The studio apartment was the right size for the two of us, a bit larger than a good sized hotel room, and we stayed there for a Monday – Friday trip during the first week of June. Everything was very clean and neat. The bed is a full sized day bed and we are used to sleeping on a King bed because we are larger/taller sized people. So we slept head to feet opposite of each other and were quite comfortable. I was very happy with the size of the bathroom too and it was also very clean and white. Fantastic water pressure with endless hot water in the shower; it was rejuvenating after a long day of walking through the city. The area was really quiet too; we never heard anyone else in the building or any outside noises. Yet when we walked 20 steps out the building, we were right in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. And it was nice that there was a deli right on the corner so hubby could walk there to get coffee without getting lost each morning. Since we were in the Hell’s Kitchen area of NYC, we also wanted to make sure to hit the best restaurants. Ilona was the best concierge by offering recommendations on places to eat, times, to go, and even dishes to order. She considered food preferences, dietary restrictions, and price. She helped us find other locations that we needed to get to as well. Ilona was flexible with check in/out times, and even allowed us to use the common area that was equipped with a/c, TV, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc. while we waited for our pickup ride. All in all, we had a fantastic time and a great place to stay.
We had a very good stay in Ilona's appartment. It's fully furnished although we did not use the kitchen. Very clean and quiet, you will not hear the traffic at all. Bed is confortable for two.
The appartment is located at a 10 minutes walk form the closest metro station.
Ilona has been available before and during our stay when we had questions about NYC or stuff in her appartment.
When we had to leave the appartment, we left without any problem our luggages to the concierge.
We definitly recommend this appartment for a stay in NYC.