love to travel and love to host. I have more then one space so when my work or play requires me to be in one area I dont mind hosting my other spaces. I will do my best to communicate and treat every guest like a friend.
Pros: The apartment is small but lovely. The location is great, just off Union Square, great transportation to all destinations. It was clean and tidy. a bottle of wine awaited on the table which added a nice touch.
Cons: WiFi is of poor quality. The shower is not that great. It was difficult to get a hold of Richard over the phone to coordinate the arrival and check-in (method of choice by Richard), although I wrote him in advance when I'm due to land in and got his acknowledgement.
Note: The apartment address is not accurate on the website. I got the accurate address over the phone from Richard just before arrival.
This was my first experience using Airbnb for booking accommodations and have to say I was very happy with the whole process and ease of it all. You should rent this apartment if you are looking for: An amazing location - central to everything; a place to cook by yourself - Whole Foods across the street and a Trader Joe's just a little further down....oh and the farmers market in Union Square several times a week...just steps from the front door; Really comfortabley soft bed as well as a really comfortable sleeper sofa; a place close to tons of shopping, movie theater, restaurants, and Bars; a 24 hour doorman building with elevator and laundry facilities; a real New York experience...not the tourist kind, but the kind that makes you feel like you actually live there; a place to do a little work while on vacation - open WiFi connection ; a host that is very easy to communicate even during your stay; I'm planning a trip back next year to NYC and will rent this apartment again if it is available. Enza Di Sciacca
Richard was a great host. He was very responsive to any concerns or questions that we had before and during our stay. The location is top notch. You are minutes away from Union Square and lots of great restaurants on University. If you are there on the weekends or at night there is ample free street parking. Laundry is in the basement if you need it. The kitchen has lots of plates, dishes, silverware and glasses. The sheets and towels were clean and ready for us. As some other reviews mentioned the apartment is a little old but the location more than makes up for it!
A good experience. We only met Richard on the phone, but everything worked out smoothly. The location IS great, and within walking distance of almost every great spot in the city.
Yikes. Lot's of false advertising in this ad. We booked at the last minute and Richard accepted our reservation. We were really excited because we love the location but had a horrible experience overall. It started with Richard asking us to be there before 4pm so the doorman wouldn't ask any questions (weird but okay). So we did. But we couldn't get in - the cleaning lady took the keys that were left for us. So we waited for about 1.5 hours for her to come back and let us in. Not a big deal. The apartment is run down. I will say overall it was clean but it looks like a college dorm - not the way the pictures depict. There was no toilet paper, no blanket on the bed, just sheets (there is a blanket in the picture). Also, one of the windows wouldn't close completely and there were no curtains covering the windows because the rod fell down before we got there. So waking up to the sun shining on our eyes wasn't ideal for an entire week. The couch was so stained and disgusting that we laid sheets over it so we wouldn't be grossed out. All the furniture was in really bad shape and we didn't want to spend anytime there if we could avoid it. Also, there is no gym as it is listed in amenities and wifi wasn't working (or he couldn't remember the password). The place is not "zen" at all as it is described - it is a college dorm room. Last negative - there is no view of the park!!! You can barely see it if you look down the road to your left - nothing like what the picture shows. At least be truthful!
Only positive is the location - I love Union Square so it's a great location but this place is a rip off. If I was paying 100 bucks per night then I could totally justify the cost. But I paid 227 per night and have never been so unhappy with a stay.
Do not stay here.
Do no recommend at all. Proceed with extreme caution. In fact, just avoid this place.
I was coming in with 10 friends from around the world for a NYC wedding over new years. Just before I was getting on a flight from Japan, the host cancelled on us saying that the place was double booked. New years weekend in NYC is not the time to cancel on 10 guests last minute. Especially when the reservation was made 3 months prior.
Further conversations with the host resulted in a terrible experience for the following reasons:
- Though we were 10 people, the host suggested we all cram into his garage apartment which only had one pull out futon (1 tiny room) and even suggested we would be comfortable on the bathmat in the kitchen. There was physically no space for all of us.
- The host made numerous claims that were untrue. It all started with the fact that he changed the price from $1400 through airbnb and then requesting $4000. We were able to negotiate to $2400. This was a clear bait and switch.
- The advertised hot tub was completed yellow and had a thick film of something unidentifiable.
- The hosts were incredibly curt and unpleasant and did not sympathize with the fact that we were left in the cold because of their actions. They treated us like we were a nuisance to their lives.
- Many others but I think the point has been made at this point.
In conclusion, just avoid this place. There are so many other potentially good options that to have this kind of listing is not good for Airbnb and the sharing economy.
Rich made my trip to NY easy and comfortable. The place was nice inside, and of course location next to Union Sq was fantastic.
I arrived late at night which wasn't a problem, and Rich was consistently responsive. Would stay here again!
This was my first AirBnB experience. The host was a little difficult to reach as he was travelling and had to remotely open the outer door to the building with his cell phone. We played phone/text tag for a while but did get in within 30 minutes of arriving at Union Square. The door was left open and the keys were inside the apartment, which is on the 5th floor with elevator access.
The NUMBER 1 reason to select this apartment is the LOCATION. It is awesome. 1 block from the Union Square subway station and 1 block from Union Square Park. I felt like there were a lot of options within a couple of blocks. I also walked all over the place using this as a central location. Times Square is probably too far to walk but Mid-town or the Villages were not too bad.
Upon arrival, I unfortunately had to clean for about an hour to make the place acceptable. I did heavy dusting, swept/vacuumed/mopped, cleaned the sink and counter in the kitchenette, cleaned the tub/sink/toilet in the bathroom, vacummed a lot of crumbs off the sofa, etc. I am not a neat freak, but it was obvious that the place had not been touched. There were old olives in the sink strainer. That is a bit less than acceptable.
With that said, there were clean sheets and towels. All of the ammenities described did exist, except for WIFI, which was not apparently hooked up. There was A/C and cable, which were appreciated. The host also left a bottle of wine as a greeting, which was a nice touch. The shower was hot!
The view was NOT of Union Square Park, as you see in the ad. The view is of the street (Jamba Juice being the main point of interest lol). At nights, there was security in the building, which was nice. I used the laundry downstairs and that went fine as well. There was some noise on Friday and Saturday nights, but that’s to be expected. It was mostly car horns and yells/shouts.
My advice is that this would be a great place for a single, young male. It would be a little tight for 2 people, especially if you are unused to the small hotel rooms in NYC. If you are older and used to having a decent hotel room, the condition of this apartment may not be up to snuff. If you want a great location, though, and you are willing to deal with the quirks, this can be a good choice.
The price seems a bit high for the condition of the apartment, but you are paying for location. It was half the price of any hotel I could find that seemed decent. I would have felt better if the price was closer to $100 than $200. I would probably not stay in this particular place again unless a professional cleaning was done ahead of time. Some folks may not mind that at all, however.
LOVED my stay here! Great location... lots of shops & places to eat very nearby. Was also easy to get to all parts of Manhattan by the subway, taxi or even walking. Would definitely recommend this place & will be happy to stay again!
Richard made things easy and kept in easy contact throughout my stay.
The doorman is lovely too, which made me feel extra safe as I was traveling on my own to NYC for the first time.
I miss it already!! Thanks again for being a great host!
The host was very welcoming and hospitable and his apartment was great! It was in a great location and he was very accommodating. The apartment looked as described. I would definitely stay here again!