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Chill, respectful dude. Vegan, meditator, minimalist.
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First, let me say that Birju is a really nice guy and very responsive and easy to work with. His studio apartment is very conveniently located, just a few blocks from Grand Central, and because there's a doorman, it's a snap to get the keys etc.
From the pictures, I was expecting a basic apartment, and it is. It's as basic as you can get. No frills at all. No art, no real furniture except for a small table with rickety chairs and the matress/boxspring on the floor. If all you need is a place to sleep then it will do the trick. But if you are spending any time there you might be depressed as it's not a very homey, comfortable place.
This was my first airbnb stay and I am used to staying in nice hotels. Not sure whether I was expecting too much but I was very disappointed with the cleanliness of the bathroom. But after emailing Birju about it, he assured me that he would ensure it is clean for future guests, and I believe him. In his email he mentioned that he was out of town before I got there and thought he left it in good shape. But he apologized and I have no doubt that he will make good for future guests.
Birju's apartment was great! My son and I spent 4 nights here when my parents visited us from Japan. While they were staying at Grand Hyatt for $400 a night, we had this roomy place for much, much less. Birju was a great host, making sure that we had everything we needed.
Thank you for a great experience!
The apartment is in an amazing location, 2 walks to the chrysler, or grand central, easy walk downtown, uptown and all over town. The building is great, doorman know everyone and a laundry on the bottom floor, very secure and clean. Birju as a host was fantastic, very kind, helpful even checking in on us when we got there. The apartment itself is fine, basic comforts and comfortable.
Phenomenal host. Great building, best location. Birju made sure I had everything I needed and his kindness was inspiring! Really made my trip a wonderful experience.
I have known Birju for many years as a former classmate and one of my best friends. He is wonderful person in all aspects of his life and leads an existence that strives to maximize harmony in the world. I'm sure anybody you ask about Birju will have similar things to say.