We stayed with Susan at Between the Parks in June and were delighted because she Susan treated us like old friends. She discussed our daily plans with us over breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt and pastries. She suggested which parks and museums would probably please us most (and was bang-on every time), as well as several other outings, like the High Line walkway that we wouldn’t have thought of on our own.
The room was comfortable and large enough that we didn’t feel like we were going to bump into furniture and walls, but of course, you have to remember that you’re in a condo in Upper West Manhattan, so you can’t expect home on the range in terms of space. Still, the room was larger than either of the hotel rooms we had in Paris in previous years. You also can’t expect a magnificent view but we didn’t mind at all because we were out most of the time and Susan’s hospitality more than made up for any minor issues.
The location is fantastic. You can walk to both Central Park and Riverside Park. You’re just off Amsterdam Ave., so the subway, shopping and a string of good restaurants are within easy walking distance. And it’s a residential area where you constantly see people walking their dogs and mothers pushing strollers, so you never have to have any concerns about safety.
There’s a little elevator, so you don’t have to lug suitcases up and down flights of stairs. She’s done a great job of maximizing the space, both for her guests and herself. She even created a small reading area just inside the front door where you can browse a small library or research your next day’s outings.
Book well in advance because, as more people discover this cosy little gem, it will get harder and harder to book. And in answer to a couple of obvious questions: Yes, I would stay there again and hope I get the opportunity to do so. And no, no one paid me to say these nice things; I just really liked New York and Susan’s accommodations.
Keep a candle in the window, Sue!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As owners in residence, we have welcomed guests to join us in our home from all over the US and more than 30 countries. We have set aside one comfortable, clean, quiet, and private bedroom with en-suite bath within our NYC apartment, for one to two lodgers. Mornings feature a fresh cup of coffee or tea and breads from world-famous Zabar's. Air-conditioned. Located on the Upper West Side Side of Manhattan with convenient access to subways and buses; Central Park; Lincoln Center; Met, Guggenheim and Natural History museums; Macy's and shopping; restaurants and cafes; and parking garages. We are 5th generation New Yorkers, residing in the apartment throughout your stay, on hand to get to know you and share our knowledge of, and love for, New York City. ... more less