We had been looking for a holiday rental in nyc because they usually allow enough space for the four of us (sons 18 & 20) to stay together and offer great flexibility - but having realised the difficulty of finding a legal holiday rental, I was delighted to find that 'A Garden in Chelsea' could offer all that we were looking for. We stayed in the 2nd/ 3rd floor (2 floors above entrance level) apartment which was very spacious, clean, comfortable and well equipped - we felt truly 'at home' there and it was always great to come back there to relax after our busy days and evenings.
We had a large bedroom with a very comfortable bed and plenty of closet space (we were staying 7 nights). The lounge had a large, comfortable sofa bed which my sons shared - although Karen also offered temporary beds if required. We left the bed made up whilst we were there, as there were two further comfortable chairs and also a table and chairs, so there was still plenty of room for the four of us to share the lounge together whilst in the apartment. The kitchen and bathroom were quite small but more than adequate for our needs and it was perfectly possible to cook a meal should you wish to do so. There was also a closet in the hallway with ample hanging space for us all to use.
We loved the location of 'A Garden in Chelsea'. We had chosen Chelsea because it was well positioned between Downtown and Uptown with a number of major sights being within walking distance and also some attractions of its own. In addition to this it also proved a great neighbourhood to be in and we would have liked more time to explore it further - it was also very quiet and we had no trouble sleeping. The location also suited us well as we attended two events at Madison Square Garden (basketball & concert) and also went to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (improv comedy) and these were both within easy walking distance and it was great not to have to go too far in the evenings after busy days sightseeing.
Karen was always helpful and prompt to answer enquiries during the booking process and both Karen and Paul were friendly and helpful during our visit and we felt that they were available should we have needed any advice/help.
The only difficulty I could see with this accomodation is that the stairs are quite steep for anybody who has any mobility issues - the basement accomodation did however appear to be easily accessible, with just a few external steps down to it. Should you be attracted by the garden, there is no access to this from the upstairs accomodation but we were fully aware of this when booking and it did not concern us as we were there during early April.
Should we be fortunate enough to visit New York in the future, I would love to stay here again.
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