When looking for a place to stay in NYC, my boyfriend and I had only a few requirements.
1. If outside of Manhattan, it should be no more than $150 a night and should include a kitchen (preferably private)
2. It should be within 7 minutes of a subway
3. It should be in a safe neighborhood
4. Private bathroom
On those points, our stay was not even $120 a night and it included a kitchen with pots, an oven, a sink, and a stove. The Q train was about 3-5 minutes away by foot and buses are closer (the best supermarket is Fairway and it's about 45 minutes away by bus). And, it was in a quiet residential area. We felt safe walking back from the subway at midnight. Plus, you book the entire floor as the suite takes up the whole floor, so the private bathroom was included. Wonderful.
The air conditioning for the summer was decent. They're only in bedrooms and living room if your floor had a living room. Bonus: there was a LOT of space.
However, there were a couple of problems that my boyfriend wasn't too pleased about -- it irked me a bit as well, but not really too much of a complaint. When booking, I asked which floor we would have and we were told the second floor which was reduced from the normal $165 rate. However, when we arrived, Eve told us we had a special surprise which was that our 1 night on the second floor and the 3 nights in the basement was updated to the 3 nights on the second floor and the 3 nights in the basement. Umm... what? My email very clearly stated our stay was for the second floor, but she showed me around the two and the place was decent enough that I wasn't going to raise the issue. However, we were not offered breakfast as we had an upgrade in our living arrangements. I didn't care too much since I was willing to do my own breakfast, but my boyfriend was upset because he felt ripped off.
As for the floors themselves... our 3 nights on the second floor (right above ground floor) was wonderful. It has two bedrooms but we only took up one. The place was clean enough. For those of you who care about kitchens, it was missing a few things but it was workable and Eve said we could have asked if we wanted something else. Dishes were not too clean. I'm not sure if I should be mad at the person before us or mad at Eve's cleaning service for doing an awful job, but there were enough plates that we worked with it. Also, bring your own shampoo! And the internet is spotty here but where it did work, it worked fine.
The transition to the basement floor was a bit rough. We had a lot of baggage but eventually we moved in. The basement is NOT for tall people. As someone not even 5'2 I had no issues but any taller than that and you'll always have to watch out as there is a low ceiling entering the suite and there is a protrusion as you enter the bathroom from the master bedroom. The second bedroom in the basement would have to go through the master bedroom... As another reviewer mentioned earlier, there is a brick in the master bedroom doorway. I consistently tripped over it... I think it should be rounded off like a slow incline to be less dangerous, but there is a pipe there so I vaguely understand its need. Also a problem -- when you come back at night, the lights outside the basement door attract insects like mosquitoes and moths. We battled them a bit before quickly heading inside. Kinda frightening. Ventilation is also not very good. Our cooking set off the fire alarm and we shut the alarm off but it was really smoky in the basement until the window let enough clean air in and smoke out. Bathroom in the basement floor was very nice though. We are also 98% sure that there are bedbugs in the basement mattress, so I hope that gets replaced soon. We were bitten like crazy and that was just after one night. I wish I took photos of the basement.
I also didn't have too much of an issue with the cats but I didn't live on the ground/first floor so I don't know... For those of your interesting in noise levels, it was fine... you can clearly here people walking up and down stairs though.
Local Places: The Brooklyn branch of the pickle guys is nearby.. and there are a handful of small grocers within walking distance.. some places appeared to be 24 hour marts.. but we never tried any restaurants, so no recommendations there.
Overall? You get what you pay for. It was decent -- a solid three stars for hitting our requirements and if I ever need a decent place in Brooklyn, I would still come back -- only after insisting that we will not stay in the basement. If you want a breakdown, the second floor is almost 4.5 stars but the basement's 2.5 stars left a sour ending to our experience.
Don't stay in the basement.
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1) We leave lights on outside our building throughout the night to make sure that our guests feel safer and are able to see the door better when it is iluminated, at whatever time at night they may come back.
2) Our neighborhood boasts at least 11 restaurants ( we have counted and visited them) with cuisines from around the world, all within 5 -15 minutes walking distance.; there are 3 big supermarkets in the vicinity as well. We are puzzled as why a guest would decide otherwise without first consulting with the management of the bnb,it being very knowledgeable about the neighborhood.
3) Air-conditioners are in the bedrooms and the living room. In the bathroom we have ceiling ventilation.
4) The guests wondered why there is a bed in the hallway. The answer is that our apartments, being very spacious, as these guests themselves mentioned, are ideal for families with children. We have 2 bedrooms in the apartments, and in this particular apartment, the day bed opens to 2 comfortable twin beds, where 2 people can sleep. Most of our apartments can accommodate comfortably up to 6 people. We also have cribs, children's beds, a high chair and a baby's bathtub for those who travel with toddlers and infants.
5) The guests mentioned cats outside our building. We don't accept pets in our bnb and don't allow any animals inside our building. We are very strict in enforcing this measure
6) It seems that the guests confused mosquitos bites - very prevalent at this time of the year, to the point that N.Y.C. is spraying against them all over - with bedbugs. We have never ever had before or presently this type of concern. No guest has ever mentioned it. If that was the case you would have seen it mentioned in the reviews. In all probability the guests opened the window, thus letting the mosquitos come in and bite them. To state otherwise is misleading and irresponsible.
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