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Roomarama

San Francisco
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Roomarama

Has anyone had any experience with renting apartments from Roomarama in New York? Many thanks.

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New York, New York
Destination Expert
for New York City
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5,272 posts
44 reviews
1. Re: Roomarama

It appears they are a place that lets anyone offer their apt. to visitors.

While you may hear stories of people that got great deals this way - I strongly would advise against it:

1) Because it is actually not legal to rent apts. like this in NYC.

2) I've seen way too many people on the sidewalks with their suitcases and keys that don't work.

I know that NYC hotels are almost twice as expensive as other cities, but it is really worth the comfort of not chancing it. Try starting your search here:

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g60763-New_York_City_…

or check out the B&B's:

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g60763-c2-New_York_Ci…

If you want to save money here is one of the more popular (and legal) hostels:

http://www.chelseahostel.com/

New York, New York
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2. Re: Roomarama

I'm sorry, I should have asked this to begin with, because the recommendations would change-

Are you planning on moving to New York? or an extended stay longer than 30 days?

Let me know.

an additional good web site for short term deals is:

www.travelzoo.com

Edited: 11:50 am, September 13, 2010
Brooklyn, NY
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for New York City
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3. Re: Roomarama

I agree with everything MTI said - in addition, you should post these questions on the New York City forum in the future. To reiterate: DO NOT look for a short term rental in NYC - they are illegal, and often scams. We can help youi find a legal hotel or apartment-style hotel that meets your needs.

San Francisco
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185 posts
4 reviews
4. Re: Roomarama

Thanks, everyone. There used to be at least one legitimate company that rented out apartments in NYC -- these were corporate apartments for the most part. I used this company several times without incident, and as far as I know they were totally legal. They''ve gone out of business, and now I've noticed Roomarama and apartments2book (based in England). Seems to me that someone who's had a good experience with one of these businesses would say so! I typically stay in hotels but the prices in Oct/Nov are just exhorbitant.

Boston
2 posts
5. Re: Roomarama

I've had great success with Roomarama. Rented three times on the UWS with a woman named Laura. She has about 10 different rentals. Saved a bundle, had my own kitchen, she leaves info on restaurants/delivery/etc. nearby, available during my stay for any questions...and best of all, no NYC hotel taxes.

Brooklyn, NY
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6. Re: Roomarama

And almost certainly illegal.

Brisbane
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21 posts
2 reviews
7. Re: Roomarama

guys, so what do these posts mean? i am close to booking a large SOHO loft through them. are you all saying i shouldnt?

Brooklyn, NY
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8. Re: Roomarama

Yes, we are saying you shouldn't.

Surfers Paradise...
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9. Re: Roomarama

I used roomarama to stay in a NYC apartment. We had so much trouble - I strongly advise you don't use them - it's worth paying a bit more money and staying somewhere decent.

Brooklyn, NY
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10. Re: Roomarama

"it's worth paying a bit more money and staying somewhere decent."

And legal.