We couldn't expect any more comfort on posh Upper Eastside NY for such a low price. The guy at the reception was very "non chalant" but always friendly. He'd always adjust any occuring problems (and there were several) asap. The location on Upper Eastside is very secure, clean and quiet - although the appartement house wasn't sometimes quiet alike. Via Subway 6 you can reach all destinations quiet easy and Central Park and museum mile are very close by.
Our room was well equipped (A/C - thank god, two comfy beds, TV - food channel rules!) and though we didn't use the kitchen it seemed to be well equipped as well. Internet (shared by three rooms) was also a blessing. Sanitary staff came once a day for taking the garbage and I think once or twice a week for cleaning (we just saw 1 cockroach - and it was dead!). Our flat mates were almost unvisible but nice when we met each other on the corridor. They just could have take their dirty towels etc. with them when they left, since the staff doesn't seem to know, who is staying at the moment and who left already. By this there is sometimes a little accumulation of food and shampoos of former inhabitants.
At first it was unpleasant that we couldn't lock our personal room - it seems that only the appartement doors can be locked (and the bathroom door of course) - but we got used to it, since there was a lockable cabinet in our room. We just always took our valuables with us.
When we arrived there were no fresh sheets on our bed; we just received them after asking the next morning. Kind of disgusting...
Then one day the toilet didn't flush, but they fixed it until the same evening. And one morning we didn't have warm water, but they announced it via notes in the staircase.
Sometimes the receptionist is not on his place, but then you just have to call his number - he might be out for Lunch.
The Subway is really quiet far away - about 15-20min - which can be annoying after a day of walking up and down the city or when you only want to go to bed asap. But it was ok and we used it as an extra workout to loose some calories of the "healthy" American food. ;)
Since we were glad to have found such an inexpensive place to stay and despite all the little problems, I would recommend the appartment house! But maybe the Departement of Building will close it sooner or later since it is not an official hostel or hotel (there were some notes on the entrance 2 days before we left). I only want to mention it, since you want to be absolutely sure about your stay. But if you are as flexible as we were: just make sure, that your appartement has a fire escape and a smoke detector and everything should be fine while you're staying.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The private bedroom style apartments are situated in a 5 story walk-up building located on York Avenue, between 73rd and 74th streets. This area is extremely desirable and sought after by young New Yorkers. The party scene and atmosphere is never-ending. Students, young adults and young professionals "hang-out" and congregate in and in front of hip and trendy bars, clubs and restaurants that are the hallmark of this area frequented by young adults. This neighborhood is recognized as one of the safest in Manhattan. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- East 73rd And York Ave Apartment Hotel New York City