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Santa Barbara, California
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“Disappointed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

I was very disappointed in this hotel/apartment after reading all the stellar reviews on Trip Advisor. I was attracted by neighborhood, price, and amenities. What appears to be a beautiful apartment from photos is really just so-so. Not bad, not good. Lots of details need to be attended to, and the beds were the absolute worst hard as rock beds I've slept on in a long time. Pillows were just as bad. No WiFi as promised and the television was out the entire 5 days, which was not acceptable to me. The management was lovely and did offer a small refund.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Sherman, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

This was our first stay at the Sanctuary Suites. What a delightful place to stay! The quiet "zen" feeling permeates the entire space. Our apartment looked just like the picture. (RAJA)...simply furnished with many amenities... ipod docking station, comfy bed, comfortable sleep sofa, kitchen with lots of appliances (coffee maker, electric teapot, blender, microwave, full sized stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher.) The linens were crisp and fluffy... including a nice throw for the sofa. The staff couldn't have been nicer. They made sure that we had everything we needed. They also connected us with a car service that was a lot less expensive than a cab. The apartments are connected to a yoga studio. I enjoyed a free yoga class one morning. There are many great restaurants in the area for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We picked up food for dinner one night from a local Whole Foods and ate in restaurants the other 2 nights. We definitely will return and recommend the Sanctuary to our friends!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised when I stayed at the Stanton St Sanctuary. I will definitely be staying there next time I go to NYC. The apartment I had (Rama) was spotless, the beds were super comfortable and overall spacious. There is also a free yoga session thrown in and breakfast.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Istanbul, Turkey
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28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

We stayed at SGS twice, both times we loved it. The location is great. There are very nice restaurants around the hotel and it is in a very beautiful part of NYC. Each room/flat comes with a comfy queen bed, stylish French doors that separates the bedroom from the living area, kitchen with culinary amenities, a nice bathroom with organic soaps and shampoo that I love and beautiful Indian folk art decorations. We stayed in Shanti Suits and Nirvana room. They were both spacious, spotless clean and lovely! Everything was as is shown in the photos. The building is an old red-brick NY style one and very cozy and quiet. The next building is the Hell Angels' building, but we haven't seen them much around.(Just make sure not to sit on their bench in front of their building!) The breakfast was included but do not expect a big one, it's simple, usually organic and vegetarian/vegan style food. But there are amazing breakfast places all around the East Village. Recently SGS opened a new branch in Stanton Street which we'll be visiting soon. Great place to stay!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

I stayed here multiple times now and this is my go-to when in NYC. I was actually one of the first guest who checked in when they first opened!
So far I have stayed in Govinda, Rama and Sita. Govinda is still one of my favourite, it is spacious (easily accommodate up to 5-6), with full size kitchen, comfy queen bed and duvets, even the pull out couch are firm and comfy. Although staff is not on site 24/7, they are responsive and house keeping is excellent. Only shower in the bathroom which is okay. Location is perfect. price is reasonable for NYC standard.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Stinson Beach, CA
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19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

Negative reviews of the Nitay apartment had me concerned, but one look at our big, comfortable rooms made me quite pleased. It was perfect for us. Two double beds, separated by French doors, plus a pull-out futon; lots of closet space, full kitchen. Simple, attractive decor with exposed brick walls. It's a push to get up the 3 flights of steep stairs, so this apartment is not for everyone, but we loved it. We stayed during the week and noise was not a problem. As so many have said, Zach and Vishnu couldn't be more friendly or helpful. The neighborhood is fascinating & trendy, with lots of small shops; we enjoyed being next to the Hell's Angels HQ, dedicated to one Big Vinny, whose motto, "when in doubt, knock 'em out", is written on a plaque over the door.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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129 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

We stayed at the location at 196A Stanton St. Our room was 'Om' and it looked just like the photos on their website. Everything was spotless and we had a good amount of space in our room. Plus we had a full kitchen and good size bathroom with full size shower. We paid $229 a night for our room and for NYC, it was an amazing price. It was a little bit of a walk to the subway when you consider we probably made the trip two times each day, but it's only a 5 minute walk. The rooms all seem to be on the 2nd floor, so there was street traffic noise, but again it's NYC. Those are the only negatives and for that, it's still a fantastic bargain. The bed is super comfortable, too. The room also has your own heater/air conditioning unit that you can control. Plus having a full size coffee maker in the room was especially nice. There is a liquor store one block away and lots of good restaurants within walking distance--Katz's Deli and The Meatball Shop were two that we tried, plus there is good local pizza 2 blocks down the street. I would definitely stay here again.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sanctuary NYC Retreats
Address: 196A Stanton St, New York City, NY 10002-1809
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Lower East Side , Manhattan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 166 Specialty Lodging in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sanctuary NYC Retreats 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sanctuary NYC Retreats was established by a group of health, eco, and spiritually conscientious travelers. They came together with two ideas in mind: To provide other travelers with a peaceful, retreat-like stay in NYC and to create an opportunity to give back to our community. Each suite at Sanctuary features a fully equipped kitchen and a flat-screen cable TV. The suites are decorated in warm colors and Indian folk art. Select rooms have a sofa bed and private patio. Complimentary continental breakfast is offered Monday-Friday only. The Lower East Side is the oldest neighborhood in New York City and presently one of the most fashionable in Manhattan. Once the home for working-class European immigrants, the LES has become one of the trendiest areas in the city full of cool boutique hotels, bars, restaurants, yoga studios, fashion stores, health food stores, art galleries and live music venues. Iconic artists like Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen used to live on our street and countless movies and TV shows are filmed around throughout the year. Just blocks away is the Delancey/Essex Subway Station and a quick train ride to Midtown (Union Square, Flatiron District, Empire State Building, Times Square and Central Park) or Brooklyn (Williamsburg, DUMBO). A few minutes walking and you can be anywhere Downtown: East Village, SoHo, West Village, Little Italy, Chinatown and East River Park. ... more   less 
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