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Image of Greenwich Village street corner This is the kind of charming street corner you’ll often see in Greenwich Village

Jack Kerouac wrote here. Jackson Pollock painted here. Odetta sang here. Greenwich Village – referred to by locals as simply “the Village” – and the West Village have traditionally stood as refuge for New York’s misfits – beatniks, bohemians, artists and the LGBTQ community, to name a few. For decades these enclaves in Lower Manhattan stood at the forefront of the city’s cultural heart: a place where folk music and avant-garde art could thrive. Today, you’ll find many designer boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and very few bohemians – but the historical impact of these artistic iconoclasts’ lives on.

Welcome to Greenwich Village and the West Village:

Resting in downtown Manhattan, the Greenwich and West Villages are north of Soho, south of Chelsea, west of the Hudson River, and east of the East Village (take a look at our guide to this district here). Once a site of industry, the neighborhood was claimed by New York’s nonconformist crowd and fostered the talents of some of America’s greatest artists. Due to the district’s upscale makeover, most of the remaining artists have been priced out of the Village, but the neighborhood has never forgotten its roots. You’ll find a mix of artsy businesses, concert venues and designer fashions, which sit wedged between beautifully preserved brownstones. Upper class residents – think movie stars and Wall Street businessmen – rub shoulders with hip NYU students. And as with elsewhere in Manhattan, the districts are served by multiple subway lines and bus routes, which means shuttling over to other parts of New York will be a breeze. Our video tour of Greenwich Village will help you visualize the bustling district.

Go Shopping in Greenwich Village and the West Village:

Image of the Market NYC storefront The Market NYC is a top destination for one-of-a-kind pieces

Like all of New York, Greenwich and the West Villages are rife for shopping. Whether you’re in the market for mainstream trends or off-the-radar items, you’ll discover a wide and exciting selection of choices here.

  • Arguably New York City’s most famous avenue, Broadway stretches into the two Villages. And while you won’t find dazzling musicals in this part of town, there’s plenty of entertainment in the form of shopping and dining. The street’s intersection around Union Square alone boasts chain favorites like Barnes and Noble and Sephora. For something more melodious, trek over to Thompson Street (beginning south of Washington Square Park) and sample music along Generation Records’ punk and metal rock shelves. Bleecker Street, meanwhile, is an epicenter for concerts and live comedy: Bill Cosby, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan are some performers who kick started their careers along the road.
  • Looking for the perfect pair of shoes at a perfectly reasonable price? DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) on East 14th Street has precisely the inventory you could ever want, with discounted rates for international and high-end brands. Head east on E. 14th Street and you’ll come across Nordstrom Rack, an outlet variation on the upscale department store – so go ahead and snag that Burberry tote you’ve always wanted for a friendlier price.
  • Two notable spots in the Villages are ideal for healthy food shopping. Whole Foods Market on Union Square East specializes in the fresh organic ingredients in line with the franchise’s motto. Ensconced within Union Square Park is the Abingdon Square Greenmarket, where tents showcase crisp produce, beautifully cultivated flowers and delectable baked goods.
  • Seeking a one-of-a-kind piece for your home or wardrobe? The Market NYC on Bleecker Street is the place to purchase unique jewelry, clothes, home décor and collectibles; if you’re lucky, you might just see a live artisan at work within the giant store. Marc by Marc Jacobs over in the West Village displays the latest fashions in the designer’s collection. Flight Club along Broadway is the location to hunt for rare sneakers at retail and consignment prices. A wide variety of bath and body products await at C.O. Bigelow on the Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue). A mecca for bibliophiles, The Strand is a four-story, Broadway-situated wonderland with all kinds of books, from current bestsellers to rare volumes in every genre imaginable. Less than a block away, Forbidden Planet is a flagship shop for pop culture nerds: think comic books, action figures, and sci-fi/fantasy collectables. But why stop there? Our top 5 shopping spots in New York will ensure you get the most out of your sartorial adventures.

Coffee, Restaurants and Nightlife in Greenwich Village and the West Village:

Image of a table with bread and seafood Indulge in bread, seafood, and other mouthwatering foods in the districts’ many restaurants

After dark, Greenwich and the West Villages transform into city hotspots for dining, clubbing and entertaining. With these best spots, you won’t miss out on all the activity.

  • Restaurants: A warm and inviting atmosphere plus meat and seafood staples makes Jane (towards the southern boundary of the Village) a great dining experience. The West Village’s Spice Market brings Southeast Asian street food to a new level with a gourmet sensibility and a share-your-food mentality. For small plates – and an equally sized interior – and cocktails, head to the candle-lit Alta on West 10th Street. Come to Minetta Tavern on MacDougal Street for the history (Eugene O’Neill and E.E. Cummings are just some of the writers to make it a frequent haunt) and the many celebrity sightings, but stay for the French bistro’s delicious menu. Speaking of tiny interiors, Perilla on Jones Street accommodates roughly 18 tables but does not sacrifice its elegant American dining. Have a mix of meat-lovers and vegans in your party? Red Bamboo on West 4th Street has a list of menu items catered to both tastes. Italian cuisine gets the epicurean treatment at Scarpetta on West 14th and Lupa on Thompson Street; both are fronted by gourmet chefs. A three-course dinner awaits you at Gotham Bar and Grill on East 12th, which specializes in American cuisine with a chic twist. To finish off your hungry palate, save some room Max Brenner on Broadway – their decadent chocolates are too good to miss.

Image of fallafel  Expand your palate with a bite of fallafel from Mamoun's

  • The two Villages are not known for their inexpensive fare, but you can find cheap eats with meals less than $8 in this part of New York. Mamoun’s Falafel off of MacDougal Street and Taim on Waverly Place serve Middle Eastern specialties that are sure to satisfy. For mouthwatering Kati rolls (an Indian delicacy of meat and veggies rolled up in flat bread), look no further than The Kati Roll Company on MacDougal Street. Carmine Street’s Dos Toros Taqueria tantalizes the taste buds with perfected recipes of Mexican favorites like the taco, burrito, and quesadilla. And what would New York be without thin-crust pizza – the best in the world? Joe’s Pizza on Carmine Street and East 14th Street brings that regional forte to delicious life. We also recommend The Corner Bistro, Saigon Shack, and Dojo Restaurant.

Image of the Grey Dog The Grey Dog is one of many cozy coffee shops in the two Villages

  • In the mood for caffeine? You’re in luck: both Greenwich Village and the West Village have plenty of coffee shops to get your day off to a great start. Intimate and dedicated to the best ingredients, The Grey Dog – with its two locations on University Place and a specifically coffee-geared locale on Carmine Street — has a collection of over a dozen coffee choices, plus an eat-in restaurant. For a socially conscious approach, Think Coffee on Bleecker Street works directly with coffee farmers across the world to create a fair cooperation system. Joe the Art of Coffee on Waverly Place continues this tradition of sustainability while bringing in gourmet ingredients for its brews from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Ethiopia. There are also coffee making classes for aspiring baristas. Bourbon Coffee on West 14th Street honors its Rwandan roots by using beans grown and art made in the African country. If coffee isn’t your preferred caffeinated beverage, Bosie Tea Parlor on Morton Street offers over 100 types of tea cultivated by a resident Tea Sommelier, along with sweet pastries and macarons. Check out Grounded, Third Rail Coffee, Roasting Plant, Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee, and Presstea, too! For more caffeine hotspots around the city, check out our list of the top 10 coffee shops in New York!
  • After hours in Greenwich and the West Villages are just as exciting with its bars, clubs and live performances that spring to life. When it comes to taverns, it’s often go big or home – and Off the Wagon is not one to scrimp. With two levels and two different bars, this hotspot offers nightly live rock and roll and over a dozen beers on tap. The only rooftop beer garden in New York, the Brass Monkey on Little West 12th Street has two stories’ worth of warm brick and wood interiors and a vast selection of beers, wines, and spirits. And with a rotating seasonal menu, every time you visit means you can try something new. For a multimedia experience, pop by Le Poisson Rouge on Bleecker Street for drinks, an art gallery, and live music from eclectic indie and alternative rock artists. Alternately, for something with a little more urban pizzazz, the Blue Note can’t be beat for its lineup of jazz performers and wine samplings. Late in the night, walk over to Art Bar on 8th for a taste of the old Greenwich Village – slightly rough around the edges – as well as impeccable wall art and kitchen open way past midnight. Other bars of notable interest are Little Branch, the Biergarten at the Standard, Down the Hatch, the Dove Parlour, Tortilla Flats, and Wicked Willy’s.
  • If you want to dance into the wee hours of the night, then the club scene in this section is bound to get you on your feet. For world-class DJs weaving a mix of the best EDM tunes, look no further than Cielo on Little West 12th Street. For the club equivalent of a variety show, visit The Fat Black Pussycat on West 3rd Street: it’s got live musical performances, karaoke nights, comedy stand-up, and homemade infused vodkas. Monster, on Grove Street in the West Village, celebrates its storied history – from its previously-named establishment for 1940s celebrities to its disco days in the 1970s – and is one of the most popular gay clubs in the area. VIP clientele, meanwhile, flock to Hudson Street’s Provocateur for its lavish interiors and guest-list only parties. Once you’ve exhausted these options, why not try the following: Le Souk Harem, Le Bain, The Griffin, Soho House, and the Village Vanguard?

Stay or Live in Greenwich Village and the West Village 

Have we convinced you to stay or live in Greenwich Village or the West Village? If not, let our real estate do the talking! Our agents will work hard to ensure that you are paired with the perfect apartment or accommodation to suit your needs. If you’re only in New York temporarily, our New York vacation rentals or bed and breakfasts across the two Villages are just the ticket.

If you’re lucky enough to be moving to Manhattan, might we suggest taking a closer look at our New York furnished apartments in the Village neighborhoods or a roommate share accommodation? No matter how you want your future apartment to be, we can help.

Things To Do And See in Greenwich Village and the West Village:

Image of the Center for Architecture   The Center for Architecture honors the artistry of New York’s – and the world’s – infrastructures

Two districts full of historical significance: it’s no surprise that Greenwich Village and the West Village are ample for sightseeing!

  • The Gray Gallery of Art (in conjunction with NYU) prides itself on cultivating an ever-expanding discussion on art’s relation to greater historical and social contexts with rotating exhibits every few months. At Washington Square East, its location cannot be beat; in addition, its $3 entry fee is one of the cheapest you’ll find in the entire city. On LaGuardia Place, the Center for Architecture (free entry) honors the pioneering spirit of architecture on a global scale, while celebrating the unique “urban fabric” of New York’s buildings. To understand the strength of New Yorkers, visit the Ground Zero Museum Workshop, which displays pictures and relics of the 9/11 tragedy. On West 14th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, the museum charges $25 for its tour (proceeds go to costs of the gallery and charities devoted to those affected by the tragedy); be aware that advanced purchase for tickets is required.

Image of the Washington Square Arch  Street performers, families, tourists and pigeons crowd around the famous Washington Square Arch

  • An Episcopal church dating back to the 19th century, the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields on Hudson Street fosters community, activism, and faith: feel free to take advantage of church prayer if you’d like. Likewise, Washington Square’s Judson Memorial Church emphasizes the powers of the community working together but places a special emphasis on the arts. The beautiful Victorian Gothic architecture of the Jefferson Market Library leaves an impact on patrons as they pass through the doors to browse the shelves; a quiet retreat from the hubbub of the Avenue of the Americas. Washington Square Arch may be the most famous landmark in Greenwich Village; its marble design was modeled after Paris’s Arc de Triomphe, and it certainly lives up to that victorious inspiration. Stroll along the Washington Mews or reflect on the generosity and empathy of people across the globe at Tiles for America, an art installation in memoriam of the 9/11 tragedy.

Image of Hudson River Park Lounge on the grass of Hudson River Park, or enjoy active pursuits at the park’s many athletic offerings

  • One of Manhattan’s most famous parklands, Washington Square Park has certainly seen its share of changes – from contentious riots in the 1960s to its current reinvention as a place for families, canines, chess enthusiasts, and avant-garde artists. For a less sedate experience, head over to Hudson River Park for sporty activities such as kayaking, bicycling, ice skating in the winter, and the most unusual one of all: trapeze! And while it is nowhere near as grand as Central Park, Jackson Square provides an inviting escape from the urban jungle with its greenery, elegant central fountain, and Victorian-esque fences and streetlamps. For other parks in the districts, walk through Jefferson Market Garden, Christopher Park, and Winston Churchill Square. Parklands are some of the best ways to enjoy New York while on a budget; here are some of our other favorite free things to do in the city.

Readers, what are your favorite spots in Greenwich Village and the West Village?

 

It probably comes as no surprise: New York City has the world’s best pizza. It’s one of the many things the Big Apple is famous for; a staple in the diet of every New Yorker. With so many variations (fresh mozz, grandma pies, and would you like some veggies on that?) there is surely a flavor to appease everyone in the family. Pizza is a relatively cheap meal, and an easy way to make your time in the city truly authentic. The streets are brimming with pizzerias to choose from; and though we swear, they’re all good, we’ve managed to pick ten favorites. Here is our list of the top pizza spots in NYC:

Lombardi’s Coal Oven Pizza

Picture of a fresh pie at Lombardi’s. Lombardi’s pizza pie.

Are copies ever as good as the original? No, and that’s why Lombardi’s pizza is still on top. Boasting the title of the first pizzeria in America, it has been on the same street for over 100 years and has more recently expanded the shop to fit its crowds of followers. You can’t miss this place – just look for the business with Mona Lisa eating a slice of pizza in the window! Each pie here is made in a coal brick oven and served with smoky thin-crusts that are crisped to perfection. Thanks to its now-larger interior, the long lines have been cut down, more tables are available for dining and a bar serves beer and cocktails. Lombardi’s is located on 32 Spring Street in Nolita and is accessible via the 4 and 6 trains at Spring Street. We love the White Pizza pie priced at $18.50 (small), served with mozzarella, ricotta, romano cheese, oregano, basil, black pepper and garlic infused oil and without sauce.

Hours: Mon-Thurs, Sun: 11:30am-11pm; Fri-Sat: 11:30am-12am.

Fun Fact: This establishment is cash only. Don’t have any dollar bills in your pocket? That’s okay; there is an ATM on the premise. Read the entire story here…»

 

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” This quote, by the illustrious 18th century writer Samuel Johnson, may seem like a hyperbole. But to the more than eight million people who call it home (not to mention the millions who make it their vacation destination each year), London is a life force – spanning thousands of years of culture, history, and architecture. Whether you’ve paid a visit to the city known as the Smoke many times or are eyeing your inaugural trip, here is our list of the Top 10 Must-See Sites in London: classic, modern, multicultural, and everything in between.

1. London Eye

Image of the London Eye The London Eye provides spectacular views of the city

Open to the public since March 2000, the London Eye – also known as the Millennium Wheel — is the UK’s most-frequented paid attraction. And it’s no wonder: with 360 degree views from each of the 32 capsules, the Eye provides what many consider to be the best panorama of London. Unlike most Ferris wheel structures, all of the glass pods are attached to the metal frame; in other words, you won’t feel the swinging sensation associated with most observation wheels. Additionally, each rotation lasts about 30 minutes, so you’ll have plenty of time to take in (and photograph) the scenery, which stretches up to 40 kilometers away.

The Eye is a hugely popular attraction, especially for tourists, so be prepared for a long queue. Each cabin (which can fit roughly two dozen people) has air conditioning, heating, and bench seating. Although the Eye maintains its slow pace for passengers boarding and disembarking, it will stop for elderly or disabled guests. General tickets are £20.95 for adults, £15 for children 4 to 15 years of age, and £17.50 for seniors (discounts are available if you book your tickets online) as of July 2014. We recommend you spend a little extra and spring for the day and night experience, which allows you to view the heart of the city in the midday and nighttime hours. The Eye is open from 10am to roughly 8:30pm year round (extended summer hours apply), with closings for Christmas Day and a week in January. Located on the South Bank of the River Thames, the attraction is accessible via bus, boat or Tube. Take the Bakerloo, Jubilee or Northern trains to the Waterloo Underground station for a short walk to the wheel. Interested in seeing the views from the London Eye before you go? Take a look at the London Eye! Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of a bagel and coffee New York is known for its bagels. Coffee? Not as much!

There are two types of foods New Yorkers take extra pride in: pizza and bagels. You’ll find lots of delis, cafes and even restaurants offering the latter across the city, but which should you put at the top of your list? Here at New York Habitat, we have a few suggestions – so when you’re searching for the perfect breakfast treat, this collection of our ten favorite bagel spots should give you plenty of food for thought.

1. Absolute Bagels

Image of an assortment of bagels Absolute Bagels takes pride in its authentic products

New Yorkers love Absolute Bagels for their authentic baked goods and delicious spreads. Another bonus? Its location on the northern end of Broadway keeps it hidden from tourist traffic. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s unpopular: between flocks of local Columbia University students and Manhattanites looking for quality food, Absolute Bagels is never short on crowds. Be mindful of overcapacity as you visit the shop – only a handful of tables sit inside the small interior, and lines can wrap around the sidewalk. Unique spreads – including the highly recommended lox – are reason enough to go, as are the main attraction themselves (we suggest ordering whichever bagel is fresh out of the oven).

Prices start around $1 for a plain bagel and increase with added fillings and cream cheese. The cash only establishment is located at 2788 Broadway in a neighborhood now known as Manhattan Valley (or the northern section of the Upper West Side to some) and operates from 6am to 9pm. Take the 1 subway train to the Cathedral Parkway station or the A, B or C to the Cathedral Parkway at 110th Street station. Absolute Bagels is also accessible via public bus. While you’re there, tour the Upper Manhattan districts of Morningside Heights, Hamilton Heights, and Washington Heights using our handy guide! Read the entire story here…»

 

Image of South Kensington row houses Brick row houses make South Kensington a picturesque neighborhood

Chic, educational, vibrant: these are just some of the ways you might describe London’s South Kensington district. The neighborhood – part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – has long been associated with culture and luxury, spurned by the extensive building of museums and real estate following the Great Exhibition of 1851. You’d be hard pressed to find another enclave of the city with such a dense cluster of cultural and academic institutions, from world-class galleries to prestigious universities. It’s also an elegant residential area, attracting the attentions of visitors and residents alike.

Welcome to South Kensington

Map of the points of interest and our selection of discounted Vacation Rentals in the neighborhood of South Kensington, London.

South Kensington is bordered by equally stylish neighborhoods; it lies north of Chelsea, south of Hyde Park, west of Knightsbridge, and east of Earls Court. Its positioning in London places it in a prime location and near the center of all the action! An abundance of shops, museums, parks, restaurants, and the theatre arts give the area its dynamic character – and make it one of the most popular visitor spots and real estate markets in London. Here abound upscale boutiques, art galleries, antique dealers, and designer furnishing retailers. Any Francophiles in your party? They’ll love South Kensington for its influence française. As well as the many French expats living here, you’ll find the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle secondary school, the French Institute, and the Consulate General of France in London. Needing a visual to picture the scenery? Our video guide of Kensington covers the region, as well as the bordering neighborhood of Chelsea. Read the entire story here…»

 

Picture of the Manhattan skyline New York City Skyline

Close your eyes and imagine you are waking up from a long, restful sleep in New York City. Not just in any borough, but in a central neighborhood of Manhattan itself. You rub your eyes and stand up, stretching to prepare for another exciting adventure in the Big Apple. When you look through your window, you see an amazing scene in front of you: perhaps it is of the famous towering skyscrapers of Midtown, the iconic Statue of Liberty and the glistening harbor surrounding it or even the Empire State Building! Open your eyes. This is a dream that can come true! There are all types of apartment options available in NYC that offer inspiring views of the city. This assures you the best experience possible – and the best photo ops!

We’d love to help you find the perfect accommodation with our long list of New York City apartments. Take a short break from the stress of daily life with our short-term vacation rentals, or get the full taste of the Big Apple by renting a furnished apartment! With a destination as exciting as Manhattan it’s important to ensure comfort and happiness by choosing the right home. What is more “right” than waking up to a bird’s eye view of famous high-rises, rivers and parks?

Studio Vacation Rental in Midtown West, Manhattan

of a studio with king bed in Midtown West Studio apartment in Midtown West, Manhattan

Live in the center of the city with this studio vacation rental in Midtown West, Manhattan! Located on broadway, a busy street filled with shops, restaurants and theaters, this charming home boasts floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows. From the spacious king-sized bed, tenants will awake to the picturesque view of Central Park and towering midtown buildings. Don’t worry about too much sunshine. The midday sun is sure to illuminate the apartment, while long blue curtains offer coverage and privacy for when you want a more restful atmosphere. The apartment sits in a luxury elevator building with 24-hour doorman, allowing tenants more perks than the usual traveler. A shared laundry facility, fitness center, bar with outdoor terrace and a café bistro are provided in the same building for your convenience. Personal amenities in the studio include a flat-screen cable television, desk with chair and a fully-equipped open kitchen featuring black tiled floors, cabinetry and a dishwasher. There are a wealth of must-see attractions within walking distance, including Rockefeller Center, the Museum of Modern Art and the always-bustling streets of Times Square. Don’t get overwhelmed by the high energy of Times Square. Instead, read our tips on how to make the most of your time at the Crossroads of the World! Read the entire story here…»

 

Most people travel to escape from the daily grind or to open their eyes to different cultures, geology and scenic views that will be remembered forever. According to search engine reports, searches involving the phrase “best things to do in ___” skyrockets during peak holiday seasons. With London standing at the forefront of the world’s best travel destinations, is it any wonder people want to know what’s happening in the Smoke City? Fear not! Through a careful selection process we have narrowed down the list of London’s best events to the truly exceptional top 10. These events are always internationally renowned, frequently attended by A-List celebrities, and often free or low-cost . If you’re heading to London this season, mark your calendars with these great events, and don’t forget to brush up on your London etiquette!

London Marathon

Photo of the London Marathon finish line Runners cover the final stretch in the London Marathon

Founded by previous Olympic Champions, the London marathon is a long-distance running event spanning over 26 miles (42+ kilometers). The majority of the route is over level ground along the Thames River. The course begins at three different points – the “red start” in southern Greenwich Park, the “green start” in St. John’s Park, and the “blue start” on Shooter’s Hill Road. All three routes converge in Woolwich and the finish line is on Birdcage Walk in Westminster. The London marathon is one of the top six world marathons that form the World Marathon Majors (for which there is a $1 million dollar prize). As such, it regularly attracts world-famous athletes and Olympic champions. The event is free and is usually held on a Sunday in April. Read the entire story here…»

 

Think Paris is best experienced in the summertime or Christmas season? Think again! The French capital is a perfect complement to the changing seasons, so you are guaranteed a wonderful trip no matter what time of year you visit. Here are some of our favorite annual events to guide your itinerary in the City of Light!

International Agricultural Show

Image of International Agricultural Show and other livestock are the stars of the International Agricultural Show

It’s the largest week-long farm tour you’ll ever experience. Since its origins as the General Agricultural Competition in 1870, the International Agricultural Show has grown to not only showcase France’s livestock, but the best regional, dairy, organic, and wine products from dozens of countries! Four separate sections make up the exhibition: horses, sheep, cows, dogs, cats, and other farm animals; gastronomic delights such as produce and wine; gardens of crops and greenery; and professional discussions on the ever-changing business of agriculture.

In order to accommodate its extensive display, the International Agricultural Show moved to the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre and has remained there since 1925. As if in accordance with the approaching spring, the fair is generally held in the last week of February, sometimes encompassing the first few days of March, from 9am to 7pm. Access to the venue is easy via public transportation; the Metro (line 12 has a station called Porte de Versailles), tramway, or bus will get you there! Tickets cost 13€ for adults, 6€ for students and children between the ages of 6 to 12 years old, 9€ for disabled individuals, and free for children under the age of 6. While you’re there, snap a photo with the expo’s current animal ambassador! Read the entire story here…»

 

Picture of London from an aerial perspective. Aerial View Of London

We all know how fulfilling it can be to escape the daily grind of full-time jobs and responsibilities through relaxing vacations, perhaps even more so during summer months when sun rays remind us just how much we have to live for! What some do not realize, however, is the ease and simplicity of booking short-term destination vacations, perfect for people on a budget or time constraint. Well, don’t fret – we’ve got a tip that might just make your weekends a whole lot better!

Short stays in the city of London are ideal for quick breaks from the hassle of real life, and many Europeans visit for a long weekend with help from high speed trains called Eurostar, located only two hours from the center of Paris. Looking to plan an itinerary? You can read all about the free events being hosted in London on our blog about the Top Ten Free Things to do in London. For a look into the neighborhood highlights of London’s many communities, check out our blog featuring London travel videos.

New York Habitat wants to help you find the home-away-from-home that best suits you from our long list of vacation rental apartments! Unlike hotel rooms, which can feel cold and empty, these furnished apartments aim to maximize the authenticity of your trip. After all, it can be overwhelming to find oneself in a foreign place – why come home to a foreign hotel room? Each vacation rental apartment presents an authentically local environment complete with nicely equipped kitchens and unique styles that offer personality and comfort. Find which one is best for you by scrolling through our list of London vacation rentals. Or continue reading to find six of our favorite, hand-picked homes! Read the entire story here…»

 

You’ve finished the paperwork, you’ve talked to the agents, and you’ve finally received the call with a request. Congratulations on your new booking! Not only do bookings mean a little extra income, (which is all yours by the way; unlike some vacation rental agencies, listing your apartment with New York Habitat is both free and non-exclusive) they also give you the opportunity to connect with and meet interesting people from all over the world. But where do you go from here? Many owners, both new and veteran, have questions about what is expected of them during this process. So we’ve come up with the following cheat sheet on how to be a great host after listing an apartment or room with New York Habitat.

1) Communication

Scheduling arrival times in advance helps put everyone at ease Introduce yourself and schedule arrival times

When’s the best time to contact your guest? As soon as the booking has been arranged by New York Habitat. It’s best if you introduce yourself right away and bring up a few points relevant to their stay. Now’s the time to give them as much information as possible about their new apartment and city, including any information they may find helpful for their arrival.

One of the most important subjects to discuss at this stage is check in time and arrival. If possible try to be flexible when it comes to check in and checkout times. Airline delays in particular are a common occurrence, especially for international or connecting flights, and your guests will be hugely appreciative if you’re sensitive to such travel mishaps. Read the entire story here…»