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New York Accommodation - Studio in Morningside Heights, Harlem (NY-12976)

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$797 / week
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information:Wireless Internet - $40 cleaning fee for rentals 4 nights or fewer
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Description
Studio Vacation in Morningside Heights, Harlem (NY-12976)
Studio, 1 Bathroom - Sleeps 2

Located in Morningside Heights, New York City, this fully furnished alcove studio can be found on the top floor of a late 19th century 3-story walk-up brownstone. This floor was converted into two autonomous studios from four previous rooms composing this unit, while the owners still reside on the lower floors. The main entrance and the stairways will then be shared with the owners and the other studio tenant, and a common area on the parlor level welcomes any of the tenants to relax for a moment.

The first room you see upon entering is the living area and its window giving south, overlooking the nearby street. Following there the bright and snazzy colors that provide lively features to the whole room you can gain access to the sleeping alcove, where a full-sized bed is waiting for you. You will certainly enjoy the air conditioning that cools the apartment, or, in the winter, an electric fireplace to feel cozy; there's also easy chairs to relax on and a closet for storage. The separate kitchen has amenities such as a coffee maker and an oven. The apartment also has a WiFi Internet connection running during your stay.

This apartment, being situated in the historic landscape of Harlem in Manhattan, an area that has gone through a significant renaissance which still has hints of its previous era, you will be in the center of a vibrant jazzy community combined with classic brownstones and historic buildings. You can still dine in fine restaurants as near as 5 blocks away, such as Chez Lucienne where you will find an authentic touch of French cuisine, or Mobay New York for the Indian equivalent. To get an approach to the culture behind the area, just walk to the nearby Studio Museum in Harlem (3 blocks) or take a stroll along Morningside Park (3 blocks) to have an overview of the Columbia University and its collegiate atmosphere.

Please note that the steps in this building are a bit steep.

To travel around the city, the 4 stations within 8 blocks will provide you with the A/B/C/D and 2/3 lines to move towards downtown Manhattan or north towards the Bronx.

Please note that the owner lives in this brownstone and their dog and cat have access to the common areas of the building such as the entry and the stairs. But rest assured, they are certainly not allowed on your floor.

Please also note that this is a non-smoking apt.

Amenities:
  • Air Conditioning,
  • Internet,
  • Pets not allowed,
  • Smoking not permitted,
  • No elevator
Location
Map: New York Vacation Rental - 122nd Street & 7th Avenue New York, NY 10027
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  • A, B, C, D Trains to 125 Street / Saint Nicholas Avenue Station
  • 2, 3 Trains to 125 Street / Lenox Avenue Station
Rooms
  • living room
  • kitchen
  • bathroom
  • apartment layout
Living room
Features: Sheets, Air Conditioning, Window
Number of beds: 1
Bed size: bed (double)
Kitchen (Separate)
Features: Open, Fridge, Oven, Freezer, Coffee maker, Toaster
Bathroom
Features: Shower, WC, Tub, Towels
Other

Apartment floor plans in this site are not drawn to scale. They are an indication of the general layout and are intended as a guide only. Nothing contained in them should be considered to be an exact blueprint or statement of fact or warranty.

Ratings & Reviews
Studio Vacation in Morningside Heights, Harlem (NY-12976)
Overall Apartment Rating (79) ? Overall Apartment Rating - The apartment rating is an average of each individual rating the apartment has received (not an average of the categories' ratings)
3.9 stars

The number in parenthesis is the number of customers who have rated this apartment

Apartment Experience (78) ? Apartment Experience - Clients' general impression of the apartment including, value and general comments and feelings about the rental
4.0
Location (75) ? Location - Clients' rating of the location of this apartment
4.0
Cleanliness (76) ? Cleanliness - Clients' rating of the cleanliness of the apartment
3.7
Condition, Comfort, Amenities (77) ? Condition, Comfort, Amenities - Clients' ratings of the details of the apartment including appliances and equipment, furniture and linens, size and available space, decoration/style, comfort of the apartment
3.8
Building (72) ? Building - Clients' rating of the building that the apartment is in including: Building appearance and condition, doorman/concierge (when applicable), access to apartment, extra amenities such as car park etc (when applicable)
3.9
Quiet/Loud (75) ? Quiet/Loud - Clients' rating of how quiet the apartment is, the greater the number of stars, the quieter the property. Please note that noise levels are especially subjective and can vary
4.0
Apartment Reviews (60)
Review by: Simon P.,
Nov 09 2016
Accommodation Rental: 9 days

Great small apartment in a quiet street of Harlem. Subway is within walking distance and takes you to Times Square for instance in only 10 minutes with express line. Comfortable bed, summary but adequate kitchen, clean and comfortable bathroom, towels available, etc. Apartment is on the 2nd floor of a townhouse, staircase is to be shared with the nice and discreet landlady. A small private garden to be shared with the other occupants is located in front of the house (it must be the perfect place to eat or rest a bit during summer).

Review by: CÚline C.,
Oct 18 2016
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

The apartment is very well located, close to subway lines and in a quiet and pleasant area. The landlady is very nice and available, she welcomed us very well. We recommend this place.

Review by: NoŰl D.,
Oct 03 2016
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

Very good value for money.
The landlady is very nice and welcoming.

Review by: Brigitte R.,
Sep 30 2016
Accommodation Rental: 8 days

The landlady is charming, friendly and welcoming. The apartment is delightful as it is located in a brownstone. However, we could not get tepid water from the shower head, the blind above the bed was broken so sunlight came in directly on our head in the morning, we could not ventilate the bedroom, and air conditioning and fridge made a hell of a noise...

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Oct 18 2016

Dear Friends--

We are certainly glad to hear from you. It seems the blinds got pulled up too raucously ( they'd been down before) . Consequently they stuck and we had to unstick them. Unfortunately, we've found many guests do not know how to manage Venetian blinds--they pull too hard and break the cords As you can imagine, this has become quite an expense over and again.

So we have ordered automatic blinds and shutters for the windows, although a colleague in the business tells me that guests have broken her shutters and automated blinds as well!

As for bedroom ventilation, the A/C is in the bedroom. There is also a fan which might have been used. I know because the A/C is in the bedroom window that does not open-- but if one does not want to run the AC at night you can run it during the day or for a few hours before bedtime and the room will be very cool and then use the fan if necessary.

As for the refrigerator and A/C noise --we always ask guests to let us know if anything is amiss; we do have suggestions that could be helpful, even though we cannot change those items. It does work to shut them down while sleeping, or turn to a lower setting.

I do wish you had mentioned the tepid shower! We have definitely not experienced that before so that is something we really should know about and could rectify!

Thank you again.

Peace & Blessings--

Cynthia

Review by: Isabelle O.,
Sep 15 2016
From: Canada,
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

Strong points: the host is kind and available, good price compared to location.

To be improved: obsolete equipment (for instance: broken toaster, missing crockery, stove does not work well (heating is really not very powerful), very noisy fridge). The air conditioning unit should be moved in the "living room" because it is impossible to sleep with this (noisy) machine a few centimeters from the headboard. Living room is not comfortable enough; wicker chairs could be replaced by club chair = it would be much more comfortable! No television.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Oct 11 2016

Hello thank you for your review.
You obviously have not checked around too much or you will find that the price for the studio is not only great for the location but for the accommodation itself and all it includes. I just checked the toaster and I found that it does work. Why it did not work for you is a mystery to me--unless you did not slid the switch (for light to dark toast). As for the stove we have since had a guest who in fact did a lot of cooking with no complaints and the stove did get hot enough. I realize the refrigerator is noisy when it pops on. That I suppose is the hazard of staying in a studio apartment with a large refrigerator. The air conditioner is what it is but when we had it in the living room there were comments that the bedroom did not get cool enough. Most people turn the AC on for a few hours before bed and then turn it off or on low for sleeping. As for the wicker chairs I personally find them comfortable but I imagine it is all a matter of personal taste. We do not have TVs in the apartments and have no intention of getting them. Most of our guests watch almost anything they want on their iPhones, android,or iPads. I think you will find that this accommodation while not quite the Plaza is exquisitely clean & really very well equipped. My sincere apologies for the toaster. Had you told me I would have immediately replaced it. Fortunately for us a former guest likes this apartment so much that she has rented it for a long term beginning November 1st.
Peace & Blessings
Cynthia

Review by: Jasmin Z.,
Sep 08 2016
From: Germany,
Accommodation Rental: 5 days

The apartment is in good condition. The furniture is a little dated, but alright. The bed is quite small and makes a sound with every movement. The size of the apartment is sufficient for two people.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Sep 26 2016

Thank you!
We were so glad we could accommodate you! The bed is a standard full size bed, which I am sure is explained in the apt. description. Indeed, the apt is dated! This building was constructed in 1886--but the appliances and accouterments are all relatively new; while we seek to replicate the house historically, we maintain updated appliances.
Thank you again!
Peace & Blessings
Cynthia

Review by: Serge G.,
Aug 23 2016
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 16 days

The owners welcomed us very warmly. They were available, especially regarding our late arrival around 11.30 pm.

Review by: Jean-lou D.,
Jul 24 2016
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 6 days

Strong points:
- authentic neighborhood
- kind landlady (she offered us some muffins when we arrived)
- close to 1, 2 and 5 subway lines
- spacious accommodation

To be improved:
- Fridge was really loud (we switched it off to sleep at night)
- Gutter just in front of the bedroom was leaking loudly
- Cat's pee smell in the house
- General cleanliness
- Not much space around the bed

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Aug 02 2016

We loved having you! I'm sorry about the things that bothered you!!!

1. Yes, the refrigerator is not that far from your sleeping area, so it's a kind of loud sound in the otherwise quiet of night. Most folks used to city-dwelling aren't bothered--but I understand. Not sure what to do about it though!!;-(
2 We had some heavy downpours of rain, and while I'm quite sure the gutter was not leaking--I certainly hope it wasn't (it's less than a year old!!) the rushing of water can make quite a noise--in addition to the rain pelting the sky-lights which are quite close in proximity to the studio. I will check to make sure the gutter has no leaks--though I think we would have seen evidence of that.
3.We clean the kitty litter every day; I know sometimes there are musty odors in this old house especially when it's very humid. But I assure you we keep everything clean and we definitely look after the cat's litter box.
4 You're right, the bed doesn't have much space around it We could only really fix that by taking out a wall. But it's much more room than some others I know of which actually make two individual rentals (same price as ours or more) out of even less space!! This is New York!

Thank you again!

Peace and blessings
Cynthia

Review by: Elisabeth P.,
May 19 2016
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 8 days

This apartment is not very modern but it is functional (you will find everything you need to cook, towels as well as clean and comfortable sheets). It is particularly close to the subway and a 10-minute walk from northern Central Park. Quietness is appreciated. The landlady is very welcoming and thoughtful with tenants, and always available.

Review by: Nina U.,
Nov 24 2015
From: Switzerland,
Accommodation Rental: 14 days

Shower curtains new
Shower head falling out
Fridge really loud
New pans

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Nov 30 2015

Lukas, You were a very quiet, sweet-mannered and respectful guest. As for the shower curtain-I really can't see anything wrong with it. The shower curtain, while perhaps slightly feminine;-) is in perfect shape, and our cleaning person routinely cleans it with bleach. We change the shower curtains and liners frequently as it is.
As for the shower itself I will certainly check it but the shower head is meant to release from the catchment as it's on a hose for a spa-spray effect.
Cooking pots: maybe you didn't check the cupboard because they are there. There's a frying pan, a large sauce pan, a cooking pot and a baking pan. I will add some extras, though, just in case. I am sorry you were disturbed by the noise coming from the fridge. That's the thing about studio apartments--the kitchen isn't far from the bedroom!! But you have to agree it is an excellent, nice big fridge!;-).
I don't know if you realize this is an historic building, built in 1886, with great original detail, but it is very clean and well-kept up, centrally located and quiet.
Thank you.
Cynthia

Review by: Luis R.,
Oct 10 2015
From: Spain,
Accommodation Rental: 8 days

We really liked the apartment... very cozy. The landlady is very friendly, the location is perfect. We will definitely stay here again if we come back.

Review by: Hilja-maria K.,
Oct 01 2015
From: Finland,
Accommodation Rental: 1 month

This apartment was beautiful and clean. It located in nice neighborhood. There was short distance to subway station and lots of delis and restaurants nearby. The owner was very friendly and helpful.

Review by: Luisa M.,
Sep 01 2015
From: Spain,
Accommodation Rental: 10 days

The apartment was on the third floor of an old building, very eccentric ... it had a small kitchenette with 2 hot plates and a microwave, a fairly large bathroom with a tub and a skylight :-), a bedroom with a bed and then a kind of small drawing room with a wardrobe and a dresser. In my opinion, it was a little old although it proved to be more than sufficient. It only was a little uncomfortable to be on the third floor but everything was very clean. There is air conditioning and high-speed wifi, however there is no TV.The neighborhood was very good even if it was in Harlem, there was a police station 1 block away and a very easy access to downtown Manhattan by subway, there were also buses and two supermarkets nearby .... so in my opinion we had everything we needed, and I think it was a good value-for-money. Cynthia is also very friendly and attentive, always making sure you have everything you need

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Sep 18 2015

Hello Luisa
I'm glad you were comfortable during your stay here in NYC. You are correct, this is a very old (historical) building, built around 1886. I hope the stairwell didn't bother you! This brownstone is like many others in Harlem--with lots of original detail, but it has all been upgraded of course, even though it definitely appears "antique." We love the Victorian charm of these homes, though some of them fell into total disrepair and had to be "gutted" when renovated. Those have only the fašade from the 19th century.
As for the kitchen in the apartment in which you stayed, the "stove is actually called an Avanti "Mini-Kitchen" and has a double cooktop above the oven (not a microwave).
I hope you enjoyed your stay! You were lovely guests!
Peace & Blessings!
Cynthia

Review by: Charlotte B.,
Jun 11 2015
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 8 days

We had a very pleasant stay in this charming apartment! Thank you Cynthia and Haja.

Review by: Laetitia C.,
May 29 2015
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 9 days

This apartment is very well located. The subway station is a 5 minute walk and it takes you to Downtown Manhattan in about 15 minutes. You will find many shops and restaurants in the vicinity, and the neighborhood is nice.
In the evening, we enjoyed coming back to this well-equipped and comfortable apartment, after walking all day long!
The landlady is very nice and receptive, she did her best to make us have a nice stay. We will have very good memories of our trip.

Review by: Sandrine G.,
Apr 20 2015
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 11 days

The apartment was very nice except that we had to go through the landlady's house to access our apartment and leave our shoes at the door. Besides, her dog bayed during 2 nights when she was out. Otherwise, it was a nice stay. Very good value for money.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Apr 20 2015

We loved having you, Sandrine--and it's true, of course, that our home is set up much like a B&B--it is NOT an "apartment building." So Sorry if Bailey, our Beagle, made noise. I'm hoping we weren't away for too long--it's been a busy time! Our little dog is a typical Beagle in that regard.
he isn't always noisy, but when he howls he does make noise! I hope he didn't "bay" for too long.
Peace & Blessings--
Cynthia

Answer by: New York Customer Service
Apr 20 2015

Thank you for your feedback, Sandrine! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the apartment. We apologize if it was not clear to you that the building entrance and the stairway to the apartment would be shared with the owner. The description of the apartment on our website does say that the building is a brownstone and that the stairway and the entrance are common to the owner and the guests, but we will make sure that our agents disclose this information better in making future bookings.

Review by: Maria Montserrat C.,
Nov 05 2014
From: Spain,
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

My boyfriend and I stayed in this apartment for a week. It is located in a very quiet area of Harlem, near the metro station. The apartment was very clean and it has the authentic structure of the Harlem's houses! We stayed in a room with bath and kitchen of the third floor. It was perfect because is big enough for two people. The owner was very kind to us and she was take care our stay was ideal. We would definitely stay there again.

Review by: Cedric C.,
Oct 02 2014
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

Apartment, or should I say part of the 3rd floor of a house.
Lack of cleanliness - greasy kitchen cabinet
dust bunnies in the apartment
no TV
Take off your shoes in ground floor
Discreet owner ready to help

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Oct 08 2014

Dear Cedric-- Thank you for your feedback. .I am disappointed you found the apartment not up to your standards. We do take great pride in keeping our building and the apartments in top shape. And, honestly, I have a hard time believing the "kitchen cabinets" were "greasy;"
If you found a spot of grease somewhere I would love to have had you point that out to me because that certainly is not acceptable.. And if my cleaning person missed a dust bunny somewhere, I would like to know that too!! Our cleaning person is a very conscientious young woman who takes great pride in her work. I will certainly remind her to thoroughly clean the cabinets inside and out, and to check everywhere for "dust bunnies."

The fellow, whom you may have seen on Saturday, is supposed to remove the garbage, clean the bathroom, and put away the laundry. And, of course, if anything is obviously soiled, he will take care of that.

I'm sorry you feel you need to be dismissive of our historic landmark brownstone. Perhaps you are not aware that brownstones such as ours, which are fortunate to have most original detail--unlike the "gutted" renovated buildings which have no historic charm--all have a central staircase leading to, yes, individual studio apartments. But the apartments are on a separate (4th) floor, and are entirely private.
Kind regards--

Review by: Philippe G.,
May 14 2014
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 10 days

Excellent welcome from the helpful and considerate hostess.

The accommodation is very quiet and functional. The subway station is less than a 10-minute walk and with the express train, you're in the center of Manhattan in 15 minutes.

Review by: Mario A.,
Mar 04 2014
From: United States,
Accommodation Rental: 8 days

I had a good time at the apartment. It was close to the subway and food. It was also really clean. There were no problems at all. It was pretty quiet, we entered and came as we pleased.

The owner was a very nice lady and we were very happy to stay overall.

Review by: Clement C.,
Nov 11 2013
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 9 days

The cleaning wasn't great.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Nov 19 2013

Clement, I'm sorry you had an issue with cleaning. When guests arrive not only do we provide them with a document on which they are told to please notify us with any concern, but I also stress that to them, orally, upon their arrival.

We have a weekly cleaning service on Saturday when bed changes are made and the bathrooms and bedrooms/kitchens are supposed to be thoroughly cleaned. I will certainly remind my Saturday cleaning staff of their duties!

I have no doubt whatsoever that the apartment was spotless upon your arrival. We do not provide daily cleaning, but all the cleaning equipment is there for the guests' use if they wish to clean up after themselves. It is expected that the guest will do at least minimal cleaning such as daily kitchen and bath clean-up.

I hope you enjoyed your stay; we really do try very hard to accommodate our guests in any way we can.

Review by: Valentina M.,
Nov 10 2013
From: Italy,
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

The apartment is perfect for a couple who wants to enjoy NY with the freedom an apartment gives while spending less than for a hotel; the neighborhood is quiet, the subway is 2 blocks away so you are in Midtown in 20 minutes.

Cynthia is very kind and very hospitable, the linens are soft and warm, the bathroom with tub is a real marvel.

Review by: Joel P.,
Oct 27 2013
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 9 days

A wonderfully well located accommodation in a very quiet neighborhood barely five minutes from the subway. The comfort is perfect to enjoy a very good value accommodation in NYC.

The hostess is very friendly and very discreet. In short, excellent experience that we will repeat in a heartbeat.

Review by: Nicole G.,
Oct 25 2013
From: Germany,
Accommodation Rental: 10 days

The owner of the apartment was always very nice and helpful. We could always ask questions about the apartment and the surrounded area. She even prepared a flyer about the things to do in her neighborhood and in order to introduce herself.

At first we thought we would have a separate entrance which turned out was not the case. However it was not bad at all because even though the owner lived on the second floor and our apartment was on the third floor, we did not intrude their privacy.

We had an AC which was nice because when we arrived it was a hot day. The furniture was in good condition. We had a fridge, a cooking area, a toaster and a coffee maker in the kitchen. The owner provided us with clean towels and clean sheets.

We could always ask for more towels if needed them since we stayed for a longer period of time. The bed was comfortable.

Overall, the apartment was quite clean. We really enjoyed our stay there and would always recommend friends who would like to visit the area to stay in this apartment.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Nov 11 2013

Nicole, we enjoyed you very much. I am sure the Central entrance comes as a small surprise to folks who are not familiar with Harlem's historic brownstones.

Our building has most of the original detail, which includes one main entrance and a central staircase, leading to the apartments which nonetheless are self-contained each with their own private 3rd (or 4th from street level) floor entrance.

We would welcome you back any time. Hosting you was a pleasure!

Answer by: New York Customer Service
Nov 15 2013

Thank you for your review, Nicole! We are glad that you had such a pleasant stay. We're sorry that you did not notice it before you arrived, but in the description of this rental on our website, we have disclosed that the building is a brownstone and that the entrance and stairs are common to both the guest and the owner.

We are happy to hear though that this was not a great inconvenience.

Review by: Lisa A.,
Sep 20 2013
From: Germany,
Accommodation Rental: 4 days

Everything went smoothly. The hosts were extremely kind and accommodating. Admittedly, we only had a short stay so we have no suggestions for improvement whatsoever.

Review by: Riccardo L.,
Jul 18 2013
From: Italy,
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

The accommodation is exactly as shown on the photos. We stayed there for one week and the accommodation met all our needs, it was very convenient to have a kitchen for the evening meal after a busy day sightseeing around NYC, and without having to go out for dinner (which you often have to do if you're staying at a hotel).

The service provided is complete and the apartment is fully equipped, and nothing was lacking. The only thing is you have to take your shoes off before you get in but you get used to it and after a day walking it is a relief to be barefoot.

The hosts are very kind and helpful for anything you need, but at the same time they're not intrusive and most of the time it's like being at home. The neighborhood is quiet and you can get about without any problem, there are two subway stations very close by (116th and 125th) and from there you can go anywhere in NYC.

Accommodation definitely to be recommended for a stay in NYC... it was a wonderful experience and I can't wait to go back!!! ENJOY NYC!!!!!

Review by: Alain S.,
Jun 15 2013
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

The hostess is charming and very discreet. Waited for us although we arrived later than planned. Welcome muffins in the fridge. This vacation rental has everything you need to have a pleasant stay. To go back to some of the comments, yes, the fridge is noisy, as are all fridges - except that when you're home, you don't sleep next to it, so obviously you hear it more here.

The wooden staircase creaks a little. But that's what makes the charm of this genuine dwelling. You really feel home here. The only downside, but it's only because we have to find one: it would be to have 2 beer- and 2 wine glasses instead of just one of each. But that really doesn't matter.

The neighborhood is great!! Lively but quiet. 15 min away from times square with the subway. Walking along 125th has you swing over into another dimension. America as you imagine it.

I'll definitely be very happy to go back to this vacation rental. Thanks again.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Jun 24 2013

We loved having you and your partner, who brought us delicious, authentic French biscuits! Such lovely guests--and we will promise to check the glassware situation! I think a few glasses may have broken in the past. We will definitely see that they're replaced!

You are a wonderful and interesting couple! Kindest regards!

Review by: Philipp M.,
May 28 2013
From: Germany,
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

We stayed in the apartment for 10 days and loved everything about it! It is nicely located within walking distance from the A/B/C/D subway station which allows traveling downtown in a couple of minutes (taking A or D). However, we also enjoyed the direct neighborhood with a couple of famous jazz clubs and nice restaurants.

For Germans: the "bier international" is also very close, 2099 Frederick Douglass Blvd. They offer a range of german beer in case you miss it (including Hofbrńu, K÷lsch, Jever...). We also suggest renting bikes at MODsquad, 2119 Frederick Douglass Blvd, and to take the bike road to downtown Manhattan along the Hudson river. For shopping lovers: the GAP outlet store is on 125th street right across the corner.

We felt very welcome by the owners, especially Cynthia, and wish to express our sincere gratitude for making the stay a great memory!

Review by: Catherine B.,
May 13 2013
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

Good value for the money for this vacation rental. small but nicely laid out and typical with exposed stones in the bedroom.

Friendly and helpful hosts but strict rules to live by (taking shoes off, making sure the barriers are well in place for the pets, making sure everything is in the fridge...) when you're on vacation and renting home stay accommodation, it can give you the feeling you're not at home.

Still very satisfied despite that.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
May 22 2013

Catherine you and your husband were lovely guests and we're sorry we do have a few rules and customs - Not as many as some guest houses, but "No Smoking," "No shoes indoors," and making sure foods are refrigerated, as well as general respectfulness are among them. We also ask that only toilet tissue be flushed down the toilet - common sense things, really. Keeping food in the fridge is simply necessary to avoid a cockroach situation. (We don't have them and we don't want them!;-). This is NYC after all and cockroaches would rule if they could! ;>).

As for removing shoes - all our guests, as well as we ourselves have to do it. It just keeps the floors more sanitary - it is our custom, and we ask that guests please respect that.

And, yes, the barriers must be kept in place
a) to keep the pets from running upstairs and bothering guests, and
b) to keep our recently adopted "rescued" Beagle from running out the door! He's a crazy, silly, over-eager little guy, and it would break our hearts to lose him!

So we're sorry but, alas, the rules are here to stay, I'm afraid! They're mostly all for our guests' sake, and for those guests who follow!

But we loved having you and your husband, and we were pleased to oblige your friends, as well, who needed to store luggage for several hours. You were also very smart to leave the keys in the mailbox when you left (because you didn't see us around).

Review by: Hane V.,
Apr 18 2013
From: United States,
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

It was good. She (the owner) was really nice and she gave us everything you need. The apartment was very neat and clean. It was a very quiet neighborhood.

Review by: Ryan S.,
Feb 08 2013
From: United States,
Accommodation Rental: 4 days

I enjoyed my stay, so take the following in that context:

Internet: terrible in the rear room. Owner solved the problem by last day of my stay.

Great location, I used the subways a lot.

For me, none of the chairs were comfortable for lounging/reading. I'm a very microwave-oriented person, so that was a missing ingredient for me.

Building is old and attractive, except steep front steps are dangerous: we had sleet and I slid all the way down the steps to the sidewalk. Serious pain & bruises, fortunately no broken bones. I'd suggest traction strops on those steps.

Noise: the stairs are really loud, made me reluctant to go out late for fear of disturbing people. The owner's new dog was occasionally loud, annoying in middle of night (only once or twice).

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Feb 11 2013

We enjoyed having Ryan--and we felt terrible about the internet and his slip on the steps! Once before, someone had mentioned the internet was sluggish in the rear, but Ryan wanted to do a lot of work as he was here for a conference, I believe--and it wasn't working well enough for him.

Our server is Verizon, and after lengthy phone calls, phone waits, and working with at least four different technicians by phone, for hours, we were able to properly install an internet extender--so the problem, happily, is solved.

Unfortunately, it took until the last day Ryan was here! But we are very glad he pointed out this problem to us or we would not have known! That said, the internet was always strong in the common area downstairs, where he was able to work successfully.

As for the chairs, two are the same kind we use in our personal sitting area--and they work for us, but Ryan is tall, so maybe that had something to do with his discomfort.

The steps--all of the brownstones have similar outdoor steps. When my husband left for work around 5:30 pm it was raining and there was no ice, but it seemed to have turned suddenly colder and more slippery. Our other guests said they hadn't noticed--but perhaps they had boots with more sole traction. We were devastated that Ryan slipped--and immediately put de-icer on the steps.

We're really so very sorry about that, and will seek to solve the problem so it never happens again!

We have a new little Beagle hound, a rescue dog, who is sweet as can be--but is still in training, and sometimes howls for no reason! He's learning--and getting over his nervousness! He actually loved Ryan--seemed to think he was a long lost friend!

As for the stairs--this is a landmark 100 + year old Harlem brownstone. The steps are solid and we've had them "tightened", but creaking comes and goes with greater and lesser humidity as the stairs expand and contract. There isn't really anything we can do about that--but no one should fear that it bothers us--because it doesn't! It probably sounds much louder to the person walking on the stairs than it sounds to anyone else.

All in all, Ryan was a lovely, gracious guest--and if he returns we'll definitely try to make him as comfortable as we possibly can--as we do and shall with all our guests! We appreciate the constructive suggestions!

Review by: Alain B.,
Jan 04 2013
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 3 days

Charming and very welcoming hosts. but the accommodation isn't very clean, the fridge makes one hell of a noise... there are no bedside lamps which prevents you from reading in bed. I won't recommend this vacation rental to friends despite its good location and the lady's kindness.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Jan 30 2013

Thanks for your review, Alain. The place is sparkling--we thoroughly clean, vacuum, dust, scrub before for you. If something has been missed we would have been so very appreciative if you had let us know!

The $100+ 600 thread-count sheets are fresh, luxurious, wrinkle-free, laundered in 7th Generation toxin-free & hypoallergenic detergent. If you mentioned anything to me, I would immediately have had the cleaning service come in to service the apartment.

As for bedside lamps--if you had checked the pictures when booking the apartment, you would have seen that there are no bedside lamps. There is an easily moved desk lamp however, which you could have used if you wanted to read in bed.

The refrigerator makes some noise as most refrigerators do. In a small, very quiet apartment, the motor when running is audible, since the kitchen is not that far from the bedroom.

That said, you stayed only 3 nights and did not want to pay the cleaning fee although the agent said he'd made them aware of it. Because you alleged that you didn't know you had to pay it, we of course let it go. Moreover, you stayed at bargain prices--far less than practically anywhere in NYC during the holiday season. That is not, at all, to say we give you less than excellent service/accommodations.

I'm so sorry you were unhappy. Our goal is always to please and to give the best service possible. We repeatedly, orally and in writing, ask you, our guests to let us know immediately if something is not satisfactory. We will do our best to keep up our excellent service.

Review by: Rachel T.,
Oct 16 2012
From: United Kingdom,
Accommodation Rental: 5 days

We thought the apartment had a lot of character and was very handy for the express subway to downtown Manhattan. The owners were helpful and obliging. Some more crockery and cutlery would be nice and the wireless signal was a bit unreliable.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Oct 22 2012

Rachel and company were lovely and gracious guests. Unfortunately, there is little we can do with the wireless signal. It's usually very good but seems sometimes to depend upon the equipment accessing the wireless. Only occasionally have guests had spotty access though and in the back studio. The signal is always strong elsewhere.

Nonetheless, we will certainly see if our service company can help. As for the cutlery and dishware -- we keep enough there, as well as pots and pans, for at least 4 people. But of course, if anyone needs more (should they be having a several course meal), we'd be only too glad to provide them with additional things.

I will certainly check to make sure nothing has gone missing!

Review by: Mark N.,
Oct 16 2012
From: Germany,
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

Were happy with the vacation rental. Hostess is very friendly. Subway stations are nearby and when you use the express line, you're in Manhattan in a jiffy. We also never felt unsafe in the neighborhood.

There was a small discrepancy with NY Habitat regarding the price of the rental (there was a mistake when we worked out the contract, eventually two different prices were established). We could resolved that directly with the owner, she was very friendly and accommodating.

Answer by: New York Customer Service
Jan 30 2013

Thanks for leaving a review, Mark. There was an oversight when the contract was printed and after the price of the apartment was negotiated. Our agent and the owner nevertheless resolved to provide you with the lower rate for the apartment due to this inconvenience.

We hope you enjoyed your stay in NYC.

Review by: Romina B.,
Sep 05 2012
From: Italy,
Accommodation Rental: 15 days

I was surprised by Harlem, the neighborhood is still authentic! The apartment met my expectations and the wifi connection was very useful.

The host is a wonderful lady, discreet but always available for any need.

Review by: Gaby F.,
Jul 10 2012
From: Germany,
Accommodation Rental: 10 days

The owner was very nice and caring, the house was lovely decorated and we felt at home from the beginning.

Review by: A Guest,
Jun 13 2012
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 8 days

Nice welcome, comfortable accommodation in a pleasant area with very easy access to shops. The owners are at the same address and helpful and discreet. You need to take your shoes off to walk up to the apartment on the 2nd floor as the stairs are a bit noisy.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Jun 15 2012

She and her daughter were perfectly lovely, delightful guests, and we are so glad they enjoyed their stay here. And while it is true that this historic landmark home does have its creaks and groans--that is not the reason we ask guests to remove their shoes!

We have simply found that it is far more sanitary for all of us to remove the shoes we've been wearing while walking the none-too-clean streets of NYC.

Review by: A Guest,
Jun 01 2012
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

The accommodation was very satisfactory, nicely decorated, very clean, nothing to complain about. Very good value for the money. What's more, the owner is a delightful lady, very welcoming and concerned about our comfort. This is why I would recommend her to anyone who'd want to try renting an apartment in NYC.

Review by: Manuela P.,
May 08 2012
From: Italy,
Accommodation Rental: 1 days

Sincere thanks to Ms Cynthia for her friendliness and helpfulness... we stayed one week in this wonderful apartment and we really enjoyed it very much.

Final evaluation from 1 to 10: +20. Thank you wholeheartedly Manuela and Simona

Review by: A Guest,
Apr 05 2012
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 8 days

Welcoming owners. Apartment in a poor cleanliness condition. Tub was clogged so all the dirt would back up, sofa was dirty and stained better not to sit on it to be able to get up again. Both apartment windows don't open so we suffocated and no way to air (and believe me it was necessary because of mold smell).

The neighborhood is lively during the day but we'd better no linger in the evening. It is a shame to rent an apartment in these conditions!!!

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Apr 12 2012

I am so very sorry these guests had such a negative experience in the apartment. This is highly unusual.

1)The apartment was cleaned, professionally, immmediately prior to the guests' arrival. We will do everything we possibly can to inspect the unit and make sure no one has anything but a wonderful apartment experience henceforth!

2) Unfortunately, the cleaning service did not note that the bath was running slowly. We found out only after these guests left, and immediately remedied the problem. We saw no dirt or dirty water--but we fixed the sluggish drain, and will make certain it remains clear. Our most sincere apologies!

3)We have replaced the sofa because it was frequently being misused; now there are chairs for relaxing, and more luggage space.

4) The guests asked if they could open the window and we offered to show them how to open it. They said that was not necessary. I'm terribly sorry they were too warm. From now on we will insist that we help them, to assure the guests' comfort.

5) We do a weekly anti-mold treatment and have our house routinely inspected for molds. There is no mold.

6) Harlem is as safe an area as any in New York City; there are wonderful jazz & blues spots (Showman's, The Lenox Lounge, Paris Blues) only steps away,as well as many great restaurants. We have a new brochure informing guests of the cultural mecca they will find here, and we will do all we can to make their stay in Central Harlem amazing!

Review by: Sarah H.,
Mar 14 2012
From: Germany,
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

+ Nice stay in this apartment. Very friendly owner. Very well equipped (kitchen even had coffee, sugar, spices, dish soap etc. there was already everything). Muffins for our arrival. All great.

- Bedlinens didn't smell nice and were not really clean.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Mar 26 2012

We have recently begun switching to incredible 600 thread count, 100% Egyptian cotton, wrinkle-free sheets, because we'd like our guests to experience a wonderful, luxurious sleep! However, our current sheets are all 350 to 450 thread count, and they are always washed in hypoallergenic,organic, toxin free "7th Generation" laundry detergent. Guests are told in writing that they are welcome to fresh bed linens as often as they wish.

These guests were perfectly lovely, a joy! They had brought their one-year old baby with them, and so as a precaution we had wrapped the mattress with a new plastic covering underneath the sheet. Perhaps the plastic covering had a peculiar odor which we did not detect. We are so sorry if that was the case--but we assure them, and everyone, that all linens are always freshly laundered! If we spot a stain we immediately remove the sheet from the linen closet!

Review by: Fabio B.,
Feb 13 2012
From: Italy,
Accommodation Rental: 6 days

the landlady was exceptional and helpful, the accommodation in good condition, maybe the linens and towels could be replaced (they are a bit worn) the location is good, I recommend it to anyone who wants to get away from downtown bustle.

Answer by: New York Customer Service
Feb 13 2012

The suggestions to update the linens and towels has been passed along to the owner. The owner said they will make sure that there are no worn sheets or thinning towels in the stock of linens.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Feb 13 2012

A great, appreiative couple. Just lovely!

Review by: Hydee O.,
Dec 13 2011
From: United States,
Accommodation Rental: 4 days

We were a little apprehensive about staying in Harlem, but at 1/3 the price of standard Manhattan hotels, we decided to give it a try. We ended up on a nice street, staying in a beautifully restored brownstone's little studio apartment on the third floor. It was clean, charming, and surprisingly quiet.

The subway station is a couple of blocks away, and you have everything you need in close proximity. We always felt safe walking to and from the apartment, regardless of the time (6am, midnight, 3am), and the neighborhood has a lot of character. Thank you Cynthia and Haja, for making our first NY Habitat rental and Harlem stay a pleasant one.

We will be back.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Dec 13 2011

Very pleased! Really great guests! They even joined our holiday festivities--at our invite!
Great people!

Review by: A Guest,
Nov 12 2011
From: Germany,
Accommodation Rental: 6 days

The apartment we rented was just top value for the price. There was everything you need. The owners were very nice, helpful and discreet. The apartment is a bit off center but you can still reach the heart of Manhattan very quickly with the subway.

All in all our stay there was really worthwhile.

Review by: Elise G.,
Oct 23 2011
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 8 days

Good place for a stay in New York. It is quiet, very well located on several subway lines and all the shops you could need can be found nearby. The owner is very kind and we had a pleasant stay. We still would like to mention that the equipment is not necessarily ideal as it may be a bit outdated.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Oct 23 2011

Lovely couple--very sweet.

Review by: Ute M.,
Oct 10 2011
From: Germany,
Accommodation Rental: 6 days

We were overall very happy with the accommodation. The owner gave us good tips, was extremely friendly and made herself available when we needed help. This was certainly more than can be expected when you rent a vacation rental. The whole house and the apartment itself have a very special style, I call it museum (I mean this in a positive way), in any case something special.

At night it was absolutely quiet except for the fridge (at any rate a big plus for NY) and it was also good value for money. We would definitely book this apartment again and recommend it if you are looking for something in this price range.

Review by: A Guest,
Sep 26 2011
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 6 days

Great welcome

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Sep 26 2011

A truly lovely couple--who left the apt. quite immaculate--very sweet!

Review by: A Guest,
Jul 09 2011
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 9 days

the stay was really nice

Pros: the owner and her availability, the accommodation overall, apartment location, the price for value, the air conditioning.

Cons: the lack of darkness (no shutters) and sometimes the noise (AC, fridge)

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Jul 09 2011

Sweet, delightful guests!!

Review by: A Guest,
Jun 20 2011
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

very good, delightful owners, ideal location, can't be faulted

Review by: Manuel M.,
Jun 12 2011
From: Italy,
Accommodation Rental: 5 days

The owner of the vacation rental is very kind and hospitable I'd certainly recommend her!!!

Review by: A Guest,
Jun 08 2011
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

To spend a few days as I did (6 days) it is ideal. As regards value, it is a good deal. This vacation rental is fine especially for young couples without children. The owner is very kind and hospitable. The Wifi connection is great.

Two downsides in my opinion: you have to climb up a long wooden staircase to the second floor, a bit noisy! The bed is too short (my feet stuck out...)

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Jun 08 2011

Client was just fi ne--very nice.

Review by: A Guest,
May 23 2011
From: Canada,
Accommodation Rental: 2 days

A great place clean spaceous and a great landlord. was very close to central park but neighbourhood was a little scary at night.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
May 24 2011

Very sweet couple

Review by: Melanie S.,
May 04 2011
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

The vacation rental is well located, 5 minutes away from a subway station which makes it easily accessible and quiet. The setting is that of a real Brownstone.

Owner welcomed us nicely and let us totally free to come and go as we pleased. We had a great stay.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
May 04 2011

Very sweet couple!

Review by: A Guest,
Apr 12 2011
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 8 days

Welcome was nice and the accommodation pleasant.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Apr 12 2011

Very sweet, gracious, lovely women. Thank you!

Review by: Fouad M.,
Mar 09 2011
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 8 days

The accommodation owner is nice but that's all. But it's total freedom. Need to check out on the Saturday round 11am for the cleaning.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Mar 09 2011

Lovely young men!

Review by: Bernard R.,
Dec 24 2010
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 12 days

The location is very good in a quiet and hassle free neighborhood, near 125th street - a lively shopping street with subway (take train A) It is easy and fast to reach the southern end of the city.

This apartment is ideal for travelers with a limited budget who value convenience over extra comfort. It is well heated. The owners are gracious and discreet. We had a very nice stay there.

Review by: Maugeais C.,
Nov 29 2010
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

We are satisfied with our stay in the Harlem apartment. Everything met our expectations.
Nevertheless, we must tell that we have had problem with the toilets and it might happen again, due to the state of the plumbing.

Still the landlady is very friendly and helpful, which was also an incentive. We are also satisfied with New York Habitat's services.

Answer by: New York Customer Service
Dec 09 2010

Further to this review, we contacted the owner of this apartment who confirmed that she checked on the toilet and plumbing issue and noticed that something other than toilet paper was flushed. The problem has since been resolved and all is well with the plumbing.

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Dec 09 2010

Totally lovely women--very gracious even while we had to do some repairs in the common areas of the house.

Review by: Kelly A.,
Nov 09 2010
From: United States,
Accommodation Rental: 10 days

Using this site New York Habitat, was an amazing experience. I am really glad I went through this site. It was sooo much cheaper than any other alternative of staying in a hotel or motel, and had a homier feel, than just a generic hotel room where they all look the same. The site was super easy to use, the representatives on the other side of the phone were outrageously helpful with answering any questions whether it be about the room or even where it was you were planning on traveling too. (Shout out thank you to Herve Frenoy!)

The customer service with this site was top notch, couldn't have asked for better. With reserving the room, it was very easy, and easy to understand what the payments were for and what everything cost.

The room itself that I and a friend booked was on the edge of Harlem in NYC. The room was exactly as described in the pictures. No complaints. It was an old building, an old room, but it was nice, and worthy of the amazingly cheap price we paid to stay there for 10 nights.

The property owners were very welcoming, treated us like family, very nice people. Easy to get a hold of if we needed anything or had any questions and tending to any issues should any occur.

I am very happy with going through this New York Habitat site, as well am outrageously happy with the room we had rented out. I would definitely recommend this site to anyone wanting to visit NYC for a cheaper, not-so-far-from-home-feeling room to rent. The site and apartment exceeded my expectations by far. Thank you New York Habitat for all of your help as well as the owner for the amazing room and stay. THANK YOU!

With care, one very satisfied customer

Answer by: Accommodation Owner
Nov 09 2010

She was just lovely. Young--but very sweet, responsible. Great guests!

Review by: Rosita P.,
Jun 16 2010
From: Italy,
Accommodation Rental: 7 days

The flat we stayed in was just as it was described in the website, therefor consistent with our expectations.

Small but clean, air conditioning ok, kitchen, restroom, linen, everything was fine. That part of Harlem is ok, we didn't have any problem whatsoever. The landlady was discrete and kind, she even let us use the flat the last day for a shower in the afternoon before our leaving, she called a taxi for us. Everything was just fine.

We are fully satisfied with New York Habitat service and with the apartment itself.

Review by: Vanessa P.,
Sep 21 2009
From: France,
Accommodation Rental: 13 days

We had a nice holiday in this [Morningside Heights] apartment. It was quite old but clean and well equipped. [...] the neighbourhood was nice and quiet.