artistic foodie, open minded, health conscious environmentalist, food & music snob. gay friendly.
I am very happy with the coice of ssamers appartment. The communication between ssamaer and me was great. I got the answers of my question very fast and helped as best as he could. Sally who lived there was very nice and polite. Her recommendations were good and i liked it to talk with her. Finally is this place very good for this price. Everything is exactly same how you see it on the pictures.
Ssameer wasn't there, but Sally was and she knows EVERYTHING! Neighbor hood was safe and very convenient to the train and bus. Go eat at Flor de Broadway, it's right down the road. Food is great and cheap!!
Good value for money and location is great. Sally was our main point of contact and her knowledge on New York City and its history is amazing! Keys are provided and no curfew. Some cleaning/tiding up required to make the place more appealing.
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Another good stay, this is my second so obviously I liked it. Longer review on my first stay.
I had a great stay at Ssameer's place but it's definitely not for everybody so know what you're getting into.
The good: Sally lives there and is great company and the best thing about the place. She knows NYC very well and is always a pleasure to speak with. Location is very good and extremely convenient to the subway and local grocery shopping and dining. Perfect location to explore NYC from. The price is very reasonable. The kitchen is fully-functional and you can save money by cooking.
The rest: you get what you pay for. The building and neighborhood are both fine, but the flat itself is a wreck. The super hasn't been in to paint or do repairs in over a decade and it looks like it's been a hard decade of partying in this place. The pictures on AirBNB look to be several years out-of-date; it's much shabbier now. Sally has cleared pathways through Ssameer's clutter so it's functional but everyday it's like waking up in a squat where there was a huge rave the night before. The electrical switches and outlets are missing cover plates, the floor while clean isn't one you want to walk on barefoot, and there are just mountains of stuff everywhere even bulging out in the closet in the guest room. Again, fine for what it is: an inexpensive crash pad. Great for a guy or two to explore NYC on the cheap but don't bring your girlfriend and don't even think of bringing a young child due to the dangerous electrical situation.
Also, learn from my experience and do NOT park on the street. Sally and Ssameer will both tell you to do so and they are correct that it's technically "free" to park on the streets but it was a major hassle and ended up costing me $230. Absolute best case: you'll spend 1-2 frustrating hours 4 or more times a week moving your car and prowling the neighborhood (I had multiple tours of everything between 130th and 160th) fighting all the locals for the few remaining spots before street cleaning times. More likely case: if you have out-of-town plates you'll find tickets on your car just for parking the same way that the locals do (which they seem to be immune to). My advice would be to just pay the $18 per day in the garage on 153rd street. If you can't afford $18 per day just don't bring your car into the city because you definitely can't afford the tickets from the "free" parking on the street. You've been warned!
Excellent value for the money, imagine a youth hostel but you get a private room. It is a tiny space (which is more or less irrelevant for NYC anyway) but very convenient if you are traveling on a budget and only need a place to crash at night. Sally is very nice and knowledgeable of the city, and Sameer was very quick to respond and accessible at all times. Thanks!
For the price, it was amazing. Close to the subway, nice neighborhood, decent bed, and incredibly cheap. However, there was an occasional loud clanking from the pipe that runs through the room. Not the best thing when trying to sleep in a strange place.
And the apartment is pretty dingy; probably most people I know would have been disgusted. But my husband and I are not easily grossed out, so it was fine for us.
"Ssameer" was not there, but Sally was a delight to talk with and, since she knows and loves the city so well, a wonderful resource.
Oh, and if you want a wash cloth that is not old and stained, bring your own.
I stayed at Ssameer's place with my best friend this November. We didn't meet Ssameer, but his roommate Sally was there to greet us. She is a really nice person and she really knows her way around town. Our room was a little small and the place, exspecially the kitchen, could have been cleaner, but other than that it was a good first Airbnb-experience. The place is very close to the subway, which will bring you right downtown. I would stay here again for a night or two.
It's was our firts experience Airbnb. The apartment is well located. The metro is very close. The neighborhood is quiet. Sally and Ssameer are accommodating. The room was small but OK for sleeping but the public rooms are not as clean as the ad says.
Yes. he's courteous, clean and conscientious. he's also hilarious and fun to pal-around with.