Guest Reviews

“What a delightful place to stay! Convenient location near the subway line and Central Park, very clean, quiet room, and warm hospitality from Susan, who loves the city and shared her knowledge and enthusiasm whenever we had questions. We enjoyed the delicious breakfasts she provided each morning, when we would talk with her about the previous day’s adventures and get tips and ideas for the coming day. She struck the perfect balance of giving us space and privacy and being available if we needed anything. The location feels very safe, and there were many excellent restaurant choices just a block away. I would stay here again without hesitation!”(B.M. Washington State)

… a lovely peaceful haven to return to after a long day shopping, sightseeing and fighting the crowds. Ideally situated close to restaurants, shops and banks – visitors need not head downtown if they choose not to, but could stay and explore the Upper West Side. Also it is only 5 minutes walk to Central Park and less than 2 minutes to the subway! I will now look no further for my future NYC trips, having already made two return trips to her! V.H. Ireland (a three-time visitor)

Excellent bed, delicious breakfast, correctly selected district, well-informed about everything Susan! We are lucky to stay here and hope to come back soon! Many warm greetings to Susan from Moscow!) O. S., Moscow

We stayed with Susan in June and were delighted because she Susan treated us like old friends. She discussed our daily plans with us over breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt and pastries. She suggested which parks and museums would probably please us most (and was bang-on every time), as well as several other outings, like the High Line walkway that we wouldn’t have thought of on our own. T.M. Canada

Susan is a great host! I was nervous about traveling to NYC alone, especially after hurricane Sandy. Susan communicated with me frequently during the week before the marathon to keep me updated, and to give me a clear picture of the situation in NYC. This was so helpful to me. Susan is a great resource for restaurants, things to do in the area. She is a warm, professional host. I enjoyed the breakfasts of fresh fruit, bagels, juice, and coffee. The room was great. The bed is very comfortable. I was surprised by how quiet the room was. The space is cozy, inviting. I always felt safe. The building is close to buses and subways. I hope to run the NYC marathon in 2013. I would definitely request to stay here again! S.C., Portland, Maine (a return visitor!)

Susan made us feel welcome but also respected our privacy at all times, giving us plenty of local information to make our stay a breeze. D.T., New Zealand

It is my second time staying here. First visit was 18 months ago. I enjoyed it so much, the hospitality, the interesting discussion, the cleanliness & the pleasant atmosphere of this place that I did not have any hesitation to ask Susan for one more time to stay at her place (and I had to do it long time in advance as her calendar is full a few months forward.) I can not think about a better location in NYC. Respectful, clean, safe, close to museums, parks & subway. All shops needed for a guest in town. I highly recommend Susan’s place … I.B. Israel

¡ Aquí se habla español!

Después de muchos años de soñarlo, por fin pude viajar a NY. Luego de analizar distintos hoteles típicos que no me convencían, llegué a esta maravillosa opción. Justamente, tiene todo lo que yo deseo para un viaje: comodidad, seguridad y privacidad, pero con ese agregado especial de calidez que hace que uno se sienta más cerca de la vida cotidiana del lugar que visita y menos un turista.
Elegí la casa de Susan por los comentarios, por lo leído en su blog (la información que brinda es muy completa y todo es tal cual lo que dice) y por las fotos. Y la verdad es que cumplió con todas las expectativas; no tengo más que elogios de mi parte para su dueña, Susan, y lo recomiendo con total seguridad a toda persona que desee conocer NY desde ésta otra perspectiva que comenté arriba. Les comento los detalles más importantes:
1) La casa ofrece una habitación con baño privado más un pequeño recibidor con dos silloncitos y, por la mañana únicamente, un lugar muy agradable para desayunar. Todo está perfectamente impecable (no encontré una mota de suciedad) y todo funciona bien: ducha, calefacción, wifi, etc. La cama es muy, muy confortable y la habitación no es gigante, pero es muy cómoda, espaciosa, silenciosa y tiene suficiente lugar para acomodar las cosas. De más está decir que descansamos increíblemente bien y esto es fundamental en una ciudad cómo NY, dónde uno está todo el día afuera caminando y paseando. El desayuno es delicioso y abundante: café o té, jugo de naranja, yogurt, bagels, bollos, queso untable, mermeladas y fruta fresca.
2) El barrio, Upper West Side, es muy, muy seguro, cómodo y tranquilo. Hay de todo cerca (¡¡no dejen de pasar por Zabar´s!!) para cenar (darse una vuelta por la Av. Amsterdam), para tomar algo (¡¡café Lalo!!) para comprar, para pasear (Central Park y Riverside Park).
3) Por último pero no menos importante: la anfitriona y dueña de la casa, Susan, es una persona encantadora. Nos ayudó amablemente en todo lo que necesitamos y más, nos recomendó lugares y cosas para hacer a la vez que nos brindó toda la privacidad que uno requiere y nos hizo sentir como en casa.
Es importante saber que no es un hotel y no tiene los mismos servicios. Pero como dije antes, a mí no me convencen los hoteles tradicionales.
Nueva York es una ciudad hermosa, increíble, abrumadora. Creo que cada persona que la visita desea volver (salvo Homero Simpson, je) y ahora yo también quiero volver. Pero creo que el haberme hospedado en este lugar tan acogedor como éste, me permitió disfrutar aún más y mejor de esta espectacular ciudad. ¡Muchas, muchas gracias Susan! M.Z., Argentina

What a gem in New York City!! The room is big enough, we were 2 girls with big suitcases and managed very well. The location was perfect and close to very nice restaurants and coffee shops. And not to mention the friendliness and helpfulness of Susan. She was amazing!! I highly recommend the place to anybody! We are SO coming back!! A.G. , South Africa

Fuimos para participar en la maraton de nueva york y no podiamos haber elegido una ubicacion mejor a 5 minutos de central park! Muy bien ubicado para visitar la ciudad y lo mejor de todo una amabilidad total por parte de susan dispuesta ha ayudarnos y respondernos cualquier duda! La habitacion genial, el desayuno aun mas genial!! Vaya sin duda cuando vuelva a nueva york volveré a casa de susan N.S., Spain

Just like home sweet home. We had a wonderful time here. Susan is extremely friendly and helpful. She answers to all your questions and gives you good and precious advices for your trip in NY. We’ll miss her breakfasts, so yummy…bagels, croissants or apple pie, orange juice, coffee and milk…and fresh fruits every day !!! The room is small but quiet, spotless and clean; and bathroom too. The metro is really close, and there are a lot of shops and restaurants nearby. If I’ll come back…I’ll come back here for sure!!! A.B. , Italy

A friend and I decided to celebrate our December birthdays in NYC, and we couldn’t have found a more welcoming and knowledgeable host than Susan, a 5th generation New Yorker. For example we wanted to visit the recently dedicated 9/11 Memorial; but for Susan we wouldn’t have known that we needed a timed reservation and ticket which could be done only on-line. Thanks to her, we left with ticket in hand. The location couldn’t have been better with the subway and cross town bus just around the corner, Central Park a few blocks away, and wonderful neighborhood restaurants close by. We will definitely be back! J.M., New Hampshire

Susan offers warmth and personalization that is unique. The location is perfect and safe – one block to the subway, and to dozens of restaurants. The bed is comfortable, and Susan has gone out of her way to assemble travel resources and recommendations. A great way to start each day, with a delicious breakfast and personal recommendations for routes and sites. Susan is a wonderful host! V.M., Seattle

My husband and I only had a short time in New York, but choosing to stay at Susan’s house was a bonus. Susan was so welcoming even when our shuttle bus dropped us off much later in the evening than we anticipated. And then when our bus left after 6am in the morning of our departure Susan was up early preparing breakfast and seeing us off. The room we were in had its own ensuite and was very comfy and clean. Susan offered a lovely breaky of fresh fruits and breads and fresh coffee. She also had a wealth of knowledge of NY and helped us get around in the best possible way and recommended the best places to see in the short period we had. The position of the apartment is only a couple of blocks from Central Park and one block from the no. 1 subway. A very handy position and would highly recommend Susan’s place to stay. Thanks Susan you’re a great host! We hope to come back one day. L.G., Australia

Location, quality of accomodation, breakfast and general helpfulness were all terrific. As a constant traveller and former neighborhood resident, I can recommend this accomodation as A+++! L.N.,  Slovakia

Our stay at Susan was excellent. The room and the bathroom were perfectly clean and comfortable for our 4 nights in NYC. Susan’s appartment is well located in the upper west side, between the parks, near the metro, and colombus avenue where you can find nice restaurants or places to go out. Breakfasts were gorgious, Susan was a lovely host, she gave us every day some really useful advices about our visits. We’ll book again. O.R., France

Our stay at Susan’s was perfect and we would have happily stayed longer. The neighbourhood is very convenient and lovely, the room has everything you need and feel homy and comfortable. But most of all Susan is a great hostess, she loves her city and shares it with you. She’s also very helpful if you need anything. We will definitely recommend her place and come back to visit. E.A., England

We had a wonderful stay with Susan in New York. The bed was very comfy, it was great to have an en suite, and we had delicious and enjoyable breakfasts, with lots of help and advice from Susan on places to visit, and eat. There was also a folder in our room with information, and lots of interesting books in the hallway if only we’d had more time to sit and read! We appreciated the kettle in our room too. We loved New York, and Susan’s welcome and enthusiasm made it special for us. Thank you. I do hope we get back soon. One week is not long enough! J.B., Scotland

Susan is a wonderful host! She helped us maximize the enjoyment of our stay in New York City! It was great to be so near Central Park and all sorts of great sights and museums! L.L., France, Summer 2011

Susan is a warm, friendly and knowledgable New York host. She was keen to help us find our way around and provided us with helpful insider knowledge of the city. The apartment was central to excellent local amenities with easy access to the subway. We would love to make a return trip to New York and would readily choose to stay with Susan again. She made us feel welcome and at home. It was a comforting alternative to the clinical environment of a hotel. Thank you once again Susan. P.C., England

Excellent experience! Staying at Susan’s apartment is like staying at a friend’s. She is a delight to talk with and anticipates needs well. The location is fantastic and the room quiet. I would not hesitate to stay here again in the future. W.R., Canada, Summer 2011

Our stay with Susan was excellent. We liked the location near Central Park, and the Upper West Side area with nice restaurants and stores. It was very easy to go with Metro downtown. Susan is a warm and nice person, who made us feel very welcome. She gave us good advice about places to visit, and things to do. Breakfast was good. The room was nice and clean, the bed was good. We’ll recommend Susan’s place, and will probably stay there again next time we go to New York. J.A., Norway

We highly recommend staying at Susan’s apartment. The room is very quiet and clean. It is small but comfortable for resting and sleeping while spending the day enjoying New York. The bathroom is clean and convenient. The building seems to be very safe. The breakfast was excellent. The location is great: very attractive neighborhood, transportation nearby. Susan is a wonderful host. She knows and loves New York. She helped us with very useful advice. We hope to be able to enjoy her hospitality again. J.V., Vancouver

Susan was a great hostess offering fantastic breakfasts. Our room was clean and neat with a comfortable bed, dresser and closet for all our belongings and a nice bathroom. She was helpful with tourist tips and transportation suggestions. The location was wonderful near shopping, great restaurants and the subway. We will definitely return when we come back to New York City. G.M., California

Susan was very warm and inviting. She gave us good tips on cool things to see and tourist traps to avoid. She has plenty of books to reference if you’re not sure what to do with your day. The room was comfortable and quiet, and the location was very convenient. (Her apartment is pretty easy to get to and from if you’re driving too.) We will definitely book a stay with Susan again. J.T., Indiana

The room is immaculate, soundproof and dark day and night (but well lit for reading etc.) Susan was an excellent host who anticipated or asked our needs and preferences. Situated in the heart of the Upper West Side, walking distance from Central park and many museums and sites. Amsterdam Ave, a foodie heaven, is one block away. Check out “Good Enough to Eat!” Convenient to public transportation. Highly recommend. M.M., California

I must say the experience was wonderful! Susan is extremely knowledgeable about New York and was able to answer all of our questions regarding getting around, attractions, etc. The room we stayed in was exactly as described, and was better maintained than some hotels I’ve stayed in! Breakfast was delicious and fresh every morning – a fabulous way to start a busy day! Overall, this has been a wonderful experience I will 100% for sure repeat if I go back to New York. S.M., Montreal

Very comfortable. Not noisy (rare in NYC unless high up). Susan is very efficient, responsive and friendly. I’ll book again. H.W., Boston

Staying with Susan was great! She is very polite and the ideal host. The room is privately placed in the unit, and very clean and well kept. Breakfast in the morning was wonderful, and the unit is in a location that could not be better! This is definitely #1 on my list when I come to NYC. S. D., California

My husband and I went to New York for business but took a few extra days to see the sights. This was such a great arrangement for us. We got to stay in a ‘real’ New York apartment with our wonderful host, Susan–a ‘real’ New Yorker! It was an authentic New York experience. Very cool. Susan provided us with everything from a beautiful breakfast every morning to detailed transit info. Her place was clean, comfortable and private and in a perfect location for any visitor. I would highly recommend staying with Susan when you’re in New York. W.R., Ontario

I enjoyed my stay with Susan. The room was exactly as described. Susan was very accommodating even with my delay getting into Manhattan. She was very helpful in recommending local shops to check out in the area. You can’t beat the location and neighborhood: one block from the subway, walking distance to the Museums and Central Park. I’d stay there again on my next trip to NYC. C.G., California

Susan is a very nice and warm host. Her place is clean and very well organized. Our stay (which coincided with a NY blizzard)was made very comfortable by her. We found the the bed to be very conformable for both of us and it rejuvenated us every night. We enjoyed our daily Breakfast (bakery items with awesome coffee and fresh OJ!!) and conversations with her every mornings, and also the informational tips we got were very useful.The neighborhood is clean and nice, the metro station is very near and has nice eateries close by. Definitely a choice we are going to make again. N.N., North Carolina

Perfect! Our room was very comfortable and clean including an equally nicely furnished ensuite. The place had a lovely and creative atmosphere. Susan herself was extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful. She doesn’t hesitate to have a chat but at the same time gave a lot of privacy. The Breakfasts were also amazing and fresh, we were always nice and full after consumption! Location was brilliant and convenient, using the blue/orange line for subways made travelling easy no matter where you were going, whether it was Wall St or to Brooklyn! I would definitely recommended anyone to stay at Susan’s, everything was perfect and didn’t want to leave! Thanks so much Susan! G.C., Australia

Staying with Susan was a lovely experience. She is very kind and loves to listen to your stories. She always makes nice breakfast and always tries to accommodate to your needs. She’s got a wealth of knowledge about the area and can tell you everything there is to see and do. I will gladly stay there again! P.S., South Africa

Hemos estado en casa de Susan este pasado diciembre, y la verdad es que ha sido una experiencia muy satisfactoria, nos ha encantado, 100% recomendable. Susan es muy servicial y atenta, la habitacioón y el baño está muy bien, limpio y tranquilo. Los desayunos fueron copiosos y ricos. Si os gusta estar bien atendidos este es el lugar! V.S., Venezuela

Susan’s room was very comfortable and clean. The neighborhood is charming, close to subway and within walking distance to Central Park AND Zabars (its a MUST to visit). It was so easy to get anywhere we wanted to go. We felt very welcome and Susan was conscious of giving us our privacy. We would definitely stay at Susan’s place once again. J.H., Seattle

What can you say about the stay with Susan? She was very kind, helpful and genuinely a warm person. The location was great which made Central Park and downtown a breeze. We will definitely stay again because we couldn’t do better. J.W., Florida (two visits)

We had a great time staying at Susan’s place. The location is very convenient: just off Broadway, a block from the subway, and a short walk to Central Park. The neighborhood is quiet and uncrowded, but boasts many shops and restaurants, so you don’t need to go far to grab a meal or buy something you forgot to pack. Our room was comfortable, clean, and quiet. Susan was a very affable host; she also helped us plan our days, navigate the subway, and find the sites that we wanted to tour. We would like to stay with Susan during our next trip to New York, and we have no hesitation in recommending her to other travelers. J.P., Washington DC

Susan was so helpful and on top of everything we needed. She has a wealth of information and will help with any request or recommendations on where to eat, what to do, and transportation guidance. The room was great with a private bath and clean accommodations. Of course the location is about as good as it gets. Safe to walk, lots of friendly people on the street, and a subway access one block away. Make your reservations early since she fills up fast. B.J., Pennsylvania

My stay with Susan was great, as a host she is without doubt professional, flexible and has such a good sense of humour. Her home was very clean and comfortable and importantly, I had a private en-suite. Susan’s apartment was so close to Central Park, the Subway, and all amenities, it made every thing so accessible that it made my stay fantastic. Thank you Susan looking forward to our next stay. R.G., Australia, (a return visitor!)

Susan provided us with a very pleasant experience in NYC. The room, while a little small, was very comfortable and the pleasure of having a private bathroom made up in every way for the room size. Susan was a delight to talk with over coffee and bagels each morning (coming from Arizona, Zabar’s bagels were a real treat.) Susan was also very helpful in giving us directions around the city and the location of the subway a block away was very convenient. We will definitely stay with Susan on our next trip to the city. M.A., Arizona,

Susan offered us a great stay in NY. She is very friendly and gave us many good advices for our first stay in the city – but surely not the last! Her room was lovely especially because of the separate bathroom and it was clean and neat. The breakfast was good and we even had a choice of bread. She was very flexible with our arrival and departure which meant a lot to us. The apartment was just one block away from the metro which was very convenient. All in all we had a fantastic stay at Susan’s house. T.H., Denmark

It was a complete pleasure staying at Susan’s apartment. Susan is a warm, considerate, lively and witty host with plenty of great ideas for things to do and see in the home city that she loves. The room is very comfortable, and the bed is super-comfortable with good ensuite. As for the location, well, it’s in a pleasant leafy sidestreet, and extremely close to the 1 line which takes you up and down the west side of town — good for the village and plenty of other places, such as Times Square and the charming oasis of Bryant Park — from where you can take the frequent shuttle service to the east side, Grand Central, etc. Nearby shops are excellent, with an often astonishing range of food for picnics or snacks. I would say easily half of French and Italian cheese exports end up on this corner of Broadway! You have to see it to believe it. Anyway, I’d say if you’re smart enough to get yourself a booking at Susan’s, you’ll be more than half way to having a great time in New York City. N.P. London

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