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  • Room Type:Private Room
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Max Guests:2
  • Min Stay:1
  • Pets Allowed:No
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  • bed linen & towels
  • wireless internet
  • internet
  • cable tv
  • tv
  • air conditioning
    FROM: $55 $385 $1650


    83% less than rentals in the area

    Private Bedroom for Two

    New York City

    Description

    Two can stay comfortably in this private, second-floor bedroom in a 100-year-old colonial home located across the street from the Elmhurst Avenue Subway Station. Enjoy the suburban style of life in the city!               This second-floor private bedroom has one double bed for two. It also has a large closet, WiFi cable TV, refrigerator/microwave, air conditioning.             You'll stay in a single-family private, spacious, house  -- not an overcrowded apartment house. It has century-old wooden floors, wood-beam ceilings, a pocket door, and stained-glass windows. We are not attached to other units or properties.                 It is clean, quiet and safe here. ELMHURST is a safe, up-and-coming, Queens neighborhood with international cuisine and great shopping. Flushing Meadow Park with the US Tennis Open is nearby. We are located across the street from the Elmhurst Ave. subway to Manhattan in minutes. Hosts are NYC Licensed Teachers. SPECIAL RATES APPLY FOR LONG-TIME STAYS OF TWO MONTHS OR MORE … … .ASK FOR DETAILS

    Reviews

      Would I recommend this place to a friend/relative? Absolutely not (unless of course they were desperate). There are *many* alternative places, some even advertise that they'll greet you with milk and cookies. These hosts have been doing this for a fair amount of time and appear to be just about solely focused on the money. (I have heard their first question several times upon a new tenant's arrival, "What is the code?" They want to get paid and get paid *now* - *that* is the focus). They are pleasant people but I did not come to see them, I came to see New York. The place is functional but the posted description is misleading. *Not* as advertised. "All five bedrooms in this house are fully furnished with high-speed internet, air conditioning, refrigerator/microwave." And under amenities for this room it says it has cable tv. Simply not true. 1) The television in my small room "has not worked for years." (I didn't find that out until week #3 as I rarely watch television). 2) Microwave - nonexistent. 3) High-speed internet is a bit of a misnomer - it tops out at 54Mbps (not too shabby) but the signal varies all over the place from nothing to very usually simply being weak/low/though often good (however I certainly wouldn't trust this for any sort of streaming video - you'd just get dropped; and it certainly won't work if you absolutely need a connection (such as for a stock trading account, bank account access or email - if you can afford to wait 2 or 3 days then I'm sure you'll be able to connect at some time, but connect "now" is always dicey). 4) Much More IMPORTANTLY: there are some twenty wireless networks in the neighborhood. This one is the *only* one which is not a secure network - no password required, anyone in the neighborhood can jump on the network, i.e. your laptop/notebook/wireless device is at substantial risk for being hacked and/or broken into, your information stolen. 5) 100 year old colonial home - much more old that it is colonial, and the old pictures do not show the current, extensively cracked plaster, peeling paint, stained floor, et al. It's just a very old house with minimal upkeep. 6) small items: there is no Persian rug as pictured, no nice table holding up the broken tv (it's now a few pieces of particle board nailed together), no recliner chair - not overly important but it *does* give you an idea of the propensity to mislead. Things appear superficially clean if you can't see very well - found a receipt under my bed which was well over seven *months* old, also pair of child's socks, several cigarette butts in this supposedly non-smoking room and what appear to be a *lot* of dust mites (clearly no one has swept, much less vacuumed, under the bed in over at least seven months; the bathroom floor looks like it hasn't been cleaned in a *very* long time (unknown number of months) - parts may have been swept but it looks like months since its been mopped (there was a hair band near the base of the commode which remained there on the floor for the entire 31 days that I was in residence). Ah yes, the bathroom. Supposedly there is only one bathroom for this five bedroom house. You do the math. And how would *you* feel if you really had to go, didn’t think you could hold it a minute longer and a guest was in there for an hour – trust me it only takes one such guest out the nine or more people that might be in the house. (I think there might be another bathroom hidden away somewhere downstairs reserved for the owners alone). And the toilet? It doesn't always flush everything - you never know what interesting tidbit another guest has left behind for you. Long hot shower? “Fuggedaboutit,” as they say around here. 6-8 minutes tops for the hot water (if it’s available). Noise? The neighborhood is generally quiet with only one little yapping dog barking from about 6 a.m. to 6/9 p.m. If that or the occasional crying baby don't bother you then you'll be doing fine. (BTW the dog can bark all the way to 2 a.m. - I think it just barks when its owners are gone). If owner's relatives are visiting here then all bets are apparently off regarding noise. Whilst I was here there was a niece and someone else visiting (a nephew I think). Anyways it got extremely loud the first night until way past midnight and then just overly loud the next night but only until midnight. Ear plugs were required for those nights. Also note there are no curtains or shades for this room, just a set of sheers. If you're prone to waking with the daylight and/or cannot fall asleep with substantial light then you'll definitely require a night mask. (I brought one with me and it was a life-saver; sun was coming up at 5:30 and staying up 'til 8:30). Communication 1) communication with host is excellent *until* you have actually booked a room. I would get replies to questions within hours pre-booking. Once I booked however if I had a question it might be as long as two weeks before I could get an answer. N.B. hosts email box was full and could not accept any more and voice mail was full too, i.e. unable to leave a follow-up message/inquiry. (Also only a certain percentage of rentals are done through Roomorama so the calendar which shows vacancies/availability is meaningless). 2) of the pair the husband is quite nice and very personable; the wife is the business end of things, can be pleasant at the outset but sometimes simply is not lucid (medications, drugs, I don't know - I only know that at one point she had trouble figuring out when Tuesday and Wednesday were, could not associate the dates with the days and couldn't even comprehend that it was the month of June [it was by then the middle of June]). Why didn't I say more to the owners? Because they can very easily toss you out, void the contract (and not readily refund your money). It was simply easier to stay than to find a new location to be based out of. This location *is* functional, it *is* extremely close to the subway (although it is 40 minutes into Manhattan and you really have to allot 75-90 minutes if you want to be sure to be someplace on time). Besides, the t.v. is not that important to me although the promised microwave would have been nice. It is true that I had a *much* better room in Luxor (Egypt) for $1/night than this place at $50 or even $35/night. Thankfully the air conditioner did work fine (particularly after I cleaned the filter which looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in many years, if ever). About the radiator heat I cannot say. The room does get a bit stuffy even with the one window that can be half opened - to be unstuffy the room door has to be left open, something most people are not prone to doing while gone for the day or whilst sleeping. Would I go back? No. There seem to be *much* better places out there for the price, with people whom apparently actually care about their guests. It appears from the reviews that they used to care but such does not seem to be the case now. In the 31 days that I have been here not once was I asked how my room was. (I have been asked on occasion by the husband how *I* was, but never, not once, about how the room was – and that was probably for known good reason). In a message dated 6/26/2012 3:05:31 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, roomorama@roomorama.com writes:
      This place is dirty, nasty. I killed a mouse with a trap, but still couldn’t sleep for many nights because of other mice that live underneath the floor. I tried to move out, but the landlord wouldn’t give my money back for the upcoming days…
      Would I recommend this place to a friend/relative? Absolutely not (unless of course they were desperate). There are *many* alternative places, some even advertise that they'll greet you with milk and cookies. These hosts have been doing this for a fair amount of time and appear to be just about solely focused on the money. (I have heard their first question several times upon a new tenant's arrival, "What is the code?" They want to get paid and get paid *now* - *that* is the focus). They are pleasant people but I did not come to see them, I came to see New York. The place is functional but the posted description is misleading. *Not* as advertised. "All five bedrooms in this house are fully furnished with high-speed internet, air conditioning, refrigerator/microwave." And under amenities for this room it says it has cable tv. Simply not true. 1) The television in my small room "has not worked for years." (I didn't find that out until week #3 as I rarely watch television). 2) Microwave - nonexistent. 3) High-speed internet is a bit of a misnomer - it tops out at 54Mbps (not too shabby) but the signal varies all over the place from nothing to very good, usually simply being weak/low/though often good (however I certainly wouldn't trust this for any sort of streaming video - you'd just get dropped; and it certainly won't work if you absolutely need a connection (such as for a stock trading account, bank account access or email - if you can afford to wait 2 or 3 days then I'm sure you'll be able to connect at some time, but connect "now" is always dicey). 4) Much More IMPORTANTLY: there are some twenty wireless networks in the neighborhood. This one is the *only* one which is not a secure network - no password required, anyone in the neighborhood can jump on the network, i.e. your laptop/notebook/wireless device is at substantial risk for being hacked and/or broken into, your information stolen. 5) 100 year old colonial home - much more old that it is colonial, and the old pictures do not show the current, extensively cracked plaster, peeling paint, stained floor, et al. It's just a very old house with minimal upkeep. 6) small items: there is no Persian rug as pictured, no nice table holding up the broken tv (it's now a few pieces of particle board nailed together), no recliner chair - not overly important but it *does* give you an idea of the propensity to mislead. Things appear superficially clean if you can't see very well - found a receipt under my bed which was well over seven *months* old, also pair of child's socks, several cigarette butts in this supposedly non-smoking room and what appear to be a *lot* of dust mites (clearly no one has swept, much less vacuumed, under the bed in over at least seven months; the bathroom floor looks like it hasn't been cleaned in a *very* long time (unknown number of months) - parts may have been swept but it looks like months since its been mopped (there was a hair band near the base of the commode which remained there on the floor for the entire 31 days that I was in residence). Ah yes, the bathroom. Supposedly there is only one bathroom for this five bedroom house. You do the math. And how would *you* feel if you really had to go, didn’t think you could hold it a minute longer and a guest was in there for an hour – trust me it only takes one such guest out the nine or more people that might be in the house. (I think there might be another bathroom hidden away somewhere downstairs reserved for the owners alone). And the toilet? It doesn't always flush everything - you never know what interesting tidbit another guest has left behind for you. Long hot shower? “Fuggedaboutit,” as they say around here. 6-8 minutes tops for the hot water (if it’s available). Noise? The neighborhood is generally quiet with only one little yapping dog barking from about 6 a.m. to 6/9 p.m. If that or the occasional crying baby don't bother you then you'll be doing fine. (BTW the dog can bark all the way to 2 a.m. - I think it just barks when its owners are gone). If owner's relatives are visiting here then all bets are apparently off regarding noise. Whilst I was here there was a niece and someone else visiting (a nephew I think). Anyways it got extremely loud the first night until way past midnight and then just overly loud the next night but only until midnight. Ear plugs were required for those nights. Also note there are no curtains or shades for this room, just a set of sheers. If you're prone to waking with the daylight and/or cannot fall asleep with substantial light then you'll definitely require a night mask. (I brought one with me and it was a life-saver; sun was coming up at 5:30 and staying up 'til 8:30). Communication 1) communication with host is excellent *until* you have actually booked a room. I would get replies to questions within hours pre-booking. Once I booked however if I had a question it might be as long as two weeks before I could get an answer. N.B. hosts email box was full and could not accept any more and voice mail was full too, i.e. unable to leave a follow-up message/inquiry. (Also only a certain percentage of rentals are done through Roomorama so the calendar which shows vacancies/availability is meaningless). 2) of the pair the husband is quite nice and very personable; the wife is the business end of things, can be pleasant at the outset but sometimes simply is not lucid (medications, drugs, I don't know - I only know that at one point she had trouble figuring out when Tuesday and Wednesday were, could not associate the dates with the days and couldn't even comprehend that it was the month of June [it was by then the middle of June]). Why didn't I say more to the owners? Because they can very easily toss you out, void the contract (and not readily refund your money). It was simply easier to stay than to find a new location to be based out of. This location *is* functional, it *is* extremely close to the subway (although it is 40 minutes into Manhattan and you really have to allot 75-90 minutes if you want to be sure to be someplace on time). Besides, the t.v. is not that important to me although the promised microwave would have been nice. It is true that I had a *much* better room in Luxor (Egypt) for $1/night than this place at $50 or even $35/night. Thankfully the air conditioner did work fine (particularly after I cleaned the filter which looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in many years, if ever). About the radiator heat I cannot say. The room does get a bit stuffy even with the one window that can be half opened - to be unstuffy the room door has to be left open, something most people are not prone to doing while gone for the day or whilst sleeping. Would I go back? No. There seem to be *much* better places out there for the price, with people whom apparently actually care about their guests. It appears from the reviews that they used to care but such does not seem to be the case now. In the 31 days that I have been here not once was I asked how my room was. (I have been asked on occasion by the husband how *I* was, but never, not once, about how the room was – and that was probably for known good reason).

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