I rented the penthouse in order to take three of my best friends to NYC to celebrate my 40th birthday SATC style!
It was the perfect choice! So nice to be in an apartment rather than two hotel rooms! I visit NYC often & was determined to rent an apartment so we could experience the "New York City girl" lifestyle! The penthouse was spot on! Plenty of space, two bathrooms & three bedrooms between four of us & a great living/dining area upstairs, not to mention the amazing roof terrace where we spent many an hour quaffing fizz!
The decor is beautiful with lots of attention to detail. Very comfy beds & every amenity you could ask for. We loved the fact that we could pop to whole foods just a couple of blocks away to stock up for breakfast & thus really feel like a manhattanite!
The area is great. Perfect location for Soho where we spent lots of our time & easy enough to get anywhere in manhattan by subway though we tended to hail a cab at night due to ludicrously high heels! Nowhere was more than $15 including tip! As for the homeless people that past reviewers have mentioned, well we had no problem with them despite being four girls! Each morning we were greeted with a "hello, enjoy your day in the city" & when we went out at night we received many compliments & never once felt threatened. Truly some of the most charming men four dollies have encountered, & they just added to our experience of the big apple! It is a city after all, not the Home Counties of England!
The area is not quite as nice as Soho but it is up & coming with plenty of lovely little bars & restaurants/cafes. It certainly has more character than mid town Manhattan & the street where the apartments are based was classic NYC. We also didn't experience any noise.
We used Mali for transport which was great as she checked on our flights (which were late due to a fuel leak!) & knew where she was going! That meant that she was in touch with Sarah the manager who was there to meet us on arrival. As was a lovely man who helped take our considerable baggage up the stairs. He even made sure that the case of champagne went up first so that it could go straight in the fridge! Sarah was lovely, very helpful pre & during our stay & even left a bottle of wine in the fridge for my birthday!
Whilst the minimum stay was five nights & we could only stay for three this actually worked in our favour as it meant that the last day we could mooch around Soho & enjoy a last glass of fizz on the roof terrace before leaving for our flight back to London at 2100. Even paying for the five nights made it a more economical choice than a hotel due to the amount of space we got, not to mention the roof terrace! It meant that nobody got on top of each other & could get up & make a coffee without disturbing the others. We made quite a lot of use of the apartment as we weren't out all day sightseeing, rather mooching about & enjoying a girly weekend a la Carrie Bradshaw!
We all loved it! It was the perfect choice for the ultimate girl's weekend & we'd most definitely return! One request from future visitors.....please treat it with the respect that such a fabulous place deserves! It would be tragic if batchorlarette/ hen parties ruined it for other groups of girls wishing to rent it for an SATC weekend
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The East Village Apartments are in a historic 1830's New York brownstone, in the hip East Village, a charming neighborhood in downtown Manhattan. Situated in the center of New York's artistic and intellectual life, it is within walking distance to bustling downtown with its myriad of restaurants, lively bars and great shopping. The four apartments have been exquisitely renovated to blend the comforts of a modern home in a historic atmosphere. The Penthouse sleeps 6-7, the Garden Duplex sleeps 8-9, Apartment Sol sleeps 5-6 and the Terrace Apartment sleeps 4. Together, they can accommodate up to 26 people in the same beautiful apartment house. ... more less
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