MIDTOWN PENTHOUSE W/1000 sqf PRIVATE TERRACE
Description of the Manhattan vacation apartment rental
This special apartment offers ultimate privacy and a unique residential experience as alternative to a pricey hotels.
Your 850 square feet spacious living area includes:
42" HDTV, full cables, free WiFi, DVD player, stereo, Air condition-Heat.
Skylight w/ Empire State Building direct view right from your couch..
Separate Bed area includes:
Queen size bed, dressers, second flat screen TV
Fresh bed linens & towels are provided
Bathroom/shower (no bathtub)
Fully equipped kitchen includes:
Stainless steel stove, oven, fridge, Nespresso machine, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, pots & pans.
You'll have everything you need to prepare & enjoy your own meal right on the terrace...
Your own 1000 sqft exclusive Terrace overlooking the Empire State Building and other city views.
Complete with outdoor furnitures, BBQ and great views for you to enjoy.
The apartment and terrace are private and exclusive to you, THIS IS NOT A SHARE.
Peaceful & romantic atmosphere, privacy, your own apartment and terrace, set this place so you feel just as at home.
Extremely private, warm and inviting
Best for a couple or 2 guests.
Doorman on weekdays (9am- 5pm)
Subway is right on the corner (R, Q trains)
24 hours coffee shop, grocery, supermarkets & parking lots nearby
*Please be aware there's 1 flight of stairs from the elevator to the penthouse level.
Elevator will take you up to the 10th floor, apartment located on the 11th top floor.
There's 1 flight walk up to the apartment.
Please keep it in mind since it can be challenging for anyone with knee problems, etc.
(Prices may vary on Holidays)
All fees/taxes/cleaning are included
$200 Security deposit through PayPal
Rental payment due upon arrival.
I will gladly arrange for viewing the property prior to renting, by relative or a friend, for your assurance and peace of mind.
My contact numbers & plenty more reviews will be sent upon reply.
Thanks for looking!
Times Square, Theatre district on Broadway, Madison Square gardens, Empire State building, Union Square, Chelsea, high end shopping on Fifth & Madison Avenues, the activities are endless..
All within short walking distance.
|Jan 11 2014||Jan 31 2015||$250||-||-||-||5 Nights|
|Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.|
|Deposits: $200 Refundable security deposit, payable via PayPal.|
|Other Fees: All fees/taxes/cleaning are included No hidden charges!|
- 1 Queen Bed
- Air Conditioning
- Full Kitchen
- High Speed Internet
- Hardwood Floors
- Linens Provided
- View (City Lights)
- Beach Chairs
- Alarm Clock
- Hair Dryer
- Charcoal Grill
- Refrigerator (Full)
- TV (Cable/Satellite)
- Coffee Maker
- DVD Player
Reviews for this vacation apartment rental in Manhattan, New York
A private oasis in the heart of NYC
November 20, 2013
Just spent the most incredible 10 days in New York, and staying in this unique little apartment made my holiday all the more amazing. It is like a tornado picked up a little beach house and dropped it atop a building in the middle of New York City. The location is perfect for getting around, and the views of course, are superb. The photos very accurately depict the apartment , but what you can't see in the pictures is how comfy the furnishings are and how impeccably clean and tidy everything is. Nor can you glean how warm and friendly the welcome will be when you arrive, how genuine and helpful Ayala is, or how quickly you will feel right at home in this cosy little place. One of the reviewers complained that the water pressure in the shower was not very strong. This must have been a temporary problem as the shower was lovely and hot and the pressure strong. The only thing I could fault was that the towels, although soft and fluffy, were not very absorbent (too much fabric softener maybe?) so it was hard to dry off after a shower. I know that's a rather petty matter to raise, but in the interests of providing an accurate review, I thought I'd mention the only (tiny) negative point. I hope to return one day, and will definitely recommend this place to any of my friends or family who travel to New York. I will also wish them luck getting a booking!
shhhh don't tell anyone!
November 15, 2013
This is my comfortable private oasis in the middle of Manhattan. I don't come to NYC unless I can get this place. It's a gem, but I hate that it's so booked ... Ayala is the best though...
Toms River, NJ
A Dream Come True!
November 2, 2013
This was the best NY visit of my life and this apartment was a large reason why. All my friends that visited from other states paid astronomical prices for their hotel rooms and had nothing but complaints about how much out of the way they were. Not only was this the most mindblowing close up view of the Empire State, Condé Nast and Bank of America building, but the inside is so cozy and the location is PERFECT! The skylight with the ESB is priceless! I want to buy this place!! Ayala is an absolute sweetheart. Always there when you need her. Can't wait until my return. You won't regret staying here...that's all I have to say...
Edmonton, AB, Canada
May 30, 2013
I hesitantly review this property, only because I want to keep this secret for myself. The accommodations are phenomenal for the price paid. Tonnes of space, a great location and an amazing patio. Easily the best rental I''ve ever stayed at in New York.
March 17, 2013
Pour un séjour de quelques jours fin janvier, nous nous sommes retrouvés perchés dans une véritable "maison sur le toît" face à l'Empire State Building, au coeur de NYC, avec pourtant l'impression d'être seuls au monde sur notre immense terrasse. Quant à notre hôte Ayala, adorable. A la fois serviable, fiable et disponible, mais pas du tout intrusive. J'espère vraiment que ce petit paradis new-yorkais sera disponible lors de notre prochain séjour là-bas....
January 28, 2013
Without doubt this was the highlight of a fabulous vacation in New York. We originally looked for accommodation in Hotel but a friend convinced us to stay in a local apartment instead. What a brilliant bit of advice! Everything worked out perfectly- From the initial enquiry through to arrival, the support from Ayala was flawless. Everything was so prompt & professional. Look no further if you're searching for special, clean, cozy & relaxing place. the only thing we needed was directions to the nearest liquor store so we could rush back & sit on the terrace with delicious bottle of wine & unbeatable views. The owner is amongst the kindest people we have met and we truly feels like we've gain a friend! We will send every friend we know to your door :)
Fantastic for first time visit to Manhattan!
January 22, 2013
This was our first time staying in a private apartment instead of a hotel and I have to say I was very nervous because I had heard about people being scammed in situations like this before. I contacted Ayala via email and she was extremely quick to respond. I asked her lots of questions and whether she could send me links to other sites where her apartment is listed so I could read all the reviews. I read every single review and was amazed at the fantastic feedback Ayala and the apartment kept getting and it made me feel confident to go ahead and book. Ayala and I kept in contact in the lead up to our trip which was fantastic. Unfortunately a few days before we were due to fly my husband damaged his passport and because of Christmas closures we were uncertain about when we would be able to receive the passport and fly. Ayala was very accommodating and patient as we ended up changing our flight twice. Ayala said it was no problem and that she would be available to give us the keys. In the end we arrived just an hour before we were due to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Ayala conducted the handover really quickly so we could race out the door to see our show on time. Ayala was really fantastic throughout the whole process. In regards to the actual apartment we found being located in Midtown was fantastic. At first we were looking at Chelsea & Soho but now we are glad we chose Midtown because for a first time visit to New York as it is a great central location that you can easily walk either uptown or downtown from. It is also conveniently located close to Times Square is where all subway lines connect so if you are confused about which train to catch just walk to Times Square and catch it from there. We noticed when we were Uptown or Downtown there wasn’t a subway entry on every corner so we would have to walk a bit to find the closest entry. In midtown there is literally a subway entrance on every corner. As previous reviews state the stairs are a bit steep but we stayed for 2 weeks so by time we had to carry our suitcases back down we had already forgotten how annoying carrying them up had been. The only other thing I would really say is that the shower pressure is not very strong but I seem to find that when we always travel so maybe Australia just has really good water pressure. Overall I would definitely recommend this apartment to anyone wanting the real New York experience instead of staying in a hotel.
amazing amazing amazing
November 29, 2012
i had heard a lot of storys while i was researching ym trip to the states about vacation rental propertys and people renting them and arriving and them not exsisting so i was a little worried but Ayala made me feel completly at ease our shuttle was running late from the airport so i was worrying but when we arrived Ayala was happily waiting downstairs for us and all though we had a lot of bags (we over shopped majorly in other places, so ladies youll need to buy extra bags for sure the shoppings amazing) she helped us get them up that one flight of stairs at the top to get to the apartment which made it all completly worth it as you step out onto the terrace of this appartment it just absolutly takes your breath away the apartment was just what we needed though it was small and cosy and we felt completly at home there probably more so then if we had been staying at a hotel the apartment is only a 15 minute walk to time square but doesnt even feel like its that long beause there is just so much to see around you.... i will deffinetly be staying here again this property and Ayala made it all worht it i couldnt give it enough praise
a house in the clouds
November 5, 2012
I had a great time in this charming little house on a roof facing the Empire state building. There's everything you need there to spend a magical time and Ayala is a great host. The area is the best and the city that never sleeps at your feet. One the greatest original place to stay in the city. I will definitely go back. A vue you'll never forget.
K & C Drummond
October 29, 2012
"WOW" Just one word we both said walking into the apartment. It was our first experience in NYC & to meet a person like Ayala on arrival was sensational, she made us feel so welcome & was more that happy to assist with our needs. We stayed for 12 nights, the apartment was so homely & the views of the Empire State Building were PRICELESS !! Location wise was perfect it was a nice walk to Times Square & a short cab ride to the Financial District of Wall Street & 9/11 memorial, We both would highly recommend staying at the apartment if you want the true NYC Experience.
Retsof, NY, USA
Private and Wonderful!
October 26, 2012
For those who seek the big and sparklling bustle of a 5 star hotel, with all of the noise and intrusions, be my guest, stay in one and be happy. Now, if you want a most special private studio apartment with a great location and a wonderful and attentive owner, Ayala, then do not, I repeat, do not, doubt any of the other praises that previous guests have provided. It is all true, and like a few others, I almost don't want to write about this gem of a place, because she quite honestly doesn't need the publicity. Just look at her booking schedule. I am writing, however, because as we all know, there are scams galore everywhere, and especially big cities like NYC. This is not one of them! I recently stayed at Ayala's midtown penthouse for a week and would go back in a minute. Heck, I would buy it from her if it was for sale! The subway is close as are bus routes, and the wonderful cafe/deli, Cafe28, is the best, open 24/7 and of very high quality for eat-in, take-out, or "groceries" to prepare food in your well-appointed kitchenette. There are a few others on the block but this is the best by far. "Groceries" is not your local convenience store by any means! Ayala was concerned that because I have some "knee problems" the walk up to the penthouse (from floor 10 to floor 11) would be a problem. I have no problem disclosing that I was celebrating my 65th birthday and have some arthritis in my knees. Not to worry unless you really really have trouble with stairs, and even at that there's a railing and as one writer noted, you only have to take your luggage up once and down once. While the layout is unique, I found it to be a perfectly safe place to stay, and like so many others, am planning to return again. I can't wait!!! Bless you, Ayala, you are a saint and I am pleased to call you friend.
Preben Åbo Christensen
Everything you will need for a great stay i NYC
September 29, 2012
What more can you ask for ? A sweet and helpfull host (Ayala), a cosy apartment with all you need, a nice big terrace with a FANTASTIC view, a perfect location close to the Subway. No doubt that this apartment is a much better choice than hotels in the same area, the price is very reasonable. We highly recommend this place.
September 27, 2012
Right in he heart of Manhattan, close to great restaurants - steakhouses, all the exotic cuisines - and convenient for museums, shopping, and relaxation. Recommended, esp for visitors from Europe, discovering Manhattan for the first time.
Fantastic apartment in NYC
September 26, 2012
We booked far in advance for this apartment, given all the positive comments online about this property. We were definitely more than pleased when we saw the place, as it was clean, very private (only residence on the top floor) and spacious. Visiting when it was warm was also a plus, as we were able to enjoy nights out on the terrace and the views of the Empire State. Ayala (the owner) was super friendly and was there to greet us on arrival. We were warned by friends about booking an apartment in NYC, as they can often be fraudulent or not be as advertised. We must say that this property definitely met our expectations and that this is a genuine apartment listing. We looked through hundreds of listings for apartments in NYC before we decided on this one, so you can save yourself some time and just book this now (if it's still free for your travel date - it looks like the property is perpetually booked out months in advance!). Overall, for the price that we paid for this apartment, it was an absolute bargain! The only thing to take note is that the property is best only for a couple able to walk up one steep flight of steps, but other than that, we would definitely recommend this place to anybody (and already have to our friends!). It is also very close to a metro station, which was convenient. The apartment is located in the wholesale district, so it is not the most touristy spot to be in, but you can easily take the subway to the main sights.
Lighthouse Point, FL USA
Fourth year in a row!
September 17, 2012
Cannot improve on greatness, Ayala, our gracious host was so accommodating, as always, a bonus bag of charcoal for our family gathering last night, don't want to leave tomorrow. We may decide to venture up in November, which will be a first for us at the magic house in the sky...thanks again for a fabulous stay.
Our second time staying here....
August 25, 2012
...and it's just as amazing as the first time! We stayed here during one of the heatwave weeks but the aC in the apartment kept us cool and comfortable. I was actually ill for most of the time we were in NY but it was nice having the balcony to sit out on and the shops/pharmacies were all near by so i wasn't put out too much. The one thing i really like about the apartment is the seclusion you have. Walking around the hot/crazy city can make you feel very claustrophobic but you're able to come back to your own space where you're not bothered by anyone. Sitting on the terrace, reading a book, watching the Empire State Building light up as dusk falls, heaven! And Ayala is an absolute sweetheart! Lovely to talk to, very helpful, an absolutely superb person to deal with. We are already planning on returning next year as part of our honeymoon!
July 9, 2012
Want to thank Ayala so much for having us and always being there to help, she is very professional and anyone who stays there should feel comfortable knowing that your are going to stay in a fabulous apartment with an amazing host!! Ayala was always there to help with anything we needed. The view from the apartment is amazing and the location is in a great area in New York perfect for sightseeing!! We will stay there again next time we visit NY thats if its not fully booked as it always!! Thanks again Ayala Love and big hugs Alan and Vikky xx
Shhhh dont tell everyone........
June 25, 2012
!)I really dont want everyone to know just how great this apartment is - the convenient location, the decor, the comfy furnishings, the surprisingly spacious interior ... and of course that amazing private terrace with a view to die for. Shhhhh........ (Ayala - see you next year
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Cozy Apartment in the heart of NYC
June 10, 2012
We stayed for 10 nights on our very first visit to NYC. Our flight was delayed by 2 hours, but communication with Ayala was easy and she was able to change our meeting time at the apartment. We walked to the apartment from Penn Station which is a quick walk. Ayala met us and went over the basics and took our payment. She wants to make sure you have a great stay, and to call her for anything. We didn't have to call her. The place was great! The noise from the streets minimal at night and the bed is comfortable -the entire place is comfortable. The desk is filled with NYC tour books and Ayala has compiled a "Best of" NYC sights that she recommends. She had recommended both Eataly and Shake Shack to us, both of which we ate at and were Amazing. The location of the apartment is very central. The 24 hour cafe on the corner is fantastic. After an entire day of walking, we could pop in there for some wine and beer and whatever we wanted to eat. The buffet is enormous and very good. The apartment is close to two main subway lines and the stations are literally down the street. We did walk from Times Square a few times back to the apartment and the walk is not far. My absolute favorite part of our stay was watching the Empire State Building every night. Depending on the special event the building lights up wi different colors. Sitting on the terrace, looking up at the building was a surreal experience. One that I will have for the rest of my life. Our flight to leave NYC was very early from Newark, so Ayala made special arrangements with us to leave the keys and get back the damage deposit. She was so accommodating and all in all a very sweet person. Thank you Ayala for making our NYC trip so special!
One of a kind
May 15, 2012
Stayed here for a week in April and couldn't have been happier. I was after a unique location for my New York stay and this fit the bill perfectly - the perfect bachelorette pad. My only grievance is that I can't live there permanently! :)
The only place we'll stay in NYC
April 23, 2012
Imagine your good friend is out of town and you're house-sitting her great place in the city. That's what staying at Ayala's place is like. The pictures and descriptions don't lie. After walking up the last set of stairs (yes, there is a narrow staircase to navigate after exiting the elevator. It's not too bad but be prepared if you plan on wearing high heels at any point, like I did) and seeing it in person, it was great to finally be in the place we had been anticipating for months and having it live up to all our expectations and more. Spacious living space and bedroom area with super comfy couches and bed. Kitchen had everything you'd need: Refrigerator, microwave/stove/oven, coffee maker, cooking utensils, pots/pans, plates and glasses. With a 24 hour cafe/market on the corner and Eataly within walking distance, this came in handy. And the private terrace with the breath-taking view of the Empire State Building is truly magical. Thanks to good weather, we had breakfast out there every morning. Not only is the place itself great, the location is also perfect. It's Midtown so you're fairly equal walking distance to downtown, uptown, the west and east side. The N-R subway stops to uptown & downtown are right on the corner of Broadway & 28th and the 1 train is another couple of blocks from there on 7th. The Shake Shack, Eataly, Flatiron Building, Time Square, Grand Central Terminal and so many more great places are just minutes away on foot. With the subway stops so close, it makes every part of the city easily accessible. And Ayala is a dream! She's friendly, helpful and available to answer any questions you may have before your arrival and while you’re there. You can definitely rent from her with confidence. We can't imagine staying anywhere else in NYC and will be planning our next trip around when her place is available because, honestly, it's the only place we'll stay.
Amazing penthouse in a great location!
April 9, 2012
Where to start, booking this apartment was so easy with Ayala as was picking up the keys. We met Ayala in the fouyer and she took us up to the penthouse.. the Stairs from level 10 to the level 11 penthouse are not fun with Suitcases but you only have to do it once and Ayala was a great help getting them up there. As soon as we got to the roof top i was just blown away by the view, i think all i could say for the next hour was "WOW, WOW, WOW" The apartment itsself was very homely and inviting with a nice african feel too it. It had great romantic lighting and a comfy couch and bed. The apartment was very clean and in good conidition. It was magical sitting outside on the balcony relaxing with a glass of wine, you cannot get sick of the view at all. The location was fantastic, especially for those who dont like be to in the heart of tourist central eg, times square. The area was very safe with plenty around , short walk to Madison Square Garden, Times Square, Empire state building and the Flatiron area. Subway is right on the corner and very easy to get everywhere, we walked basically everywhere as nothing was that far away. There was a good little cafe/grocery store accross the road open 24 hours to purchase food and alcohol whenever you needed. I cannot praise this apartment and Ayala enough, the whole experience was awesome start to finish and i would recommened this rental property to anyone in a heart beat, the photos speak for themselves. the view is amazing, te location is great and Ayala is lovely to deal with. We will definately be back one day!
Very Special Time
April 4, 2012
I cannot recommend this place more. I had an absolutely unforgettable experience staying here. It really is a rare find. I knew my visit would be wonderful because I was traveling with someone very special, but being able to share dinner and relax on the patio really put it over the top. I can honestly say I will never forget the incredibly special experience that I had staying here. On top of that, this place was clean and had everything we needed. The owner is very professional, while at the same time friendly and welcoming. She was not intrusive, but I knew that she was available if we needed her. I feel fortunate to count her among my friends now.
Wonderful city rooftop 'cottage'
March 15, 2012
This apartment is nothing short of amazing and it was a pleasure to meet the owner, Ayala, who was so lovely, helpful and kind, even when we arrived 6 hours late due to travel delays. Beautiful large sized apartment, with a huge terrace and stunning views of the Empire State building from both inside and out. Lots of great stuff within walking distance, and the N & R trains are located on the corner which gives quick access to most parts of the city. There's a store/deli on the corner (Cafe 28) that's open 24hr and is great for stocking up the apartment if you don't fancy eating out. Truly a fabulous "cottage in the sky"! Thanks for everything, Ayala.
Rose Gonzales Ornelas
South Pasadena, CA USA
Best views ever...we loved starting there
February 17, 2012
We loved using the private terrace, coming home after a long day of sight seeing and relaxing outside with a bottle of wine, just great and the view was.so nice.... Looking at the empire state building while you sat on the livingroom couch was amazing ....We got engaged this trip..Best trip ever
Los Angeles, CA USA
Will tell eveyone I know who travels!
February 15, 2012
We stayed at Ayala's wonderful little oasis in the city during fashion week. The apartment is roomy and the veranda and view is OUTSTANDING! The location was very central and easy to hop on the subway. The subway is two doors down. We loved the convenience and the privacy of this lovely little spot. I was going to put 5 stars but I'll deduct a star for the flight of stairs you have to walk to to get to your AMAZING rooftop. It was great!
best place to stay in nyc
January 12, 2012
I’ve stayed in this beautiful apt. more than a year ago and I still can’t get over it. I’ve stayed for two weeks and I really felt like home! It is perfectly located and furnished and the terrace is absolutely breathtaking! Ayala was so nice and helping me with every issue! I would rent this apt. again any time!!
Perfect New York stay
January 6, 2012
We stayed in the Midtown Penthouse from the 16th Dec - 21st Dec 2011 and found it to be the perfect choice. We were welcomed late at night by Ayala and she provided us with a great overview of the property and the location we were staying in. The Midtown Penthouse is so convenient, very close to the Subway and a walking distance to Times Square and all of the attractions. The Penthouse apartment itself is very clean and tidy and extremely spacious for two people staying. The view from the terrace is amazing. We will be returning to New York at some poiint in the future and will definitely look to stay at the same place again.
Montreal Qc Canada
Very nice apartment, Incredible private terrace!!!
December 18, 2011
After hours of research and a few very questionable replies from other owners/ rental managers, we were about to give up on spending the long Thanksgiving weekend in NYC. But thank god, we found Ayala and her gem in midtown! The apartment is very nice and comfortable, with small but complete kitchen, fast Wifi and a stereo with ipod jack also nice to have. but the private terrace is amazing!!! After sightseeing and walking all day in the city, to come back and sit outside and admire the illuminated empire state building with a drink and listen to your music on the stereo, was pure heaven . Thank you Ayala for sharing this gem.
December 16, 2011
The apartment is very well decorated and it has all the facilities you need. It is well located. Ayala is helpful and so kind. We really appreciate our stay and we will come back next time.
Essex, England UK
New York apartment review
December 11, 2011
The position of the apartment was within walking distance of the Times Square area and had incredible views to the Empire State building. We loved the apartment itself - very warm and homely feeling. The owner was lovely and very trusting as she was willing to give our deposit back without seeing the place due to our getting an early flight home. The apartment had evrything we needed and we could not have found somewhere so lovely for a more reasonable price
Linda Harwood Norton
We felt like we were living in Manhattan!
December 8, 2011
We were planning a trip to NYC and decided to take our chances on a well-reviewed vacation apartment. We were slightly apprehensive because of the unknown but we arrived on a wonderful balmy day to be met, right on time with a hug, with the owner Ayala. She was gracious and we felt at home right away. We settled the financials right up front and she gave us the grand tour of her place - it was exactly as the pictures portrayed. The weather was warm and sunny that week and we had the glorious terrace to take in the weather and views of the city - a few blocks over from the Empire State building. The apartment was clean, the water was hot and we had everything we needed. We felt safe and the location was so convenient for walking, shopping, touring. There was a skylight that brightened the place when we were relaxing over our morning coffee. Ayala checked in with us frequently by text, was helpful and never intrusive. We can't imagine staying in a hotel in New York again - her place will be our home away from home. We highly recommend this property and hope to visit again soon.
December 1, 2011
I couldn't recommend this apartment enough. The location can't be beaten with a 5 10 minute walk to Times Square, Flatiron district and more. The street is quiet and you can't hear much noise. Very close to Subway stations and food stores. The view from the rooftop terrace to the Empire State are unbelievable! Ayala was an absolute pleasure to deal with and I would have no hesitation in recommending this apartment.
Empire state of mind
October 4, 2011
My partner and I spent 13 nights in NYC in this great apartment. We were met by Ayala upon our arrival to the building and she was very warm and amendable. She assisted us with getting our bags up to the top floor apartment, explained the lay of the land and helped us get settled. She left us with her contact details if we needed anything during our stay. T he apartment is represented very accurately by the online photos and description. The stairs to reach the apartment from the elevator are quite steep and narrow so be prepared for that. The elevator up is a bit slow as well, but these are just minor points. The apartment is nicely furnished and the living room was very spacious. The couch was very comfortable and there is a great size TV in the living room with a generous range of channels on offer. We have previously stayed in another furnished apartment on our last visit to NYC and can safely say that this apartment was far roomier and slightly less expensive (with a proper bed as opposed to a foldaway Murphy bed). The WiFi in the apartment was an added bonus and it was super fast. It was fantastic given we both have iPhones. We were able to check emails, use Facebook and jump on the internet which came in very handy for booking tickets to shows, looking up locations, directions, maps etc. It beats having to having to find an internet café. The patio is a fantastic space and the view of the Empire State Building is spectacular especially at night when it’s lit up. It was certainly a nice treat coming home to see that every evening. Location of the building is great with a subway station on the R line literally metres from the entrance to the building. It’s also within walking distance to the fabulous Flatiron and the Empire state buildings’ among many other things. (Make sure you pop into Eisenberg’s Sandwich shop on 22nd and 5th for an egg cream and an awesome breakfast.) It’s certainly a great and comfortable location to base yourself while you explore the great city of New York.
August 3, 2011
The apartment was perfectly positioned to walk almost anywhere in NY and the deck made it even more special at the end of a tiring day. Ayala was simply amazing - so accomodating and she could not do enough to make our visit comfortable. The apartment was surprisingly larger than we'd expected which was a huge bonus. Do yourself a favour and stay if you can.
Amazing Once Again
July 27, 2011
A great place to take in the energy of the city. The location really could not be better - easy walk to subway, restaurants and shopping. The terrace is simply amazing. Watching the Empire State Building light up in the evening while grilling and enoying cocktails is a perfect way to unwind after a day on the run in the city. Recent updates to the interior were an added surprise on our last visit. Highly recommended.
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
July 22, 2011
We have just stayed in Ayala's apartment for 6 nights with our 3 year old son. The apartment and location are everything that is described and more! Everything is so close to walk or subway. It was far superior to a hotel and we all had room to spread out. We'll certainly return here if the option presents itself as the apartment is in high demand. Thanks Ayala.
Belo Horizonte, MG Brasil
Great value for money
July 13, 2011
I went to NYC with my bride to stay only for 5 days. We stayed in a hotel for the first 2 nights, but then we felt like moving to an apartment to feel the locals way of living. And researching on the web we came across with this cosy and charming apartment. It doesn´t have any luxury at all, but it is so nice to be on a top roof flat at Manhattan downtown. On the first night, instead of going out for dinner, we went to a supermarket nearby and bought some fresh food to cook at home, a good botle of wine and a candle. Then we had a splendor dinner at the terrace by the candle light, facing the Empire States. Not bad at all for a pre-honey moon! Also, the owner Ayala is very nice and trustfull. recomenddddddddd
Beautiful apartment, lovely host and AMAZING view!
June 25, 2011
Ayala's apartment is amazing!! We booked it several months in advance. I was lucky enough to be in New York before we were going to stay at Ayala's place. Whilst there I met Ayala and she very kindly showed me the apartment. I had never seen anything like it! When we went back out in May for our stay the inside had been all redecorated. It was nice before but now it was even better! The apartment has a large sitting area which is really comfy. The bed area is great too! The kitchen and bathroom were really clean and so was all of the apartment. The best bit about Ayala's place is the privacy and the private rooftop! The view is spectacular. We got married whilst in New York and we were lucky as it was the only dry day and being able to sit in the sun on the roof and the empire state building is square infront of you...it's just unbelievable! Also that view at night is amazing. We had a few of my family round on the night of the reception and sitting on the roof as night falls and the empire state lights up. Everyone there just couldn't believe how beautiful it was! The area of the apartment is great! Subway station is right on the corner, there is a great wee cafe on the corner of 5th ave as well which is open 24 hours. It was really easy to walk about 10-15 minutes up to times square and up to the busier shops on 5th Avenue. To top everything off Ayala is a wonderful host. She is very genuine easy to contact and wants to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. We would defintely stay here again. Thanks so much again Ayala. We had the most amazing time!
Truly A Gem
May 27, 2011
This place, and Ayala, were both fabulous. Truly a unique place to to stay in NY. We were there for almost 3 weeks, and loved every minute of it. Yes, that view of the Empire is as good as it looks. Ayala was just fantastic, allowed you privacy, but was fast to respond whenever you need help. We will be back Ayala....see you sometime in 2012!! Thanks for everything. John and Andy
Claudia Mann Vorse
Priceless View of Empire State Bldg.
May 16, 2011
I did my research when planning my trip to NYC. I read ALL of the reviews about how quaint this penthouse was, how convenient to the subway, how sweet and knowledgable Ayala is...and I thought to myself "How could it be that great?" But let me tell you that our experience was all of that and more! Ayala is so warm and helpful, the penthouse is comfortable and inviting, the subway is right on the corner, a 24 hr coffee shop/grocery store is on the opposite corner, and the view....OMG. The view. We arrived into LaGuardia at 9:30pm, so it was dark and by the time we got our luggage and the 20 minute cab ride to the building, the whole city was bathed in lights. It looked like a postcard. Then when we met Ayala and she took us up to the penthouse and when we walked out onto the terrace....and the ESB was there, bigger than life, with nothing blocking the view...well, I fell in love with the city right then and there. Surreal is the only way I can discribe waking up the next morning and having coffee out on the terrace in the midst of the city. I'm already making plans to go back. We were only 6 blocks or so from the Macy's flagship store. The Flat Iron Bldg was a few blocks the other direction. Having the subway right there on the corner put the rest of Manhattan and beyond, just a few minutes ride away. Ayala told us to call or text her with any questions and that set our minds at ease. All in all, I whole heartedly recommend this place to anyone who doesn't want to be trapped in a no view hotel room!
Robyn & Jeff
May 16, 2011
This was our second stay at this apartment and it was just as fabulous as the first. The owner Ayala was delightful as usual and the apartment was very clean and homey. Of course the private rooftop terrace is a huge luxury that is so hard to find in NYC. A glass of wine gazing at the Empire State Building that seems close enough to touch!! Even some new furnishings since we went last year. I wish we could have stayed longer but we will be back soon. Anyone who stays here is in for a great stay!! Thanks Ayala:)
Otè La Dile
New York New York
March 29, 2011
Appartamento carinissimo con terrazza spettacolare e vista impagabile! Posto al centro di tutto con due linee metro sulla via. La proprietaria gentilissima e corretta. Noi ci ritorneremo sicuramente!
San Antonio, TX
The Best Stay
March 29, 2011
It was more than I expected. My sister and I were in Manhattan to watch my High School son perform with the band and play tourist. The views were great. Ayala is so accommodating and made us feel right at home. It was the Best Stay ever!
Fremantle Western Australia
February 9, 2011
My partner, 18 month old daughter and I rented the apartment for 11 days during the winter - and loved it. The location is so convenient and the view of the Empire State is priceless. The sunny terrace -although thick with snow during our stay- would be perfect for lounging out in during the warmer days! The apartment was a good size for a short stay and was nice and clean- everything worked well and the simplicity made it a stressless stay. The only set back for us was carrying a stroller up and down the final flight of stairs. Good for small families or couples.
Great, comfy rooftop apartmen in Midtown Manhattan
January 20, 2011
My wife and I were lucky to stay at Ayala's apartment for 2 weeks over Xmas and New year. After we arrived at JFK at 9pm, Ayala was nice enough to wait for us to arrive at the apmt quite late that evening, and made sure we felt at home, and knew where everything was - from light switches, to how the gas stove and tv controls worked. The location is fantastic, in lower midtown, with a subway station (Q,R,N lines) less then 20 yards from the building. It was incredibly easy to get around, even if it meant a walk over to Madison and 32nd for the East side subway. The apartment itself was very homely, with all the facilities that you'd need, from fully equipped kitchen, to functional bathroom (shower only), and heaters, cable TV and wireless internet. We would have loved to take advantage of the huge patio, but the almost two feet of snow that fell on boxing day made that a little tricky! We will definitely come back in warmer months to enjoy the incredible views of the Empire State Building. The only things to consider are the fact that the apmt does feel lived-in - which is not a bad thing at all. So those who expect a fancy, modern interior fit-out should look elsewhere. And the stairs from the top floor to the rooftop can be a challenge if you have a number of heavy suitcases. But we loved it, and will definitely return.
Perth, Western Australia
Very cosy Apartment
December 19, 2010
We stayed for 12 nights with our 17 year old son and it was the perfect place for us, much better than a hotel room, it was very cosy, we could have breakfast there, then head out for the day, we met up with some friends who were staying in a hotel, they didn't even have tea & coffee making facilities in their room, they were jealous when they saw our apartment and said that they wanted to stay there next time they visit New York. The subway station is very close and it's walking distance to lots of places too. The view of the Empire State building is spectacular, we looked forward to seeing what colour it was lit up each night. The patio is a luxury in Manhattan, it was a bit too cold for us to use it but it was lovely to look out on instead of just looking at another building. Ayala is the perfect hostess, she is very friendly and helpful and the other people that we met in the building were also very nice, I would definitely stay there again, it was very safe and secure.
Our favorite special place in town
December 11, 2010
We are traveling to NYC often and stayed in many places but this apartment by far has been our favorite. Super central location. we walked everywhere and if needed the subway, it was just around the corner! Fantastic midtown area, walking distance to all the surrounded sightseeing and shopping. The terrace is amazing! unbelievable direct view to the Empire state building, much closer than in the photos. Ayala is so nice and helpful, available for any questions. We arrived much later than expected, in the middle of the night and she was there with a smile to greet us. She told us many places to go and places to shop that we didn't find in the guidebooks. Everything inside the apartment was perfect. very cosy and homey feeling, we felt right at home after a long day walking. We think this is the best location in the city and best apartment! We will recommend it to all our friends.
Better than the hotels...
November 15, 2010
My husband and son and I were in NYC to watch the Marathon and decided we wanted to try something a bit different than the "overpriced" hotels. Ayala's place was a very different experience - a rooftop paradise. We especially loved the private terrace. Very convenient location to subway, restaurants, and shopping. You gotta eat at the Snack Shack - best burgers in the US! I wouldn't recommend the apartment if you can't climb a few stairs or for more than 2 or 3 people. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Ayala was helpful and attended to our needs and offered great advice on where to go and what to do and see. Looking forward to going back in 2011. Thank you Ayala!
M & M
Very very nice...
October 31, 2010
To keep it short & simple: cosy flat, our "own" private terrace, subway and shops around the corner, times square a short walk away. Ayala was very kind and helpful. We stayed for 2 weeks... and it was: VERY VERY NICE.
Groningen, The Netherlands
Great place; great view
October 31, 2010
We ( 2 adults and our 2 sons) spend 5 nights at Ayala's apartment and we liked it very much! The penthouse is very cozy with the large benches and there is plenty of space for 4 persons (our sons slept comfortably on a airbed) The rooftop terrace is amazing, having breakfast in the sun with direct views of the Empire State Building. The place is located central with lots of things to do in the vicinity, afther a long day sightseeing, we went out again in the evening. Ayala, the owner, very kind, helpful and service- oriented. She pointed out special places like flee-markets I was looking for. Elisabeth, The Netherlands
Our Lucky Find!
October 6, 2010
Our NYC adventure could not have been better! Ayala's apt. was so convenient and the view is truly amazing! I loved being right by the subway; it felt like we were in the heart of the city. Ayala was so friendly and accomodating! We can't wait to come back!!!
Worth the wait !
September 6, 2010
I travelled with my son and we booked Ayala's apartment for 4 night. Our flight was delayed by storms and flooding at JFK so we didn't arrive until almost 2am. Despite this Ayala waited for us, helped us with our luggage and took her time showing us the flat etc. Our first sight of the Empire State at night made our delays a fading memory - it is so much bigger and closer to the apartment than it looks in the pictures, and it fills the skylight in the flat. Bad weather stopped us using the terrace much but we sat out between showers. I guess we will just have to come back again when it is sunny! Thank you so much Ayala for your kindness and I am so glad that I stumbled across your apartment on the internet. My only regret is that we couldn't stay there for longer.
The Best -- Blew me and others AWAY!
September 2, 2010
Where to start? The Penthouse is fabulous. You're in a great area that offers easy access to the best of the city. The living space is fab. Great sleeping area and lovely living room (sits 8 comfortably) and a good kitchen (small but enough if you like to cook). The outside garden and deck area is phenomenal. Truly blew my NYC-based friends away and made others staying in hotels envious. Loved being able to Bar-b-q! Also loved that you had this oasis to escape to after running around the city (AC, satellite tv etc). Ayala is a super star. She met me on arrival and saw me off. Oh yes, if you're a woman who loves accessories this is the neighborhood to be staying in. ooo la la cheers
August 31, 2010
Amazing place! In a commercial building, so, the place is actually pretty quiet for the city. The rooftop deck is absolutely breathtaking! Beautiful interior as well. Bathroom could use a renovation, but, was very well cleaned. Really thankful my sister found such an amazing place in the city!
White Rock, BC
A great week
August 27, 2010
My wife and I rented the apartment for a week to celebrate our anniversary. I would describe the place as a cottage on a rooftop--it was very romantic and quaint. We loved the terrace and spent many evenings and early mornings enjoying the view of the Empire State Building and a glass of wine or two (by the way there is a great wine store two blocks west on 28th Street). Having a comfortable air-conditioned space to take a break during the day was a life-saver. The location allowed us to take small trips Uptown and Downtown and to enjoy al that Manhattan has to offer. Ayala is friendly and very helpful. Our stay in New York was made that much better because of this great little apartment.
Unforgettable time in NYC!
August 18, 2010
I came to NYC for a getaway with my wife and we had a fantastic time. The penthouse was perfect, very cozy and inviting decor, same as the photos. The rooftop terrace is amazing, our private direct views of the Empire State building. We spent much of the day on the terrace, 100x better than staying in hotels! The owner was very helpful and pointed out great places & restaurants to go to. I would highly recommend this place for anyone who is looking for something special!
Third time continues to be a charm!!
August 5, 2010
Once again, a fabulous time was had at this wonderful apartment. This time it was a family trip. My husband, daughter and I so enjoyed the apartment, and seeing Ayala again! She is so helpful and kind. I felt like we were coming home again! I wish people would stop renting the apartment, though..... Makes it harder for me to reserve a time!You will not be disappointed. I will never stay anywhere else... Thank you Ayala!!!
Great Place to stay in New York
July 5, 2010
I stayed at Ayala's place for 8 nights and it was great. Very central location, close to subway and fabulous views. It was much better than staying in a hotel and Ayala was very helpful
Lake Placid, New York
Great Place To Stay For A Week
June 30, 2010
Having always stayed at hotels with small rooms and not so great views, this apartment was a great find. One of the best views I have ever had of Manhattan. Location was perfect, especailly if you are into seeing Times Square and Midtown. Stayed here for 8 days and used the Subway twice. You can walk to most places if you want. Ayala is wicked friendly and always made herself available to any quesions we had. Being on the top floor of the building made it very quiet and the patio made it feel like a home in the sky. Will stay here again for sure. Thanks Ayala.
Steve & Graeme
Eccentric Manhattan Eyrie
June 20, 2010
This property is absolutely not commonplace. It’s sensational. My partner and I were fortunate enough to luck onto this marvellous rooftop apartment many months ago. After we’d booked, back in July, our anticipation grew and grew until we were finally able to stay here for three-and-a-half weeks in May-June 2010. And, Oh! What a payoff! It turned out to be both better, and much quirkier, than we expected. After revelling each day in the citys endless attractions we really looked forward to returning to the welcoming peace, comfort and glamour of our 11th storey perch. The ambience, spectacular setting, perfectly central location and proximity of this address to all sorts of services made this, our first visit to Mighty Manhattan, an experience we can’t wait to repeat from this singular base. Ayala was warm and friendly, helpful and attentive, and a great pleasure to deal with. Everything went perfectly. And where else, for this price, would you get a terrace and view as fabulous?? PS: I love that while the view from the huge terrace is of the iconic Empire State Building, the view from the ESB is of us!! S & G Melbourne, Australia.
almost too good to share!!
May 15, 2010
This apartment was a joy to stay at and I almost hate to let you all in on the experience...then Ayala will always be booked:) My fiance and I just got home and we are sad to be gone. the rooftop terrace was a slice of heaven...we spent so much time out there. The view to the Empire State Building in just INCREDIBLE!! the apartment is cozy and, clean with an eclectic flair. Ayala could not have been a better host. Always there when she said and would be and available for any questions. This place is an A+++ in my book and anyone who stays there will make their NYC experience that much better!! Thanks again Ayala...you will definitely see us again ASAP!! Being in NJ we should be able to come back soon!! Robyn & Jeff
May 12, 2010
My friend and I stayed in Ayala's apartment in April and had the most amazing time! Apart from the stunning views, beautiful terrace and overall general homely feel, you'll find everything you need to feel at home - believe me, we wanted to pretend we lived there! Ayala is lovely and could not have been more helpful. The location and local amenities are spot on - you can walk anywhere you like. Most importantly, there are so many scams out there on the internet, so please be careful. This was a safe flat with a reliable and moral manager. Thanks, Ayala. x
newcastle nsw australia
simply the best
May 9, 2010
everything was amazing location price ayala views have recommended this place to my mother
April 30, 2010
Splendid is the view from the terrace, with the Empire State Building looming above. The bed & other furniture are very comfortable. Ayala is a delight to deal with. She could not be more accommodating. Being on the 11th floor, at the back of the building, the apartment is quiet, which is certainly not always the case in Manhattan. The location is very convenient to Midtown, Greenwich Village, even Soho & the Lower East Side. Restaurants abound, of every kind, including a whole block of kosher Indian vegetarian. One warning: because the building is primarily commercial, with one elevator, in making plans, you should allow 5-8 minutes to get from the apartment to the street on weekdays.
Dallas, TX USA
The pictures say it all
April 19, 2010
When looking for a short term apartment in NY this is really the one! My boyfriend and i spent a week in the penthouse, it was absolutely beautiful! The pictures are an exact representation of what you'll find upon arrival. The view from the terrace is outstanding, too bad it was cold so we couldn't grill. The owner is absolutely fabulous, kind and very welcoming. Ayala was extremely accommodating with regards to check in/out time and was very helpful in local tips for dining places, local markets and clubs. Furthermore, she was always accessible when we had questions or needed directions. Perfect central location, we walked everywhere and if needed the subway, it was right around the corner. We would definitely stay here again, without hesitation! Thank you Ayala for creating part of our memories!
Boston, MA, USA
Fabulous couples nest
April 11, 2010
Me and my husband just returned after a fabulous stay in this incredible place we will now use as a base for discovering NYC! Much better presented than many hotels you might pay twice the price for... Ayala was very thoughtful, kind and helpful in acquainting us with the neighborhood. We found Ayala to be very true to her wards and the experience was one of a kind, we cannot wait for our next stay!
Best in NYC
January 22, 2010
Really super nice place. Amazing Terrace. Will come back! Thanks Ayala ...
Weekend in the City
January 16, 2010
I stayed here last week and had a great time. Time Square is within walking distance and there is 24/7 market nearby if you are hungry after a long night at the bars. The place has an amazing view of the empire state building and the terrace is huge. I can't wait to go back during the warmer weather. Ayala is very friendly and gives a full run down of the apartment and the neighborhood.
Joe and Linda
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
January 11, 2010
Diamond in the rough" fits this penthouse. Wow! Warm and cozy, view and rooftop terrace breathtaking. Sooooo convientent. We were able to walk to almost everywhere. First time i have ever taken a vacation and because of walking being so easy i did not gain a pound. Thats important to us girls. We felt very very secure and safe for l0 days. Ayala could not have been more accomadating. We will return, forget the hotels. Been there done that!
Debbie and Dave
January 10, 2010
This apartment is cozy, romantic and everything it states in the description and more. It is located right in the middle of everything. The penthouse view is amazing. You will not find a better place to stay for the money...and the owner Ayala is the BEST! We highly recommend this rental and will be going back as often as possible and will not stay anywhere but here. My husband and I had the best Holiday vacation ever and owe it all to having such a awesome apartment to stay in.
THE PLACE TO STAY IN NYC
December 21, 2009
This place is definitely the place to stay in NYC ! The terrace is just outstanding !!! The owner such adorable !!! The appartment really confortable !! And the view is simply amazing ! I wont never looking for another place to stay in NYC, 'cause I've found the ONE !
December 9, 2009
Wonderful central location, stunning views of the Empire State building from your own private exterior terrace. Clean, warm and welcoming inside. The owner was extremely helpful with any additional requests we made of her during our 9 day stay, many thanks Ayala. We would highly recommend this Apartment.
Los Angeles, CA
Room with a view
December 8, 2009
For a quick trip to Manhattan, I found myself a midtown oasis here, courtesy of the helpful hostess Ayala. The view is outstanding -- I can't wait to return for full use of the patio in the summer sun! Location is great, building is safe, penthouse is quiet and private... you just might forget you're in NYC... until you look out the window and skylight and there's the Empire State Building. Thanks again Ayala..
Catia and Renato
Great Location - Super View - Cosy Apartment
November 15, 2009
We really enjoyed our stay in Ayala’s warm, cosy and quiet apartment. It is very conveniently located – we were able to walk almost everywhere or just hop on the bus or the metro. Once you get past the dismal access, you find yourself in a magical haven of tranquillity. Leaving the hustle and bustle of the city below us, we really loved having peaceful moments just gazing at the city lights. The terrace is great and the city views are magnificent, the bed was comfortable and the shower pressure was excellent – it was a real home away from home.
November 4, 2009
Everything was picture perfect. The place, the view, Ayala and Ron, the small things like home all made it a paradise for couples. I will go to no other place when I am in town. We love it that much!
Excellent Vacation Rental
November 4, 2009
Such a great experience staying at Ayala's. Overall, we couldn't have asked for better accommodations while staying in NYC. Comfortable, quiet, safe, convenient to everything, excellent view. Ayala was very kind & accommodating & we appreciated that personal touch while traveling. Thanks!
Rev. Renwick Bell
Lighthouse Point, FL USA
New York at it's best
September 17, 2009
Our host, Ayala was more than accomodating; the place is like home away from home, we were very comfortable for the ten days we stayed, this will be our new destination for our future trips to New York, we hosted two cookouts during our stay....a great time had by all.
Arianna & Gianluca
Just come back
September 7, 2009
Hi there, we moved yesterday from this beautiful flat to come back home. We've been so happy with the flat, the view is just great, the whole flat is perfect and very original. Ayala, it has been great to meet u, hope to see u again! Arianna & Gianluca
St. Paul, MN USA
August 23, 2009
This is the second time I've stayed at Ayala's place, and wouldn't stay anywhere else. The view from the terrace is spectacular! The bed is very comfortable, and the apartment provides all the comforts of home. At the end of the block there is a subway station that takes you up town to Times Square and beyond, and down town to Battery Park/Statue of Liberty. Cafe 28, one block away, delivers, and we enjoyed breakfast delivery! Ayala is a joy to work with, and is so friendly! We look forward to going back again, next time with our daughter. Thank you Ayala!
Caroline and Vinny
Views of the Empire State Building
August 19, 2009
A fantastic base for our New York holiday, the location of the apartment gave easy access to all the sights of New York with a metro station just on the corner. The roof terrace gave fantastic views of the surrounding area and the Empire State Building and was perfect for sitting out in the evenings to watch the lights come on over the city. The owner Ayala, was very friendly and helpful, thank you for a wonderful holiday
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