Having once shared a cramped studio apartment with a friend on the Upper East Side, I can fully appreciate any New York vacation apartment larger than 400 square feet. This Manhattan vacation apartment is more than twice that–880 square feet–and with 12-foot ceilings, a king-sized mattress in a master bedroom and a Brazilian teak balcony to boot.
The vacation rental, close to Chelsea, Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking District, is pretty pimped out. The stereo system is Bose, the TV a 40-inch LCD Sony Bravia, the kitchen appliances Jenn Air and Miele. In our midrise on 88th and 1st, we barely had room for a microwave. The kitchen was a two-foot hallway with two burners.
Let’s talk about the decor.
The chandelier, wooden coffee table and oversized wall mirror say vintage chic, giving the overall apartment a lived-in, yet approachable feel. You wouldn’t be afraid to relax in there with a glass of wine. And that bathroom. You’d sooner find the mosaic tile in the restroom of a hot club or spa. The lister of the property said, “One of the nicest apartments I have seen living here in NY for 14 years.”
You’d probably pay thousands to rent this one bedroom, one bathroom apartment full-time, but for vacationers, it’s only $1,700 a week or $250 a night. Do it. You’ll have no regrets.
When you’re out on the balcony, cooing over the skyline, you won’t be sorry.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.