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Our West Village Digs – Apartment Rental In New York

by Andrea on January 31, 2013

We don’t get back to New York City as much as I would like. When I lived there I had a few different apartments over the time of my stint; Murray Hill, Williamsburg and Midtown East were all home at one time or another. But my favourite neighbourhood to retire to is the West Village. It’s quiet, interesting, full of great shopping and eateries and a great spot for accessing downtown and the west side of Manhattan. Pricey, yes. But where in New York isn’t, really?

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Our first week in the city post-Christmas was spent in this cozy little apartment on W 11th Street. We booked through Roomorama, which offers a plethora of accommodation options in not only New York, but also thousands of other destinations worldwide. I’ve been renting apartments privately, and participating in solutions like home-swapping, for over a decade. It’s gotten more and more difficult over the years to find safe and reliable options for doing so, however (just check out our experience trying to rent a flat in Sydney a couple of years back). It seems this is the same problem faced by the founders of Roomorama, hence its success and that of other sites like it. John and I were excited to check this service out.

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Our original booking with Roomorama was actually for another apartment in the West Village. Just a couple of weeks before we were supposed to arrive, we received a cancellation notice via the service. #$@*! It had been easy enough to book – we actually had trouble deciding from among several great options. But Hurricane Sandy had apparently caused damage in the building where we were meant to stay and the owner had to cancel. We were quite concerned about finding something else suitable because our time in New York City was going to be over New Years. The system automatically posted a “ShoutOut” for us to the community. While we inevitably found another place relatively quickly ourselves, we received quite a few messages from people who had apartments available over the time period. It was good to know that we were not likely to be stranded by the cancellation.

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The apartment was quite charming. Owned by a French wine producer who lives in the city to sell her wines, the apartment had many French touches, including my favourite tea from Mariage Frères. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Overall we were very comfortable and had an excellent location, which was actually in a better spot than the place we had originally chosen. Our host was very friendly and communicative, so we knew what was going on and had a seamless arrival and departure.

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It’s wonderful to be able to live like a local when you’re in New York City. It can be so tiring and, while many of the hotels are excellent and provide an oasis from the hustle and bustle, having your own private place to call home is really a bonus. Most of the apartments we looked at had amenities like WiFi and cable television, and the more affordable prices make it more attractive to stay in town longer. One can never have too much time in a place like New York City.

Roomorama sponsored a portion of our stay in New York City, however, all opinions are always our own.

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Sophie January 31, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Haven’t been in New York in more than 20 years. When last I was there for an extended time, I stayed in a flat on 1st Ave, very close to the UN. Good times!

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inspiringtravellers February 1, 2013 at 11:47 am

Must have been near my old neighbourhood in Turtle Bay. The presidential motorcade went past our apartment building one time on its way to the UN…

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Cathy Sweeney February 1, 2013 at 4:30 am

I totally agree — you can never have enough time in NYC. We had an apartment in Midtown East for 3 months several years ago. It was an awesome experience living like a local. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I think it would be a lot of fun to stay in the West Village. Actually, it would be great to spend time in a lot of NYC neighborhoods.

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inspiringtravellers February 1, 2013 at 11:52 am

I agree, Cathy – I find them all so different and exciting in their own way!

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Ali February 1, 2013 at 5:16 pm

A friend of mine used to live in the West Village, definitely a great part of town. I’m glad you were able to find a replacement!

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inspiringtravellers February 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Yeah, I love it – such a cute, quiet neighbourhood

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Stephanie - The Travel Chica February 1, 2013 at 10:51 pm

That’s a nice apartment and a great neighborhood. Hopefully, your apartment rental did not come with cockroaches like mine did :-)

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inspiringtravellers February 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm

No, no cockroaches thank goodness! =)

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Jennifer February 1, 2013 at 11:27 pm

I’d love to live in NYC, even if it was just for a week. NYC is so expensive, my stints there are usually just a few days at a time. It’s also great that Roomarama has that shoutout feature. We’ve tried booking with AirBnB a few times and have had nothing but problems with last minute cancellations from their hosts.

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inspiringtravellers February 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Have never booked with AirBnB but cancellations are certainly frustrating!!

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Sherry February 2, 2013 at 1:10 am

Ah, the typical cozy but charismatic of New York. I love it!

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inspiringtravellers February 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Awesome, isn’t it?

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Andi February 1, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Oooh it’s so cute! I would have been pissed about the cancelation though.

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inspiringtravellers February 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm

It was upsetting because that apartment was larger and had a washing machine, but what can you do?

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ciki February 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

not a bad looking place at all. Heard Roomorama works well too;)

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inspiringtravellers February 2, 2013 at 4:01 pm

It definitely helps secure the process. Reviews and verified photos are handy too!

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Cheryl February 3, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Amazing find as the apartment is beautiful, love that piano.

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Koren @ City Gal February 3, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Agree – renting an apartment in New York is a fantastic idea as it’s so expensive here! We rented our first apartment through AirBnB for this week’s Colombia trip and I’m looking forward to the experience – hopefully it’s positive!

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inspiringtravellers February 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm

I hope so too, Koren! Colombia is amazing!!! Enjoy =)

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Heinz February 14, 2013 at 8:04 am

For travelers to NYC – real good info. Normally wasting away $ on Hotels in K $. Seems a welcome alternative.

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inspiringtravellers February 14, 2013 at 10:43 am

I think apartments are a great idea for the more expensive cities. Thanks for your comments, Heinz!

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Heinz February 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm

My pleasure, great blog there – http://inspiringtravellers.com – thanks for very useful info :)

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