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I wanted to stay in New York two days. My options were to stay overnight in New York or ride the LIRR two days in a row, back and forth from family in Long Island. Cost was a factor, location was a factor, and cleanliness was a concern. For a amazing amount of $130, including taxes, we stayed in a VERY CLEAN "studio" apartment. It was the size of an average hotel room, but was well equiped; a sofa bed, a bistro tabel and chairs, a small fridge, toaster, coffee maker, 2 burner stove, and real mugs, glasses, silverware. The theme was contemporary, with clean lines. The bed appeared new; firm without lumps. The bathroom was all sleek marble tiles, the towels were thick large and soft. We had a streetside room, and the building across the street was built in 1904 with awesome architecture- it was a nice view. The residential neighborhood was clean, there were great grocery stores a block away, and the subway was just up the street, half a block away. The Museum of Natural History was a short walk away. I would recommend it highly, and I would certainly return on our next trip to NYC.
Great if your expectations are appropriate
I was apprehensive after reading mixed reviews, but in my one week stay I found that Yourstay CP excellent--if you know what to expect.
It is not a hotel, and you shouldn't expect hotel-like guest services (room service, daily linen service, bellhops, etc.). Don't stay here if that's what you need.
But if you want an apartment-style place to stay, there is very much to recommend it.
My room was very clean, the bed was quite comfortable, there were enough lights in the room (a rarity in hotels), the kitchenette in one corner of the room--with small fridge, dinnerware, pots, pans etc--was small but entirely adequate, the bathroom was reasonable, the closet was nicely sized, the dresser was plenty large enough, and there was a small table for two and a loveseat. And the location, on the Upper West Side, is terrific. A couple of blocks from the Fairway Market, for example. Across the street from the Beacon Theater. A few more blocks from Zabar's.
Keep your expectations reasonable and you should be very happy here.
It was fine
As a young woman visting new york solo and for the very first time, accomodation was my biggest worry in planning my trip. I found Yourstay on hotelclub and the only thing that made me question my gut feeling was reviews here, and other reviews about the company itself, but after my other choices of hotels (the Beacon, the Salisbury) were booked out I ended up back booking Yourstay- Central Park. And it turned out to be so fine and nothing to worry about.
i really like the upper west side, and after experiencing how so overrated places like times square was i'm glad i didn't stay in midtown, (though if you are only there for a short while staying more central to midtown could be better).
i stayed at Yourstay for 2 and a half weeks, kept to myself, did my own thing and I felt in that time I created a bit of a "home base" something i don't think you really get at hotels.
So it's called Tempo apartments and doesn't have a Yourstay sign, which still does seem odd to me but really isn't a huge deal. And yes there are residents, I definitely had residents on my floor cause there's little things you notice like welcome mats and hearing someone practice piano that distinguishes the rooms. In some sense I felt a little like I was intruding into "their" place, but in other ways it was reassuring that residents were there cause it meant there were always people around....and if anything knowing there are residents there means you are getting a bit of a "real" New York experience.
1) everything was new and clean. no complaints about the room. the studio was enough space for me by myself, probably too small for 2 people
2) the location is great and close to transport (i used mostly the 72nd subway but also used the 72nd crosstown bus, the 104 and 5 buses too)
3) the kitchen facilities were a bit of a god send, cause with a supermarket on the next block, plus places like Zabars so close i was able to save heaps of money by not eating out all the time. plus it a huge convience to have something as simple as cold drinks on hand, without having to find ice etc like you do in chain hotels.
4) free local calls was great for making reservations, arranging tickets and activities etc
5) i need music in my life so the cd player was well worth it
6) the vcr came in surprisingly handy- go to the numerous tv tapings in new york and then be able to tape the show you attended is a neat souvenir to take home
7) while 73rd street itself is relatively quiet I always felt safe walking to and from the building, mainly because it's only three buildings from and in clear view from busy Broadway and the theory of "safety in number" feels really true in a city like new york.
1) my room didn't have air conditioning which suxed a bit on humid days i had during my stay, especially since i had to close the windows to sleep just because of the noise. ... not to say it was exceptionally noisy, it's just new york
2) I had a minor problem with ants but it was nothing bug spray couldn't resolve.
3) On their website they mention weekly maid service for longer stays, I stayed for 2 and a half weeks without maid service, it may be something you need to arrange...not that it was a huge deal for me, i really didn't need housekeeping everyday or even really during my whole stay, i really didn't mind cleaning up after myself and in someways i actually felt safer about my stuff without someone always coming in and out of my room except for me
4) there was a morning where they were doing lead paint testing of rooms, 3 guys show up at my door which i was a bit weary and uneasy about in general...a courtesy call from the front desk or something would have been helpful to let me know such a thing was going on.
I don't think it's was as bad as some reviews make it out to be. I think I'd agree with most who say don't stay here if you want a hotel. But looking at the hotel prices in new york, going the service apartment route is actually a good deal...but each to their own.
later in my trip i stayed in a chain hotel (the radison) and ok so that was in a different city and not in new york but in comparing my experiences between a serviced apartment and a chain hotel of roughly the same price- the serviced apartments of Yourstay won out as a better experience.
Do not stay here!
I have NOTHING positive to say about our stay at Yourstay Central park. We encountered a string of disappointments. We were promised a large one-bedrom apartment with a queen or king size bed . . . but we received a TINY room with a full-sized bed. I would say that this company is not far from being fraudulent. I complained to the London office, but they denied all claims. The New York property manager (David Liebovitz) is a fraud. He claimed the unit was 650 square feet, but by my measurements it was well under 450 square feet. The "free" internet access wasn't working, nor was the cable TV. I was asked by the the property manager to call the internet company myself to sort out the problem, and was surprised to learn that internet service had been recently suspended due to "non-payment". We had no internet or cable TV for the first two days of our stay. I really needed internet access . . . to find another hotel for my family. Be careful with this property!
Think twice about staying here
I wouldn't stay here again. We arrived with a car full of luggage to unload and there is no loading zone...you have to double park on the street. They had no cart or help for unloading. This is an apartment building where some of the apartments are rented out for short stays, so you can't expect the same amenities you'd get from a hotel. We went through Hotels for reservations and we, plus 2 others guest who arrived when we did, didn't get the type of rooms promised. We complained and they were able to switch us, but one family had signed up for a 2 bedroom apt. and ended up with 2 studios. We got a studio that "slept 3". There was a queen size bed and pull out single bed sofa, which was very thin and uncomfortable to sleep on. It is very small for 3 people. The studio for 2 people is even smaller, basically a queen bed and bureau and kitchette with no extra space...it better be two people who really get along well! The room was clean and modern, which was nice, and the kitchenette well outfitted. The furnishings were very nice and there was a lot of high tech stuff-flashy TV/DVD/Video and stereo system (which we never used). The front desk is basically your usual apartment building front desk...not a customer service desk like you'd find in a hotel...Some people might not mind all this, but I wasn't happy with it.
YourStay is definitely the best serviced apartments company
I've stayed with my family at the Central Park Apartments of Yourstay.
I must say that the check-in process was so quickly. There is a 24 hours porter in the building and he gave us keys, and we went straight to the apartment. The apartment was well clean ,with new towels and linens. There was DVD, Cable, Air Conditioning, Fully-Equipped kitchen and GYM.
The apartment is located very close to Central Park and to the Natural History Museum and Metropolitan Museum.
We really enjoied our stay in the building, the staff was very friendly.
Everyone should realize that a serviced apartment like this is better than booking a room in hotal. Great value for our money.
We highly recommend this apartments and this company.
Excellent Apartments and Good Value for Money
We usually stay at the 5 star Ritz-Carlton on Central Park, this is the first time we stayed in an apartment in NY.
The apartment at YourStay Central Park are spacious, well designed and tastefully furnished.
The location is also great, 5 minutes walk from Central Park, you're also short walking distance from Lincoln Centre and many exclusive restautrants and bars.
The staff was friendly and educated. A small problem with the Cable in our apartment was quickly resolved by the building manager.
Great value for money, we already recommended it to our friends.
YourStay Central Park - Excellent Experience
We stayed at tempo (YourStay Central Park Building) twice.
We heard a recommendation from a neighbour while exercising in our Gym.
The building is 2 blocks away from Central Park, newly rennovated, tastefully furnished, 24 doorman and state of the art gym.
Compared to other apart hotel we stayed before, this was by far our best experience, warmly recommended.
The only minor problem with free wireless internet connection was quickly resolved by the maintenance staff.
Don't think I would stay here again!
I picked this hotel because of all the positive reviews noted already on Trip Advisor. I just did'nt feel the positive reviews were all that justified. First of all when our driver tried to find the building we were able to locate the street address but the building said nothing about "Your Stay - Central Park". Instead it just said "Tempo". I went in and the desk clerk confirmed we were in the right place.
The Hotel is NOT located on Central Park as the name implies but is really about 4 blocks west of Central Park. Not a huge deal but still a little misleading.
The room was REALLY SMALL! Only 1 person could pass by the small sofa to get to the main area from the entrance.
The COMMODE had a plumbers helper beside it. I later learned why as it did indeed get backed up. They did get this fixed but it really never flushed that great.
NO ROOM SERVICE as far as sheets being changed or towels (there was only 1 bath towel when we arrived and had to ask for more). I'm glad we only had to stay a couple of nights.
It appears that this building doubles as apartments and hotel rooms. One lady we were with on the elevator said she had lived there for 27 years.
Overall the room including bath were exceptionally clean and the TV was great.
When we check out on Sunday we were told that were told that our bags would have to stay out in the open lobby while we continued sightseeing that afternoon. We pressed this issue and they agreed to lock the bags up in the storage room.
We asked the desk clerk how much our return cab ride to LaGuardia would be and he pulled out a sheet that showed about $60.00. I don't know if this was an attempted setup with a taxi service or not but it seemed suspicious. Sure enough we hailed a cab and he quoted about 30.00 including toll. Turned out to be 28.00.
We loved New York and even though we only paid 198.00 per night including taxes we will definitely not stay at "Your Stay" again.
Watch out for this company
I recently had experience with the yourstay company in London. The building was still under construction, including taped up carpets in the hallways, debris in the stairwells, and an elevator which had insulation covered by a cloth curtain: no walls. Several of the promised amenities were absent including a telephone. Neither was there a telephone in the lobby. We were two woman travelling alone on business. We needed a telephone for many reasons, including safety. We were assigned a seventh floor apartment. The building was in a very isolated area, surrounded by office buildings, which were empty on the weekends and at night. Some were still under construction.
In order to get to the tube station we would have had to walk through a long, deserted unlighted alley. Our business entailed several late evenings.
We found this apartment to be unacceptable, and though we had been guaranteed satisfaction or money back, we were refused a refund time and time again.
Yourstay told us that they have now started renting apartments in New York.
I suggest you do online research into this company before you give out your credit card number or you may be , as many others have been, very sorry that you did.
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