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    New York Apartments: Airbnb, HomeAway or Booking? Guide to choosing for rent

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    If you are a regular traveler you will know that, for quite some time now, there has been a thriving apartment market and holiday homes, which allows you to find excellent quality accommodation at competitive prices. It is no coincidence that over time sites dedicated to this type of overnight stay have developed, such as for example Airbnb e HomeAway, and that even a colossus like Booking  now has a large number of apartments.



    In this article we will try to deepen the topic regarding New York, a city that, as we will see, presents for this type of accommodation its peculiarities. I will try to delve into the convenience compared to the market average and I will also suggest a series of neighborhoods and apartments that are interesting for price, available services and location.

    Index

    • Is it worth sleeping in an apartment in NY?
    • But is Airbnb in New York disappearing?
    • How to book an apartment in New York?
    • The best neighborhoods in NY to look for apartments
      • Upper West Side e Upper East Side
      • Times Square e Wall Street
    • Apartments in New York recommended on Booking
      • Apartments with a view in New York

    Is it worth sleeping in an apartment in NY?

    Before seeing how it is convenient to move in the search for apartments in and around Manhattan, let's focus on a rather recurring question: sleeping in an apartment in New York do you save? To answer this, it is necessary to give a minimum of context on the housing market in general in the city.


    As you will have got to check firsthand find a accommodation in NY a low price is not an easy task: we have already talked about it in some passages of our article on hotels in New York, highlighting the most expensive areas and neighborhoods and where you can save something (also suggesting some interesting structures ...).


    However, if you are a regular low-cost traveler, you will soon realize that the average remains anyway high enough, whatever the type of accommodation or the area: for a 3-star hotel that is at least decent and welcoming you might find it hard to go below the minimum of 120 euros per night. As the market makes the price, this also affects apartments, whose rates are affected by the fact that New York is still one of the most visited cities in the world.

    However the good news is that on average the apartments cost no more than a simple hotel room but at the same time they usually offer a superior range of services and this can have a significant impact on the general saving of the holiday. Just think of the possibility of having a kitchen, thus amortizing the cost of meals (on the online portals you can also check in the description of the accommodation the presence of any supermarkets in the surroundings so as to further facilitate your life).

    Furthermore, if you decide to book on portals such as Airbnb o Homeway where private individuals make rooms or apartments available, you will find rates lower than the average hotel, even more so if you are satisfied with one private room and not ofwhole house, and even better if outside of Manhattan (for example in Long Island City in Queens, Jersey City in New Jersey and Williamsburg in Brooklyn).


    But is Airbnb in New York disappearing?

    Sites like Airbnb and HomeAway don't have an easy time in New York City, however rather restrictive rules on short-term rentals, the result of a long legal battle carried out by hoteliers (I tried to reconstruct the salient phases in the box just below). The problems that have arisen could lead us to think that the apartment market in New York has consequently a reduced supply, in reality, by consulting the NY accommodation map on AirBnb, you can see how the availability of accommodation is far from narrow (the more you zoom in, the more structures will appear on the map).


    The legal battle against Airbnb
    Protests against the law on Airbnb New York

    The most famous portal dedicated to apartments and private rooms has had to endure numerous battles in recent years to survive. You may have heard of it: some American cities like San Francisco and, in fact, New York, are in open warfare with sites like Airbnb since 2010.

    The so-called "lobby of the hoteliers" has moved to reduce as much as possible the range of action of the tenants (considered illegal); an effort that prompted New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign in October 2016 "a law packaged by the legislative bodies during the summer that, it is illegal to advertise the rents of entire houses and apartments for periods of less than 30 days. Offenders are given fines ranging from a thousand dollars for the first offense up to 7.500 for the third; passing through the 5 thousand dollars of the second "(see Wired).


    To be considered illegal are the rents in buildings a more housing units (as explained in this article) in order to prevent New York hosts from buying entire buildings and renting out various rooms as individual apartments, just like an illegal hotel.

    Recently, on January 3, 2019, a federal ruling was passed that blocked a further law that would have brought Airbnb and HomeAway hosts to their knees, scoring for these 2 portals. an important point in favor. The battle is evidently still open however, after a period in which the availability of housing on these platforms had significantly reduced, the number of vacation apartments in New York has started to grow again.

    NB: To be sure not to run into a situation at the limit of legality, before closing the booking on Airbnb HomeAway, you can request a copy of the license (Hotel License o Business License): this is a document that hosts are used to providing upon request and which guarantees that the renter is not "illegal".


    All New York apartments on Airbnb

    All New York apartments on HomeAway

    How to book an apartment in New York?

    The 3 sites mentioned at the beginning of the article (Airbnb, HomeAway e Booking ) are undoubtedly the best resource for finding an apartment both in New York and in other cities. However, they embody a few different philosophies and, depending on the type of holiday you have in mind, they might be more or less for you. I try to explain ...

    Airbnb (and later also HomeAway) was born giving the possibility to private individuals to be able to rent a room, an apartment or a part of their home. The aim is not only to make a few dollars from your property, but above all (and this is what made Airbnb successful) the opportunity to meet, get to know each other and share your travel experience with a local.

    For example, I have often found hosts welcoming and helpful, ready to let me immediately get in touch with the city, recommending local and restaurants in the area, giving directions on public transport and distributing tips on goodies unknown to most tourists. Something similar can be obtained from the hotel concierge, but you will always have to thank them with the necessary tips ...

    New to HomeAway?

    Airbnb certainly needs no introduction, but HomeAway maybe yes. It is a US peer to peer rental web platform born in 2005 and recognized as one of the main ones Airbnb competitors, so much so that it was then acquired by an industry giant like Expedia. The site works more or less in a specular way to its competitors, and over the years, it has achieved a certain popularity, also reaching good levels of reliability, to read many reviews. In New York the offer of apartments by HomeAway it has practically matched Airbnb in quantity, despite being subjected to the same restrictive measures dictated by the New York state government.

    Unlike the usual hotel portals, to book on Airbnb and HomeAway, you can send the owner a private message to ask for confirmation of availability, book or for any other type of question. Within 24 hours of the request you will receive an email notification that will tell you if the host has accepted or rejected the proposal. Airbnb or HomeAway will only collect the money upon confirmation by the host, not before, unless your guest has provided the immediate booking, for which it is not necessary to wait for the final response from the owner.

    E Booking ? What is the main difference between the apartments that can be booked on Airbnb or HomeAway and those that can be rented on Booking? Well, it's very simple: the Booking apartments they are not managed by individuals but by professionals, who therefore offer accommodation facilities to the public in the same way they offer hotel rooms or suites.

    You will therefore not be a guest of anyone and, if you are the type of traveler who likes to get in touch with the locals, you may feel the lack of a little 'human warmth'. It must be said, however, that in recent times Airbnb and the like have also changed a bit from this point of view: unfortunately it happens more and more often that you don't even meet the host for a few minutes, who practically behaves like a tenant.

    As I said - from an "operational" point of view - book a apartment in New York on Booking it is like booking a normal hotel room: among the various search filters there is the item "apartments" and "holiday homes", with the number of available structures reported in brackets.

    All apartments in New York on Booking

    The best neighborhoods in NY to look for apartments

    Having made this long introduction, let's see which are the most suitable neighborhoods to go in search of an apartment. First of all, the residential areas, above all because in these areas you don't usually find traditional hotels and staying here allows you to have a "local" experience, making us feel a bit like real New Yorkers.

    Even in the most central districts of the city and among the tall skyscrapers of the most populated areas, you can find different solutions, more suitable for those who dream of getting up in the morning contemplating the Manhattan skyline from their bed.

    Here are the neighborhoods where I recommend you search, with Booking, Airbnb and HomeAway links to quickly see the availability for each single area:

    Upper West Side e Upper East Side

    What to see on the Upper West Side

    Upper West Side and Upper East Side are 2 of the most elegant residential districts in New York; walking pleasantly among the typical terraced houses of these areas will give you an idea of ​​how New Yorkers live and the proximity to Central Park and the most important museums of the city is a further plus.

    • Upper West Side
      • your Airbnb
      • su Booking
      • your HomeAway
    • Upper East Side
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      • su Booking
      • your HomeAway

    Times Square e Wall Street

    If you want to "live" for a few days in the New York of tall skyscrapers, move away from the residential areas and move towards Midtown, near Times Square, the area where New York never rests. If you are looking for a slightly quieter area, especially in the evening, but don't want to give up admiring the skyscrapers up close, the area of ​​Wall Street and its surroundings is not to be discarded, an excellent starting point for all the attractions of Lower Manhattan.

    • Times Square and surroundings
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      • your HomeAway
    • Wall Street and environs
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      • your HomeAway

    Apartments in New York recommended on Booking

    In this section I have pointed out a few apartments and houses for rent in New York divided by neighborhood: as you will see, I have indicated the structures that I liked the most among those available on the website of Booking . Then, as you will have understood by now, to find apartments at a good price you have to move a little from the center of Manhattan, broadening your search in Jersey City, Queens and Brooklyn, and for this I have pointed out a couple of interesting ones. However, do not despair of finding some interesting apartments in Manhattan at the right price: just make a commitment and search carefully on the site.

    You can therefore freely take a cue from this list: in addition to studios, you will also find apartments with a view, luxury facilities and traditional houses. If you do not find what is right for you, I have inserted 2 links to the structures of the respective neighborhoods on HomeAway and Airbnb, certainly more suitable for finding cheap apartments, both for short term rentals, both for those long-term.

    Apartment in Downtown New York

    In addition to other much more expensive solutions, the residence in question offers very good quality studios, with careful design, well-organized furnishings and an excellent assortment of modern and functional appliances. The location is excellent: we are located at 84 William Street, near the most interesting attractions of the financial district of New York and Ground Zero. The subway is nearby, so connections to the rest of New York are very good. In addition to in-room facilities, you can access the panoramic roof terrace, the gym and the business center. Welcoming and helpful staff. Here are the services included in the rent of the apartment:

    • 2 beds in double bed
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi-Fi Internet
    • Safe
    • Shared panoramic terrace
    • Towels
    • Kitchen
    • TV
    • Private bathroom

    See the apartment

    • All apartments in the area (Booking)
    • All apartments in the area (Airbnb)
    • All apartments in the area (HomeAway) 

    Apartment in Central Park

    If you have the dream of waking up early in the morning and taking a walk through the alleys of Central Park, consider spending a few nights in the comfort of the residence AKA Central Park (same chain as the previous one), which offers luxurious suites and apartments equipped with all comforts, many of which are housed in the common areas (gym, spa, restaurant, cinema). The kitchen of the apartment is equipped with stainless steel appliances, oven, microwave, dishwasher and more. In your room you will find a flat-screen TV and a marble bathroom with Bulgari linens and toiletries. Nothing is missing in an accommodation of this type: between vices and extravagances, in a fantastic area of ​​New York, it would seem to be the ideal apartment for a couple on a love journey.

    Here is what you will find in your apartment:

    • Up to 3 beds
    • Wi-Fi Internet
    • Kitchen with stainless steel accessories
    • TV
    • Air conditioning
    • Fitness centre
    • Spa
    • Restaurant
    • Private cinema
    • Bulgari bathroom linen
    • Lift

    See the apartment

    • All apartments in the area (Booking)
    • All apartments in the area (Airbnb)
    • All apartments in the area (HomeAway)

    Apartment in Greenwich Village

    Greenwich Village is the home of Manhattan artists, but it is also a prestigious residential neighborhood, one of the most coveted in New York. There are no longer any TV series set in New York filmed between Greenwich and the nearby Chelsea neighborhood! By choosing an apartment in these parts it is therefore possible to have a unique and authentic experience of what it's like to live in an exclusive New York neighborhood. The apartment in question is ideal for 2 people, but thanks to the presence of a sofa bed it can also be used by 4 people: in this way, if you are a small group of friends, you can easily divide the costs.

    The house, with a very elegant design, is modern and super-equipped: kitchen equipped with coffee machine, hob, dishwasher, microwave oven and refrigerator, living area with sofa bed, bedroom with double bed in parquet and, of course, air conditioning. and Wifi. The highlight, however, is there terrace with a view (not private), which is always one of the favorite features of those looking for an apartment in New York.
    Here's what the offer includes:

    • Up to 4 beds (with sofa bed)
    • Fully equipped kitchen
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-Fi Internet
    • TV
    • Air conditioning
    • Panoramic terrace
    • Towels

    See apartment

    • All apartments in the area (Booking)
    • All apartments in the area (HomeAway)
    • All apartments in the area (Airbnb)

    Apartment in Murray Hill

    For those who have no pretensions to luxury, I recommend this small but nice one studio in the Midtown areaIn the neighborhood Murray Hill. The Studio Apartment - 39th Street has its own useful kitchenette with dining table, the inevitable TV, a living room and a private bathroom. Present Wi-fi, heating, air conditioning and laundry services. At an additional cost, you can also take advantage of a profit Airport Shuttle. The location is very good for exploring the city, as the residential neighborhood is right next to Midtown and all the major attractions of downtown New York.

    The services included are the following:

    • Double bed
    • Kitchen
    • Wi-Fi Internet
    • Air conditioning
    • Laundry
    • Towels
    • TV
    • Lift

    See apartment

    • All apartments in the area (Booking)
    • All apartments in the area (Airbnb)
    • All apartments in the area (HomeAway)

    Apartment in Chinatown

    Entire apartment for 4-6 people in the area of Little Italy/Chinatown, therefore in an excellent position from a strategic point of view for visiting Manhattan and for shopping in Soho, also thanks to its proximity to the subway. The apartment has a traditional and very functional style for a short stay: it has a kitchen, living room and two bedrooms for a total of 60 m². It is located on the second floor without a lift (I say this because of the suitcases!). A small disadvantage is the lack of washing machine and dishwasher, but the basic services are not lacking:

    • 4-6 beds
    • TV
    • Fully equipped kitchen
    • Internet Wi-fi
    • Air conditioning
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels

    See the apartment

    • All apartments in the area (Booking)
    • All apartments in the area (Airbnb)
    • All apartments in the area (HomeAway)

    Apartment in East Village

    If you would like to stay overnight in East Village, not far from historic districts such as Soho, Greenwich Village and Union Square, you could choose one of these beautiful apartments. The price is high, but not surprisingly: the rooms are furnished with excellent care, the comforts are at the top - from the accessories of the modern kitchen to the furnishings of the living room and bedrooms. Outside of some accommodations there is a terrace and / or a garden with comfortable outdoor furniture to relax a bit in the open air. And if it rains one evening or you want to spend some time with your family, there are books, DVDs, music for children and board games.

    Take a look at the photos and this list to understand what awaits you ...

    • Up to 4 bedrooms (8 people)
    • Kitchen
    • Wi-Fi Internet
    • Air conditioning
    • TV
    • Personal computer
    • Terrace (not in all apartments)
    • Towels
    • Dishwasher

    See apartment

    • All apartments in the area (Booking)
    • All apartments in the area (Airbnb)
    • All apartments in the area (HomeAway)

    Apartment in Harlem

    You would have never thought that Harlem, from a historic African American neighborhood in New York considered dangerous, would it quickly become one of the most popular places to sleep in New York? You may not know that, but there are many apartments, studios and houses for rent around here, along the quiet streets south of 125 St and on Strivers' Row. If you add to this that in this area of ​​Upper Manhattan there is a chance to save a little ... well, maybe you should take a look at the offer of apartments available around here.

    Tiffini, for example, it offers 3 types of apartments, all for groups of up to 6 people. The owner is very helpful and will make you feel welcome. For the rest, these apartments really lack nothing, from the fully equipped kitchen to the large living room with dining table. All the rooms have parquet and red brick walls, the furniture is classic but extremely functional to the city holiday as befits the traditional houses of this neighborhood: in fact, Tiffini's apartments help to identify with the life of a New Yorker! There position then, it is the top: the subway is very close and we are a stone's throw from 125 St, the real heart of Harlem, with its restaurants and shops, theaters and churches. Right next to the stately building where you are staying there is a church where you can attend a gospel service. Here's what the offer includes:

    • Up to 6 beds
    • Fully equipped kitchen
    • Living room
    • Wi-Fi
    • Air conditioning
    • Washer and dryer
    • TV

    See the apartment

    • All apartments in the area (Booking)
    • All apartments in the area (Airbnb)
    • All apartments in the area (HomeAway)

    Apartment in Brooklyn

    Staying overnight in one of Brooklyn's typical browstone mansions is an experience that cannot be compared to a mere overnight stay in a hotel room. There Boerum Hill Guest House it is located in a fairly strategic position in the borough, close to the subway to reach Manhattan and the other tourist areas of the district. In addition, the house is located in a quiet area, not far from a charming neighborhood like Brooklyn Heights, with its quiet streets and panoramic views of Manhattan. The Guest House (without elevator) offers well-equipped family rooms and suites (microwave oven, refrigerator, TV) but, when booking, please note that only in one case is there a equipped kitchen!

    • 2-6 beds
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi-Fi Internet
    • TV
    • Towels
    • Fully equipped kitchen
    • Washing machine
    • Parking available in the area
    • Distance to Times Square by subway: 35 min. about

    See the apartment

    • All apartments in the area (Booking)
    • All apartments in the area (Airbnb)
    • All apartments in the area (HomeAway)

    Apartment in Newport (Jersey City)

    Not everyone takes into account Jersey City (in the neighboring state of New Jersey) for an overnight stay as part of a visit to New York. Sure, it's not like sleeping in Manhattan, but if you're looking for a apartment overlooking New York, well Jersey City is a viable option, given the prohibitive prices and limited housing availability in Brooklyn. Also, if the property is close to a train station PATH trains, the connection with New York is comfortable and absolutely strategic. The apartments and studios of the complex Skyline Luxury Suites – New York City they exactly meet this need, but they have many other advantages that could be very convincing.

    In fact, in addition to the excellent level andmodern and luxurious setting of the individual apartments (equipped kitchen with microwave, refrigerator, stove, oven, dishwasher, then Wi-Fi, 52-inch flat-screen LED TV) is offered, in some cases, the view of the New York skyline and a series of common areas and additional services that only make your stay more fun and comfortable: gym, play areas for children, outdoor swimming pool, billiard room, mini golf, barbecue, terrace ...

    Here are some options available:

    • 2-8 beds
    • Air conditioning
    • Wi-Fi Internet
    • Terrace
    • skyline view
    • Fully equipped kitchen
    • Towels
    • TV
    • Common gym
    • Play area for children
    • Common swimming pool
    • Game rooms (common)
    • BBQ
    • PATH distance from Times Square: 30 min. about

    See the apartment

    • All apartments in the area (Booking)
    • All apartments in the area (Airbnb)
    • All apartments in the area (HomeAway)

    Apartments with a view in New York

    Finally, here is a link that groups all the apartments with a view of New York, a detail that to many aspiring travelers appears as a notable incentive to choose the accommodation, especially to those who appreciate certain scenes from Hollywood films: the mega-penthouse with the large window overlooking the spectacle of New York skyscrapers ... impossible to resist!

    All Manhattan apartments with a view

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