This clean, comfortable, safe and spacious apartment in the lively Astoria district provided a great base for exploring the city and gave a good insight into everyday residential life in New York. The landlord who was helpful during our stay, responded to all my emails prior to our visit in a timely manner and on arrival, welcomed us with an informative talk about the apartment and the local area.
Many amenities are within a 5 minute walk, such as a diner, supermarket, laundry, pharmacy, wine shop and post office. The local Deli shops provide take away food and more sophisticated restaurants are available a few blocks away (via a taxi ride). We felt safe walking to and from the nearest subway-Broadway, which is approx. 15-20 minutes walk from the apartment, although an air of caution should be taken walking around the area after 8.00pm (like in any large city). Travelling to various tourist locations was quite easy (approx. time to Times Square from this destination was 25-30 minutes).
Estimated cleaning and utility bill quotes were provided before the trip. However, I was surprised that the landlord retained such a high amount of our deposit for cleaning/utilities, considering we left the apartment clean and spent a lot of time out in the city during our 5 day stay.
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