East Village , NY
In an effort to avoid the skyrocket fees at some of the hotels in Manhattan, when we booked our trip we decided to go Air BnB – in the past for us it has always worked out much cheaper and generally far nicer than we could expect in a hotel equivalent. Plus you meet some fun people, and get to snoop around their place for a couple of days!
Our first Air BnB in New York was in the East Village, the perfect location and beautifully decorated by our Armenian host Nairah, who made us feel incredibly welcome and gave us lots of local recommendations. Her flat was wonderfully decorated – like something out of Friends or New Girl – although privacy was a little bit of an issue due to the small studio feel of the apartment, and Nairah being a night-owl, would often want to stay and be sociable whilst we wanted to crash out and get some shut eye! So her place would be perfect if you were travelling alone and looking for company. Having said that, we would definitely go back a second time.
It’s worth saying that Air BnB is currently fighting a legal battle in New York to be able to stay, the same hotels that want to charge $500 a night, are also getting emptier by the day and they aren’t too pleased as you can imagine – so lets all keep our fingers crossed that the people of New York, especially Nairah, get to keep their Air BnB guests for as long as possible!
Jamaica Plain, Boston
Then as we moved North we stayed with Robin our Bostonian Air BnB host in her huge colonial house in Jamaica Plains, a suburb of Boston.
I cannot explain how nice the house was, and we were immediately made to feel completely at home by Robin and her daughter, they were very generous, and even include breakfast for the price of the room – Quaker Oats nonetheless – and everything else you could ask for! They do not live in the house full-time so we able to get lots of privacy and space, which worked really well with our plans for Boston. It’s a shame that the pictures really do not do the house justice, but it was the perfect place to recoup much needed energy after our New York madness.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Boston, then get in contact and I shall be sure to pass on Robin’s contact details – this place is too good to miss!