Living Like a Londoner with New York Habitat: My Experience

Posted on 27. Mar, 2012 by in Europe Travel, Reviews, United Kingdom

When you plan your London getaway, one of the first things to look into is the accommodation - it’s such a large chunk of the budget! And I have definitely outgrown hostel dorms, which only makes this task harder for me. But luckily, that’s where New York Habitat came in handy - they offered me a complimentary 3 night stay at one of their hundreds of flat in London.

The concept

New York Habitat is all about feeling like a local when visiting a city - why settle for the anonymity of a hotel when you can opt for a flat with character and history? Why pay exorbitant prices for a bed when you can pay even less, for your own kitchen and living room as well? I am definitely a fan of the short-term flat rental now and would not have it any other way. Despite its name, New York Habitat does not only service New York City, but also London, Paris and southern France.

The building

My accommodation

I opted for a studio apartment in Earl’s Court, and I can’t stress enough how much I loved it. The location was more than convenient, being a short walk from the District line and just around the corner of a 24 hour Tesco. While there isn’t much activity around the flat itself, nearby Old Brompton Road and Earl’s Court Road are filled with restaurants, convenience stores and pubs for your enjoyment. It’s a pretty safe neighborhood and as I was solo during this trip, that was very important to me. So kudos for the location!

The flat I got was on the seventh floor of a super modern building - I particularly loved the glossy red elevators and the super thick carpets in the corridors (that canceled the noise of little kids running around). The minute I set foot in the flat I was smitten - it was top-notch, high-quality and absolutely gorgeous. Despite it being rather small, it’s very well designed so it doesn’t feel too much cramped.

The flat

The bedroom was quite basic with a queen bed and two end tables, but had the most luxurious duvet covers ever, and I slept like a baby despite the rather short nights I had (or maybe I was so happy to have the bed all to myself, but I’m pretty sure the fluffy throws had something to do with it). The bathroom was very cute in blue tones and a mosaic-tiled shower - again, pretty tiny but well thought out so that every space was efficient and fully used. The largest part of the flat was the kitchenette/living room, which had nice views over the neighborhood (if you can actually see something through the almost permanent London fog). The kitchen was fully equipped with a large fridge, a microwave oven and a small dishwasher, which came quite handy for my 4AM wake-up call (who wants to do the dishes at that ungodly hour?)

The verdict

As if you couldn’t tell already, I was sold by New York Habitat the minute I entered the apartment. With prices starting at £80 per night, it really is a steal considering the high-quality you are getting and the facilities you will have access to. The only downside is that the whole experience made me feel bittersweet about being an ex-Londoner acting like an actual Londoner, and having to leave again… which I guess only means that they have done their job very well. All in all, I wholeheartedly recommend New York Habitat to anyone looking for quality short-term flat rental, and while I can’t wait to experience their selection in Paris, they will always remain my number 1 resource for London accommodation.

Disclaimer: I was offered a complimentary stay by New York Habitat. As always, all opinions are my own.

Have you booked with New York Habitat before? What was your experience like? Do you prefer renting a flat or booking a hotel?

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5 Responses to “Living Like a Londoner with New York Habitat: My Experience”

  1. Laurence

    28. Mar, 2012

    Apartments are the way to go. That’s how I’m staying in Barcelona next month, and I’m really looking forward to it :)

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  2. Andrea

    28. Mar, 2012

    Wow - this is fantastic - will have to check these out next time I’m in London or NYC…I love having a place to cook.

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  3. Laura

    30. Mar, 2012

    New York Habitat is a great choice to consider.

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  4. I’ll have to keep NYH in mind next time I prefer a rental to a hotel. Great review!

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  5. Andrew

    03. Apr, 2012

    We are getting into using the apartment rental places more and more as well. The big problem seems to be the selection in some of the out of the way cities we prefer, although I see Paris on their list.

    Sounds like you had a good time. And for that price in the middle of London is pretty good.

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