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Sankofa Guest Apartment--A portal for the soul

113 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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5 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Upper Manhattan - Sankofa Guest Apartment

Apartment - 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s) - 1 Bath - (Sleeps 2)

Situated on a quiet tree lined street in Harlem’s Mount Morris Park Historic District, Sankofa Guest Apartment offers an inviting and unique accommodation that is centrally located making ALL of New York City easily accessible. The neighborhood is close to popular restaurants, jazz clubs, museums, art galleries and theaters. Nearby subways and buses take you ANYWHERE that is not in walking distance.

This renovated floor through apartment with a private entrance is on the top floor of a 19th Century brownstone. There is no elevator, but what awaits you at the top is worth the climb. The listing photos and 5 star guest reviews say it all.

The master bedroom with ample closet space is the ultimate sanctuary providing an utterly comforting place to land at the end of the day. It overlooks the backyard garden creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Soft lighting, hotel crisp 600 count sheets, king size bamboo pillows with memory foam, and a comfortable queen size bed with a luxury pillow top mattress make this one of the best sleeps ever. The Bose Wave Music System will wake you up or put you to sleep to your favorite music.

The spa inspired bathroom contains a soaking tub with shower, Hotel Collection bath towels, bathrobes, spa slippers, designer toiletries, magnifying makeup mirror, and hand held toilet bidet.

The spacious sun filled living room has a dining table with seating for four, 42 inch HDTV, library, twin sleep sofa with luxury 10 inch Air Dream Mattress, and landline phone with free local calls.

The kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher, and microwave, plus full kitchen utensils and cookware

Other amenities include

Free Wi Fi Internet and cable TV

Washer /Dryer

Air Conditioning

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Edith Garner -Palmer or Norma Garner
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 October, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

We thoroughly enjoyed our 6 night stay at Sankofa Guest Apartment. The location was great as it only took 5 minutes to reach the subway or bus with the shops also close by. The apartment was beautifully decorated and it was so cosy when we arrived back after a full day of sight seeing, to enjoy the atmosphere. Edith and Norma are such lovely people and so helpful. We couldn't believe the gorgeous fluffy towels and slippers and dressing gowns for our use. The apartment was exceptionally clean and well maintained and we certainly enjoyed the bottle of wine and chocolates on our arrival (not to mention the sumptuous muffins!). We would certainly recommend it to family and family and have actually done so
May 2011
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Sankofa Guest Apartment--A portal for the soul
average rating of 4.9823008 based on 114 reviews
Brisbane, Australia

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Staying at Sankofa Guest Apartment was a wonderful experience. The apartment is stunningly beautiful and has every amenity a traveller could possibly need or desire, even a footspa. The whole apartment is incredibly attractive and it is a pleasure to simply sit and admire the artwork on the walls and the furniture and finishings within the apartment. Our hostesses, Edith and Norma are incredibly warm and helpful. We feel as if we have made friends. It has added an extra dimension to our first-time New York experience to be able to stay in Harlem and be welcomed with such kindness. Within the apartment you will find NYC guidebooks and other helpful printed information to help you take advantage of your time in New York. The apartment's location is fantastic. Catching public transport is a breeze. We favoured the bus during the day to give us a better idea of the lay of the land. The subway is quick and efficient and is only a few blocks' walk through this safe neighbourhood. We walked day and night through the neighbourhood and felt perfectly comfortable. The bed is extremely comfortable and we enjoyed being able to cook breakfast each morning. Being able to wash and dry our clothes each night also allowed us to pack a little lighter than we would otherwise have been able to do. We would never, ever stay anywhere else on our next visit to Manhattan - Sankofa has it all. Thank you Edith and Norma for our wonderful visit. You and your apartment are true gems.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 28, 2007
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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The best place to stay in New York City / Harlem

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Sankofa and will only stay here when we visit New York. The apartment is beautifully decorated and the building is wonderfully restored. Located in a row of historic brownstones is something everyone should experience. This neighborhood was the friendliest place in NYC. Designer touches everywhere and it's even more beautiful than the photos. Edith and Norma were friendly and helpful. They made us feel welcomed and comfortable from the first communication. We love them and miss them already.

A good bed makes the stay for me and the bed was super comfortable. We awoke refreshed each day. The bed was the perfect mix of firm and soft, the best night's sleep away from home I have ever had. The pillows were a mix of firm and soft to meet everyone's needs. The sheets were soft and the bedding was perfect for the weather. With the bedroom being on the backside of the building, it was quiet enough at night to hear the crickets chirping. A rarity in NYC. There is also a wonderful garden view from the window.

The bedroom and apartment have quiet AC units that quickly cool you down when needed. The kitchen had everything we needed to eat in, cook, bake, and clean up. The living room had extremely comfortable and beautiful furniture. A TV with cable to access anything you need. Free Wifi was fast enough for streaming.

The bathroom had spa quality linens, soaps, lotions, and shampoos. Excellent water pressure in the shower making for great showers. A full size bathtub with plenty of room in the shower made for getting ready in the morning easy. The bathrobes were soft and of high quality. We loved having our own slippers to relax in.

Close to the bus, subway, grocery store, restaurants, parks, and shops made for a comfortable and convenient, yet quiet location. The best food I've ever had in NYC was in Harlem. This neighborhood is for foodies. Edith and Norma gave us great recommendations for local restaurants and venues. They also have brochures and a binder to help you with your stay.

Everything is high end and lovely. From the wooden blinds to the dishes. Details are thoughtful and elegant.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Monmouthshire, UK

We spent a very happy time at Sankofa which was a stunning apartment and in a safe neighbourhood .

  • 5 of 5

We are very experienced travellers, particularly to North America but, I can say with some confidence, that this is one of the very best apartments that we have stayed in. In terms of its facilities the photos' do not ( and perhaps) cannot do it justice. It is spacious, airy and superbly furnished with a very personal touch. All of the previous reviews are spot on. It is someone's home that is being shared with you. Our hosts, Edna and Norma, were very welcoming and helpful. Generous in terms of what they gave us, ( in terms of their time and wonderful treats given to us on our arrival). Very interesting and knowledgable too. What also attracted us to this apartment was the neighbourhood it is situated in. First of all it is very safe. Harlem is very vibrant, full of interesting places and sites to visit and all very walkable within a fifteen minute, frequent subway journey to downtown Manhattan. More importantly it is probably the last neighbourhood left in Manhatten that still has a genuinely community feel to it. A good mixture of people, excellent shops and eating places but, still with a sense of space to it and wonderful parks and buildings to explore.

Cannot recommend it highly enough. A great place and location to explore.

Royston and Lorna, Monmouthsire, Wales.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Surpassed expectations

  • 5 of 5

An amazing one bedroom apartment with everything you need and then some. It was so lovely to be able to spread out and relax after a busy day of sightseeing. The apartment is extremely well equipped right down to dishwasher tablets, laundry detergent, spray starch and a first for me is it had not only a hair dryer, but a straightening iron as well. The apartment has quality appliances and is decorated with beautiful African artefacts. Although it isn't in the busy centre of Manhattan, it is a short walk to bus stops and the subway and takes only minutes to get anywhere. If there is any drawback, it is the 49 steps from the street to your apartment door, but don't let that put you off. The hosts Edith and Norma are very warm and welcoming without being obtrusive. I give it a 10 out of 10.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Marion , Indiana

Historic Harlem Dream Spot!

  • 5 of 5

Edith and Norma have created an absolutely beautiful, charming, spotlessly clean and customized space. The apartment is completely ready for visitors. Coffee, dishes, shower amenities, robes , beautiful bedding and towels.

We are very active subletters and have been all over NYC as we have two children and grandchildren who live there. If you want to be in historic Harlem, book this place. It is close to delicious restaurants, Columbia and is easily accessible to anything in NYC via cab or train. My husband ran to Central Park easily and enjoyed his runs very much. Our son lives on the upper west side and we had no problem hooking up with him on a daily basis.

They have kept their price for the apt. very reasonable and Edith and Norma made everything seamless from our very first contact. They are gracious and kind in every way.

So, give this spot a serious look. You won't be disappointed!!

Jenny M.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Alpine, Texas, USA

A portal for the soul says it all!

  • 5 of 5

Our third time with Edith and Norma was as great as the first two - only better because we now think of this wonderful apartment and the neighborhood and our hosts as our home in New York. Harlem is the last great NY neighborhood with a personal feel, beautiful streets and brownstones, wonderful restaurants, delightful people - and then ... here comes the Whole Foods to 125th and Lenox!! What next?

What can you expect at Sankofa? It's exactly as described and photographed, Edith and Norma are hosts par excellence, great to have the laundry in house, the kitchen is perfect if you want to eat in, which we often do, the grocery (Best Yet on Frederick Douglass is a typical NYC grocery before things got boutique-y) has great meat, fish, fresh veg. The subways and buses are close for travel to any part of the city.

This is the place for a stay in NY that will give you a taste of what the city was like before the oligarchs moved in! You will love it!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbia University
Strawberry Fields Central Park
Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
Red Rooster Harlem
Nearest Airport
7 Miles
La Guardia
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Upper Manhattan, Manhattan

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
9 Jan 2017 - 3 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

No refund on early departures.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Upper Manhattan in New York City

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 936 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Hand held bidet Plush Bathrobes Complimentary spa slippers Liquid body wash Body lotion Liquid hand soap
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Twin sleep sofa in living room
  • * Queen Bed: Pillow top mattress, closets, dresser, full length mirror
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling

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