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Sankofa Guest Apartment--A portal for the soul

Sankofa Guest Apartment--A portal for the soul


Property Details

Updated: Dec 17, 2014
Apartment - 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s) - 1 Bath - (Sleeps 3)

Situated on a quiet tree lined street in one of Manhattan’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Harlem’s Sankofa Guest Apartment offers an inviting and unique accommodation that is centrally located making ALL of New York City easily accessible. Nearby subways and buses take you ANYWHERE that is not in walking distance.

This European style vacation rental is on the third floor of our 100 year old brownstone. There is no elevator, but what awaits you at the top is worth the climb. The apartment is modern, ultra-comfortable and perfect for singles or couples who are short or long term guests on vacation or business.

The apartment offers free Wi-Fi, Washer/Dryer, air conditioning, a fully equipped stainless steel kitchen including a dishwasher, and microwave. The Tassimo Beverage Machine and electric tea kettle make it possible to have hot beverages in an ‘‘instant”. For those who like to brew their coffee, there’s also a coffee pot and coffee available. There is filtered water, beer, and soda in the fridge upon arrival.

The bedroom is the ultimate sanctuary and provides an utterly safe and comforting place to land at the end of the day. It overlooks the backyard garden creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Soft lighting, a comfortable queen size bed with luxury mattress/pillows, 600 count sheets, and a Bose Wave Music system that can wake you up or put you to sleep to your favorite music.

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

The living room has a dining table with seating for four, HDTV, library, twin sleep sofa, and land line phone with free local calls.

A welcome bottle of wine, a complimentary continental breakfast and a gift certificate to a neighborhood restaurant come with your stay.

More Details
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

Recent Review

About the Owner

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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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88 Reviews

Sankofa Guest Apartment--A portal for the soul
Harlem Manhattan
Brisbane, Australia

Guestbook Comment

Staying at Sankofa Guest Apartment was a wonderful experience. The apartment is stunningly beautiful and has every amenity a traveller could possibly...
  • 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.
  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2007
  • Stayed: Oct 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Sankofa Guest Apartment--A portal for the soul
Harlem Manhattan
Yorktown, VA usa

Best stay in Manhattan!

  • 5 of 5
We have rented numerous apartments in Manhattan in the past few years and this apartment was the best by far. Edith and Norma are excellent hosts who will do anything they can to make your stay enjoyable. We especially enjoyed the complimentary amenities that were provided on arrival as well as the immaculate condition of the apartment. It is well situated to all public transportation and there are excellent restaurants within easy walking distance. For those who want to save some money and eat some meals in the apartment, there is a very large supermarket just 3 blocks away. We will definitely try and stay at Sankofa for our next visit. Our only hope is that it will be available!!!
  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Sankofa Guest Apartment--A portal for the soul
Harlem Manhattan
Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Perfection Again

  • 5 of 5
The second stay in 2 years in lovely surroundings with perfect hosts.Thank you again Edith and Norma for a great 13 night holiday.The apartment is modern, fully equiped, beautifuly maintained and perfectly clean. The area is within easy walk of some great restaurants, subway and the top of Central Park.
  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Sankofa Guest Apartment--A portal for the soul
Harlem Manhattan

A Great Time

  • 5 of 5
We were looking for a place to stay that offered close transport to the inner city and good restaurants, with the option to also cook for ourselves after being on the road for 6 weeks. Edith and Norma's apartment delivered all our expectations in a five star setting. We were made to feel very welcome after a long journey, we could not fault our hosts or the accommodation. Bus or subway are only a short walk away, our week metro card was the key to NYC. I would highly recommend this property to our family and friends, or to those of you who are contemplating a trip to this marvellous city.
Paul & Deb Hunt
New South Wales
  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Sankofa Guest Apartment--A portal for the soul
Harlem Manhattan


  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed in Sankofa for two weeks in September, and we are so glad we did. The apartment was just as advertised, if not better, and Harlem a jewel of a place, with some excellent restaurants and wine bars. Whilst we were there the African American Parade took place - brilliant - so many happy, friendly people. Getting to downtown Manhattan couldn't have been easier, we used the subway, with our Metro Cards, only $30 for a week, and when we got back after a hectic, exhausting, but marvellous day out we could tumble off the train at 116th Street, and into The Harlem Tavern for Happy Hour, or one of the lovely French wine bars / restaurants. We would probably not have ventured out to Harlem if we hadn't been staying there, and what a shame that would have been. So thank you to Edith and Norma, who made booking the apartment really easy and then greeted us in their incredibly friendly way, with wine, beer, nibbles and breakfast for the following day. If you are looking for somewhere to stay in New York I could not recommend Sankofa enough. Some of our friends were staying in a very upmarket hotel overlooking Central Park and were envious of our home from home.

Lesley & Brian Leslie


  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Sankofa Guest Apartment--A portal for the soul
Harlem Manhattan

A true home away from home

  • 5 of 5
From the moment we walked up the steps we felt at home. Edith & Norma were so welcoming and genuinely open and helpful. The apartment is as promised and there was even a bottle wine and fresh grapes waiting for us. There was also some croissants there for our breakfast the next day, to save us the trouble of going out. The decor and art is very distinctive and adds real character to the apartment and it added to the relaxed feeling of homeliness. The aircon was very quiet and efficient and if that was too much the ceiling fans are a good compliment. The overall feel was very comfortable, with everything you would need for a relaxing base for a break in such a vibrant city. Harlem is an interesting place, and by looks of it always evolving. One of the local highlights for us was the bar Paris Blues, it's yards from the apartment and has live music every night. I'm not a Jazz lover but my wife is, and she was blown away by the music and the singers on the evening we went in. It doesn't look much from the outside, but this is definitely a case of Do not judge a book by its cover. We had a great week in the city (our second visit) and again had a fantastic time. If you want a home from home and a great place to relax at the end a busy day sightseeing, shopping or whatever you get busy with, this is the place for you. I can't praise Sankofa highly enough and we will absolutely be back for more. A massive Thank You to Edith and Norma.

Peter & Catherine Collins


  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway


Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : La Guardia at 7 Miles Car: not necessary

The apartment is four short blocks to West 125th Street making it accessible to four express trains (2, 3, A, D) and steps from numerous city buses. The Metro North Railroad Station, also on 125th Street, has trains to Grand Central Station, Bronx Botanical Garden, the Bronx Zoo and New Haven. LaGuardia Airport is approximately twenty minutes by cab, and 30 minutes by the M60 bus.

A leisurely ride on the M2 bus, only steps from the apartment, takes you pass Central Park, and down Fifth Avenue passing along Museum Mile ( African Museum, Metropolitan Museum, etc) designer shops in midtown, Rockefeller Center, NY Public Library, and Empire State Building.

The apartment is walking distance to the Apollo Theater, Sylvia's Restaurant, Red Rooster Restaurant, Studio Museum in Harlem, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Marcus Garvey Park, Central Park and numerous landmark churches.


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Rental rates

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Jan 5 2015 - Mar 29 2015
4 night minimum stay
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4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

  • Third Guest per night $50

If you need to cancel or postpone your reserved stay please notify us in writing. You will forfeit 50% of your invoice total when you cancel 30 days or less before your scheduled arrival date. No shows will be charged 100% of invoice total. No refund on early departures.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


Property Type

  • townhome


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • 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
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Floor Area

  • 936 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower
  • Hand held bidet Plush Bathrobes Complimentary spa slippers Liquid body wash Body lotion Liquid hand soap


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen, Twin sleep sofa in living room
  • * Queen Bed: Pillow top mattress, closets, dresser, full length mirror


  • Lawn / Garden


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • Cooking Utensils, blender, Tassimo Beverage Machine with pods for latte and cappuccino, split room air conditioners, Bedroom & bathroom also have ceiling fan. Telephone: Free local telephone / Answering machine. WiFi (Wireless Internet) Laptop available .
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