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Sankofa Guest Apartment--A portal for the soul


Property Details

Updated: Sep 22, 2016
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
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

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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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111 Reviews

based on 111 traveler 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.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2007
  • Stayed: Oct 2007
  • 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.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: 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.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: 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!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mason City, Iowa

Don't look anywhere else in New York - just book it

  • 5 of 5

First and most important- ignore the Harlem address. Sankofa is in Harlem, yes, but I felt safer there then I have in other places I've stayed in New York by far. The apartment is exactly as advertised and reviewed. Clean, quiet, well-appointed and perfect for use by a couple or a couple with a small child. All rooms are spacious by any standards. The neighborhood is just that- a neighborhood with great places to eat, places to shop and places to run and walk. An easy run puts you into Central Park where you can explore. We went to the Bronx zoo, Fort Tryon and the Cloisters, as well as several Boradway shows and nothing was more than 20-30 minutes away by subway just a five minute walk. Restaurants within 4 blocks include sottocasa (great Italian pizza), Harlem Shake (burgers) and II Cassa Latte (cheap coffee and breakfast)

Don't forget to check out the Apollo theater (amateur nights every Wednesday). The apartment is great for relaxing after a long day. Comfy couches chairs and bed.

Don't wait- just book and enjoy

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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First Class!!!

  • 5 of 5

As savvy travelers and frequent users of holiday apartments worldwide we can assure you Edith and Norma have created an environment that is top of class. They have captured the true essence of ‘home away from home’ by ensuring their guests enter a cozy, quiet and well appointed sanctuary complete with the small touches that start your stay off just right; a gift card for dinner, a bottle of wine and breakfast for the first morning! The location is ideal; all amenities are close by and transportation is a breeze. After hitting the busy streets of New York all day we relished our return ‘home’ each night. Thank you ladies for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbia University
Strawberry Fields Central Park
Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
Red Rooster Harlem

Activity and Interests

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


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 9 2017 - Mar 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

No refund on early departures.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Updated: Sep 22, 2016
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Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • 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
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • 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
  • 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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling

Floor Area

  • 936 sq. ft.


  • 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 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen, Twin sleep sofa in living room
  • * Queen Bed: Pillow top mattress, closets, dresser, full length mirror


  • Guests provide their own meals

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