by Harley Nott
Vacation rentals with a concierge service – surely a contradiction in terms?
Not if you stay in London, New York or Rome with Coach House Rentals.
Unlike other vacation rentals services where you’re on your own, often at the mercy of the non-resident owner, Coach House Rentals provides a full concierge service from the moment you arrive at the airport to the moment you depart.
Our “service with a difference” starts with the booking process: an excellent web site – chsrentals.com, real people to exchange emails with and talk to if necessary to help you decide the best rental for you and a safe and secure booking system – no danger of correspondence being intercepted and money being diverted to the fraudster’s account.
We will arrange a car to meet you at the airport and will be at your rental when you arrive to greet you, hand over the keys, explain how everything works and answer any questions. And during your stay we’ll provide a 24/7 help line to call if you have any problems or have any questions about what to do and how to do it.
Coach House Rentals is a well established company. We’ve been in business since 2001 and although we’re small we have a very high reputation with 35% of our bookings being repeat or recommended by friends. We have a range of properties on our books ranging from simple one bedroom apartments to houses with 4 double bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.
Having been born and having lived in London for many decades, I and all Londoners are outraged by the recent pronouncement by Donald Trump that “parts of London are so radicalised that the police are frighten for their lives”. This is complete and utter nonsense. I would happily visit any part of London during the day or at night and to claim that the police are frightened for their lives is simply ridiculous.
Normally I would not presume to comment publically about American politics but the thought that Donald Trump, a man with such misguided and ill informed views, is currently the leading contender for the Republican nomination and could be elected in 2016 as the 45th American President and the next ‘Leader of the Free World’ fills me and many others with horror.
There are reputedly more than 2 million Muslims now living in the U.K. They regard themselves as British and are integrated into British Society living normal, peaceful lives like any other citizens of this country. Yes, there has been some radicalisation amongst usually young men and women, but we are talking about a few hundred not thousands or tens of thousands. The vast majority of British Muslims abhor this radicalisation, which is a complete corruption of the teachings of the Quran.
You may ask why we do not just disregard the untrue assertions of Donald Trump but there are implications. London is an attraction for tourists, and some 3 million visitors come to here every year including many, many Americans. If people believe Donald Trump’s irresponsible statements they will be deterred from coming here and economic consequences for our city would be significant.
Whilst any loss of life is tragic, in conclusion let us put things into perspective:-
- The worst Islamist atrocity in New York was the 9/11 destruction of the twin towers in 2001 when nearly 3,000 people including non-American lost their lives. In 2015 alone there have been six terrorist incidents in the US culminating in the San Bernadino shooting on the 2nd December when 14 people were killed.
- In contrast the worst Islamist atrocity in London occurred on the 7th July 2005 when 56 people were killed by 4 suicide bombers Since 2005 until the present time there have only been 4 further terrorist incidents in Britain with minimal loss of life.
- The murder count for 2014 for New York was 328.
- The murder count for 2014 for London was 93.
Life involves a degree of risk although one does ones best to minimise it. However I would not be deterred from visiting New York or other cities in the US because of the above statistics. In turn I would hope that potential visitors to London will not be taken in by Trump’s ignorance and take a common sense view.
If considering a visit to London go to www.chsrentals.com/london for your London Vacation Rental.
by Erin Mara
Come hungry and leave with money in your pocket!
New York City Restaurant Week only happens twice a year, and each summer and winter we look forward to its return. Restaurant Week is now upon us! The name is deceptive, because it lasts for 3 weeks not just 1, and believe me, we are not complaining about it. Over 300 of the city’s top restaurants offer 3 course, prix fixe meals for lunch and dinner. Prices are a steal, with a leisurely lunch at $25 and decadent dinners at only $38. Each year this event adds trendy newcomers to a long list of regular participants, many well-known and well-loved fine dining establishments are among those participating. This is not a ploy for struggling restaurants to find new customers, it is a much celebrated event that inspires and excites restauranteurs and diners alike! Many of our favorite spots are on this list, and like many New Yorkers we only make our reservations at those favorite, but oh so pricey places during these lucky few weeks.
One of those places is Barbetta,the oldest restaurant in New York still owned by its founding family, and also New York’s oldest Italian restaurant. It’s also the oldest restaurant in the Theatre District. It has even earned a landmark status by the Locali Storici D’Italia for these distinctions. In a glittering interior decorated with 18th century Italian antiques Barbetta serves the cuisine of Piemonte, Italy’s northwestern most region, known for hearty, complex and satisfying meat and pasta dishes such as “agnolotti,” pasta made with eggs stuffed beef, pork, or rabbit, flavoured with sausage, parmesan cheese, eggs and herbs. “Risotti” or rice dishes are another speciality, often covered with truffles – yum! This is the perfect food for this time of year and with Restaurant Week upon us everyone can enjoy it.
Need a place to stay close by? We’ve got you covered! Our new properties YMidWest1 and YMidWest2 are each within walking distance and both currently have availability, so whether you are looking to get away for some romance or you’d like to bring your family and friends to enjoy the deals that are on right now we would be happy to take care of you!
It’s not just the “fancy” restaurants participating either – we have a list as long as your arm of very interesting and wonderful eateries with a vibe and décor to suit any tastes – here is a small list of others we are crazy about:
Acme 9 ,Blue Water Grill , Beauty and Essex , BLT Bar and Grill , Blue Smoke , Butter , Casa Mono , Colicchio&Sons , Dovetail , Fig&Olive , I Trulli , Indochine , Les Halles , Lure Fishbar , Mark Joseph Steakhouse , The Mercer Kitchen , Morimoto , Morrell Winebar and Café , Perry St. , The Red Cat and Red Rooster Harlem
This list is by no means complete, in fact I encourage you all to make NYC Restaurant Week an annual (or bi-annual!) excuse to come and explore all of the culinary opportunities our fair city has to offer. Still need convincing? Well NYCGO is holding a photo contest – you could win a $300 gift card to many of these very restaurants just by taking a pic and posting it with #NYCRESTAURANTWEEK . So come visit the Big Apple today and take a big bite!
by Erin Mara
Springtime in New York
There’s nothing like spring in New York! It will soon be that time of year again – the very best time to visit New York and to see the lovely cherry blossoms at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
Hanami is the Japanese name for cherry-blossom viewing, and the Japanese have long-established customs surrounding this tradition, including picnicking under the boughs of cherry trees and trapping fallen petals in cups of sake. Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s peerless collection of cherry trees – the largest and most diverse outside Japan – creates a canopy of blossoms in the spring worthy of celebration. You won’t want to miss it.
Central Park is also at its best in the spring. The park plays an essential role in the everyday lives of New Yorkers by providing 843 acres of paths, lakes and open spaces for escaping the din and chaos of the surrounding city. Visitors to New York City are often impressed with its beauty and size, making it a wonderful place to enjoy a bit of relaxation and get a better sense of what it’s like to live in New York City.
And while we’re talking about outdoor space, don’t forget the High Line, a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street between 10th and 12th Avenues and it’s well worth a visit.
You’ll need somewhere to stay, and rather than using a hotel, why not try one of our short stay rentals – much better value, much more space and you get to “live like a local”.
We recommend these excellent one bedroom apartments: YWestSide23 – Spacious Chelsea apartment, simple modern comfort with a storied past; YMidtownWest1 – Stylish luxury and space in the heart of Manhattan; and YEastSide27 – Chic modern alcove studio in lovely Grammercy location. You’ll find full details of these and our other 1, 2 and 3+ bedroom rentals at our New York web site.
by Harley Nott
We regularly hear of people who have been scammed booking their vacation rental via Craigslist or one of the many listing sites.
Sure – you might get a bargain, but while most ads are genuine, the sad fact remains that there are many fraudsters out there and these sites are an ideal environment for them.
Play it safe and book with a reputable company. Coach House Rentals has been in business since 2001 and we have had several thousand happy, satisfied guests.