My name is Mario. Originally from Peru but had the great fortune of growing up in South-East Asia (India, Nepal & SriLanka) and travelled extensively as a teenager. I received my BFA in Dance & Theater from the University of Florida and danced professionally for a few years. New York City has been my home for 5 years but spend time between Los Angeles, Guatemala and Peru coordinating and organizing relief missions & social work.
Some years ago, a group us (artists, entrepreneurs and world travelers) sat down to brainstorm. The idea was to find a way to provide travelers an alternative to the often impersonal and priced up accommodations found in New York City.
Over the year we have hosted guests from all walks of life such as musicians, business people, families, dancers, actors, writers, honey-mooners, wedding parties, photographers, fashion designers, UN representatives, doctors, travel bloggers, yoga groups, chefs... etc.
We chose the Lower East Side because of its creative vibrancy and diversity along with its user–friendly travel connections to any part of the city. Whether you are flying from half-way around the world or driving just a few hours, we facilitate a real New York experience by offering an affordable, peaceful and stylish accommodation.
We're also active in helping the local East Village/Lower East Side community. We fund 'Food for Life @ Tompkins', a local out-reach project that serves fresh FREE meals to our neighbors in need 3 times per week.
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This chic studio has a queen bed and single bed to accommodate comfortably (see pictures). The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need to cook a feast, just like home. The red oak floors and the combination of natural light and mood lighting gives the space a warm and cozy feel. The bathroom is spacious and includes…
83 guest reviews
99% of guests would stay again
Left on Oct 09, 2012 for a stay in September 2012
I have an awesome time in NYC and it was made even better by my stay at sanctuary guest suites. Its a very clean and calm environment in the midst of a bustling city. After a long day of running around the city it was so nice to come back and relax in such a nice place. I also want to thank the staff who were so professional and accommodating. I would recommend this a place to stay for anyone … See more
Exposed-brick walls and hardwood floors coupled with contemporary art work & lighting give this Suite an air of design and taste. This apartment has two queen beds (1 in bedroom & 1 living room area) divided by double doors for privacy (additional single cot bed provided for a 5th guest). The kitchen is fully equipped for…
63 guest reviews
97% of guests would stay again
Left on Apr 22, 2014 for a stay in April 2014
Pros:Friendly staff, good location, clean, good amenities, relatively quiet on 6th floor, good value. Cons:noisy pipes,lack of cupboard and dining space,no elevator,main room you couldn't darken.
chillfinn, London, United Kingdom
This charming suite sleeps 5 comfortably, it has king bed, queen bed and single cot bed (see pictures). The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need to cook a feast, just like home. The red oak floors and the combination of natural light and mood lighting gives the space a warm and cozy feel. The bathroom is…
46 guest reviews
98% of guests would stay again
Left on Apr 10, 2014 for a stay in February 2014
We stayed at Sanctuary in February and absolutely loved our room! We acrually had 2 bedrooms, a kitchen and a beautiful bathroom. It is convenient to the Subway and a short walk to many great places to eat and shopping. The owner, Mario was awesome and we felt like we were at home. We cannot wait to go back again.
Chris D., Elkton, MD