This is a harsh but accurate negative review. I'll respond to specific complaints, but mostly what comes to my mind is: the only dissatisfied guests we get are those who paid for Harlem but expected Chelsea. Our neighborhood is beautiful. The smell you disliked just reminds me of my awesome neighbor who plays professional saxophone and my other neighbor's big, slobbery, friendly dog. The vibe of my apartment is "staying with old friends who have a nice spare room" and "I'm past my hostel phase and want more privacy and amenities, but prefer a home to a hotel." I think you wanted this to be a romantic getaway with your wife and my listing isn't right for a private couple's retreat, hence your dissatisfaction. We've had a lot of people on business, students, families, couples here to backpack and travel. I only accept guests with 4+ star reviews who come recommended by another Airbnb host-- we are just as concerned about safety as you are, we live there too and share our own things with guests. I promise a stay that is clean, comfortable, quiet and affordable. That's exactly what most of my guests are looking for, and that's what my other reviews reflect. One note about the neighborhood: I disagree with using crime statistics as an assessment. We've had 100+ guests and lived here 3 years and never had a safety incident. We're on the same block as the subway, so it's very quick to get home. We have a block association that works closely with police for safety on our street. In between us and 148th St is a police station a block wide. You could read the crime stats for Times Square and think that's a "tough neighborhood", but guests go there every day. The bottom line is, this is a big city, and I'm not responsible for the behavior of my fellow New Yorkers. Harlem is beautiful, it's diverse, it's my home, and I prefer it to places like Chelsea for that very reason. If you're smart and keep your wits about you, you likely won't find trouble, and you might see a warm and welcoming city like we do.