This was, bar none and without a doubt, the best Airbnb experience I have ever had. I was in New York for six months on business, and spent the last three months at Melva's. The location is perfect, near many restaurants and businesses, near Chelsea Market and Chelsea Piers, and near several subways.
Entering this home, you can tell from the decor and ambience that a lot of love, joy, and care have gone into this place. It's a real home -- not a curated "fauxpartment" but an actual home -- and it is an amazing find. This place is spacious, well-appointed, and just exudes personality. The kitchen is great, the bed is comfortable, the internet is super-fast, the pantry is stocked. I loved this place, to the point that it was emotionally difficult to leave.
I had the pleasure of meeting Melva briefly, and then dealing with Elsa day to day. Both are just wonderful people. Melva is so welcoming and joyful, and accommodated every need I had (even the unreasonable ones) with the patience and attention of someone who actually cares. Elsa is very responsive, and superlative in every way regarding the needs of the apartment.
I can honestly say I love this place, and I count the host as a real friend now. You would be truly lucky to find an apartment or host of this quality anywhere in New York, and especially in such a great neighborhood as Chelsea.