Sleeping in a taxi – level 3

20-08-2015 15:00

Travelling to New York City can be an expensive business, but a new venture aims to cut the cost of accommodation dramatically. For less than 40 dollars a night, budget travellers can enjoy million dollar views of Manhattan… from the back of a taxi cab!

Entrepreneur Jonathan Powley started offering vans and New York taxi cabs as overnight rentals on the Airbnb website in April. Each of the vehicles has been converted to accommodate a large bed, a fan and not much else!

“I think it’s just an adventure. No one’s ever done it before. It’s different. It’s safe. You have a view of the beautiful Manhattan right here. And it’s convenient—you’re only one stop from Grand Central Station, you’re only three stops from Times Square, less than 10 minutes.

And I think the people that do it are just the type that want to try something different. It’s really fun. It’s really comfortable. And not many people can say that they purposely slept in a taxi.”

The so-called “rolling rooms” have already attracted plenty of attention from tourists seeking a central location without the big city price tags.

“I think it’s really exciting because first, the view is awesome and second, we don’t have that much money for a normal hotel in Manhattan, and so this is a really nice opportunity for us.”

Guests may enjoy the views, but they’re reminded that the rooms don’t have all the comforts of a Manhattan hotel. Powley has helpfully made a list of all the restaurants in the area that allow his guests to use the bathroom.

Difficult words: expensive business (when a trip costs you a lot of money), venture (a business which involves risk), entrepreneur (businessman), convenient (close to you).



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