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Farnam Guest House
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   616 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 New Haven B&B and Inns
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“The way to stay at Yale”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I visited Yale a few years ago and I have zero recollection of the hotel. This time, I opted to stay at the Farnam House, a beautiful 1930's colonial. I'll surely remember the lovely antique furnishings and elegant table setting! The place has the feel of visiting your well-to-do New England aunt. My room was fine and no one else ever seemed to use the shared bath, although there was at least one other person supposedly sharing it. There are even some baskets in the bathroom where you can keep your toothpaste, etc. -- a nice touch. Breakfast was generous and beautifully presented. Furthermore, the place is almost walking distance from the Yale campus, at that distance where it's a toss-up whether finding parking will take you longer than just walking. There's both wireless internet and a desktop computer in the parlor. Parking is convenient and right in front of the front door. Elizabeth is fairly low profile -- she has an employee who makes breakfast and seems to do most of everything. I wouldn't describe the place as cozy, but it was certainly elegant, authentic, worthwhile, and convenient.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We were looking for downtown accommodations near City Hall & Yale and this was perfect, especially if you appreciate the charm of old houses. We had the Farnam room, which was lovely with a nicely renovated private bathroom. While the room faced the road, it was not a busy street later at night, so street noise wasn't an issue for us. While the house was full, other guests were considerate and the evenings were quiet. Our breakfast the first day was delicious. The second morning was not as good but still OK. Coffee was fresh and plentiful, and you could help yourself to evening beverages. We found Elizabeth very friendly and she offered great suggestions for restaurants, both of which we enjoyed. We arrived early and the entry system was a little tricky but once you figured it out, it was fine and we liked having the extra security. We would certainly return if we need to be in the downtown area.

Room Tip: There are rooms with shared baths, and private baths are a bit more expensive. Be sure to check
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Dirty bathroom especially on the third floor. Greasy and gross kitchen. Dusty mirror and spider web in the bedroom. Street noise. Low speed internet. Cheap frozen breakfast and fruits from Costco. I stayed there for a couple of days and they did not even clean the room or change the sheets. The worst part is the innkeeper, Elizabeth, who was very rude and inconsiderate. She made me feel so unwelcome (and I paid a lot for it) Will not return.

If you plan to be in New Haven for more than 1 day, DO NOT stay at this place. Let me say it again. They will not clean or make your bed. Shared dirty bathroom and kitchen will be your worse nightmare. Trust me. It's not worth your money!

Room Tip: No swimming pool or fitness. Even though they have laundry for you to use, it is never available, al...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Very enjoyable stay!
After a rough start of having been sent the wrong door code and not being able to reach the owner, everything else was perfect.
We stayed in the Farnam room, facing Prospect street, which a previous review complained of the street noise, we had no problem, nice and quiet and we even had the windows open.
Great bed, nice accessories like the thick towels and quality shampoo and conditioners.
This was our type of B and B, with the owner not trying to tell us stories and history the whole visit.
Breakfast was good and simple we have gotten a bit tired of the huge servings and giant omlets.
Would go again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Myrtle1906Rose, Owner at Farnam Guest House, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay, and thank you very much for taking the time to post a review! It sounds like you frequent B&Bs, so the fact that we were able to impress you is high praise — thanks again. We hope you can take some time away from Texas and come visit again!

All the best,
Elizabeth Baehr Lopez, Owner
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

We were in a room facing Prospect St. and it was so very noisy all night long. Trucks and cars were stopping at the stop light all night long and it was VERY noisy. The internet barely worked and we could not sent our edited papers out. It was clean, and the breakfast was fine.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the back yard if you want it quieter.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

We stayed in the Douglas Orr room which was absolutely gorgeous. We found it to be very clean and the bed to be very comfy. The linens and pillow covers smelled amazing.

The breakfast was one of the best. My daughter had her first bacon there and loved it. The bacon was very crispy and the eggs were great. Elizabeth was very hospitable and it was lovely meeting her.

All in all a great place and we highly recommend it.

Room Tip: The Douglas Orr room was very good and is located on the top floor.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

I stayed in the shared bath bedroom at the top of the house. My biggest worry was getting my luggage up the stairs but they have an elevator. The room was clean and comfortable and the bath always spotless.

The Yale Shuttle, a free bus, stops at the corner and it was so easy to get downtown. The shuttle driver was most obliging and friendly to everyone. Yale is a real multi-cultural spot and he was responsive to everyone.

The guest house had wifi (very fast), and was clean, beautiful, and comfortable. The hostess, Elizabeth, was friendly and informative and very pleasant. Coffee was great and breakfast was good. My only suggestion would be to serve only fresh fruit in the fruit starter at breakfast -- forget the frozen fruit.

All in all, a very pleasant three day stay that was most comfortable and I would definitely stay there again. Beautiful yard, beautiful house, beautiful setting!

Room Tip: If you have a family, they have a great family room.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 616 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
Location: United States > Connecticut > New Haven
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in New Haven
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Farnam Guest House 3*
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