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“Budget friendly and so close to the subway” 3 of 5 stars
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Michael NY
2.0 of 5 Guest house   |   15 Sylvan Terrace, New York City, NY 10032 (Manhattan)   |  
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Ranked #42 of 96 New York City B&B and Inns
Chaska, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Budget friendly and so close to the subway”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is perfect for the person that desires a clean, less expensive alternative to a hotel room in New York. The host, Michael, is very knowledgeable and helpful, the rooms are well kept and having access to a kitchen is helpful, too. Never saw other guests despite the fact that all rooms were rented, felt like we were his house guests.

This isn't luxury, but it was the perfect place to save a few dollars and crash at the end our long days during a whirlwind, 4 day trip to NYC.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Carbondale, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I had a 4nights/5 full days stay in late July. I had selected it based on Tripadvisor recommendations, location (zip code plus uptown), price(under $100/night for a single room) and proximity to a subway station and to shops for necessities. I was not disappointed on either count. The extras were the self-serve breakfast, the casual, but friendly and helpful atmosphere promoted by the owner, Michael and the coziness of the overall environment where you could imagine yourself a regular, long term tenant or owner who was just coming to and fro each day; it was easy to fit in. I would readily stay here on a future stay if the same motivations prevailed. (Solo female traveler, age 70 plus).

Room Tip: If you do not require much extra space, it is quite ok for a single traveler to choose a single room...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Couple in our 30's, no kids , visited New York for the 1st time,
June 21-24 2013 (suggested by trip advisor)

We drove down from Montreal Canada.

NY was really hot that weekend!
But we we're real cool cats at Michael NY !!!

You get your own keys to the 4 room house (blockhouses)
shared with friendly travelers. A step away from Grocery Store,
Liquor and Wine, laundromat, and great fried chicken!
Shared bathroom was spotless, hot water was hot ! Air conditioning,
big ceiling fan, comfy beds free coffee, cereals, bread, yogurts,
fruits...tv, internet, wifi....need i say more ? Ok, here goes....


Literaly a 15 second walk to the blue line 163 street /Amsterdam subway (open 24/7)
Quiet neighborhood, some people on the next street were having a tailgate party, some latino music... not really loud, it just added to the cultural aspect of the area, we hung outside til midnight one evening sitting on the curb, having a glass of wine, we saw friendly people
walking their dogs, and a gentleman who walks his cat. and some.. raccoons!!
We were even able to leave our car (truck) one street away, free street parking (check the street cleaning signs!!!) all weekend, no hastles..just check the NY city parking map!

All in all a great place to stay on the island of Manhattan
that i would suggest to anyone who's not willing to spend 400$ a night downtown!
Believe me, it's worth coming back after a long day and to have some peace and quiet
(and air conditioning!)

oh yeah, last but not least... there's the Jumel Mansion Museum on the street behind the block houses, which is supposedly haunted ... maybe with the ghost of racoons past?

Thanks Michael! We'll be back ,and we'll tell our friends!

JF and Melanie

Room Tip: Rooms are quiet, you do have some planes flying over every now and then, but you'll be too bur...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brasilia, DF
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Subway station, supermarket, laundry and drugstore right around the corner.
Very quiet place.
Half an hour from most touristic points by subway (24/7). Did not need taxi even after midnight. You can get there from JFK easily by subway.
Owner very helpful and friendly.
Simple place but very clean and quite, with everything you need. Other guest often very friendly.
Definitely worth the price.
Would stay there again.

Room Tip: Single room is very tight. If possible choose double room. It is worth staying a little bit more du...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Singapore, Singapore
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

For my winter trip to NYC, I booked 5 nights at this place although it is a little far from the city (located in Harlem. It is pretty valued for money (you pay through the nose for accommodations which are not hostels in NYC, even in the dead of winter, since it is a year-long tourist spot..)

Location:
The inn is located in a quieter and (safer) part of town though it is still a little creepy walking down the deserted St Nicholas Ave at 1 a.m. and near restaurants, supermarkets and 1 minute's walk (exit through the back gate of the street) to the subway station 163 St & Amsterdam Ave (Blue line, Trains A & C take express train A to reach home quicker at night!)

Sidenote: If you can figure out the NYC subway system and get to your destination, you have pretty much conquered the world because NO subway system is as confusing, not even the London Tube, the Barcelona, Paris & Tokyo Metro etc.. Take note of the coloured lines, lettered and numbered trains, direction (uptown or downtown), express or local trains and train platforms for each direction and where are the entrances and exits from the street level. MY WORD.

If you drive into the city, it is near the freeway along Hudson River, to and from New Jersey and Newark and you can conveniently exit at Harlem River Dr. ( Easy to drive to Bronx and Queens)

There is a quiet & pretty cobblestoned street outside (Sylvan Terrace) and the townhouses face each other so minimal noise should be made. No parking is allowed on the street, probably to maintain its 'heritage' aspect and you will get a parking ticket if you do (we learnt it the hard it, lol.) We wonder where the residents have their permit parking..

It is adjacent to an attraction, the Moris-Jumel Mansion which was once George Washington's headquarters but surprisingly, not even locals and paramedics are aware of its existence or Jumel Terrace. (good luck asking for directions to this one..)

Room & Guest House:
You will be given our own set of keys to let yourself in so you feel like a local, having your own place. The lounge area has a TV set with a laptop, magazines and books pertaining to NYC and a kitchenette which you can make your breakfast ala self-service. The bathrooms are shared ( one downstairs and another upstairs) but clean enough when shared by the other guests. I guess you can do your own laundry with the accompanying washer and drier. Shower fast, especially in winter, as the hot water tends to run out.

Our room with twin beds is spacious enough although we use it just to stash our things, have a place to lay our heads and refreshen ourselves ( 2 bathrooms, perfect to use simultaneously!) Ancient CRT TV, no full length mirror and a standing lamp which did not work (hence dim room) but hey, we're easy-going guests. I suppose there is wireless internet because there is no computer in the room but I reckon you could use the laptop in the lounge if you ask nicely.

Staff:
As mentioned in the reviews, Michael is really a nice and friendly guy (who did not have to give us any English lessons, thanks) however we were on roadtrips out of the city for at least 3 out of 5 days/nights there, we only laid eyes on one another once throughout our entire stay. (LOL) We left the house in our rental car before dawn and returned only in the dead of the night hence we barely saw the owner ( he stayed in the basement, I reckoned, and we communicated with notes..) & other guests and basically had the place to ourselves for couple of hours everyday.

Michael was lovely enough to help us with linen and cab arrangements and we would love to stay there again to pick the brain of a native New Yorker when we visit the city in the future.

In all, quiet and quaint little townhouse which you can pretend to call your home for a few days in the crazy, awesome, bustling city that is New York.

Room Tip: All rooms are quiet enough. Ask for free wifi access.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Windham, New Hampshire
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

This is a very nice guest house in Harlem that is extremely convenient to the subway on a quiet little street without any traffic. The houses are hidden away from the rest of the main roads and it felt safe and was a great place to stay overnight. It's not in the heart of the city, so it is calmer and in a working class area close to a supermarket and other shops. This is a friendly place and the other guests drop in to chat in the common room so it's fun and the innkeeper is very helpful and friendly with advice and recommendations. Prices are much more reasonable than a cheap hotel in downtown NYC and a far better place to come home to.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Address: 15 Sylvan Terrace, New York City, NY 10032
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , Upper West Side
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Ranked #42 of 96 B&Bs / Inns in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Michael NY 2*
Number of rooms: 4
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