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270 West 77th Street, Broadway and West End Ave., New York City, NY 10024 (Manhattan)   |  
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Ranked #17 of 96 New York City B&B and Inns
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“Best idea I ever had!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

I spent a month in New York this past January attending classes, and at first, I thought it would be a good idea to stay as close to the school as possible. I'm so happy I decided to stay here instead!

Although it might seem a bit far from where I was going to school (SoHo), you can't beat this location. The subway is just a couple of short blocks away, which is a 2 minute walk, and you can be in Times Square in 10~15 minutes. It's definitely worth it, because the great neighborhood thoroughly makes up for the distance. Central Park is right there, there is a wonderful market just around the corner, and so many restaurants, delis and food stores you won't be able to try them all.

The room I stayed in was great too (Apt 5). It had a wonderful bed, great windows with a view of the street, a TV with more channels than I'll ever be able to watch, fast internet, a couch, a wardrobe, and a fully equipped kitchen (large refrigerator, stove and sink, plus all the plates and appliances and stuff). The kitchen made all the difference, because I could cook and make myself breakfast or any other meals, which substantially cut down on my living costs (food in New York can be SO expensive!) The bathroom worked fine, and had an exhaust fan so everything dries quickly. The heating was good too, never too warm or too cold, despite the bellow-freezing temperatures outside.

When I checked in, the building manager, Rob, was already there to welcome me to the room. He helped me with my bags, explained how everything worked, and told me I should call him if I needed anything. He comes by about twice a week to change sheets and towels and take out the trash, too.

The only reason I wouldn't recommend this particular room is if you're an elderly person, because there is no elevator and it's two flights of stairs, plus the bed is very, very high. But I'm sure there are other rooms here that are just as nice and a little closer to the ground!

Lastly, the owner, Fergus, was very nice about everything. It's good to deal with a real person when making reservations, and he was very attentive, promptly answered all the questions I had, and was very flexible with my requests. He lives in the same building, so that made me confident that it was in great condition, and he provided me with a lot of great tips about the neighborhood any time we met in the hallway.

Overall, it was a great stay, and I would not only stay here again, but definitely recommend it to everyone. It's a perfect place for a longer stay, away from the hustle and bustle of the more touristy areas.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FOBNewYorkCity, Owner at Country Inn the City, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Dear guest,

It was our absolute pleasure to have you stay with us for this 35 day period over Jan into Feb. We are very happy that your class went well and that you chose us as home base for your stay. We look forward to next time and wanted to thank you for taking time to post this glowing review.

Many thanks...
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Country Inn the City offers the perfect base to explore everything New York has to offer. It is located on the beautiful and relatively peaceful Upper West Side and is ideal for longer stays. The Inn is private, comfortable and homely, and provides convenient access to Central Park and attractions such as The Metropolitan Opera. I stayed in suite 5 (Collegiate Suite) which was spacious and well appointed. The local area has plenty of restaurants, a well-stocked market (ideal for self-catering) and various other amenities including a laundry a couple of doors away. The 79th Street subway station (train line 1) is only a couple of minutes away and provides convenient access to midtown and downtown Manhattan, including the Broadway theatre district, Chelsea, and Greenwich Village. Times Square subway station is a short train ride away and provides easy access to all other subway lines. Fergus and Rob are very accommodating and will gladly share their tips and advice for exploring the local area and New York in general. I would happily recommend Country Inn the City to anyone who is seeking a more personal alternative to the larger hotels, especially first-time visitors and those planning a longer stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 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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FOBNewYorkCity, Owner at Country Inn the City, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Dear Guest,

We were delighted to get this wonderful review and thank you for taking the time to post. If you have any suggestions please don't hesitate to contact me through the website.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

We spent a week. Top floor unit, so we had this charming little terrace for b'fast or night caps...
Location is perfect: food stores around, Subway and bus 2 blocks away.
Upper West Side is our favorite part of NYC to live in.
The suite is spacious enough, well equipped and nicely decorated.
It is a great alternative to a hotel, more intimate and enjoyable.
Go for it, you'll enjoy!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FOBNewYorkCity, Owner at Country Inn the City, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Dear guest,

Delighted to have you as a fan, in regard to our property and our wonderful neighborhood. We hope that you will consider us next visit and or recommend to your friends and family.

Thank you
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Fergus and Rob could not have made our stay more comfortable. Ideally located on the Upper West Side, the apartment was clean, quiet, spacious and well decorated. The free wifi was a positive addition to the services. There are some excellent grocery stores and specialist delis within three blocks so the kitchen was also well used. There are great walks through Central Park and the other way to the Hudson from the apartment. When compared with the hotels in the area, the Country Inn the City is a great option if you want space, independence and a warm welcome.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 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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FOBNewYorkCity, Owner at Country Inn the City, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Thank you for taking time to post this review. We are delighted that you enjoyed our location as well as our suites. Please feel free to send us a message via our website if you have any suggestions or requests. We are a low service operation but do our very best to accommodate our guests needs whenever possible.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Absolutely, the best experience I've had staying anywhere. Located in a quiet, beautiful neighborhood about two blocks from Riverside Park and the Hudson River. What a great place to unwind after a day of exploring NYC. But, best of all, getting back to the room at Country Inn the City, it’s amazing, just two blocks from the subway and a block off Broadway and, true to the name, you feel a world away from the city. The room is beautifully decorated, so comfy and romantic, it was hard getting me out of bed. Rob was excellent from the start, showing us to our room, great guy. Rob was really nice with all our questions and a big help getting all our extra stuff into our room. The room was quiet, and just right. I highly recommend you stay here.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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FOBNewYorkCity, Owner at Country Inn the City, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Dear Guest,

I was delighted to get your excellent review and to learn that you not only loved our suites but loved the area, a point we have been trying to address since inception in 1991 (with varying degrees of success). It's not always easy to convince folks that there is more to NYC than Times Square for instance, although we have nothing against it. Thank you for having taken the time to let other travelers know what we area about here at Country Inn the City....
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

We just spent a fantastic time touring the sites and sounds of New York and staying at this hotel was one of the main highlites for us. This was our first time in New York and Country in the City offers a perfect location to begin to see all the sites and attractions of New York.
- 2 Blocks from Central Park
- 2 Blocks from the Number 1 Subway to take you straight to Lower Manhattan and all major sites
- About 20 blocks (1 mile) from the start of all sites and attractions in New York

We did a lot of walking (our choice) and found it not difficult at all. Cabs are very easy to come by and from what we were told by others in the neighbourhood (very friendly area), it would cost about $6 to get a cab to the downtown. There is a metro card that will allow you unlimited use on the subways for $29 for 7 days of use. We bought a $10 card as we would usually take a subway one way downtown and work our way back by walking and seeing the sites.

Our room was the Hudson Room. Located on the third floor, it is a great size(450 sq feet) room that comes with a 4 Poster queen-size bed, pull out couch, tub and shower, full fridge, gas stove, mIcrowave, all dishes, air conditioning and a room safe. There is enough cabinets and dressers to store your clothing for a great extended stay. We found the water pressure to be great and we always had enough hot water for showering/bath and doing the dishes. Compared to the hotels that we researched before booking here, this room was bigger and our cost was cheaper than the hotels we researched located in the downtown area. If you don't mind NOT being at the centre of New York, this is the place for you.

We were supplied with coffee, small boxes of cereal, some fruit, a litre of milk to use at the start of our stay. There is a 24 hr grocery store just around the corner to restock the fridge but for us, we found a better and cheaper store(West End Grocer) located on W 72nd. It offers a great choice on some take home cooked meals that we used as light brunches and suppers. Having the kitchen helped us to save money on restaurants.

This residence is located in a very quiet street and takes about $35 in cab fare from LaGuardia Airport. We felt very safe walking this area of New York in all hours of the day or night. We were asked our approximate time to arrive and were met at the front door and helped with our luggage to our room. This may be the one drawback of this location. If you have physical disabilities and cannot do stairs, this may not be the location for you as you have to do at least one flight of stairs to get to your rooms.

There is light housekeeping every 3 days where they will remove your garbage and bring you fresh towels but no daily maid service. You will basically be making your own bed and doing your own dishes during your stay but again, the price of the room, the location and the size makes it all worth while.

The room was very clean when we arrived and again, we were not disappointed as the room was exactly as described and shown on the website. While we were in New York, the average outside temperature was between 97 F to 102 F and yet, with the air-conditioning on throughout the day, our room remained cool and comfortable. We were told to leave the AC on while we were away which was great as the room was very comfortable when we returned after a full day of walking, shopping and/or site seeing.

If you are looking for a very unique stay while in New York and having the opportunity to experience living as a local in New York, we cannot stress how great this location was and is. We will gladly stay here again if we ever find ourselves in New York.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

We stayed at the Terrace Suite for an extended stay in June. This was our second time at Country Inn the City and given that our first visit was in the winter we now made full use of the warm weather to enjoy the outside terrace. It is terrifically relaxing to have your breakfast in amongst the shady greenery before facing the crowds of New York.

The room is big - certainly by New York standards - and there is a big walk-in closet. The kitchen and bathroom are small but functional. The location is great, just off Broadway and in a friendly and relaxed part of New York, around 10mins walk from Central Park and with lots of restaurants, supermarkets and delis on the doorstep.

We will definitely be back again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FOBNewYorkCity, Owner at Country Inn the City, responded to this review, July 31, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post this review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciated the location, one of our main motivations for starting our business back in 1991... We hope that more people will see the benefits of spending their vacation here on the Upper West Side where we can truly claim the best of both worlds...
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Address: 270 West 77th Street, Broadway and West End Ave., New York City, NY 10024
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , Upper West Side
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 96 B&Bs / Inns in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All four of award winning spacious studio apartments offer private bath, kitchen, free wifi: each within a delightful and completely restored 1891 limestone townhouse. Enjoy fast access to all the Upper West Side has to offer. Convenient for subway (2 blocks), Central Park (3 blocks) and all manner of nearby entertainment (restaurants, theaters, gourmet groceries, natural history museum) and not so far from Manhattan's other notable tourist attractions as to be a nuisance. ... more   less 
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