We stayed at the ICI for a week during Christmas and would consider staying there again in a future trip to NYC.
The ICI has small yet fully functional apartments (including kitchen) in a lovely traditional brownstone terraced house in the historic heart of Harlem. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the owners are helpful when needed but otherwise not interfering. You can basically do as if you were living there. There's no restaurant in the ICI so if you want to eat there you will have to buy your own food (the room has a refrigerator and is fully equipped with dishes, mugs, cutlery, coffee machine and so on.
There's no elevator - there's a romantic wooden stairway instead - so if you get a room in the upper floors you will have some extra leg exercise after your long sightseeing day in NYC every day...
The location of the ICI was good for us, as it is located in the center of Harlem, which is a place we planned to visit anyway. It is only a few minutes walk from the underground station which is also conveniently located by a Starbuck's - perfect if you like the pattern "breakfast at Starbuck's and then go", which we did. Also close to the ICI is Sylvia's restaurant which is probably the most famous "soul food" restaurant in NYC (it is so famous that many organized tours stop there for lunch or dinner) and actually very good and nice. Many other famous locations in Harlem (e.g., the Lenox Lounge, the Apollo Theater and others) are within walking distance of even on your way from the hotel to the subway. Also within walking distance are malls are shops where you can buy anything you need.
Harlem has - or has had in the past - a bad reputation, but things have been changing and it is now a quite "trendy" and richer district than it was. We actually never felt discomfortable (much less in danger) while there, even when walking down the streets in the evening. The only problem with being based in Harlem is that taxi drivers from mid- and downtown will frequently refuse to take you home! The way we understood it, it's not much about Harlem in itself: taxi drivers in NYC, in general, tend to be very picky (it actually happened to me that a taxi driver refused to take me to Tiffany on 5th avenue!). In any case, if you're going to be based in Harlem, you *must* be comfortable with the idea of occasionally getting back home by underground or bus. As I said, the neighborhood isn't actually scary, but whether using public transport - and walking a few minutes - at night in a foreign city might be a problem to someone. Another option that I didn't explore is that it should probably be possible to book a taxi ride in advance when you're planning to stay out until late - there are actually Harlem-based taxi companies that you may call.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cozy, comfortable and very affordable! All rooms at The International Cozy Inn (ICI) were well thought out and planned for total comfort. From comfortable bedding, soft fluffy towels and silk flowers, every room was designed in a contemporary style. You will receive a modern style setting with old fashion hospitality. You will want to stay here. We are known for return guest as well as special request for our rooms. Most of our guests are International visitors from all over the world. Some guests have remained as permanent tenants through the years. This landmark building currently houses students from abroad and this is how The International Cozy Inn was conceived through its diverse culture. We are located two blocks from all major transportation making it accessible to reach Central park, Lincoln Center, and Times Square (only 12 minutes away) ... more less
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