A family of five (children 17, 15, 12,) we stayed for a week in the Madison-suite. Looking at the other reviews (good and bad) that taken together paint a realistic picture, we have a few remarks and suggestions of our own. To be clear: these are mostly minor details to us, as on a whole we were very happy with our decision to book a stay in 1871 House.
In our case staff service was very capable, pleasant and personal; coming from Europe, we were able to use the NYC-address of 1871 House for delivering of tickets we ordered through the Internet; on arrival everything was waiting in our room. During our stay we could use their equipment to print tickets and boarding passes. The owners keep a distance to the day-to-day running of the operation, and we didn't meet them.
For our family there was more than enough space in the Madison Suite. Having only one bathroom asks for some improvisation. Also, we think the decision to put a relatively large cabinet in the front-room (not in the photos) to hold a tv could/should be reconsidered. Waterpressure (?) at times was low, so we couldn't get the shower running instantly; there always was warm water though. The beds are good and everything was clean. We used the small kitchen for breakfast (fresh croissants at Le Pain Quotidien, around the corner) and also a few times to cook dinner. We missed some basic supplies you don't want to buy for a relatively short stay, like tablets for the dishwasher. And for a party of five an extra chair at the table would be pleasant. Yes, in an old house floorboards make noise when you walk and you sometimes hear your neighbours, but for us that added to the charm.
Public transport connections to the rest of the city are excellent; proximity to Central Park a plus. It is great to do your own grocery-shopping in the nearby stores, and to open the door to your own kingdom with your own keys. It really gave us a "home away from home"-feeling. We didn't want to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1871 House offers seven apartment-style suites in an historic five-story English Rowhouse, circa-1871 within the Upper East Side Historic District neighborhood. The house offers lovely views of other historic homes, is flooded with sunlight, has an incredible garden, and grand-scale details. 1871 House is surrounded by the Upper East Side's finest restaurants, stylish cafes, galleries, Madison Avenue's chic boutiques as well as world-renowned museums such the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Whitney Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Frick Collection. Centrally located and just a short walk to Central Park & Fifth Avenue 1871 House is perfect for culture seeking visitors to the Big Apple. However, for business-oriented visitors, 1871 House is also ideally located near Midtown Manhattan. Easy access to public transportation makes 1871 House also convenient to Wall Street and the Financial District. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- 1871 House Hotel New York City