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“Convenient, historic, practical, quiet, great time, family appropriate” 5 of 5 stars
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The Sylvan Guest House
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Sylvan Terrace, New York City, NY 10032 (Manhattan)   |  
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Ranked #351 of 453 Hotels in New York City
Texas, Australia
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Convenient, historic, practical, quiet, great time, family appropriate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

We stayed in the 2 story duplex and it was perfect. Next door is subway and a grocery store (even had Greek organic yogurt and fruit and wine). We had no car, but spent the week exploring all of Manhattan (bring comfortable shoes!). Julio was there to greet us with his beautiful family upon arrival. Reserving was a breeze, and Julio was very responsive to our FYI questions even after our arrival in NYC. Price was very reasonable considering the wonderful accommodations and convenience. While obviously not Park Central address ambience, folks were friendly and polite and helpful. Good exposure for our son to increase his awareness outside his cocooned suburbia existence.

Like a previous reviewer, we experienced extreme heat for NYC. The 2 upstairs air conditioners worked great. When it isn't extremely hot, the cross breeze in the living/kitchen area was pleasant (although I wouldn't leave windows open at night). We used the kitchen to cook, breakfast each day, the fridge was filled, etc.

Our main hobby is travel, yet this was our family’s first trip to NYC. We rank it as one of our best vacations ever too. What can one do with a 12YO boy in NYC?
Within walking distance:
- Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum at end of Sylvan Terrace street (next to town house)
(where Washington stayed for 5 weeks in Autumn of 1776 during revolution and then later came back for visit and held impressive dinner in summer of 1790 with John and Abigail Adams, their son Charles Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and Henry Knox and their wives, and the president’s grandchildren) . Took nice tour and learned about Sylvan Terrace too.
- around 145th and Broadway is nicer restaurants, and along the water is a large organic grocery store.
- Another Pizza place at about 165th and Broadway – very different climate once get next to Columbia University)

Requiring a subway trip: (we had no car)
Note: The locals were great about explaining any exceptions to the schedule (which is supposedly common on weekends, and we were there during Fleet Week/Memorial Day weekend which was really confusing). Folks who work at the subway booths were rude and clueless, the folks riding the subways our direction were great!)

Central Park
- Lots of Large Rocks to Climb on
- Belvedere Castle - The view from up top was amazing
- PediCab tour
- Carousel – 2nd oldest in US still working?
- Heckscher playground – largest in City (they said US, but don’t think so). Had huge rock to slide down. Swings with seats sized for adults too!!
- Bethesda Fountain and Terrace (wonderful mosaics)
- Remote control toy sailboats
- Beautiful gardens
- street artists and musicians

Museum of Natural History (subway exit directly into Museum!) – download the iPod app to use during your visit
Rockfeller Center (see Today Show from outside for free; may have free concerts too!)
Top of the Rock Observation Deck – lots of great photos!
St Patrick’s cathedral on 5th (very beautiful inside; lots of stained glass windows)
Circle Line Boat Tour
Empire State Building (went to 102 floor and 86th floor;
United Nations Guided Tour . Were able to witness General Assembly in session!
Grand Central Station – and try the Manhattan Chowder
Metropolitan Museum of Art-> saw medieval art (some very old), armor and weapons, old Egypt including tomb and temple.
fantastic restaurant east of Central Park: Eat Restaurant (E.A.T.), 1064 Madison Avenue. elizabar.com‎
Time Square
Spiderman Play – at Foxwood Theater – Actor who plays the MATINEE is great! Got autographs at stage door – including Spider-Man actor (Matthew James Thomas)
walked up 5th street looking through shop windows; Tiffany; (boys went to Home Depot – nicest Home Depot anywhere!) and the expensive car dealerships
Lego store
Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
Tenement Museum 108 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, New York City, NY 10002 took the Irish Outsiders tour (4th floor of building)
Lunch at Katz Deli. Very authentic lower East Side deli where Harry met Sally was filmed. Wallstreet (The wall street charging Bull, Crepes on William St.; walked through Stone Street - outdoor bar/restaurant area – nice for adults) Saw where George Washington took Oath of Office
Trinity Episcopal church – had either Hamilton’s tomb or Obit
9/11 Ground 0 World Trade Center Memorial – quite stunning

PS: Here is the history story the museum provided us on Sylvan Terrace:
Was small old row of townhouses along Sylvan Terrace which was original road to Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum. Townhouses are wood, and when New York City built subway out to them, became part of New York City and building in wood was banned due to fire hazard (so last houses built – story not completely clear). Location was because expected subway to build there (and the subway was built as expected)

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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
Cleveland, Ohio
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

Our family may have grown to include a 2- and 4-year-old, but our expectations for accommodations while traveling has remained the same: affordable, clean and a flavor of the city we are visiting. We found all of the above and more at the Sylvan Guest House 2-bedroom duplex.

The reservation process was easy and Julio responded quickly with both an email and phone call. He was receptive to questions about the Guest House and the surrounding areas. He also met us at the Townhome and gave us a tour of the house, helpful hints, and the key. Our vacation was off to a great start.

The area is beautiful and very family friendly. Sylvan Terrace (the actual road where the Guest House is located) has a long and rich history and it is evident that the little community of neighbors truly care about the area. An easy walk to 2 parks, for families with kids, oodles of street parking (although you have to do the street sweeping shuffle every couple of days), a grocery store and laundromat literally right down the street, and a 10-block walk to Starbucks and the subway for the A line. We drove to Riverdale to visit family and found the commute an easy 15 minute drive, visited the Bronx Zoo, another easy 15 minute drive and took the kids on the Staten Island Ferry, a 45 minute subway ride, which was an activity for the kids too. In my opinion, a great location!

The Guest House is a 2-story accommodation featuring the second and third floor of a 3-story townhome. It was very clean, and I'm a clean freak! The kitchen was terrific-we made dinner almost every night at "home" and even had our family over for dinner. It was very easy to entertain with the spacious floor plan and the back patio.

We had the joy of experiencing New York in 90+ degree weather (insert sarcasm here), but there are 2 window air conditioning units upstairs that comfortably cooled the entire house. The bedrooms are simple, clean and efficient. The bathrooms are updated and clean. There is even a hair dryer, cleaning supplies and a generous stock of bath towels. The kitchen also had a full size refrigerator that we quickly stocked with kid essentials.

Overall, the Sylvan Guest House was a home away from home! We so enjoyed ourselves, that we can't wait to make the drive again from Cleveland. Thank you Julio for sharing such a beautiful home!

Room Tip: On a side note, we also saw the 2-bedroom suite. It is located on the ground floor of the Guest hous...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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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Plattsburgh, NY
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

First impressions are important. Julio and his two lovely daughters were waiting for my family and I to arrive at the guest house. That was a nice touch. After a tour of the space, we were on our own, The house is comfortable and spacious (by NYC standards), the kitchen is well equiped, two bathrooms, who could ask for more? The outside patio with a large grill was an added bonus. Any savy traveler will know by the address and the price, that you are not in Mid-town, but you are within a very easy commute to all points of interest. The Guest house provided us with a comfy home base to return to after our daily adventures. We felt very safe in the neighborhood; it is a wonderful mix of ethnic diversity, full of friendly folks. I hope our daughter finds a job and an apartment in the city so we can come back to visit and stay at the Sylvan Guest House again.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012 via mobile

A great place to stay if you need something within walking distance of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Medical School.
Has very large living room/kitchenette/dining area and two bedrooms. Nicely furnished in African motif and kitchen stocked with all essentials. Grocery store adjacent. Very quiet historic street. Never felt unsafe at all here. Easy access to subway. Owner extremely accommodating, pleasant and helpful.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milan, Italy
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

the apartment is very confortable and very well furnished. it is very close to the 163rd subway station.
Julio, the owner, is extremely kind and helpful.
in the end, I feel free to highly recommend the Sylvan Guest House in accordance with my experience. so, in my opinion, it is the perfect place at the perfect price, considering the room price average in NYC.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2010

We need to be in NYC for a weekend for a friend's wedding. I haven't been to NY before, so i took the opportunity to extend my stay for a 4 days long weekend. Since i was travelling with 3 other people, we were all on a tight budget but also needed somewhere safe, clean and convenient.
Despite my other friend's discouragement on the location, i booked 3 nights at Sylan Guest house anyway.
Julio, own of the apartment was super nice, we arrived 7am friday morning and Julio geneously let us check in early. We checked in at around 8am and were able to have a quick nap and wash up. Subway station was 2 mins away, just around the cornor and train ride to downtown takes around 20-30min. I didn't find the area to be dangerous as described by my other friends, i felt safe walking from subway to the apartment at 1-2am at night..
In general, the place is good, if you don't mind a little bit of commute back and forth, we ended up paying less then those downtown shall hotel sharing bathroom with dozens of strangers on the floor...

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sydney
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2009

The main issue we have with this place is that it's not a motel / hotel set up - it's run by private owners and basically there are only 3 rooms spread throughout the terrace (not the entire terrace like what we thought was the case). Problem with that is there's no internet or phone facilties which is a real nightmare when it comes to travellers. no doubt the owners will be more than happy to help when we ask for assistance but when you are out early and back late it's not convenient to knock on their doors when you need to book that train /bus tickets late at night.
Location is too far from heart of new york. While i wouldn't say it's dangerous, it's a silent brisk walk back from the train station each night and a sigh of relief when we finally get into the room. It's a 20 min train (at least) to Times Sq as it's on a non-express train. Personally i think it's a waste of time travelling up and down each day esp when you are a tourist. With this in mind the price is rather steep for such a neighbourhood.
Rooms and facilities are still ok - but of course sans housekeeping so you will be better off getting a lower class hotel in the city with about the same price. Bear in mind also their cancellation policy.
overall i think it's not too bad but just not my cup of tea and definitely not deserving of the reviews/ranking it has so far. i don't mind staying here if i am on a working stint but not as a tourist strap for time and needing the basic internet.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Sylvan Terrace, New York City, NY 10032
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , Upper West Side
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #351 of 453 Hotels in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Sylvan Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sylvan GuestHouse.Located on a quite, historic cobble stone street is a modern styled guesthouse with its own private entrance. Built in 1882, this renovated townhouse is located on Sylvan Terrace in Manhattan's Harlem Heights area. Sylvan Terrace has been published around the world and 30,000 tourists walk this block each year to experience the allure of a one of a kind street and the Morris Jumel Mansion, where George Washington once resided. Steps away from the C train, and one stop away from the #1 and A trains, this destination is close to grocery stores, pharmacies and laundry centers. Only 20 minutes from lower Manhattan, this residence is a home away from home. ... more   less 
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