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“Great Bargain for the Not-So-Needy Traveller” 4 of 5 stars
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110 Ave. C, New York City, NY 10009 (East Village)   |  
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Ranked #25 of 96 New York City B&B and Inns
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“Great Bargain for the Not-So-Needy Traveller”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Stayed here for four nights in December of 2012, and had an great experience overall. We stayed in the observatory room, and although the walls are a little thin, we were only there for maybe an hour during the mid-afternoon (to freshen up and whatnot) and to sleep, so it didn't really bother us. There is some street noise, but it didn't bother us at all- after all- you're in New York City- complaining about street noise is like complaining about overcrowded subways or cabs driving a little crazy.

I've stayed in many areas of NYC, and you can't beat the prices here... We paid under $150 a night, and feel it was well worth it.

One thing I was a little worried about was the shared bathrooms, but it turned out to be the least of our concern. I was picturing waiting on line for bathrooms and showers, but our experience couldn't have been more different. For starters, there are three bathrooms with showers, and you can use any of them. Honestly- I never once had to wait for one- we hardly saw any of the other guests at all!

We loved the location, but it's NOT Times Square people- it's definitely more of a residential area, so there's not a million places open at all hours of the night. We usually would head west (through Tomkins Square Park) and find whatever we needed within a few minutes whether it was food / drink / shopping /etc.

Anne- for the most part- was extremely helpful. She has binders of all of the food and drink within walking distance and has no problems recommending places as well. She can also give you passes to get into museums and other attractions for free. I'll admit she's a little spacey at times, but after arriving and getting our first little "tour" of the place, we didn't really need her. Honestly- we were so hungry when we got there, if anything, we wished the tour would've been shorter. Oh- and her "guard" dog is possibly the sweetest and most well-behaved dog I've ever met!

Couple of downsides: We loved the location, but it's not very close to any subway lines at all. The "L" stop on 1st avenue, "Astor Place" and "Delancey Street" stops are all about a 10-15 minute walk-- Delancey might be a little closer to 15-20... We were hoofing it most of the time anyway, but a few times on the way back to EVBC, we'd wished there was a line closer.

Also- the East Village can be a little shady after midnight... We never felt *unsafe*, but if you're a traveller with major safety hangups, or it's your first time in NYC, you may want to stay somewhere a little more busy--- like Times Square I suppose... That's not what we wanted at all, so it worked out well.

Our bed was comfortable, but the Observatory room is in serious need of some new pillows... And possibly a lock on the door.

Only other downside is that, some of the area is still being re-built after the hurricane, so there weren't as many restaurants or bars right there that are open late. Also- catching a cab right outside the place might be kind of hard in the late night hours, but we were usually catching cabs *back* there, so it was no big deal.

Overall- great place to stay if you're a "throw down your bags and hit the street" type of traveller which I am. If you plan on staying in a lot, or need TONS of amenities, you may want to check into some other areas of NYC such as midtown or SoHo.

Thanks, Anne! You were awesome!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

I stay there almost every time I go to NY. Anne, the owner, is always extremely helpful and nice. I stayed there the coldest week of the year and was very cold in my room but as soon as I told her she found and installed a space heater for me, wich made the temperature perfect. I had the opportunity to try different rooms and liked them all. I love the big space downstairs. They've been badly affected by Sandy and just a few months afterwards it's barely noticeable (just the pipes in the bathrooms seemed to be a bit clogged but I'm sure it'll be fixed soon) so great work! I'm definitely recommending this place to all my friends.

Room Tip: The Dutch room is really tiny, not a problem if you just use it to sleep, and very comfortable bed...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Pass to MOMA for the day, a full kitchen to store dinner leftovers for late night snacking or a quick breakfast on the way out the door, travelers from around the world to chat with. And Mango, the friendliest dog ever! Loved all of the art on every surface, and the proprietor Anne is so helpful and resourceful. We had a great stay and would highly recommend it to others.

Tip: Be sure to visit the Tenement Museum if you have a chance. We went on Anne's recommendation and will definitely visit again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Nicely decorated accommodation, with a well-provided kitchen, excellent wifi and tons of information. Anne was friendly, generous and had clearly put a love and care into the place and liked the area. She was a fount of information on things to see, places to eat, and modes of transport. We really liked the location, there was lots going on 24/7, despite the aftermath of Sandy.

We stayed in the mexico room which was quiet and comfortable. The shared kitchen and living room was great for our first night when we had it to ourselves, and then just depended on who was in it. The bathroom was similarly dependent on the state the last person left it in. All communal areas was well cleaned by the staff daily.

All in all a friendly, great value place to spend time in NYC.

Room Tip: Mexico room was nicely decorated, quiet when we were there, a tiny bit small (but this NYC).
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013 via mobile

This place is just about perfect for anyone visiting NYC.

It has buckets of character, quaint features and quirky furnishings. Each room is individually named and is Unique to that name, they are also comfy, spacious and all you need really. Bathroom and Kitchen facilities on each floor too.

Anne the owner is fantastic, she goes well and beyond her duties to make you feel welcome and will help you out with anything. She also has a pet dog called Mango who is amazingly friendly too.

Whether you are on a budget holiday, travelling or planning a great trip for the first time, this place has all you need to make your visit perfect!!!!

Would definitely go again!!! :)

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

While this place does have quite a lot of character, it's really only for the budget traveler. We stayed in the Flight Room on the 3rd floor.

Pros:
Prices are very affordable for Manhattan (especially during the holidays). Full kitchen on every floor. Convenient grocery store right across the street, so we saved money by cooking in our kitchen every day for breakfast.

Cons:
Our room was really small with barely any space to put two luggages (we had to put one of ours outside the door). The worst thing was our room was right next to another room with paper thin walls and an adjacent door so we could hear conversations going on next door. One super early morning, our neighbors woke up and started talking and woke us up, and we had to knock on the door to tell them to keep it down, which they kindly obliged to. It's also a bit of a walk to the subway stations (15 minutes). Wi-Fi never worked (Anne claimed it was due to Hurricane Sandy).

Room Tip: Flight room is tiny and is right next to another room = not soundproof at all.
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Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We stayed over Christmas and New Year's 2012/2013. We stayed in the French Room, and it is a lovely room and quite spacious for NY standards. The bed was very comfy and the quirky furniture was very fitting. Location wise, it's in East Village which has a great vibe with lots of cool shops, cafes and restaurants...i would recommend staying in this location, as it's nice to get away from the busy midtown area in the evenings (and it's a lot cheaper and less touristy). However, the subway from this place is a good 20 minutes walk away so it does become a bit of a nuisance every time you want to get into the main areas (we did walk to Times Sq once but it took over an hour!)

We would definitely come back to NYC and to East Village BUT NOT TO THIS PLACE. Other than it being quirky it's actually quite a terrible place to stay. It's not a hotel. It's a hostel. We stayed in the French Room and it has french doors instead of actual doors, so light and noise get in constantly, so you feel you can't talk or do anything without anyone hearing you (i.e. no privacy) and you can hear everything going on outside in the common area and from upstairs (creaky floorboards).

There was also 4 rooms on our floor (so about 8 people in total) and only 1 bathroom/toilet!!! So in the morning if you need a wee you are waiting hours for everyone to finish having a shower. So annoying!!

We hardly got any sleep without ear plugs, and face masks - so bring them as they are a must!!

If you are travelling on the cheap and don't mind staying in a hostel then highly recommend it, if you are looking for a hotel then look somewhere else.

Room Tip: Due to creaky floorboards go top floor, otherwise all you'll hear is people walking around all t...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 110 Ave. C, New York City, NY 10009
Location: United States > New York > New York City > East Village , Manhattan
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 96 B&Bs / Inns in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
East Village Bed & Coffee offers affordable accommodation in a clean, comfortable environment that feels like "a home away from home" a B&B without the breakfast. Inexpensive cafes, restaurants, and bars abound in the area. Eclectically themed guestrooms reflect my character, history, and the unique neighborhood. This European-style guesthouse with a New York "loft apartment" feel has shared bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, free WiFi, computers with internet access, and a garden available in season. ... more   less 
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