There were pros and cons to Harlem Bed and Breakfast but overall I have to say I was very disappointed after having stayed in many B+Bs in the USA, Canada, the UK and Ireland.
This is not a B+B but a hostel and, when this is taken into account, it is very expensive compared to other hostels.
Do not expect anything fancy. Do not use this as a place to stay if you are going to NYC for a treat. I would have gladly paid an extra $100 per night to have a room I would have liked to spend some time in,
1) The location is good - it's in the South end of Harlem beside Morris Park and very close to the Underground (approx 5 -10 min walk). It was a friendly neighbourhood and felt safe. It reminded me of Stoneybatter in Dublin city - a little rough around the edges but full of character and personality. The building itself is a beautiful old redstone.
2) The breakfast - yes to give the place credit there was a good spread for breakfast with fresh croissants, muffins, cheese, jam, yogurt, juice, water and tea or coffee. The breakfast area was basically a table just inside the front door at the bottom of the stairs. There really is no space to eat there and we just brought ours to our room and ate there.
3) There is a kitchen area in the bedroom we had and the cooker and fridge were clean
4) Ensuite bathroom with a clean toilet and shower.
5) We were able to leave our luggage in the room for a few hours on the day we left which was fantastic
6) Space - there were only 2 of us but the room we stayed in had a ktchenette, a bathroom, a sitting area and 2 bedrooms so could fit up to 6 people (although it was so stuffy that would have been impossibly hot and uncomfortable)
1) The room was worn and tired with worn, tired and old mix-matched sheets and threadbare towels (although clean). The curtain in one of the bedrooms was basically a big wad of lace held onto the curtain pole with safety pins (and the curtain rail was falling out of the wall with mis-fitting screws. There was one thin duvet in the wardrobe which we had to put into one of the covers.
2) Overall state of the room and stuffiness - the bathroom, kitchen and seating area had no windows so felt dark and oppressive. There were pipes going through the bedrooms which were so hot you could not touch them but they made the rooms really oppressively stuffy and hot. We could not open the windows and the air conditioners were creaky and dusty. One bedroom had a metal door that opened directly into an really untidy back yard.
3) Cleanliness - the utensils in the kitchen were unbelievably filthy and covered in cruddy dried in food. The table was sticky to touch and had a layer of grime. There was no soap to wash the dishes/cutlery.
4) There were rodents - our room had a mouse running around the kitchen. We told the girl who was running the place (the owners were not there during our 3 night stay) but nothing came of it.
5) General look of the place - tired and untidy and not attractive inside with old dirty mattresses leaning against the wall in the corridor, bags and clutter. Part of the wall at the stairs had paper and tape covering a very large hole.
6) There was nobody that owns/runs the place staying there. They were at the end of a phone if you were in trouble. This did mean, however, that we had to pay for the stay in full on our arrival (before we even saw the room) - something that is very unusual an should have rung alarm bells for me.
Overall not a pleasant place to stay but, I suppose, it is relatively inexpensive by NYC standards :-(
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