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“An Excellent Experience” 5 of 5 stars
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West 80 Street, New York City, NY 10024 (Manhattan)   |  
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Ranked #8 of 96 New York City B&B and Inns
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“An Excellent Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I stayed with Susan for four nights in June. She was very welcoming and informative; before the trip, she answered some of my questions by email, and once there, she provided maps and brochures and even told me about a wonderful Shakespeare troupe that I otherwise would have missed. The bedroom and bath are clean and comfortable. The breakfasts were fresh and healthy - fruit, pastries, yogurt, tea or coffee, and juice, it was more than enough to keep me going.

Her apartment is about three blocks from Central Park, close enough to get to Times Square in a few minutes, but far enough from the hubbub that you'll get a quiet night's sleep. Bus and subway stops are a short walk away, and you'll find lots of shops and restaurants nearby. In the past, I've stayed in the theatre district, and I've been telling everyone that this trip, I felt like I was seeing the "real" New York for the first time.

Because Susan only has the one room with a double bed, this is for couples or for really close friends; not for families or groups. The view from the window is a plain wall, across an alley, but who goes to New York to sit around your hotel room? The room doesn't have a television, but bring your smartphone or laptop (I had a Kindle Fire) and use the complimentary wi-fi to get your news and weather.

The room is on the second floor, so if you have trouble with stairs, this is probably not the place, though I didn't ask about the availability of an elevator. The room has nightstands, a chest of drawers, and a closet, but no chairs. I sat on the bed to put on my shoes, and there is a chair in the foyer if you need something lower or firmer. The room has a small refrigerator with a tiny freezer area so you can keep some leftovers or beverages cool. It has an air conditioner, which I didn't need to use at all; I left the windows open and used a small electric fan when it got a little warm.

I would not hesitate to stay at Between the Parks again and I will recommend it to anyone traveling to the Big Apple.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

My husband and I stayed 8 days in Susan's apartment in April and felt very well looked after. We loved the location, the accomodation, the breakfast and especially the hostess, Susan, who is an intelligent, erudite, quintessential New Yorker with a wealth of knowledge about the city. We won't hesitate to recommend to family and friends. Thankyou Susan for making our visit so easy and pleasant.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

My husband and I just returned home from a weekend in NYC. We stumbled across Between the Parks Bed and Breakfast and are delighted that we did. For us, it has it all: a perfect location, a delightful hostess, a relaxed atmosphere and an excellent breakfast of fresh fruit, wonderful croissants and bagels, coffee and juice. We walked across Central Park to the Metropolitan Museum of Art one day and to the Frick the next....an easy and lovely walk. We walked down to the opera at Lincoln Center on Saturday, again easy. There is no television in the room but there is a great library filled with classics. The room is small but we never go to New York thinking we will stay in a room. When in the spotless room, we read a bit, turned out the light and slept in anticipation of the next day of all NY has to offer.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 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
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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Excellent bed and excellent breakfast, correctly selected district, well-informed about everything Susan!
We are lucky to stay here and hope to come back soon! Many warm greetings to Susan from Moscow!)

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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
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betweentheparks, Owner at Between the Parks, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
It was wonderful having you here and I look forward to meeting you again in New York ... or Moscow! Thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. -Susan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

After quite a lot of research for hotels here at Tripadvisor and on Lonely Planet, we stubled over "Between the parks B&B". After reading several great reviews, we contacted the owner, Susan, and she replied kindly with answes to all our questions. We booked the room several months in advance, as she only has the one room, and lots of people wanting to stay there.

This was our first visit to NYC, and we stayed for a week. During the whole week, Susan made a great breakfast for us every morning, with fresh bagels, fruit, coffee and juice, and we had interesting chats about everything from things to see in NYC to politicts and our daily lifes. It was really great to get "inside information" about things to see/do (ant not bother seeing/doing) in NYC from Susan, who is a born New Yorker herself.

The room is cozy, and feels like a "litte home away from home". Is has its own bathroom, with toilet and shower, and Susan does "light housekeeping", which really is enough when staying a few days or a week. The neighbourhood (Upper West Side) is really great - it is peaceful and cozy with lots of restaurants and bars, and also has some shopping. Both Central Park and two subway stops is a three minute walk away, really great!

We are allready starting to plan our next trip back no New York, so you will soon hear from us again, Susan!:)

Frank & Heidi

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Between the Parks B&B is an excellent choice for those people visiting NYC who want an authentic NY experience, of a high standard, with a host who is extremely knowledgeable and a true New Yorker! Susan runs a excellent B&B, with comfortable and clean facilities and a delicious breakfast - but it is her attention to detail and the mine of information that she provides, that makes Between the Parks my first choice! She is extremely helpful and accommodating and is very cognisant of the best options for tourists - be they options for transport, attractions, interesting shows or how to save money! Her apartment is a lovely peaceful haven to return to after a long day shopping, sightseeing and fighting the crowds. Ideally situated close to restaurants, shops and banks - visitors need not head downtown if they choose not to, but could stay and explore the upper west side. Also it is only 5 minutes walk to central park and less than 2 minutes to the subway! I would thoroughly recommend this venue and will now look no further for my future NYC trips, having already made one return trip to her!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Happened upon this gem by accident but it turned out to be the find of our trip.After several anonymous nights in basic hotels, it was so wonderful to walk through the doors of this Upper West treasure. Susan makes the perfect host with her immense knowledge of NY and easy going manner. Starting the day with a chat over fresh bagels, seasonal berries and fruit and yummy yoghurt, Susan always willing to offer advice on how to enjoy her hometown and make the most of one of the great cities of the world. So much to explore in close proximity, Central Park, amazing restaurants, the subway makes it easy to explore the rest of the boroughs and then coming back to our home away from home, to our very comfortable room with ensuite. Perfect location, free wifi and truly warm and welcoming host Susan...brilliant

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: West 80 Street, New York City, NY 10024
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , Upper West Side
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 96 B&Bs / Inns in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As owners in residence, we have welcomed guests to join us in our home from all over the US and more than 30 countries. We have set aside one comfortable, clean, quiet, and private bedroom with en-suite bath within our NYC apartment, for one to two lodgers. Mornings feature a fresh cup of coffee or tea and breads from world-famous Zabar's. Air-conditioned. Located on the Upper West Side Side of Manhattan with convenient access to subways and buses; Central Park; Lincoln Center; Met, Guggenheim and Natural History museums; Macy's and shopping; restaurants and cafes; and parking garages. We are 5th generation New Yorkers, residing in the apartment throughout your stay, on hand to get to know you and share our knowledge of, and love for, New York City. ... more   less 

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