First impressions are not good. Run down looking adjacent buildings with scaffolding. If you were passing in a car and looking for accommodation you probably would not stop.
Once inside it is better. Not a typical B &B as you are met in the rather cluttered foyer of the small theatre. Welcome was friendly and the owner and assistant carried our suitcases up the narrow and steep stairs (very appreciated as we are no longer young)
We were in the Kennedy room which is a pleasant room of reasonable size with exposed brick fireplace and small recessed wardrobe. The bed was very comfortable As the room is at the back of the building it is reasonable quiet although traffic noise was noitceable in the early hours of the morning. Although the outside walls are thick, the internal walls are not and this, combined with a not very solid door, meant that there was minor noise from the staircase and adjoining rooms, The room has table and chair, fridge, TV, microwave and coffee making machine and ingredients.
The en-suite bathroom was very small and contained a toilet and fixed head shower in a hip sized bath. The shower taps appeared to operate in different directions and getting the right temperature called for fine judgement. The worst aspect of the room was the wash basin which was tiny and had an out-of-proportion large fixed tap. This meant that it was virtually impossible to rinse your face without getting water on the floor. The towels were not changed during our four night stay which seemed to indicate more a desire to save on laundry bills than to be green.
Breakfast was more a case of refueling than an enjoyable experience. A menu based on waffles is, of necessity limited, and the haphazardly arranged tables and chairs and general untidiness do not contribute to a pleasant atmosphere. Plastic cups, knives and forks whilst, without doubt green, did not enhance the experience.
Access to the Metro is good, the nearest subway being five minutes walk away. There are plenty of restaurants within ten minutes walk.
In conclusion whilst the Inn is good value for money (bearing in mind the price of Manhatton hotel rooms) we found it somewhat soulless and without warmth. Apart from meeting the owner upon arrival we never spoke to him again and never saw any other person apart from Brendan who cooked breakfast. There was never anyone around when we arrived back in the afternoon as access is via. a keypad and key. Nobody ever asked if we were enjoying our stay and departure was simply a case of handing the key to Brendan.
I have tried to be fair and realistic in this review. All accommodation is a mixture of the good and the not so good and some previous reviewers seem to have been wearing rose coloured spectacles in this respect. I would give it an overall good rating with reservations. The inn certainly has a certain eccentric charm and would probably suit if you enjoy this type of impersonal atmosphere. However, don't expect four star accommodation at two star prices
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November 23, 2012
Vincent, we're so sorry you and your wife had different expectations for our B&B. As you also noted, you're in the minority with regard to most of our guests, who find our accommodation warm, welcoming, and about as far from impersonal as you can get. I wish I knew what you were expecting so I could better respond to you. All I can say is that I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your visit more, and I hope, if you return to New York, you find somewhere that suits you better.
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The one thing I will mention is in defense of our neighbors – the building immediately to our west is brand new as is the one directly across the street and their spaces have sold for $2-15 million dollars per condo. The three buildings to our east, like ours, are landmarked, protected by the landmark preservation commission. The 3rd building away from us is landmarked but does have scaffolding around it. The neighborhood is, as we state on our website, an architecturally diverse and dynamic section of Tribeca and is constantly evolving as more and more star architects flock to the area. We enjoy the responsibility we hold to the neighborhood as one of a small number of landmarked buildings that hold its history, even as progress provides these new and beautiful neighbors.
You're correct that we do not change towels for a 4 day stay; we begin midweek towel changes at a 5 day stay, and offer them every 3-4 days for extended stays only, as stated in our website. If you need a daily towel change/room cleaning, our B&B isn't the right choice for you.
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