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“Quaint historical little place in bustling NYC” 4 of 5 stars
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The Canal Park Inn
3.0 of 5 Inn   |   508 Canal Street, New York City, NY 10013 (Manhattan)   |  
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Ranked #9 of 96 New York City B&B and Inns
Perth, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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“Quaint historical little place in bustling NYC”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Stayed here for a few nights prior to leaving the USA. Very close to 9/11 memorial...also within walking distance of train station. Loved the Kennedy room although the walk up the stairs was initially daunting when we arrived. Literally dragged the 2 bags up the 2 flights of stairs! Breakfast in the morning was cheerfully served and quite adequate...excellent coffee! Comfortable bed, although unaware that the rooms would not be serviced until our departure. Did not matter really as our stay was not long enough.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 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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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

The Canal park inn is great downtown home from home. I stayed in Batsby for 5 nights. It is cute, comfortable and feels like your own apartment. Its location is great - just moments from Tribecca and, if you know New York, it is a perfect jumping off point. The rooms are full of character, the beds comfortable and it is unbelievably quiet. The owners are helpful and available without being obtrusive. I have no reservations in recommending it and will be back soon. My nly request is a mirror above the chest in Batsby bedroom - then it would truly be perfect!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Liverpool
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for 5 nights in the Kennedy room. This little b&b is perfectly positioned to explore all parts of Manhattan & beyond.

Subway is 5 minutes walk.
Rooms very clean, great facilities.
We didn't eat breakfast so can't comment - there are some great diners within walking distance.
Lovely hosts, left us to our own devices which is what we like. Whenever we needed them communication was quick & efficient.

I wholeheartedly recommend this place for people, like us, who don't want to pay a fortune for a hotel when you'll only be in there to sleep.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We absolutely loved the Canal Park Inn! It was exactly what we were looking for in so many ways. Very friendly owners and staff who will go out of their way if you need something, but generally leave you alone. We really only saw them at breakfast, where we had great conversations, and got perfect advice on anything we were wondering about. I have no doubt that if we needed something at another time during the day, though, they would have responded promptly. The neighborhood is very peaceful for NYC, and wonderful to walk through. I find it laughable that another reviewer thought it was sketchy due to scaffolding. I don't know of any neighborhood in Manhattan without scaffolding - including the Upper East and West Sides. We never felt unsafe, no matter the time of day or night.

Most importantly to us - it was VERY clean. We're the kind of weirdos that immediately pull the sheets back and look for any signs of dirt. The sheets were spotless, as was everything else. The linens were also high quality and very comfortable. The room (The Kennedy) was nearly silent as well, with the exception of an occasional faint howl of a siren. This is an impressive feat in this city. Looking forward to coming back!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Centennial, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The location was convenient to walking any where or hopping the subway to our destination. The part of Tribecca where Canal Park Inn is located is clean, friendly, charming and relaxed. I much preferred the neighborhood to the upper east or west sides because it really felt like a neighborhood and everyone was welcome. The staff (Brendan was our main contact) was friendly, gracious, helpful with tips about anything we might be interested in (restaurant recommendations, other attractions). Kip, the owner, was equally warm and friendly. We ran into him or Brendan a few times on the street, and they always recognized us and made it feel like we were part of the neighborhood.

The Inn itself is charming, quirky, comfortable. I really felt like I was going home when I was done with my day's activities. The layout was great for our group, making it easy to have a large suite for entertaining our friends who hadn't been lucky enough to get reservations. I can't wait for another trip to NYC and plan to stay at Canal Park Inn again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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denver
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17 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Staying here gives you a much different view of New York, almost like you are staying at a friend's home. Gets you out of the tourist rut. Photos reflect the rooms accurately. They were kind enough to make up the second room as a bedroom for our son. Yes, separate bedrooms, and a kitchen at a great price. And the location....area is in renovation stage, but by staying here we "found" one of favorite parts of New York, the waterfront, right across the street. Able to take a beautiful walk to the 911 memorial and get out of the rush-rush-rush.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Stockport UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

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

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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CanalParkInn, Manager at The Canal Park Inn, responded to this review, 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.

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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Address: 508 Canal Street, New York City, NY 10013
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , Tribeca
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 96 B&Bs / Inns in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Canal Park Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the border of Soho and Tribeca, our landmarked 1826 Canal House is ideally situated for experiencing the best New York has to offer—and still having a quiet place to call home at the end of the day. Surrounded by 5-star restaurants and a block away from the landscaped parks, open grass, tennis courts, and stunning sunsets at the Hudson River Park, we strike a perfect balance between nature and culture.The Osborne’s have owned 508 Canal Street since 1980. In this building, they raised their daughter, providing the building with family history built into the very walls. (Behind a renovation wall on the top floor of the building is hidden a mural painted by children at a particularly creative third birthday party.) The beds and several end tables in the Inn were built by Kipp Osborne, coming from the days when he and his wife, Margot, were furniture makers in Soho and Tribeca. ... more   less 
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