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Lafayette House
38 East 4th Street, New York City, NY 10003 (Manhattan)   |  
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Ranked #198 of 451 hotels in New York City
Budapest, Hungary
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“A joy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I stayed at Lafayette House for just under a week. It is a superb place, combining some fabulously eccentric artwork and interesting furniture in a venue that affords you privacy and homeliness. The staff were fantastic to boot. A memorable hotel in a great location. LOVED IT!

Room Tip: There are a couple of amazing rooms with gardens and private decking areas.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Dave P, General Manager at Lafayette House, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Thank you Sir! Very lovely having you in house, and warmest regards to you from the Lafayette House staff.
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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 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We stayed at Lafayette House for one night with three people. We were very happy with both the service and the atmosphere of the place. The hotel is old, and quite dark - but that is part of the charm. The location is fantastic - very close by to some of our favourite places in East Village. We stayed in room 2 on the bottom floor with access to the private garden outback which was a positive surprise given the usual sizes and standards of hotels in NYC. Even though there was no front desk, Dave from the hotel was extremely accommodating from our first encounter until we checked out. We would definitely recommend this place to anyone travelling to NYC and would for sure consider staying here again.

Room Tip: Room 2 was great - shared the private garden outback together with room 1.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dave P, General Manager at Lafayette House, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
It was lovely meeting all of you! We hope to see you very soon.
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Our experience at Lafayette House will be one of our most memorable stays anywhere. We stayed in room 15 and were stunned by its generous size and exquisite decor. Beautiful antiques and mirrors made us feel like we were staying in a luxurious suite from another time. The bathroom had the deepest tub and was like an oversized jewellery box. Divine! We were spoilt with top quality toiletries, not generic chemical rubbish which you usually get in most hotels.

The enormous king size bed had the finest linens and was really comfortable. The suite also had airconditioning and heating but we didn't need either as the weather was just right. The mini bar was well appointed and quite reasonable. On some days it was quite difficult to drag ourselves out of the room it was so lovely and comfortable but hey, we were in New York and there is so much to see.

This is located in such a great neighbourhood. Other reviewers have mentioned that this place doesn't have a restaurant or bar but you certainly don't need it at there is a really cool place just next door which had a fantastic menu breakfast, lunch and dinner and is really stylish but reasonably priced. On the other side is a little bar if you feel like a beer or a wine. We had our favourite New York restaurant, Calliope, just 5 mins down the road. We walked 10 minutes to the Bowery Ballroom one night (saw the Milkcarton Kids. Loved it!), so close. Walked back from seeing Alec Baldwin in a Broadway play too, about 45 minute walk. It is such a relatively peaceful location but everything not too far away.

We were really impressed with David the manager and the chamber person (the room was always impeccible and he was so friendly and helpful). Even though it doesn't pretend to be a hotel style service/concierge provider, when my partner had a painful ear problem David located a walk-in medical practice and phoned them ahead to check on when we could see a doctor. He could not do enough. He also spoilt us with one or two treats during our stay and we were grateful.

If we were regulars to New York I would be reluctant to write this (as it should always be booked up) but since we hardly make it there I am happy to share what a special time we had here. Wouldn't stay anywhere else!

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 15.
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  • Stayed May 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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Dave P, General Manager at Lafayette House, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
It was our pleasure having you at the hotel! Hope to see you soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

I chose the Lafayette House because of it's location and it's charm that I read about on Tripadvisor. My daughter and I stayed in No. 10 which is on the 3rd floor, has a rear view and windows on 3 walls. This king bedded room has velvet drapes, antique rugs over wood floors, an antique armoire, a chest of drawers, a cafe table with chairs and a lovely seetee. The very small kitchenette area has a frig - circa, 1940 - and a new mini frog. There is a stove top that we did not use. The bath is comfortable and is as small or large as any 4 star hotel in the city.

Upon check in, Asia met us at the front door and helped up to our room. She is lovely. The services at Lafayette House are first class. They are only a phone call away. The property has no lobby or front desk. It feels as though you are coming home to a rooming house in the 1900th century --- only nicer. The manager, Dave Partee, was the most gracious host and took our calls no matter what time. It's owner, Sean MacPherson also owns the Bowery Hotel which is around the corner. Their restaurant, GEMMA, is wonderful. The Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel is lovely and you feel as though you are in your home.
As a guest of Lafayette House you are invited to use the gym at The Bowery Hotel. The room is very small, intimate and wonderful.
The B Bar, next door, will delver meals to your room. Great perk.

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  • Stayed May 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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Dave P, Manager at Lafayette House, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Thank you very much for your kind review! We would love to welcome you back anytime.
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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

When you step into the small entry hall of the Lafayette House, you've crossed the portal of a time machine taking you 100 years back into Old New York. The narrow staircase leads to a series of private rooms, each decorated with turn of the century furniture, many with working (gas) fireplaces.

It would be wrong to call it a hotel, though very accommodating and knowledgeable staff are on duty most hours of the day to take care of your needs. The furniture and fixtures are a bit run down, but that's part of the charm, and makes the place seem a bit more welcoming and relaxed. Nice big bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, a good shower, and the rooms are quite large by typical New York hotel standards.

Sure there's no hotel bar or restaurant - who needs one, you're in the East Village! There's a great diner, B-Bar, a few steps away on 4th St, and one of the best wine bars in the city, Aroma, is right next door. On top of all that, it's actually less expensive than your typical sterile NYC hotel. If you want to take a trip to New York and want the feeling of actually living in the East Village rather than staying in a hotel, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed April 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This hotel has loads of charm and character and I love it. It's not the slick and shiny experience that you get at the big high rise hotels (and of those, I love the Standard High Line) but a stay at Lafayette House is a completely different view of NY. It feels like you're staying with some incredibly wealthy long-lost relative, in rooms that have a gorgeous decadence to them. It's in a great location in the East Village, and the B-Bar Grill downstairs does an amazing brunch. And all the character and charm doesn't compromise the facilities - the bathroom had a great shower and an enormous bathtub, and all the rooms have working fireplaces. The room was also so quiet, it was the best night's sleep I've ever had in NY - the secondary glazing must be completely soundproof. I would go back tomorrow and stay for a week if I could!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mystic, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

The Lafayette House is a true TREASURE conveniently located to shopping and restaurants in the East Village. ATTENTION TO DETAIL is apparent immediately when you enter this well-kept brownstone. The mid-10th Century furniture offers a restful ambiance uncommon in NYC. Our room had a gas fire place adding additional charm. The bathroom tub and sink are likewise vintage, with an ingenious brass shower fixture (Barber Wilsons, London 1908). Additionally, the tub rim was capped with seemless marble. A relaxing bath in the copious tub is a real treat after a busy day in the City.

Room Tip: Room #5 has easy access from the front entrance and a nice view of the patio. Access to the patio i...
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  • Stayed March 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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Additional Information about Lafayette House

Address: 38 East 4th Street, New York City, NY 10003
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , NoHo
Amenities:
Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#176 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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