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“Excellent Birthday Gift” 5 of 5 stars
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Lafayette House
38 East 4th Street, New York City, NY 10003 (Manhattan)   |  
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Ranked #225 of 455 Hotels in New York City
Long Island, New York
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“Excellent Birthday Gift”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

The Lafayette House is my new place to stay for an overnight in NYC. In addition to the great neighborhood and fabulous shops close by, there are numerous wonderful restaurants to choose from within walking distance. Our room was lovely and connected to the outdoor garden. A bottle of wine was waiting for us upon arrival. The room decor is charming and the fireplace made it nice and cozy. I recommend the Lafayette House to anyone wanting a quick get away or for even a longer extended visit to New York.

Room Tip: The garden rooms are extra special but I'm sure any room you choose will be fabulous.
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  • Stayed October 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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Rating summary
  • 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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Brooklyn, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We enjoyed a lovely staycation at Lafayette House for one night in the Balcony King suite. Upon arrival our room wasn't quite ready yet, but the staff held on to our bags while we ran a few errands close by. We were back within 15 minutes and our room was ready, plus we received a complimentary bottle of wine. The room had a spooky charm to it and we couldn't be happier with our choice.

Our only reservation was that our fire place did not work. The staff bent over backwards to try to fix it, but unfortunately no one could figure out why it wouldn't work. At the price we were paying to stay there, we couldn't help but feel a bit gypped on that part of the experience.

Overall we still had a lovely stay. It was a great place to spend a romantic evening and I'd love to go back and stay in some of the other rooms some time.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

This area just keeps on getting better. Lafayette House provided the perfect sanctuary after spending my week in NY combing the many fascinating boutiques and tenement architecture in the area. It felt like my own apartment with a secure entrance and beautiful victorian fittings. I returned late at night alone and felt very safe. The bathroom had the best bath I have ever had. My room was quiet with a beautiful view into a vine covered courtyard.The room was spacious and the bed was very comfortable. I stayed in room 5. I notice one reviewer said the rooms are dark- this is an original victorian building- the rooms have spectacular multiple original light fittings that give the place its charm and atmosphere. I stay in NY twice a year and will defiantly be staying at Lafayette House again.

Room Tip: Room 5 on ground floor
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 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, February 24, 2014
To have our property described as a sanctuary, there is no greater compliment. Thank you, and we'll look forward to your next visit!
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Brisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

My husband and I stayed in this lovely hotel based in an early 19th Century brownstone in the East Village during August 2013. We were booked into the Queen room but on arrival were upgraded to the King room as the hotel wasn't at full occupancy. We were very impressed with the size given all we had been told about tiny NYC hotel rooms. The room was furnished beautifully with antique furniture including a regency style sofa and little table and chairs with a view. The bed was extremely comfortable and the bed linen divine. Added extras such as a complimentary bottle of Cote du Rhone wine, a library of books and magazines in the room, fluffy robes and slippers, lovely toiletries and a working fireplace rounded out a memorable stay. The bathroom isn't modern at all, with old reclaimed bathware, tapware and tiles. For some this may be a negative, especially given the price of some of the rooms, but we thought it only added to the charm.

The only negative was that we could hear the guest in the room above ours walking around at times - but I guess that is what you get staying in an old brownstone. It didn't bother us greatly.

While guests are left pretty much to themselves with hotel staff rarely seen, any request we had was promptly dealt with by the friendly onsite manager. It really did feel like I was staying in someone's beautiful home.

The biggest plus of this hotel is its location. It is in a reasonablly quiet street, but just metres away from great bars, restaurants, cafes, art galleries, boutiques and the subway. The area was buzzing but it felt really safe as well, even at 1am in the morning.

If I come back to New York, I would be more than happy to stay at Lafayette House again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Dave P, General Manager at Lafayette House, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
That's very kind, and thank you for sharing your experience with us!
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Budapest, Hungary
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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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:
#24 Best Value Hotel in New York City
#200 Romantic Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 15
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