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“I just stayed here on business for 4...” 4 of 5 stars
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Lafayette House
38 East 4th Street, New York City, NY 10003 (Manhattan)   |  
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Ranked #277 of 463 Hotels in New York City
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“I just stayed here on business for 4...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2010

I just stayed here on business for 4 nights. A friend had told me about it sometime ago and I had been meaning to give it a shot. As the UN conference was happenning the same week, rooms were hard to find and not only did Lafayette house deliver on availability, they also seemed to offer on cost. The room although without a seperate living area was huge (King Suite) and very tastefully furnished with antique furniture. The bed was extremely comfortable and the bathroom huge. The building is an old brownstone and the entire building has been restored to it's original glory. There are no facilities on site, but plenty of restaurants and bars very close by. My only negative comment was about the construction work going on outside, which has been going on for several months and with this much distraction I can't understand why the hotel didn't mention this beforehand. I have to be up fairly early so not a huge problem for me, but at 7.00am every day diggers would start up & the construction work would start.

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 4 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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  • Location
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  • 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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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2010

One of the nicest guesthouses in Manhattan is on a side street in the quickly being gentrified Bowery near all the East village boites and the boutiques of NoLiTa. Owned by the same duo behind the Maritime and Bowery hotels, of its 15 rooms, all have working fireplaces and cosy chic Parisian flea market decor. I also love that the keys to the front door are left at the Bowery Bar next door, which also provides room service, if you arrive after six (when the manager leaves).

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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sydney
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2010

Almost didn't write this review because i didn't want anyone else to find out how good this place was in case we couldn't get a room next time. Each room is unique and the style is old world brown stone new york, with a hint of a 1950's brothel vibe. Great bathrooms.
Make sure to ask about the best rooms as there is some major variance.
it kind of feels like your living in your own apartment, which is great but don't expect room service or any service for that matter.
Great location and cosy fireplace in each room

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Costa Mesa, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2010

We ended our trip along the East Coast in NYC for my boyfriend's 40th birthday. He had stayed here for work once before and fell in love with the unique style and historic yet eclectic vibe. We had a bit of a snag when we first arrived with the booking- while the rooms on the ground floor are very nice, we had intended to stay in one of the larger suites upstairs. Fortunately, room # 9's occupant never checked in and we were promptly relocated.

Room 9 is a king suite and absolutely amazing- high ceilings, beautiful vintage victorian decor enhanced with well placed modern pieces. A comfortable sitting area with fireplace and desk facing an entire wall of large windows looking out onto 4th Street. (Yes there is construction across the street and it is sometimes noisy, but isn't that part of visiting this city?) The bathroom has a huge clawfoot tub with a very cool antique brass faucet system that allows for a rain type spout overhead, handheld faucet and bath- i want one at home! You definitely feel more like you are staying in an apartment from another era vs. a hotel and while the staff does make themselves scarce, we found them to be extremely helpful and available when needed. In all, this was romantic, inspiring, luxurious and a perfect end to our trip!

ps. Don't miss the pub next door- the Swift!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2010

To get a sense of what Lafayette House is all about, read the previous reviews. The building and accoutrements ARE pretty special. It is not for everyone but serves a unique need in NYC....much more like a private house than a hotel.
The downside is that a hotel set-up like this requires GREAT management and staff. The longtime manager was recently let go and this has really changed the place. After staying at Lafayette house tens of times over the past few years, we checked in recently and had an appallingly bad experience. (The new manager was on holiday when we were there, so we were subjected to the staff on hand and this may have been part of the problem.)
Let's just say: 1) if you get the wrong room, it's no fun. we had an entire family staying there and half of us got a great room in front while the others got a terrible room in back. 2) Our fireplace broke, nearly set the room on fire while we were out, and had to be disconnected for the rest of our stay. 3) They misran our credit card and called us in the middle of the night to demand a new CC number. They re-ran it (after waking us up) and found it was fine. Don't wake your guests for your mistakes, especially when they are longtime guests. 4) Unlike our many previous visits, we felt unwelcome, the staff was rude and unhelpful and in general, all the charm and "specialness" were gone.
I can't tell you if this was an isolated incident or not but we won't be back to find out.

Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2009

I've stayed in several hotels in NYC and I will never stay anywhere else but the Lafayette House ever again! It's a beautiful hotel in a great location. I was traveling with two teenages and our room had a queen sized bed and they brought in a very comfortable air mattress. The room is very large for a NYC hotel room (sitting room with fireplace was gorgeous) and the bathroom was quite nice and well outfitted. If you want to stay in a place that is more like living in a NYC neighborhood than a box hotel --- this is your kind of place!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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london
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23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2009

If you want a concierge telling you where to go, and hot and cold running lattes and a spa with an in-house masseuse, this isn't the place for you. But if you like the privacy and peace of being in a real house, sleeping in a huge room (suite-sized, really), right smack bang in Noho just a stroll from Soho and Nolita and the LES and the West Village and well, everywhere, then this is the place for you.
It's decoated, as mentioned, as though an eccentric, arty great-aunt did it in the late 40s and it hasn't been changed since. The bed is comfy (if a little noisy...), the tv is awesome (and has DVD player, HBO on demand, etc), the shower is INCREDIBLE and the bath is about four feet deep.
One of the reviews alleged that it's not clean and everything is falling apart - completely untrue. It's spotless, and the threadbare rug is part of the charm, darling. Perhaps she'd be happier at a Marriott.
The one thing that does need changing: the drapes. No matter how you arrange them, there's a two-inch crack on either side of the windows and light comes straight in. Not ideal for jetlag.
There's no room service, as mentioned, but the B Bar and Grill next door does great coffee and brunch and incredible burritos, there's a sushi bar downstairs, Five Points around the corner does one of the best burgers I've ever tasted and well, it's New York. You're never going to starve, are you?
Oh, and the staff, whilst not visible, are definitely available: I somehow broke the TV (damn remote controls) and sheepishly rang them to ask what to do. The guy came right up and fixed it within about one minute. That wouldn't be so quick in most hotels.
I'd definitely stay here again... and I'd ask for a room with a courtyard. Those sound awesome.
We go to NY a lot and tend to try new hotels each time... but I'm definitely coming back to Lafayette House. I wonder if I can get them to change the curtains first...

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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
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Ranked #277 of 463 Hotels in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 15
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