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“Home away from home” 5 of 5 stars
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Bubba and Bean (BB) Lodges
1598 Lexington Avenue, (Between 101 & 102 street), New York City, NY 10029 (Harlem)   |  
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Ranked #16 of 96 New York City B&B and Inns
Brisbane, Australia
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14 hotel reviews
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“Home away from home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We stayed for 10 nights over Christmas and this was an oasis in the chaos of the Christmas New Year period in New York.
This was our first visit to New York, and we were made to feel so welcome front he moment we arrived. After a difficult sleepless overnight flight from Honolulu it was so nice to arrive at 7 am and discover Clement waiting for us. We were so surprised to find that we could check in straight away, and then arrived in our cosy room to a welcome basket full of goodies and info on the local area.
Clement was a wealth of information, and there is so much to see within walking distance.
Having the subway close by was a godsend and after buying metro cards the first day we had no trouble getting anywhere we needed to.
It was great to be away from the whole Times Square downtown area, and felt like we were living in a local neighbourhood rather than just being a visitor in a big impersonal hotel.
Jonathan and Clement are the perfect hosts and Bubba and Bean are just too cute.
I would definitely stay here again if I ever get the opportunity to return to New York.

  • Stayed December 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We stayed for 4 nights in February with our two teenage children. Lovely quaint place. We had a large family sized room, full kitchen facilities, large fridge, sep bathroom which was small but clean and still managed with the 4 of us. Ample storage in the apartment. We booked online after a work colleague recommended it. Enjoyed our stay and was nice to be in the Upper East side after a weeks stay in midtown. Got to experience a more truer New York way of life. The hosts Jonathan and Clement were great to deal with whilst we exchanged emails and their details about catching taxis, restaurants, shops in the area etc was fantastic, thanks so much guys. They very kindly booked a taxi for our very early morning departure as well. Would definitely stay again, so close to subway and easy walk to loads of other things as well.

Room Tip: We had the front room overlooking Lexington Ave but did not find the noise to be bad. I think the e...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Peron, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We stayed twice at Bubba and Bean over two weekends in February, Our first room was upstairs with an attractive balcony. Bigroom adequate kitchen and storage,

Good service when we asked for an additional pillow. Easy access with some parking around.

Great location in Spanish Harlem with easy walk to restaurants, take out etc,

Very pleasant will stay again if they have rooms.

Room Tip: Upstairs room at back has a balcony
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

We stumbled upon Bubba & Bean on Tripadvisor as we searched for a self-contained bedsit. It more than delivered. Situated in the Upper East Side, it's close to the museum mile and far enough from Spanish Harlem to feel secure. It's half way between 96th and 102nd subway stations, close to Subway, Starbucks and a few bars, restaurants and markets, though the area is lacking in nightlife - possibly a good thing if you're in NY for business or relaxation.
The room was large, well heated and had all the comforts of home - even a welcome basket, particularly welcome after a long flight and arriving late at night. It included free Wi-Fi (with a decent speed), cable and a kitchenette.
The hosts Jonathan and Clement were around when needed and contactable, but otherwise left us to our own devices.
If you're looking for a place to base yourself for a week or more, you'd be hard pressed to find a nicer property.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We stayed in Bubba and Bean for two weeks in January 2013. The room was clean and well equipped. It was serviced regularly, had free wifi and great heating. It's within easy walking distance of a subway station and we walked to the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. We were at the back of the building which was quiet and away from the Lexington Ave traffic noise. It was a pleasure to come home to each night, really feeling like a home away from home. The only disadvantage might be the thirty-three steep steps to the top floor. We'd definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed January 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berridale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Thank goodness for Bubba & Bean - this place was perfect for my sister and I to stay for our first trip to New York.

A very safe neighbourhood that has everything that you could need - Starbucks, grocery stores, pharmacies and great food places all around NOT to mention the bus and subway stops being so close to you.

Our room was fantastic and the welcome basket was a perfect after our longhaul flight from Australia.

The room was spacious, clean and very quiet during our entire stay (#10) - we didnt have to ask for anything and an added bonus was clean towels and made beds every other day! This really made us feel like we were staying in a hotel not a BnB!

Jonathan and Clement are on site and only a phone call away if you need them - the housekeeper is on site everyday and extremely polite and helpful.

The location is in easy walking distance to Central Park and the subway ride to Grand Central Station is only about 10minutes - the subway system is very safe - we never felt unsafe day or night.

We would stay here again - everything was just perfect.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Me and my wife stayed at B&B with our two children for one week in the beginning of December 2012. We came over from Iceland to see Rolling Stones perform in New York and we were looking for some nice hotel but saw this stay while we were browsing in the internet. We had this feeling that we had to give it a try to stay in B&B. And you know what, we will be back. The room was very clean and the service and hospitality from Jonathan and Clement was excellent. We will stay again in B&B the next time we visit NYC. The location is also very good. It seems very safe neighbourhood and only 1 minute walk to the next subway station which takes you to Grand central station in only 10 minutes.

  • Stayed December 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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Address: 1598 Lexington Avenue, (Between 101 & 102 street), New York City, NY 10029
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Harlem
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Ranked #16 of 96 B&Bs / Inns in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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