Very difficult to say something new about this inn, but it is as good as everyone says and better than we even dreamed it would be.
We stayed in the Vermont suite for 8 nights. It’s the cheapest of the four suites but by no means sub-standard. It’s simply delightful in every way. After a long journey from Paris and a horrible immigration experience at Newark, we were greeted by Ruth and Agnes (the housekeeper) and felt right at home and pampered from the first moment.
This is a 100 year old house, so don’t expect perfectly level flooring and soulless conformity of fittings. The charm of the inn lies in its individuality, and the unparalleled attention to detail and desire to administer to your comfort by your hosts. It’s evident that Ruth & Elyn have poured their own personalities into each suite, so you feel you are an honoured guest in your host’s house, not customers in a chain motel. They want you to feel at home, but it’s more the kind of home you WISHED you lived in. No service is too difficult – they even washed my small clothes which I didn’t expect. Richard, who has been with the Inn for many years, carried our bags down the spiral staircase for us. Everything you use is replaced daily, so you are never without.
The plethora of fascinating books and magazines lying around for you to relax with when the weather is wet or you just need to take a break. Don’t bother going to Barnes and Noble to find something to read – a daily paper is provided as well as novels, recent magazines and even old playbills from NY theatres to rummage through.
Food: breakfast is continental and delicious , and there is a never-ending supply of jams, fruits, cream cheese for your bagels, tarts, pie, cheese, wine, what more could you want. The chocolates are refreshed each day which is bad for the figure but sooo good for the sense of luxury you are wrapped in.
Internet: free, fast, wireless and reliable.
TV: One up and one down both with good cable. Not that we spent much time watching tv.
Extras: gorgeous thick bathrobes, umbrellas, cds, and board games if you are trapped inside on a rainy day.
Comfort: bed is firm and great for the muscles. I happen to like firm beds so this one was perfect. Rooms are thermostated so you can set your comfort level. Bathroom is sweet and water is hot. Towels are sumptuous, toiletries comprehensive. There is even a bath pillow and a facial scrub set.
Location: Brilliant. The street is quiet and safe, and lots of charming brownstones to be found. The apartment is one street away from the subway, plenty of excellent cafes and restaurants nearby such as Cafe Luxembourg, Cafe Lalo, Gray’s Papaya hot dog store, Zabar’s, Fairway and Citarella markets, as well as many chain stores. We walked to Central Park and the Natural History Museum. Columbus Circle is also an easy walk, as is Riverside Park.
To sum up: this is a unique experience in NY city. A great deal of thought and effort goes into making your stay one you will treasure. Ruth and Elyn have carefully designed each suite to make you feel not just comfortable, but special. They succeed à merveille.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inn New York City, a restored 19th century townhouse hotel on the upper west side, is a destination in itself. It is the ultimate in romance and exclusivity or just a great place to bring the family. Behind our unassuming and discreet façade are four sumptuous suites.The dramatic Opera Suite on the Parlor floor has a baby grand piano, a working fireplace, a stained glass ceiling and a quiet balcony overlooking the serene garden.Stay in the Spa Suite and indulge in your own personal spa with a Jacuzzi-for-two, sauna, rain shower and a king-size platform bed. In the Vermont Suite you will delight in our country style duplex tucked away with its own private entrance and a Victorian spiral staircase to the bedroom.The Library Suite is the most spacious with 14' pocket doors that can convert the living room to a 2nd bedroom. The suite has a working fireplace with an antique mantle, leaded-glass skylights, and a fine literary collection in its floor to ceiling bookcases.Each suite has a fully equipped kitchen stocked with complimentary wine, fruit basket, breakfast treats, snacks and beverages. 24 hour concierge, daily housekeeping and laundry services are provided with a judicious blend of presence and privacy. ... more less
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