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“Didn't live up to hype” 1 of 5 stars
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The Sofia Inn
2.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   288 Park Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238   |  
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Ranked #15 of 58 Brooklyn B&B and Inns
perryville, kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Didn't live up to hype”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

We were there at the end of October. Stayed in the Garden Suite which looked nothing like the pictures on their website. The building itself had nothing on it to indicate that it was a bed and breakfast and when we rang the doorbell some guy answered the door with a phone to his ear and said he couldn't talk because he was on a "business call." I was so incensed I wanted to get another room at THAT point but my husband insisted we "give it a chance." The "Garden Suite" had a concrete patio that was shabby and messy and there was a yard that was in shabby disrepair and dirt everywhere. We were told by the housekeeper that they were redoing the backyard, in which case I feel we should have been told this on booking the room and given a reduced rate. The entry way into the "suite" was down a long dark funky hallway with toilet paper rolls on top of a ratty table, sheets and cleaning cloths and cleaning implements (brooms, mops) were in an open closet beneath a stairwell.....very sketchy. The "art work" was very weird. Hanging next to the bed was a large poster of a sponge, like from a biology class, and I can tell you looking at the weird diagram of the inner workings of a sponge were not something to go to sleep by, looking at the flagella and spindles and wormlike creatures. Who could sleep staring at that?! Then when you look up at the ceiling above your bed there are two little holes. Very suspect. I was so creeped out I did NOT want to dress in that room, much less have any intimacy! In the kitchen there was a table with a bottle of Sarasota Spring water that had some water in it. Was this some guests left over bottle that the maid forgot to throw away? Was it their version of funky art glass? What was it???? It just didn't work for me. The outdoor staircase leading to the front door was lined with dead or near dead plants everywhere - fall mums that should have heralded guests with color and anticipation, instead the whole effect was dreary and shabby and overall very creepy. For the money we paid for "the great location and the great neighborhood" and being sold on the pictures that were vetted on line, we feel we got robbed. I wanted to call the Better Business Bureau for false advertising but my husband wouldn't let me.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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, Owner at The Sofia Inn, responded to this review, June 30, 2012
We are very proud of our vintage science posters--most especially our sponge. Like most of our guests, we consider them wonderfully interesting, friendly, thought-provoking artwork.
As for wanting to find fall mums growing in front of the hotel in November--it's kind of difficult to make anything grow--save evergreen bushes and trees--in November in Brooklyn. November can be cold here.

Many guests who've used the Garden Suite have loved, returning again and again. It has two bedrooms, a full eat-in kitchen, living room, private bath, free wi-fi, cable TV, and outdoor patio.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2011

This is our second time in the Garden Suite at the Sophia Inn so the establishment held no upfront surprises. Our rooms were on the lowest floor in which rooms are let, and was complete with a front parlor (with air conditioner), a generous middle bedroom (with obligatory TV), a largish kitchen/eating area, compact but not tiny toilet/ shower tub facilities and a back bedroom (which we did not use this time). The whole place is done with thoughtfully picked eclectic furnishings, many of which are from the middle era of the Brownstone house that embodies the Inn.

This trip was for my daughter's wedding which dramatically enough was on the same weekend that Hurricane Irene also visited New York. Billy, the owner manager, made some prudent provisions for the hurricane (sandbagging our lowest doors) and did not abandon his post through the entire adventure. We thus passed the Saturday and Sunday of the storm without mishap (even our car missed all the flying debris and falling tree branches, parked on the street away from obvious potential hazards)..

The Sophia is located in a nice part of Brooklyn with many eating establishments and the subway within easy walking distance. I have also have had no real problems parking nearby --but it pays to read all the street signs for no parking periods (New Yorkers love to sweep their streets and God help those who stand in their way).

At the Sophia, there is an expectation that you tip your chambermaid for her efforts, so be prepared for this small extra expense.

The Sophia is a great alternative to a chain hotel and its placement provides for a good Brooklyn experience.

Room Tip: There is some variety in the room types, ensuite facilites offered.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

We stayed in the parlor suite with our 2 children. We thought there would be a separate room for the children's beds, and we were all in one long and very dark room; the lighting in the suite is extremely poor. The room was cluttered and worn; the floor and the walls need refinishing. There was a nice little kitchenette. The deck has no shade and overlooks a very cluttered and uninviting back yard. Our room was not cleaned one of the days we stayed, "because the regular cleaner was off", the owner told us, and "the substitute maid did not have time to get to our room".
. There is a supermarket nearby, but it adds to the expense. of this accommodation.
The location is pretty convenient for the Botanical Garden and Brooklyn museum.

Overall, this is not a a very good value.

Room Tip: Parlor suite: one room + kitchen; cluttered room; inn at a good location to museum and botanical gar...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pasadena, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2011

This place was a great little retreat in Brooklyn. We were headed to Brooklyn for the weekend for my cousin's wedding (he was getting married at the Picnic House at Prospect Park) so this was a great close-by, affordable option for us. The street (and surrounding neighborhood) was beautiful.

We stayed in the North Room on the top floor. We shared a bathroom with the South Room..which I thought I'd have a problem with at first, but it really was totally fine. Super clean. The house has great little old features that are super charming. Also, as 'creaky' as it can get, the house and visitors were all super quiet, which was all very nice. The rooms are equipped with microwaves, little fridges, and a TV (cute lil thing). You will also have access to free WiFi while there.

I got a glimpse of the South Room and the decor and color scheme were pretty and relaxing. I wasn't a fan of our room.. a bit too dark so it made it feel a bit creepy.

Overall, I thought the place was still good and clean and at that price, I definitely would stay again and see if I could snag a different, brighter room.

Room Tip: South Room is bright and lovely. North Room is a .
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Really enjoyed our stay at The Sofia Inn. Nice to have a few separate rooms to spend time in - unlike being in a one-room hotel. The bathroom is teeny, tiny, but certainly met our needs. Being an interior accommodation, there weren't many windows in The Garden Room, so it was a bit dark but there were ample lights. Appreciated the coffee in the refrigerator! The bed was very, very comfortable and we slept like babies! I was unable to put the remaining charge on my credit card, however, so be prepared to either write a check or use PayPal upon leaving.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Garden Room which was spacious.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2011

We have stayed at the Sofia Inn at least 10 times over the past few years when we visit our family. Of course we love the beautiful brownstone neghborhood and proximity to Brooklyn attractions and subways to Manhattan. As important though are the high quality and amenities of the inn itself. The beds are very comfortable, even for those like us with back problems. The rooms are clean and newly updated, including WiFi. All rooms have microwave and refrigerator, and some have a full kitchen. Great showers too. The rooms are sunny and spacious. The hosts, Billy and Celeste, are warm, friendly, and helpful, and very accomodating to our needs. We always refer friends and colleagues to stay here. For a beautiful Brooklyn experience, you will enjoy the Sofia Inn.

  • Stayed May 2011, 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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League City, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2011

We were in Brooklyn for a family event and this was close. We found it easy to get where ever we needed to go. The area has a large variety of restaurants within a few blocks.
The inn is a tall narrow building typical of its neighbors with windows in the front and back. We stayed in the West room on the second floor and felt warm and secure.
I usually have trouble with strange beds while traveling, but the bed here was comfortable. The room had a small refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. A sign warned that during the summer we should not try to run too many appliances at the same time.
The owner was attentive and friendly. Bring cash or check. We made our deposit with Pay Pal, but there is a fee and a check sent far enough in advance would avoid the PayPal fee.
We need to be in Brooklyn this summer and we plan to stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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Address: 288 Park Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238
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Location: United States > New York > Brooklyn
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Ranked #15 of 58 B&Bs / Inns in Brooklyn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Sofia Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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