My girlfriend and I were looking for a place to stay in NYC without having to drop 300+ per night for a dingy motel in Manhattan and we stumbled on this place. I read a few reviews, mostly positive, but peppered among them were some really bad ones. I suspected that this was probably whiny people who were expecting to pay less than half the price of most places in Manhattan and expect the most luxurious experience. I was right.
Make no mistake, this place is a historic house in an awesome Manhattan neighborhood which will give you a true Harlem experience. Our room was clean, had very cool decor which the owners designed themselves, and what was most impressive is their constant eagerness to help their patrons. They truly go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and at home.
Don't come here expecting it to be a pristine room like some 5 star downtown chain hotel. This is a 100 year old house that has been renovated and turned into a Bed & Breakfast style joint. It's super clean, its cozy and stylish, it feels like a home away from home. Staying here is kind of like a taste of how it would be to have a house in Harlem. There are unbelievable bars and lounges and restaurants nearby, which have been visited by celebrities with their pictures on the wall. There is an authentic Jazz bar down the street, open until 4am every night, with bands jamming away. There's a Starbucks, a pharmacy, all sorts of fast food (snore), of course the subway, and basically anything else you would need within very close walking distance. Two blocks gets you to all these spots.
The best part about it was by far the kindness of Ramona and Michelle, who run the place. They're just great and we were so happy we ended up staying here.
We would definitely come back, and we actually met with another couple in NY that saw the room and were floored by it.
Thanks ICI! We'll definitely be back soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cozy, comfortable and very affordable! All rooms at The International Cozy Inn (ICI) were well thought out and planned for total comfort. From comfortable bedding, soft fluffy towels and silk flowers, every room was designed in a contemporary style. You will receive a modern style setting with old fashion hospitality. You will want to stay here. We are known for return guest as well as special request for our rooms. Most of our guests are International visitors from all over the world. Some guests have remained as permanent tenants through the years. This landmark building currently houses students from abroad and this is how The International Cozy Inn was conceived through its diverse culture. We are located two blocks from all major transportation making it accessible to reach Central park, Lincoln Center, and Times Square (only 12 minutes away) ... more less
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- The International Cozy Hotel New York City