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“Little gem of a B&B - perfect!”
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The Canal Park Inn
Ranked #12 of 77 New York City B&B and Inns
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Blairgowrie, United Kingdom
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“Little gem of a B&B - perfect!”
Reviewed September 26, 2011

Arrived to a very friendly welcome and a homely ambience. We had the Kennedy room at the back of the building away from the road so it was pretty quiet. The room was just our style! Plus it was clean, tidy, with comfortable bed, had all you needed (mini fridge, microwave, hair-dryer, teas & coffee making facilities plus that all important corkscrew!) and the en suite was good too - we found it difficult to find a B&B with your own bathroom when searching for a place to stay. Yummy breakfast of waffles kept us going for the best part of the day. All the staff were so friendly and informative giving the place a very relaxed and chilled out vibe. Location wise, it was superb. Really close to the open spaces along the Hudson River with walking paths to Battery Park to the south and the High Line walk-way to the north. The history of the B&B is really interesting as it's fairly old; we loved how the stairs seemed to lean to the left! A little gem of a place that made our NYC visit a fantastic & memorable one, would definitely return.

Room Tip: The Kennedy Room is probably the smallest of all the rooms (though still adequate for a couple), but...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, UK
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

Fantastic location, our apartment was BIG and even had a patio. The staff are very helpful and friendly. We got a real taste of what it's like to live in NYC, cannot recommend it enough.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Chicago
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

The B&B is a converted historic building with narrow, steep stairs leading up to the rooms. It's safe and secure and unusually quiet for a place in NYC. Our room was lovely. Very comfortable bed, flatscreen TV, coffee maker, microwave, minifridge, high quality linens and some information on the surrounding area (Tribeca). The easy, unscenic walk to the subway is about 4-6 city blocks past the entrance to the Holland Tunnel. It's also an easy walk to lots of shops and restaurants and the theater for the Tribeca Film Festival. It's also very close to the West Side Highway and the Hudson River Park which is perfect for a beautiful morning run or evening stroll.

There is no obvious sign and lots of scaffolding so if you are going here look for the white & red sign that reads "The Playhouse" which is the downstairs theater run by the same owners. The breakfasts are served in the small cafe area outside the theater by one of the family members or an intern who are all lovely and very helpful.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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lisboa, potugal
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

It was exactly what I was looking for. Having lived in NY before I wanted a place where I could feel at home, and not a tourist in a hotel. Very friendly staff, huge beautiful rooms, wonderful area!
But very informal as well, which I enjoyed. But I realize it's not everybody's cup of tea. There's no 24h room service, there's no huge diverse breakfast with a huge staff of waiters. It's a family run hotel. Very cosy, very welcoming. We will surely come back!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Tring, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 3, 2011

This small old house, in cool Tribeca, is a home from home. It offers a peaceful retreat from the overwhelming urbanism of Manhatten. Wooden floors and beautifully simple furniture. New kitchen facilities, a generous bathroom, and the most comfortable bed. I did not want to leave and I just hope that I will find an excuse to be back soon.
Enjoy the Hudson River Park, and the bars, proximity to the subway and the quiet. Yes quiet in New York, sleep with your window open.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
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Seattle
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Reviewed June 30, 2011

When the cab first dropped us off, we were sceptical. It's literally one block from the Holland tunnel and not the greatest looking area. But you know what? It's safe and It's walking distance to plenty of restaurants, shops, and subway stops. The Owners are a small theatre group that funds its theatre with the the B&B. The rooms are updated versions (private baths, flat screen TV, and Wi-fi) of 1840 rooms with lots of wood and brick. There are even fireplaces in some rooms (though I'm not sure they work) The breakfasts were very nice, waffles with fresh fruit or made to order omelets. We would definitely return and have already recommended it to our friends.
While you are there, check out the Tenament Museum. It's about 1&1/2 miles away, but its's absolutely my favorite museum. The insight it gives you into what life was like for lower working class families during the 18th, 19th, and early 20th Centuries is unbelievable.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Kingston, Ontario
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Reviewed June 9, 2011

We loved our stay at the Inn. We stayed in the Batby Suite. Lovely, quiet, air-conditioned bedroom (with a beautiful bed made by Kipp), well-equipped, full kitchen, bathroom, small study, balcony (some debris outside from construction, but should be over soon). Pleasant breakfast in a room adjacent to the theatre, which looks like a neat, intimate space.

Kipp and his daughter Sarah-Doe are gracious hosts, accommodating and not intrusive. Their assistants Sarah and Erika also are pleasant and helpful.

Tribecca is full of excellent restaurants and an easy walk to Soho, Chinatown, the Village, and the WTC site.

A wonderful stay. Highly recommended.

Mark, in Kingston, Ontario

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Canal Park Inn
Address: 508 Canal St, New York City, NY 10013-1303
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > TriBeCa , Manhattan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 77 B&Bs / Inns in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Canal Park Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the border of Soho and Tribeca, our landmarked 1826 Canal House is ideally situated for experiencing the best New York has to offer—and still having a quiet place to call home at the end of the day. Surrounded by 5-star restaurants and a block away from the landscaped parks, open grass, tennis courts, and stunning sunsets at the Hudson River Park, we strike a perfect balance between nature and culture.The Osborne’s have owned 508 Canal Street since 1980. In this building, they raised their daughter, providing the building with family history built into the very walls. (Behind a renovation wall on the top floor of the building is hidden a mural painted by children at a particularly creative third birthday party.) The beds and several end tables in the Inn were built by Kipp Osborne, coming from the days when he and his wife, Margot, were furniture makers in Soho and Tribeca. ... more   less 
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