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The Canal Park Inn
Ranked #12 of 78 New York City B&B and Inns
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Sydney, Australia
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“Great Location”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

I was advised to have a look at this B&B by a Trip Advisor Destination Expert and I am glad I did. We had a great stay here in April. The staff and owners were lovely and up for a chat at breakfast time (thanks for the waffles!) and our room (Batby) was a great size, well equipped and I thought, good value for money. We were really happy with the location. We walked almost everywhere- we were so close to the walkway that runs along the Hudson River (we used this a lot) and also close to a subway station. I also liked the reliable in room Wi-Fi. We ate at the Ear Inn (just around the corner) which had good ‘home cooked’ style meals which we enjoyed. We also ate at Dylan’s Steakhouse and Arturo’s which were both within walking distance. It was lovely to stay somewhere that was more than just a bed in a room. I guess the only negative that I have to advise to other travellers is that there is a bit of construction noise going on across the road which means no sleep in’s or day time naps for anyone with a bit of jet lag. Obviously this can’t be controlled by the Inn owners and it didn’t really detract from our stay- just want others to be aware. The room had everything we needed, was in a good location and had lovely hosts. As others have mentioned it’s a B&B not a hotel and I think would suit the more independent NYC traveller not reliant on concierge etc. Thanks for a great stay in NYC, hopefully we’ll be back!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Holden, Massachusetts
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

My wife and I stayed at The Canal Park Inn while I was in NYC for a two-day meeting. We drove to the city and arriving at the Inn around 5:30 PM can be difficult since Canal Street leads to the entrance of the Holland Tunnel. Suggestion ... pull around the corner on to Greenwich Street. It's easier to park, just don't do it for too long or you'll get ticketed, and walk around the corner to the entrance to the Inn.

We stayed in the Kennedy Room on the third floor. A queen sized bed, mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, flat screen TV and free Wifi made it a great value. Exposed brick walls and wooden beams, one foot thick exterior walls and windows facing the back made the room very quiet. We did have a problem with the A/C but Sarah offered to make an adjustment on our bill. The bathroom features a claw-foot tub but still has a rain head show which was fine with us.

You order breakfast the night before and there are four options to choose from. I didn't have breakfast because I was out to the meeting before it was served. The limited selections were good but the presentation on styrofoam plates with plastic utensils is rather plain.

While the inn rooms are on the second and third floor the first floor is actually a small playhouse that has performances on weekends. It is in the playhouse where breakfast is served.

We describe the inn as a little eclectic. if you need someone to be there for all your immediate needs this is not for you. Housekeeping service is NOT provided on a daily basis. It is provided every three days. The desk isn't staffed all day long.

However, if you want a place to stay in the Tribeca area of NYC that is 2 blocks from the parks on the West Side near the Hudson River, a 20 minute walk to SoHo, an 18 minute subway ride to Times Square and offers overnight parking at Pier 40 for $28 (plus tax) then this is the place for you.

We will be back.

Room Tip: Our rating is based on the Kennedy Room at the Inn and not a room at the Hyatt. We gave service a 3...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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CanalParkInn, Manager at The Canal Park Inn, responded to this review, May 10, 2012
Thank you so much for your warm regard and lovely compliments to us. We'd love to see you both again on your next visit! One accuracy correction: the plates aren't styrofoam but actually environmentally-friendly bamboo plates. We make every effort to be green here, so while the plates are disposable, they are also compostable, as are all our forks, spoons, knives and cups.
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

We stayed in the Batby Suite and thought it was terrific. The suite was spacious, with 2 double beds and a cot in a small room, as well as an outdoor patio. We appreciated having a fridge and coffee maker, although there are so many good restaurants in NYC that we didn't use the full kitchen as much as we thought we would. The staff were friendly, and the breakfast was hearty. We were only a few blocks from a subway station, which made it easy to get around.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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San Ramon, California
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

Took my granddaughter to visit NYU (She will be attending in the fall) It was her first trip to NYC. The hosts of Canal Park Inn were lovely and welcoming. The room was small but adequate. We felt quite safe and had nearby subway access. Many sights are walkable if weather is good. Location is perfect but noisy. Guess I have been in California too long. I will definitely go back to visit my granddaughter probably every year she is at NYU. If you want theatre tickets go to SouthPort TCKTS for discount day of performance seats for most shows.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

My husband and I and our 13-year old granddaughter stayed here for five days during spring break this year. We wanted a place where we could all be together and have space to sit and relax after a long day of sightseeing and shopping. The photos we looked at led us to believe the Batby Suite was larger than it actually was. We thought our granddaughter could use the small room adjacent to the bed/sitting room but it was not large enough. With the sofa bed pulled out in the main room there was no room left over for sitting. It was unusually warm while we were there and we would have liked to use the deck attached to our room but it had not been given even a cursory cleaning for a long time and the table and chairs were coated with grime and the trash that had blown in over the winter had accumulated around on the flooring.

The kitchen sparkled and was conveniently set up for someone who wanted to eat in. The bathroom was certainly adequate, especially for such an old building. The duvet on our bed, however, had obviously been used several times and was not clean.

The best part of staying here was the convenience of being close to a subway line and just around the corner from Greenwich Street which has some of the trendiest restaurants around including two owned by Robert DiNero. Just walking down the street was a pleasant experience.

The staff at the Inn were friendly and helpful. The breakfast items they serve in the mornings are all prepared on a waffle iron (except for the yogurt) and after two mornings we decided for the sake of variety to find somewhere new to eat. It is included in the price, however, and certainly saves money.

I am not sure we would stay here again if we came back though the location makes it tempting.

Room Tip: The Batby Suite seems to be the largest and has an attached deck.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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CanalParkInn, Manager at The Canal Park Inn, responded to this review, March 31, 2012
We are so sorry and surprised that you were disappointed in the size of your suite and encountered cleanliness issues! Our policy is to clean duvets between guest stays, so I'm not quite sure how your duvet was not fresh. However please know that you can always tell our staff about a situation like that- we want your stay to be comfortable and pleasant. We have extra (fresh-cleaned) duvets on-hand so the switch would have been easy and painless.

As for the roof deck - you're quite right, the unseasonably warm weather took us all by surprise, and as you can imagine we don't clean the deck in the winter.

Thank you for pointing out that you had different expectations of the size of the small room: we will add its dimensions to the site to be as clear as possible.

We really enjoyed having you here, and believed you were having a great stay as well - I wish we'd known about your concerns, because we would have addressed them immediately. However we’re delighted that you enjoyed the location and our staff – as I say, we all enjoyed meeting you as well!
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Milford, Massachusetts
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

Came here with my wife to get more acquainted with the burrough of Manhattan. The location of this Bed and Breakfast is the best you can ask for. A stone's throw from the pier in the Hudson River. Within 2 miles of Ground Zero, a mile from Little Italy and a $20 taxi ride to Central Park and 5th ave. We walked everywhere except for Central Park which was a blast. Plenty of shopping within walking distance.

We had the Denot Suite which windows overlook the busy Canal Street. For the location the room was very quite. Properly heated and comfortable. The bedding is very nice. Good threading if you care about that stuff. I didn't care too much for the shower. A little small and flimsy with the curtains but its a cast iron tub/shower. It's better suited for baths which I am not a fan of. Nice wood floors and the brick wall in front of the bed adds a lot of character. I was very pleased.

The breakfast was decent. The menu utilizes a waffle iron for every meal which I thought was cute but a little odd. The staff, the family were very polite and accommodating.

Please do not confuse this place for a hotel! It is a Bed and Breakfast. I read another review and I think the commenter was expecting something different. For a family run business they do it right. You come for a bed and breakfast in the morning. Thats it. They do that well and add a cozy, friendly, classic Greenwich Village feel.

We would return. Great Value.

fyi: parking anywhere in the city is expensive and a hassle. Plan on parking at the closest peir.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

In November 2011, my wife and I spent a week in NYC for our honeymoon and stayed in the Batby Suite at the Canal Park Inn, a family run B&B in Tribeca. What a great little B&B! To start, it's a great location right next to the Holland tunnel. If you take a shuttle from the airport, you will likely be the first ones dropped off (and get the good seats in the front of the shuttle because of it!). The Inn sits in Tribeca, just below Soho and is well clear of the touristy areas, yet very well situated near transit and amongst many good restaurant options. The food in that area is fantastic! Shopping is only a few minutes away, as is the subway for when you want to get out and explore Manhattan.

The Inn, itself, is a quaint old building with a nice interior renovation done within the past year or so. Downstairs supports a community playhouse (go see a play, they're fantastic!) and a morning breakfast spot with waffles, omelets, french toast, continental type breakfast and, of course, good coffee and tea available to go. The locals who work the playhouse/ waffle bar are delightful people who are more than willing to leave you to your own conversations or talk to you and recommend shopping, sights, bars or anything else you may want to know. When they didn't know something we asked about, they took the time to look things up for us on their computer and showed us maps to get us where we wanted to go. They were polite, helpful, friendly and really made our week-long stay something special. In fact, a family member arranged with the owner to have fresh flowers, champagne and a gift basket left in the suite for us to find on our arrival. The extra effort made it that much more charming a place from the word go.

The Batby Suite was roomy, well-furnished, and provided us with a lovely little apartment of our own for our week in the City. We had our own private access to a hidden rooftop porch on the back of the building, a washer and dryer, fully equipped kitchen with small dining table, couch, writing desk, and really, really comfortable bed. Really comfortable. There is a claw foot bathtub that is a joy to soak in after a long day of walking Manhattan. The suite also has windows on three sides of the main room with a nice skylight as well. It was really nice to wake each morning to the warm glow of sunlight through drawn shades.

Overall, we were thrilled with our stay at the Canal Park Inn. The building has a rustic charm to it that really made us feel as though we were staying somewhere a little bit special. My wife, the architect, and I, the woodworker, really appreciated being in a building that still showcased the character and appeal of its original materials. The bed was super comfortable and we awoke every morning refreshed and ready to explore. And the people were fantastic and could not have been more helpful or friendly. We looked forward to our morning chats with them over breakfast.

Great building, comfortable bed, wonderful people. We can't wait to visit NYC again and the Canal Park Inn will most likely be where we choose to stay on our next visit.

  • Stayed November 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
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Ranked #12 of 78 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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