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Bubba and Bean (BB) Lodges
Ranked #7 of 75 New York City B&B and Inns
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London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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“Brilliant. Loved it.”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

Fantastic place to stay. Hosts Joanthan and Clement were marvellous. The pictures on their website are an accurate reflection of what you get. Clean, comfortable etc.. what more could you want. Gave it excellent as I think the location is more than balanced by the price. We had a toddler with us and managed very well with stroller and a back pack carrier. There are loads of baby changing facilities. Central Park easily accessible walking. Bus stop more of less outside takes you right into central Manhattan where the action is, Subway 2 minutes away. Only comment would be that perhaps they could give you a quick idiots guide to New York. Most streets/avenues the traffic runs only one way so if you go downtown on Lexington Avenue you need to come back on a parallel avenue on your return. Bus only takes Metro cards or coins, no notes even if you have the exact fare. Beware of subway closues. Make sure you know which are local trains and which are express trains or you may go flying past the stop you want to get off at. All that being said both have to be done. You would be missing out if you took a cab everywhere. There are no 'Tesco Express' type shops locally. We found a very good supermarket Fairway 240 East 86th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Aves). It is a little bit of a walk, but gives you a nice feel of the neighbourhood. They have a small section of English stuff if you are after Heinz beans and McVities digestives. Good range of products reasonably priced by American standards. Gourmet Garage is rather exotic, but does not have the range and is perhaps a little pricey. Leave the little shops nearby for emergencies, and the odd pack of beer. Subway is great for a sandwich, there is one just across the road. Meatballs all the way! Had take out from Joy burgers which was acceptable, I would give the chinese down the road a miss as the food is a little bland. Central Park not to be missed. Public toilets were DISGUSTING though, not sure how a park of this size is not embarassed by how bad they are. Try and stop for a coffee somewhere and use their facilities. Loved the Zoo. Doesn't look all that from outside, but appearances are deceiving. The tropical area has birds flying around your head. We did a bus tour but beware it's long. Sometimes 20 minutes wait between buses. Remember people are getting on and off so potentially on a busy day you may have to wait longer as there are no spaces. The ones with partially closed in roof means you can sit outside if is nice and inside if not. The downside is that the perspex roof is quite scratched so it obscures your view and you cant take photos. If its chilly but not raining site outside on the backseat. The engine will keep you warm. The night tour has no stops, but the lights are fantastic. Times Square and Broadway at night. Wow.The Apple Store is manic. Bloomingdales is good for a visit, but go to Macy's for your purchases. Levi's shop jeans about 70$ Macys from 40$. Had a bad experience in the Levis's store!. Empire State was fantastic. Loved the 1930 art deco interior as well as the views. Go early morning to avoid queues. Don't bother with Skyride it's rubbish unless you have young kids. Keep your ticket for 10% discount on Macy's shopping. A must is Ellen's Stardust Diner on Broadway. We did the Statton Island Ferry which is free to pass by the Statute of Liberty. Be prepared for 30 minute wait for the return journey. Ground Zero. Say no more....Got to be done. A very moving experience. You need to reserve a ticket but its free. Perhaps it's an idea to do that before you go and pick the tickets up when you get there.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

We liked BB a lot. Very nice hosts, very clean, comfortable and private. Price was reasonable.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

Stayed here twice with family - one week in July 2009 and one week in July 2011. The hosts were great, they didn't get in your way but were generally around if you needed their help with anything, they were very willing to offer their expert views on New York, including places to eat and transport. They made sure they were there to greet us both times when we arrived from the airport.

The rooms were very clean and spotless, a cleaner came to our room everyday, even on Sunday when we were told it may not be cleaned. It had a very home-y feel which was nice in the hustle and bustle of a big city.

The location is quite a way from the main area of Times Square etc, however it's only around 10 minutes or less on the Subway, and the nearest Subway station was only one block away. There is a subway located at 96th St and 103rd St. Although the 103rd St one is closer, I would recommend using the 96th St subway if you're coming back late at night but it's fine in the day. As we stayed for 7 days, the 7 day Subway pass ($29) was great value (get the number 6 down Lexington). This pass also included travel on buses, which although took a lot longer due to traffic than the Subway, was a nice way to see New York if you're not in a hurry.

The pizza place next door to B & B did delicious, huge pizzas for a very cheap price and Joy Burger Bar (the corner of 100th and Lexington) had delicious burgers and fries, a place we often ate at.

No complaints at all! Would stay here for a third time if we returned to New York City.

Room Tip: It wasn't a problem for us, but being on the top floor there were quite a lot of stairs so if yo...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

We just got a back from a four day stay at the Bubba and Bean Lodge, four of us, including our ten and two year old daughters. We rented the larger suite (main room with a kitchen and living area, bedroom with three other beds.)

Jonathan and Clement were great, very understanding! They waited up for us to get there as a late arrival and were friendly and cheerful while they showed us the room and got us settled in. From then on things were amazing, a lovely stay in Manhattan!

It is important to note that this is an apartment to rent, not a full-service hotel. That was exactly what we wanted, but if you go into this expecting a full service place then you will be disappointed.

First, the room: The place is what I think of when I think of a cozy Upper East Side loft... high ceilings, wood floors and some exposed pipes. It's cozy and well appointed, but not luxurious. Perfect for a visiting family! There were some issues with the bedroom having a very strong draft, so the guys put a heater in the room. The problem is the temperature seems very hard to control, we would regularly come back to the room being uncomfortably warm. Not a big issue, it depends how picky you are. Other than that, the place has everything you need for a few days. Microwave, toaster, fridge and stove. A nice warm shower and an immaculate washroom.

Second, location: The location is great, only a couple blocks from 103 and Lexington Subway station which goes right downtown to all of the big attractions, a few blocks from a crosstown bus and Central Park. It's higher up Lexington, but we were still able to walk to the Met (a good walk, but alongside the Park it's great!) There are grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants all within a few blocks. We were really amazed at how friendly everyone in the area was, super helpful, smiling, holding doors and chatting. We come from Montreal, and this is not our usual experience in public. The neighborhood has a slightly rough feel and look to it which might be slightly off-putting for some people, but don't let if fool you, the place is great.

Third, things to do: Everything is accessible with a 45 minute or less bus or train ride... We managed to see the sights with a two year old, so it's do-able for just about anyone.

We were cozy, comfortable, and well taken care of during our time at Bubba and Bean. As mentioned above, this is more of an apartment rental than a bed and breakfast or hotel, but if that's what you are looking for than this is perfect! We had a great time.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

My family and I have stayed at Bubba and Bean on 3 seperate occassions. We had such a good experience the first time that we have returned again and again. The guys are very welcoming and helpful, the romms are always clean and the location is fantastic. It is far enough from the centre of town that the local restaurants charge local prices yet close enough that you can jump on the subway and get to anywhere in Manhattan in just a few minutes. I have read some of the angry reviews regarding cancellations and knowing the guys this would have been the last resort. I know this can be very frustrating but if it was me I would have done the same given the illness being suffered by one of the owners. Being a privately run business the owners participation is critical in making the stay memorable. We are again booking our holiday for October this year and I hope that the guys will be alright as they are such nice people.

Room Tip: For the family room make sure you book early as it is on the ground floor and very popular
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Florence, Italy
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

We went in New York in February 2012 for 8 days and we chose the Bubba and Bean apartments. We were 2 people but they gave us an apartmen for 4 people! Inside you'll find everything you need, the kitchen full optional :) dishes, glasses, pots, forks, spoons, knives, a kettle, matches, napkins.. then.. a veeery big fridge (with the freezer), a very big oven and a microwave. In that apartment there were a king bed and 2 single beds, a table (with a welcome basket with maps, a new york guide, coffe and some fruits, tea, sugar..). The heater system includes 2 radiators (automatic) and an electric fan heater and with that you can set the temperature you want also if the radiators are not switched on. The bathroom is little but it's enough for one week and it's clean. Next to the bathroom there is a closet where you can put your bags and coats. In our room (number 5) there were also a tv lcd about 32".
The apartment is really clean and every 2 days they clean all and when you come back home in the evening is clean and tidy as the first day :)
The housekeeper Victor, and the owners Jonathan and Clement are really friendly and helpful (and absolutly not intrusive).
The subway is 50 meters down the street, and you can also find some restaurants. If you prefer to cook you must go to Gourmet Garage in the 96th, it's a little supermarket but you can find fresh and good things.
The zone is really safe also if it hadn't a great reputation in the past. Now there is the police everywhere in Manhattan. In 8 days probably we did at least 5/6 metal detectors in the city attractions plus the airport controls with the body scanner!

The only thing I didn't like there was the noise from the street also if we were at the third floor. Probably because we are from the countryside and we are not used to the traffic of a city like New York :)

Anyway it doesn't matter :) It was a great vacation! We reccomend Bubba and Bean apartments!

Riccardo and Laura

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

We stayed at Bubba and Bean during our two week visit to the Big Apple after friends of us recommended it. What was bad about our stay? The lack of possibility to pay through VISA. And that's it. The place is beautiful, you feel at home right away and can live as a real New Yorker during your visit. Subway is nearby, you have a great burger restaurant at the next corner and some good deli's to get your groceries. We truly loved our holidays in NY and that was not only because it's probably the greatest city in the world, it also has one of the best B&B's i've ever been to.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bubba and Bean (BB) Lodges
Address: 1598 Lexington Ave, (Between 101 & 102 street), New York City, NY 10029-6150
Location: United States > New York > New York City
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Ranked #7 of 75 B&Bs / Inns in New York City
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Number of rooms: 12
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