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Bubba and Bean (BB) Lodges
Ranked #7 of 79 New York City B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 8, 2012

I spent over a week with Jonathon and Clement at Bubba and Bean Lodge in April this year. The thoroughness of the booking process, the courtesy of the welcome after the airport trip and the concise and necessary introduction to the area were all good signs. The room was very, very clean, the housekeeping thorough, the atmosphere pleasing and the building was quiet. The area I found safe and very friendly - a few random 'Hellos' to locals on the street went down very nicely.. A few blocks away the restaurant quality goes up markedly as Jonathon mentioned on meeting and the area itself is lively, colorful and of interest in itself. Buses along Lexington take you almost to the end of Manhattan in both directions and th Madison or 3rd Ave buses take you almost to the door very conveniently and with fantastic views of NY street life.
I definitely will use this conveniently located lodge in future stays in New York and wish both Jonathon and Clement all the success they deserve.
Dr. David Templeman, Melbourne, Australia

Room Tip: I had a front room on lexington and after 10 pm it was quiet and street noise was not intrusive. So...
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

This was my first visit to New York and booked Bubba and Bean on recommendation from Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor. When I arrived I was greated and taken to my room and given a very brief introduction to the neighbourhood and the accomodation. Unfortunatley this accomodation is very close to community housing and is a less than ideal area. My personal safety was threated on a number of occasions so i decided to leave. I advised the owners and offered to pay an extra night accomodation to cover the cost of my early departure however I was told I would have to pay the full amount for the original booking (two weeks). When I disagreed the owner became very angry and insinuated that I was being dramatic. I've travelled quiet a bit on my own and have never expereinced anything like this, ultimately I had to pay over $2,000 when I only stayed for six nights. If you are a female travelling on your own i highly recommend you do NOT stay in this area or accomodation.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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33  Thank Susy D
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

This was a first visit to New York by 3 friends wanting to find a shared room (rare). The room we had was not only very clean and comfortable, with refridgerator, coffee machine and cooker but there was a welcome basket awaiting us with coffee, tea, cookies and other sweets, as well as a lot of information about attractions in New York. There is a great bakery across the way where you can pick up breakfast if you don't want to buy it in from one of the local shops. Ideally situatated for the 103rd or 96th street Metros and bus roots directly downtown and an easy stroll across to central park. Jonathan and Clement were welcoming. The room was serviced and towels changed every other day which kept the place fresh. A very good choice and good value for money - would certainly come here again.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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6  Thank Kieren H
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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.

Room Tip: Go by the pictures. Rooms dont really have a 'seating' area. Front is quadruple glazed whic...
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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6  Thank KristaLondon
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

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

  • Stayed: March 2012
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1  Thank TPMD_11
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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...
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank AverageGiraffe
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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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7  Thank Montravelguy
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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 79 B&Bs / Inns in New York City
Price Range: $120 - $230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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