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Bubba and Bean (BB) Lodges
Ranked #8 of 77 New York City B&B and Inns
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12 reviews
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“A great place to stay when you want to feel like you live in NYC”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

Jonathan & Clement went out of their way to assist with any queries prior to arriving and whilst we stayed. Great spot close to the Subway, great pizza next door, laundry next door cheap and efficient, great pharmacy and easy to catch a cab, really Central to come home to, felt like we lived in Nee York, great couple of weeks can't wait to come back, NYC rocks

  • Stayed April 2014
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Inverurie, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

We stayed at Bubba and Bean Lodges for 6 nights. From the moment we arrived we were made welcome by the owners. Our studio appartment was so clean and very comfortable. Our room was at the back of the building and was very peaceful. The welcome basket with coffee, biscuits, fruit, sweets etc was very thoughtful and much enjoyed by us. This address is in Harlem and only minutes from the subway. Locally we enjoyed breakfast in the East Harlem Cafe and dinner a couple of times in the excellent Italian restaurant just two doors away. We loved the feel of a 'real neighbourhood' and found people very friendly. Overall, we had a fabulous trip to New York and after a long day out, Bubba and Bean felt like coming home at night. In addition, it is only minutes from an entrance to Central Park on foot. Loved this place!

Room Tip: We stayed in Rm 12, which is at the back of the building and lovely and quiet.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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The Woodlands, Texas
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Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

Bubba and Bean BB is located in a small townhouse (6 rooms). We travelled with our kids and booked a room for four. The room was smaller than I expected. There was no place to sit after a busy day in the city. It would have been nice if there was a small couch so we didn't have to sit on the bed. The room was clean and the beds were fine.
We didn't meet the owners. When we arrived Victor was there to meet us, after arrival we haven't seen him again or one of the owners.
On the last morning there was nobody to check us out. We knocked on the door many times, sent text messages an called. We decided to lock the door and we left. I think that was not really friendly especially because they knew our flightschedule.
We liked the neighbourhood. The Italian restaurant is great! I didn't feel unsafe for a moment. The subway is a 5 minutes walk and central park is also very close by.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

My wife & I stayed in this apartment twice during our recent visit to the east Coast USA. Looks can be deceptive as from the outside it doesn't look much, however on entering the 1st floor apartment there was heaps of room for extra luggage. Jonathon & Clement were both helpful & leave a list of places to see, restaurants & museums + subway info. Their maintenance man Victor was extremely helpful & did things for us whilst the guys were away on weekend vacation. We learnt that when catching the subway downtown to use 103rd street station, only 5 minute walk. Also if in New York & using subway buy a $31 pass as it lasts 7 days. I would stay here again if visiting again

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Milan, Italy
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11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed March 10, 2014

We booked B&B Lodges following a friend's recommendation as we were looking for a non-hotel place with a personal service. I feel really torn about this place.

We were welcomed by Jonathan who was reachable and helpful throughout our stay (3 nights) and throughout the booking process. They make a big effort (and succeed) to make the lodge look good and the building positively stands out in the neighbourhood. Rooms are very spacious, clean and well furnished. We had a room facing Lexington Avenue which was quieter than expected.

However found the location very odd; it is definitely not a tourist place. It is probably a safe neighbourhood but it just does not feel safe at night to someone who is not local.
Even though there is the subway and there a buses, you need to be aware that going to sights (apart from the big museums) always involves a commute.

It is certainly great value for money. So if you are looking for a good budget accomodation and the location is not an issue for you, this may be the place for you.

If you are looking for a personal place in a nice neighborhood with some nice coffee shops and restaurants and you are willing to spend more, you may wish to explore other options.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

My family ( husband and two adult children ) stayed at Bubba and Bean recently and were incredibly happy with our stay. There were many reasons for this ! Not only was it outstanding value considering the location which was very accessible everywhere by train and taxi but it was well appointed, quiet, had a wonderful small kitchenette ( well equipped) which we used mainly for breakfast as there were many varied and fabulous restaurants suitable to any budget which were very close by!! The free wifi worked very well and the laundry service next door was very convenient!!! We came here during one of the coldest winters that New York has experienced in quite a while and I must say we were always very happy to walk back into a comfortingly warm apartment!!
And most of all Jonathan and Clement were positively brilliant hosts from the very first correspondence till our departure. Not only were they welcoming and accommodating but we felt part 'of the family' that is their two beautiful dogs, Bubba and Bean!!
We had the two bedroom apartment which was on the bottom floor and our relatives which were travelling with us ( brother and sister- in- law ) had the top floor one bedroom studio which was also brilliant. It was their second stay here and they were just as impressed as the first time!! We are planning a return trip to New York and will definitely stay with Jonathan and Clement again and would highly recommend this B&B to anyone who wants excellent value for money! Thank you to the Bubba and Bean Family !!!!
Lizzie and Martyn

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

First of all, BB Lodges gets a 5* rating from me because it far exceeded all expectations I had prior to my arrival. I stayed in #4, @1598 Lex.
I was looking for someplace affordable with a neighborhood feel to it and knowing Manhattan fairly well, fully expected to find a cramped, older looking room with a bathroom/shower. I was pleasantly surprised to walk into a clean, freshly painted studio apt with kitchenette and a charming balcony. For me, this was perfect.
The bed was comfortable, and the apartment was warm (even when it was 5F outside). The bathroom was adequate, everything functional.
I stayed on the 2nd floor, up one flight of stairs.
Neighborhood felt very safe, not too busy, and easy to navigate.
Located at 101st & Lexington Ave, its only a very short block to the nearest subway station. Only 20-25 minutes to get from my apt to my meeting in midtown. The one morning I was running late, I hailed a taxi. With a gas station just up the street taxis were always available (~$15 to midtown).
The convenience of having just about any shop you might need within 1/2 mile walk was a huge plus. Groceries and a pharmacy within 3 blocks, more choices if you go all the way to 86th.
Central park and the Museum Mile is a 10 minute walk to the West.
Jonathan and Clement are excellent hosts. Very accommodating. Highly recommend.

Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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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 #8 of 77 B&Bs / Inns in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 12
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