First off, this review is about the accommodation in Clermont, not the B&B. Clermont is its own property, practically a studio apartment, on Clermont St. near Fort Greene.
The unit itself is lovely. It's tastefully and thoughtfully decorated to make the guests feel welcome, not a bland generic shell of a unit to house warm bodies. The door opens to a spacious bedroom, which has a comfortable bed for two, a cushy armchair and footstool, a small TV, and a faux fireplace with a mantel and mirror on top. The decor is of vintage style, I would say. The hallway that leads to the kitchen is where the closet and wall-mounted coat rack are, and the kitchen is huge, with all the necessary tools, appliances, and utensils for those who wish to cook and dine en suite. The bathroom at the end of the kitchen is small but does its job well. Between the kitchen and the bathroom is a door that leads to a patio. I wasn't expecting this, so it was a totally lovely surprise to open the door to a modest lawn blanketed in snow.
Because Clermont is a distance away from where the B&B and the owners/managers are, there is no breakfast and regular housekeeping (you have to call for maid service). But everything you need is in the property, including spare towels, blankets, and pillows.
The location is perfect(ish). To be honest, I chose to stay in Brooklyn only because our stay in New York coincided with the Super Bowl weekend, when rates in Manhattan were just crazy. It turned out to be a great idea--especially if your New York itinerary includes Brooklyn. And why wouldn't it? Brooklyn is awesome, with plenty of character, off-the-tourist-trail attractions, and hands-down the best pizzas in New York. The Clermont neighborhood is also fantastic. Literally across the street is a deli grocery, and on the same block to the left and right of Clermont St. are restaurants to keep you nourished (there's a bagel shop that also has Middle Eastern fare to-go), as well as a convenience store that sells MetroCard unlimited passes. The "perfect(ish)" part of my description refers to the subway stations around the property. The closest one is for the G line, which doesn't run to Manhattan, and the stations for trains that do are a littler farther to walk to. But it's all good, because you're walking in a lovely, quiet neighborhood.
All in all, I enjoyed the experience of living in New York that Lefferts' Clermont property afforded us. Forget AirB&B if you're looking for similar accommodation in Brooklyn. I checked, and the prices for comparable properties are higher. This is the real deal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small, owner-operated B&B offering a modest variety of accommodations in charming Brooklyn, New York. We provide complimentary Wi-Fi, coffees & teas, linens, towels, & soap. The rooms blend Victorian architecture, modern Eastern design, and classic at-home comfort. We are right next to Prospect Park and just 15 minutes to Manhattan on the train! After years in the business, memorable guests, and gracious press from the likes of The New York Times and Le Figaro, we are proud to continue providing an affordable, peaceful, and reliable home from which to explore New York. Our rates may vary depending on our calendar so please contact us directly for the most up-to-date information! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lefferts Manor Hotel Brooklyn
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