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The Blue Porch Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #11 of 59 Brooklyn B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 7, 2012

Wonderful place to stay! Hospitality, location, food, atmosphere, accommodations - all spectacular. Couldn't have asked for more in a B&B. We will absolutely return.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

Our recent weekend stay at the Blue Porch Bed and Breakfast was everything we'd envisioned and much, much more. Since our grandson was born a year ago, we like to sample B & B's near our daughter and son-in-law's Prospect Park, Brooklyn-area apartment when we go to visit. You couldn't ask for more comfortable and relaxing accommodations than Trudy and Paul provide in their spacious and lovely historic Victorian home. Every detail is taken care of in order to make your stay a memorable and pleasant experience. We enjoyed meeting our hosts and sharing both good conversation and delicious, home-baked breads and muffins with fresh fruit, juice, good coffee, cheeses and other delicacies each morning, along with the New York Times and wonderful music. Trudy and Paul treated us like family, welcoming our grandson and his parents in for a glimpse of their home, as well. This is true hospitality, with no effort spared for our comfort, and we will definitely plan a return visit.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank kay f
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

I usually shy away from B&Bs, preferring the anonymity and privacy of hotels. But we decided to give the Blue Porch a chance, given that we wanted to experience Brooklyn from up close and stay away from Manhattan. The Blue Porch came highly recommended by friends and was ranked #1 on Tripadvisor and so we booked. We never once regretted our decision. From the moment we entered their home until we left, Paul and Trudy were the most helpful and charming hosts we could have hoped for. Thank you Trudy for the wonderful home baked breakfasts and Paul for your help in planning our stay. The room (large by NYC standards) was very comfortable and warm, as was the bathroom. We will definitely be back and loved getting to know you both a little and discover your Brooklyn neighbourhood.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2012

Our week long stay in Brooklyn for our son's wedding was made even more special by the warm hospitality of Paul and Trudy. Being our first bed and breakfast experience, we cannot make comparisons but also cannot imagine a better time could be had anywhere else. From the comfortable room to the fantastic and even exotic (one was Turkish!) breakfasts to the true kindness of invitiing our son and his wife join us for our last breakfast, our stay was just wonderful! We highly recommend the Blue Porch as a lovely home away from home.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank William R
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Reviewed January 4, 2012

The Blue Porch will impress the most seasoned B&B enthusiasts, and it may even convert some hotel loyalists. It is hard to extol the BP's virtues without bringing attention to its two knowledgeable and humble proprietors, Paul and Trudy. These folks are really what make the little cosy blue cottage a home.

From the moment you arrive, you are greeted with such warmth that you may feel like you've known the affable couple forever. Enter the well-appointed rooms, and you will find chocolates and water to make your stay just a tad more comfortable. Once you are settled in, expect the native New Yorkers to lavish you with information on attractions, weather, transportation and anything else you need. Their attention to detail is amazing- once they knew we were from Singapore, they printed the weather chart for us in celsius instead of fahrenheit. Trudy even asked us what kind of milk we'd like with our drinks, and took the extra effort to purchase the 2 percent and Half-and-Half that we preferred. This brings me to breakfast. I'm not a morning person, and typically skip breakfasts in favour of more sleep. However, at the Blue Porch, I was truly torn between lingering in the cosy warm bed and waking up to enjoy the spectacular continental breakfast. I'm glad I woke up for breakfast every morning, because I would have hated to miss the home-baked goodies and array of fruits which were presented like Harry Winston gems on fine porcelain. As if Paul and Trudy needed to gild the lily, they even played wonderful classical and jazz music to accentuate our experience. I felt like a countess in a castle. Really.

What was most memorable though, was the wonderful breakfast conversation. Paul and Trudy engaged us on every topic possible- politics, sociology, culture, travel, amongst other things. Their impeccable knowledge about the world, coupled with their humility, really endeared them to us. If I weren't just a sojourner, I imagine we would be fast friends.

On our last day, we were presented with a little surprise in the form of a children's book for our soon-to-be-born baby. They have invited us to return to the Blue Porch when the baby is born, and my husband and I would absolutely love to introduce our boy to this wonderful city and inspiring couple.

Room Tip: Ask for the larger room on the second floor with a large bathroom next to it.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 22, 2011

Trudy and Paul provided us with a wonderful base for exploring NYC for the first time. Not only did they provide us with very comfortable lodging, but they also made us feel at home. We enjoyed chatting to them, swapping stories as if we were old friends coming to stay.

In addition to the good company, there were the amazing breakfasts. Paul and Trudy serve the most delicious breakfasts. Every day was a new and interesting meal and really prepared you for a day of exploring.

As for the accommodation, the home itself home is light and airy and the rooms are spacious. We used the downstairs bathroom, which was small but adequate for us and we understand that the upstairs bathroom is much larger.

Manhattan was around 30 - 40 mins on the subway (the station is a very short walk from Blue Porch) and we went into town almost every day, however the area of Brooklyn around the B&B was delightful. We'd definitely explore this area further next time, especially Cortelyou road which, we quickly learned, offers a great range of restaurants.

All in all, we'd highly recommend Blue Porch, especially if you like a more personal feel to your travel experience. We certainly felt that Paul and Trudy were wonderful hosts.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

While in New York visiting with friends and family, we decided to base ourselves outside Manhattan, in what proved to be the interesting and convenient Brooklyn neighborhood of West Midwood, at the Blue Porch Inn. It felt like a home away from home for the three days and nights we were there. The house itself had charming and comfortable (real) Victorian interiors, as well as attentive yet discreet innkeepers. Paul and Trudy went out of their way to provide information and meet our every need, yet we had plenty of privacy. Our room was not only comfortable, but spacious, immaculate, and charming. For us, the subway ride (b/w 30 and 45 minutes) was not a barrier to coming and going from Manhattan, and staying there actually proved to be a respite from the hustle and bustle of the City. We will definitely stay there again on our next trip to New York.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Blue Porch Bed and Breakfast

Address: 15 DeKoven Court, Brooklyn, NY 11230-1707
Location: United States > New York > Brooklyn
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 59 B&Bs / Inns in Brooklyn
Price Range: $125 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blue Porch Bed and Breakfast is owner occupied and run in a home built in 1904 in Victorian Brooklyn. Our two bright and airy guestrooms are located on the second floor. The bathroom is private for you and your party, whether you choose one or both bedrooms. One of our guests said it best: Your hospitality is the best in NY! On future trips, we wouldn't stay anywhere else. ... more   less 

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