East Village Bed and Coffee
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My 12-year-old and I stayed here two nights. Anne, the owner, is very friendly and helpful. The place is in a vibrant area of the East Village (don't let the plain exterior fool you). It takes awhile to get to the Central Park area (14th up to 80th street) but once you're there have a good time and slowly make it back down to the village. Take the subway or express busses. Much more affordable and personable than most places you'll find in Manhattan. Great breakfast at Moonstruck restaurant close by (and I hear their lunches are good too, but more expensive).
My partner and I just spent 7 nights here in the Mexican room. A very comfortable bed and a very informed and welcoming host made for a very pleasant stay. The communal kitchen is a plus in our opinion, especially if you're looking to save money on breakfast in particular. Great individual decor and a homey feel. Only reason I hesitate to give it 5 stars is the shared bathroom but I guess I shouldn't complain for the price and location - easily accessible by bus or subway. Highly recommended for those looking to spend less money on accommodation than one would expect in NYC. Hope you enjoy it!
Very New Yorl
My partner and I have just arrived back from a weeks holiday in NYC. We had an amazing experience and fell in love with the city. For us the highlight of our trip was the East Village and in particular this wonderful guest house. Anne the host is everything you would want in a host - available when you need her, but allows her guests the space to do their own thing. We stayed in the Afghan room on the second floor (non-smoking) located at the back of the building, which allowed us to get a peaceful sleep (this is NYC - 'The city that never sleeps'). The kitchen is well stocked with everything you need, you get access to a telephone to make local calls, cable television, communal bicycles and free internet - what more could you ask for!
We also met some lovely people in the shared living area, which added to our experience. My partner and I decided before we left that we would definately be back.
This place is a real little gem!
An Inspiration ....
The most amazing place; artistic, unusual, very well thought out, just simply wow! My husband & myself were delighted to stay at the East Village Bed & Coffee. This lodging was beyond our expectations. It is located in the heart of the East Village, just seconds away from crafty shops and trendy restaurants. To begin with, the hostess impressed us from the getgo with her warmth and freindly conduct. Once we arrived, we were greeted and treated with the utmost respect and attention by Anne and everyone else there. Anne (the hostess) went out of her way to make us feel comfortable and oriented in this new environment. I must say, she keeps a very interesting bed & cofee: each room is decorated in a ethnic theme. We got to experience the Afgan and French rooms, and loved both! Besides that, the lobby and lounging area(s) were very much to our taste featuring original paintings and drawings, very interesting photography and art objects. The resident doggy Fang was adorable and just everything felt wonderful. Being there certainly leaves one insipred to create.... We would deffinately come back again, and again and again....
We stayed in the treehouse for 8 nights last february. It exceeded our expectations! Not only did it fulfil all our basic requirements; not expensive and clean but also the service was very good, free use of the kitchen, free use of the computer, TV, excellent advice, good company of other travellers, etc. Anne, the 'landlady', even burned my photos on CD for me; how's that for service.
Also the neighbourhood is very nice and artistic. I was a bit worried since my guidebook warned me to avoid this area at night, but that advice was badly out of date, it is a very respectable and hip neighbourhood. OK, so it is a ten to fifteen minute walk to the nearest subway stations (you can chose between 3 lines), but this was not a big issue for us.
The BEST budget accommodation in the U.S.
I've recently spent almost 1 month travelling around the East Coast of USA and I can definitely say that the East Village Bed and Coffee was the BEST place I've stayed in for a while.
It was located a couple of blocks away from the nearest subway but from excellent directions from Ann (the manager), it was right near a bus stop.
My partner and I stayed in the "Treehouse" private room - which had the most comfortable bed I've stayed in away from home (good for those sleeps after wild nights) - maybe even more comfortable than my own bed at home!
Everything was totally clean and safe - the place had a very homely atmosphere which was fantastic.
We even could use the internet as much as you liked for free and the Digital Cable TV was incredible (on demand TV shows, movies for free - yay!).
This was the cream of the crop when it came to budget accommodation in the US - you just need to plan in advance because it is popular - so BOOK IN ADVANCE!
I would definitely come back - it was about the cheapest place in NYC (the room rates include tax - which is cool).
Do yourself a favour - stay here! Excellent value, great atmosphere!
You cannot go wrong....
A home far from home
Stayed at the EVB & C from 12/16 to 12/21/03, after reading other reviews on this site. The room was very clean, comfortable, well maintained and inexpensive. We had a tv set, a phone and even a clean kitchen on our floor. My wife and I could make a cup of coffee or something hot everytime we wanted. I will not hesitate to stay again or recommend it to all budget minded travellers to NYC.
The place is just great, really cozy, clean, quiet and friendly. We stayed 9 nights there. I don't have anything bad to say about it. I will definetely stay there again if I return to NYC. Recommended!!!
There's some walking to do to nearest subway station, but hey, that's what backpackers do!! Hellos and thanx to Ann, Fang and other EVB&C posse!!!
A great and interesting place to stay!
Anyone looking for interesting and reasonable accommodations in New York City can possibly not do too much better than here. This East Village locale is defiantly real, not overrun by tourist. The rooms are basic and very clean. A grocery store on the corner is very convenient because our second floor rooms came with the use of the kitchen. A Laundromat is on the opposite corner, a great pub with exiting sidewalk action right across the street, and a plethora of restaurants that cover this neighborhood made our stay very interesting. A Latino bakery on the corner had very good bread and served up great breakfast sandwiches for a good price. We were the only out-of-towners in this crowded little place, full of locals eating everything in sight, a good sign. The M21 bus stop was right in front, and the M8 bus stop was a block and a half to the north. We feel extremely fortunate to have stumbled on this place. It turned out to be a good place to rest your head after a long day of exploring Manhattan. We spent 5 days here, the second week of July, and would not think of taking a chance anywhere else. We definitely recommend this place for visitors and urban explorers to New York, but not for whiney tourist types.
Warm, Friendly, Welcoming
The room looked just like the spare room in someone's house, which is what it was, there was a tv to watch, a phone we could use for free local calls or calling cards - she even let us use her computer! It was clean, friendly, inexpensive, and in an excellent location. i wholeheartedly recommend it and intend to stay there again the next time i'm in new york.
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