The Loralei B&B
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Loralei B&B Brooklyn
When I first announced that we were staying at a B&B in Brooklyn my wife was considerably short of pleased. We had lived on Columbus Avenue around 68th Street in the late 1970s and she wanted to stay at a hotel in Manhattan where we could just walk out the door and be there; which we could have done but at a higher price for the two us. We visited a friend of mine who was staying at a low/mid priced hotel on the east side of Manhattan on 51st Street near First Avenue. The contrast in value was stark. He had a small little room decorated like a college dorm room with a matchbox sized bathroom that he shared with the room next door, and of course no breafast provided. We had two rooms and a private bath, and a breakfast that included ample varieties of bagels, pasteries, cereals, juice, fruits, and coffee. No, we couldn't walk out of the very well maintained house and "be there", but we were as close or closer to a subway as my friend, and Manhattan was just 30 minutes away. My wife, who was skeptical when we arrived at the house, was very impressed by the qualitiy of furnishings and the finishing decorating touches. Our host, Robert Seidel, a long time NYC resident, was just full of the information a tourist needs for a pleasant stay. My wife is now sufficiently turned around that she just provided the Loralei's contact information to the school principal where she works, which kind of says it all. I highly recommend the Loralie.
Great 'Inn experience' in the city!
We can't say enough about our time at the Loralei.
Room: A wonderful retreat after a day of hard Gotham sight seeing. Beautifully appointed with comfort clearly designed.
But the amenity that really makes the Loralei stand out is its Innkeeper.
First - and no small item: Robert answers his phone, no annoying need to leave a message.
Second - Before we arrived Robert answered every little question that I had quickly and very thoroughly via e-mail. Note: I ask a lot of questions.
Third: Upon arrival he made us feel very much at home and assisted us in getting quickly to our planned evening.
Robert excels at his avocation as host, he's charming, informative, and generous with his home, knowledge, and time.
We plan on returning again next year.
Loved the loralei
We recently stayed at a wonderful bed and breakfast in Brooklyn, NY. The Loralei is a beautiful, well-kept turn of the century home in a quaint residential area of Brooklyn. I especially loved the Sycamore trees that line the street - they will be spectacular in the Autumn. We drove to New York City from Ohio and were pleased to find ample safe and free parking on the same street that The Loralei is located. Once we arrived we took advantage of the close proximity to the Q subway line to go back and forth to Manhattan.
Our suite at the Loralei was spacious and beautifully decorated. Everything is designed with the comfort and well-being of the guest in mind. The bath is large and thoughtfully stocked with thick, soft towels, shampoo and soap. There is a beautiful little desk for writing notes or using a laptop. The television is large and connected to cable - great for catching the weather forecast or watching a movie after returning from a day in the city. There are spacious closets to hang clothes as well as a large chest of drawers for storage of smaller items. There is even an ironing board in the closet for pressing out wrinkles acquired from traveling.
Each morning we arrived in the dining room which has been decorated with antique furniture to a delicious continental breakfast that included a selection fresh fruit, bagels, cereal, juice, coffee and tea. Our host, Rob, was always available to assist with our meal and provide directions and information about places we intended to visit that day. He was also a source of information regarding the house and the surrounding neighborhood. We found out that most of the neighborhood is comprised of single family homes that have been owned by the same people for many years. We were amazed that this little pocket of quiet streets exists in busy New York.
I would definately stay again at the Loralei. We think of it as our own little special place in New York City.
Home away from Home
We (my husband, myself, and our godson) thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Lorelei B and B. Lance and Robert were simply wonderful hosts, answered questions, provided logistical assistance, and just made us feel very comfortable. In fact, we mostly wanted to stay at the house and just relax, read, and enjoy ourselves. We are within walking distance of the subway and took it into Manhattan and around Brooklyn. We had driven into NY and felt a whole lot better to leave our car parked, most of the time, in front of the house. We lingered over breakfast in the morning and found some great neighborhood restaurants (recommended by our hosts). By the time we left, we had added Robert and Lance to our address book and expect to be back many times.
A wonderful place to stay
We decided to stay in Brooklyn at the Loralie B&B when we visted NY. It was a great idea. The Loralei was charning and Peaceful. The terrace garden is quaint and quiet and the perfect place for breakfast. It was so nice to retreat to the quiet and cozy B&B every day after our adventures in NYC. The B&B was located only 2 blocks from the subway station. We always felt safe (even at night) walking to and from the subway, which was important as we were 2 women and a teenage girl traveling alone.
The continental breakfast was perfect. Every morning Robert, one of the innkeepers, made sure we had fresh cut fruit and fresh warm pastries from a neighborhood bakery. The fridge was stocked with fruit and water at all times for us.
This is great place to stay if you are traveling alone or as a couple. The rooms are roomy and comfortable and very tastefully decorated. The bathrooms are stocked with anything you might forget to bring from home.
The rates are very reasonable, but above and beyond all is the way Robert made us feel at home and was always so kind and helpful with all of our questions and needs. I'm sure we have made a new friend, and we will definitely be staying at The Loralei when we return to NY.
Loralei Couldn't Be Better
During our recent stay at the Loralei, we were made to feel like we were in a private home. The accomodations were roomy, tasteful, clean and very comfortable. Robert went above and beyond in providing us personal services. A family crisis regarding our daughter's newly leased apartment turned into a Godsend thanks to Robert's care and concern. If you're in Brooklyn, this is the place to stay!!
Rick & Cindy
Glen Ellyn, IL
We loved the Loralei B&B
The Loralei B&B is a beautiful home with the nicest host imaginable!!
We had a wonderful time while we were there and look forward to a return trip one day!
The Lorelei is exquisite! This charming home from the early 1900s has been wonderfully renovated and is a perfectly executed period piece with all the modern conveniences. The owners are extremely helpful and thoughtful. I lost an earring while staying at the Lorelei and didn't know it, they figured out that it might be mine and emailed me about it- and sent it to me. The owners' personal touches make the Loralei feel like you are visiting your favorite relatives, only it's better! Give yourself a treat when you visit the City and experience a little bit of paradise right here in Brooklyn! Don't miss the Loralei- your comfort is guaranteed!!
A kind and personable respite
What a breath of fresh air! Clean and neat rooms with a old fashioned garden-like atmosphere. The house is in a quiet neighborhood that adds to an easy and refreshing "throwback from another era" atmosphere. Our stay was regenerating.
Robert was both helpful and accomodating.
I am not sure that we could have asked for more from a Bed and Breakfast. I would strongly recommend Loralei. Call Robert and if you still have doubts, you can email me. (And I am not even related, this being the first time that we met our hosts.)
Loved the Loralei
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Loralei B&B. The owners were very friendly and hospitable and the ambience was just perfect. It was a nice getaway from Manhattan. The continental breakfasts were superb and we dined in a shaded courtyard garden with bubbling fountains. Oh so pleasant! The accommodations were also superb. We will definitely stay there again on our next visit to NY.
TripAdvisor Reviews The Loralei B&B Brooklyn
Travel Blogs from Brooklyn
... us avoid "parkways" which in NY are only open to passenger cars. Our reservation also had directions for RV's to take that would avoid the parkways. We didn't have a very detailed map and the GPS continued to redirect us back to a parkway even when we were clearly trying our best to avoid them and take surface streets. This took so long that we needed to called the camping office to let them know we would be later than 4:00, the reservation expiration ...
... trolleys. We walked across the bridge with amazing views. Met a friendly NYPD officer on the way who happily had a photo shoot with us. Interesting that a women finished the completion of the bridge all those years ago back in 1901. Walked past City Hall on our way to the Staten Island Ferry. Great to travel past the Statue of Liberty and quite normal for the Coast Guard to travel alongside the ferry - even with the big gun! Luved the veiws. It was with reflection that ...
... which first led to an epic introduction to on road bike handling for the boy. It was great to stretch our legs and explore central parks play grounds and attractions. The day was getting on so we thought we would grab a burger and head home, On our way back to the subway we noticed the sun was about to set and thought bugger it! And decided to push our luck and the kids stamina by heading to the top of the Rockerfeller center. Unfortuanatly the next viewing time wasn’t ...
Not feeling well at all today. Saw a photo that Edwina took of me looking extremely pale so caught a cab uptown to see the doctor. $140 later and a pack of antibiotics and inhaler in hand I leave the doctor's surgery with strict orders to stay in bed for two days - Diagnosis bronchitis. Tried to walk back from East 58th Street down 5th Avenue with the aim of meandering slowly down to Lower East Side. Got lost ...
... money, which is definitely not the easiest in NY.
Well, over all an amazing time for me, with lots of snow and cold because it was the coldest winter in NY in 20 years.
Here are a few photos from my time alone in NY between Sebastians departure and Mamas arrival.
Hugs and kisses from Munich right now but from NY again on tuesday
P.S. Of course the probably most amazing event of this years also happened: the birth of my beautiful nephew Florentin on Febuary 2nd.