Inn New York City
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After extensive research, my partner and I booked into the Inn New York City for a 5 day trip in Sep 2006. If you have already spent many hours looking for somewhere good to stay then stop looking - you need to stay here.
We arrived early (flying in from UK) c 1pm, so dropped our luggage and went for lunch while they finished the room. (Check-in is stated as 2pm so this was fine). We got back at 2pm, and all our luggage was already in the room, a complimentary bottle of fine, fresh cakes/pies, etc.
This is a wonderful place to enjoy the diversity of New York. Stayed in the Library Suite - which stretches the whole length of the building - has plenty of space for two and was very reasonable, given the prices quoted by most 4/5 star hotel chains. In a sense, this is like having your own apartment rather than a hotel room - very intimate, homely and wonderful facilities. You can tell the owner was an interior decorator - it all added to the cosy feel.
The kitchenette works well, and complimentary items and continental breakfast was a nice touch. You could easily buy food locally, prepare and eat-in every night if you wanted.
The hotel is a short walk from the 72/Broadway Subway which takes you anywhere you need to go. There is a fine deli/pharmacy nearby. We walked to the Lincoln Center and Central Park in a few minutes.
Obviously, the hustle and bustle of NY is great fun - but we found it great after a hard day's walking/sight-seeing to come "home" kick off our shoes and enjoy a refreshing cup of tea before we headed back out for the evening.
I would recommend this hotel very highly - and we'll be defintiely making this our first choice location when in New York City. This place has real class.
Always a treat!
My husband and I have stayed at Inn New York City several times and wouldn't stay anywhere else. We used to stay at various hotels in midtown Manhattan and the Upper West Side and will never go back!
I'll just say "ditto" to the other reviews extoling all the fabulous aspects of this property and the owners Elyn and Ruth. With the subway close by, you can explore the busier parts of the city, but is always a relief/joy to return to the tree lined streets of the UWS.
Central Park is a short walk away, and a very enjoyable day is to walk across the park and visit the Met or the Guggenhiem.
The neighborhood has lots of nice restuarants, but one of the joys of staying here is the kitchen. While I don't want to cook elaborate meals while on vacation, it's so nice to be able to pick up some salads or take-out from the nearby fine-foods grocer Citarella after a day of sightseeing and settle into "our apartment" for a relaxing dinner.
Rooms have cable, wireless internet service and complimentary NY Times.
Love it, love it, love it!
A true gem!
A friend and I stayed in the Vermont Suite and we would never consider staying anywhere else now for future visits. The Vermont Suite has its own entrance and is located on the main level (living room and kitchen) and one level below (bedroom with large closet and bathroom). Being below ground is great for sleeping in terms of noise and temperature.
The suite is filled with antique treasures and I would definitely classify it as romantic and somewhat feminine. While it is a bit dark and the spiral staircase would not be suitable for small children or anyone with a handicap, those are the ONLY POSSIBLE negative things I can say about it.
There is a fold-out sofa upstairs and the living room makes a great place to sit and read your complimentary NY Times and fuel up for your day. Also a great place to relax in the evenings. Downstair is a super-comfortable queen bed and lots of closet and dresser drawer space. The bathroom is average in size, but everything you need (including bathrobes!) It really feels like "coming home" vs. heading back to a hotel. Only a 10 minute walk from H & H bagels and Zabars for any additional treats you might like. And only 1 1/2 blocks from the subway stop (72nd St is an express stop, which is great).
The hosts/owners are so gracious and do a fabulous job of stocking the apartment with great snacks, treats, juice, granola bars, etc. And the kitchen and entire suite is immaculate with daily housekeeping. As I said, I can't recommend it strongly enough if you're looking for a little escape in the city, want to get a taste of what it's like to live in NYC and have a REAL home away from home that's full of character. 5 STARS!
Why stay anywhere else?
My wife and I visited for our 10th Anniversary. We have visited NYC several times and stayed in mid-range hotels in Mid-town but they don't compare to this inn. We totally felt like city residents with our own private entrance, a full kitchen stocked with gourmet goodies, and space to move around that you just can't get in a hotel room. The Inn itself has a great location on the upper west side, very close to 72nd/Broadway subway stop and a quick walk to Central Park. Relatively quiet, safe neighborhood. We stayed in the Vermont Suite for the first half of our visit and then moved to the Spa Suite as a treat. Both were very spacious, furnished with lovely, interesting antiques and well appointed with every item one could possibly need. Vermont was very quiet and private. Spa suite was more luxurious and spacious but not as quiet. Service was very discreet and, although there were other guests, we never saw or heard them. With the free goodies and lack of add-ons, the cost is very comparable with midrange hotels like the Sheraton we stayed at on our last visit and we got so much more for the money. Can't imagine we would stay anywhere else on our next visit!
Near Central Park and Broadway
A friend and I stayed here in the Vermont Suite - it was great; much better than staying in a modern hotel. Spotlessly clean. The sofa bed is perfectly comfortable & all the kitchen provisions are brilliant. Only one drawback - it is a little dark; very atmospheric & nice in the evening but no good for putting make up on in the morning, but otherwise, really lovely. (This suite has a steep spiral staircase down to the bedroom & bathroom which was no problem for us but might be tricky for others.)
Stayed in the Vermont Suite which is GREAT. You have your own entrance and a small patio area where you can sit during nice weather. The suite is actually two floors and very much like a nice cozy apartment. You have your own kitchen which is a godsend as you dont need to pay outrageous prices for snacks and mini bar drinks. Cant say enough about it. A wonderful value.
The Definition of Luxury...
Throughout the world, hotels rooms are criticized for being too small...or furnished with tacky and worn furniture. New York has no shortage of complaints such as these. But this review is of a different place...one that needs no help from me...but is so special, I needed to write something about it.
If you are a traveler of discerning taste, one who appreciates fresh flowers, a leather couch, oriental carpets, possibly a Piano, and the quiet feeling of being in your perfectly appointed private pied-a-terre, Inn New York City is your home away from home.
The Inn is a renovated brownstone comprised of 4 spectacular suites. The Upper West Side establishment is entirely discrete. No signs point out the property. Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly by the owner, Ruth Mensch, who happily poured us a glass of sherry while processing our payment.
Our suite, The Vermont, was unbelievable...Antique appointments and a kitchen Julia Child would have happily cooked in...A spiral staircase heads to the lower level bedroom, a quiet and dark hideaway in a bustling city. The high quality linens are changed daily...even the bedspread and the way the bed was set changed every day. All was as should be...great water pressure, high end bath products, fluffy towels and very nice robes.
The suite's bookshelves are stocked with plenty of diverse reading material, from light to weighty...tour guides to classic tomes. Current magazines are also included, as well as brochures for just about every tourist attraction in the city. Delivery menus for many of the area restaurants are also there.
You get a basic supply of edibles included in your costs...a bowl of fresh fruit, bottled water, OJ, coffee, Boylan sodas, pastries, milk, cream cheese...replenished daily.
Validated parking is $13 a night at a garage 2 blocks away.
Inn New York City isn't a Hotel or an Inn in any normal sense of the words. It far surpasses the ideas normally considered when using those terms.
Wow!!! An absolute gem!
WOW!! What an amazing boutique hotel. We spent 9 days in the Opera Suite in June 2004. The owners and everyone that works there really care about the place... And everything is done with a little bit of love! From the wonderful complementary goodies packed into the fridge each day, to the useful books and magazines scattered around the place... It's like staying in your own luxury home, but with all the pampering and service of a top class hotel! This is a truly unique place, and it really has to be the most luxurious place to stay in New York!!!
What a wonderful cozy place. We stayed in the Spa suite for 5 nights and it was an absolute delight. The King size bed was exceptionally comfortable, the kitchen was fully stocked with wonderful goodies and the huge jacuzzi tub was perfect for relaxing in after a long day walking through the streets of the city. The ladies who run the Inn are lovely and will assist you with any inquiry. The hotel is conveniently located just off Broadway and just a few blocks from Central Park. This is absolutely the perfect place for a romantic tryst with the one you love.
Four of us spent the weekend here. Excellent value, close to a grocery store, alcholic beverage store, and a decent diner type restaurant across the street. Rooms were clean and 'snug' for 4 adults but very acceptable.Staff was helpful in rectifing a reservation error where the dates were off by one day.Parking is FREE (big bonus in the Big Apple) and as many sites are close by, a real benefit being able to leave the car in safety.We will stay here again.
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