1871 House (a New York City style Bed and Breakfast)

130 East 62nd Street, New York, New York 10065
 
  • Introduction

    1871 House - New York City, New York

    1871 House is a New York City Style bed and breakfast offering extended-stay self-catering apartment style accommodations with a country inn bed and breakfast atmosphere in a centrally located, convenient Upper East Side location.

    1871 House reflects the personal tastes and the style of its two co-founders and can be described as a combination of sophistication, country, city, history, grace and femininity. These are the characteristics the owners have sought out and created for their guests to enjoy.  

    From its very beginning, 1871 house has provided more than a simple lodging experience. The hope is to delight and inspire guests through 1871 House's unique qualities. 

    The apartments are located in a landmarked circa-1871 five-story townhouse built in the architectural style of the much loved New York City row house or brownstone. 

    A New York City Style Extended-Stay Bed and Breakfast inn. An urban B&B...with accommodations similar to a bed and breakfast (B&B)... furnished extended stay/corporate apartments rental.

    Overview:
    The low-profile 1871 House is small, quiet, private, and residential with an old-world ambiance. It feels like a secret hideaway from the moment you enter its intimate lobby. 1871 House offers relatively affordable accommodations in a shopping and museum-convenient area of the Upper East Side called the Upper East Side Historic District.

    Guest Accommodations

    Neighborhood:
    Located at the southern end of the Upper East Side, the house is nestled among stylish brownstones and stately Townhouses on a beautiful tree-lined residential block. Flanked by prestigious Park & Lexington Avenues, the house is set amid Manhattan's most elegant neighborhood on the Upper East Side and is just a stroll away from Central Park. Because the 1871 House is at the epicenter of a chic & bustling neighborhood, many of the Upper East Side's finest restaurants are in close proximity as are Madison Avenue's chic boutiques and stylish cafes. Neighborhood antique shops, galleries, specialty stores and world-renowned museums are also within easy walking distance.

    Upper East Side Location within Close Proximity to Midtown Manhattan: 1871 House enjoys the best of both worlds - serene privacy and un-matched convenience. East 62nd Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue is a quiet, tree-lined residential enclave for some of New York's most prestigious addresses. Just two short blocks from Central Park, this neighborhood abounds with tasteful, exclusive boutiques and charming international restaurants. Yet, 1871 House is only three blocks from bustling Midtown and an equally easy stroll from the City's fabulous Museum Mile and every true shopper's nirvana including the 3 Bs -- Bloomingdales, Barney's and Bergdorf-Goodman. 

    Accommodations/lodging:

    Eight one-of-a-kind spacious suite  and studio apartments (click here for pictures and details) are available. Most offer 10-12 foot ceilings, wood floors covered with Oriental rugs, beautifully dressed beds and cozy sitting areas facing grand working fireplaces and an assortment of antiques. Details such as the decorative ironwork covering the front door and ornate moldings around windows and doors convey an old world charm. Beds of antique iron and brass, a sleigh bed with netting, a Tuscan cottage bed and a cherry sheaf of wheat bed grace the guest bedrooms decorated with lace curtains and country quilts. Please note that all 1871 House rooms are accessed by our main stair case and are not serviced by an elevator.

    Amenities:

    All rooms include private en suite bathrooms modern conveniences such as flat screen TVs, wireless internet, direct-dial telephones, air conditioning, hair dryers, clock radios, irons & ironing boards. Most units also include fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes. All-cotton bedding, luxurious country quilts, down comforters and pillows, shampoo and soap provided.

    Internet:

    Wi Fi available in all rooms. Free Wi Fi available in our Ground Floor Reception Area.

     
  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Lia Raum for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Travelers stay with us because we are in a fantastic location. We are close to Central Park, the best shopping, museums and fabulous Restaurants.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for our small, quaint and charming feel. We have large, nicely furnished rooms with a lot of antiques that travelers really enjoy.  

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    People visit New York for many reasons including the shopping, theater, museums, and many activities such as the New York Marathon. New York also has "Restaurant Week" twice a year where hundreds of restaurants have great prices, an event that draws in many visitors. You can enjoy some of the best food around for a fraction of the usual price.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Compliments are wonderful, but the one we hear most is that they would never stay anywhere else because this is their home away from home.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The 59E59 Theater is the number one Off Broadway destination in New York City. Its nestled just a few blocks from 1871 House. It is a modern theater complex with three stages and a bar on the mezzanine level. The not-for-profit foundation, 59E59 Theaters brings new, innovative and invigorating work to East Side audiences.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    We recommend that our guests visit Central Park and the Frick Museum. This museum displays exquisite art and is a must see.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We are fortunate to be within walking distance to many museums, the best shopping as well as Central Park. Shopping is abundant in our neighborhood from Bloomingdales, Barney's & BergdorfGoodman as well as all wonderful Madison Avenue Shops.  You can walk to Midtown Manhattan which begins  3 blocks south of us as well as many museums such as The Frick,  MoMa, The Whitney Museum. Our neighborhood has dozens and dozens of great restaurants too numberous to mention. 

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    We recommend JoJo Restaurant which offers French cuisine, Cafe Boulud is also French, and Sant Ambroeus offers an Italian menu.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    We always send our guests an entire list of links via email with their confirmation.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We offer 7 comfortable rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We are unable to accommodate pets.

     

  • 1871 House Managers oversee the day-to-day affaires of the 1871 House and are present at the house from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays until 3:30 p.m.

    Please meet our staff: 

    Sarah is a recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. Her instrument is the Oboe!

    Jase is a graduate of University of Minnesota with a degree in Philosophy!

    Roger is a graduate of Reed College wiht a Bachelor of Arts in Music

     
  • Upper East Side Historic District

    Some Facts About the Neighborhood:

     

    • The area, the Upper East Side Historic District, (59th Street to 72nd Street) is protected by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
    • The area's proximity to mid-town, makes this one of New York's most desirable residential neighborhoods.
    • Transportation is quite good with southbound buses on Lexington Avenue (62nd Street) and northbound buses on Madison and Third Avenue (63rd Street). No buses are allowed on Park Avenue. The area has two cross-town bus lines and subway stations are two blocks south at 60th Street on Lexington Avenue (N,Q,R, 4,5,6) or one block north at 63rd Street (F train) on Lexington Avenue.
    • What sets this neighborhood apart from all others is its proximity to Madison Avenue. Madison Avenue has been famous for more than a century as the world's premier shopping district for the finest food, opulent merchandise, luxury lodging and services available anywhere. Other areas may have their impressive retail strips, but Madison Avenue is the world's most famous retail address.
  • Awards & Recognition

    Featured in the following publications

    Lonely Planet: Named for the year it was built, this historic home now serves as a quaint five-room inn. Each unit (including two multiroom suites) is like a miniapartment, with a kitchenette, private bath, queen beds, working fireplace and period-style furnishings. All the rooms are light-filled, with airy 12ft ceilings, while the suites, on the upper floors, can sleep up to five.

    This is a great value place for the neighborhood. But note that this is a characterful, vintage structure: there is no elevator, the floors are a bit creaky, and in winter, heat is provided by steam radiators.  Our independent authors have visited 1871 House and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in New York City.

    Metropolis: Japan's No. 1 English Magazine: Alternative Stays in New York: A new breed of accommodation offers the best of hotels and apartments
    Communal breakfasts and polite chit-chat with homeowners make the term "bed and breakfast" seem like the antithesis of autonomy. But northeast from my apartment, at 1871 House on East 62nd Street, autonomy is exactly what I find. Named for the year in which it was built, this elegant brownstone sits in the Upper East Side's Historic District and has been lovingly restored and decorated with bags of New England charm by its owners Lia and Warren Raum.

    Strictly speaking, it's hard to classify what's on offer here. With just seven rooms, it could be called a small hotel. Yet a hotel wouldn't give out keys to the front door, equip each room with a small kitchen and working fireplace, or leave a stack of paperbacks on the nightstand. Similarly, to call it a guesthouse is misleading, since the owners and managers remain largely unseen (though not unreachable).

    And as breakfast isn't included, the term "bed and breakfast" doesn't quite cut it here either. But, calling itself an "urban country inn," 1871 House does in fact loosely adopt the term B&B, while also distancing itself from the conventions of the category with the prefix "New York City-style." This is firstly because, as a common characteristic of B&Bs, the innkeepers live onsite (in this case in the two-story house in the garden). Secondly, it's because breakfast is available to guests-only it's in the manner that New Yorkers like to take it: eat-in or to-go at a whole host of friendly neighborhood places.

    National Geographic Traveler:  Manhattan's inns let you live like a local: From the tip of the Village to Harlem, bed-and-breakfasts offer travelers an experience of Manhattan that is intimate and offbeat-somehow close to the bone. Tucked into houses all over the island, usually on side streets away from the razzmatazz of the avenues, these small inns offer guests individual attention, quiet, and savvy access to their neighborhoods - and the shops, cafes, and local pleasures guidebooks sometimes overlook. Formal or funky loaded with charm, Manhattan B&Bs reflect the individual character of the neighborhood and the personality of the people who keep them. 1871 House: Every grand room and suite in this historic brownstone between Lexington and Park is impeccably dressed. The original period details-wood-and-ironwork, moldings, flawless plank floors-make a happy marriage with the well-selected romantic antiques, fixtures, and linens. Owners Lia and Warren Raum take no shortcuts with amenities, low-tech and high. Wake under a stack of plump covers in an antique iron bed, then check your email with Wi-Fi. Gaze through the lace at the window and plan your day: shopping at Barneys? Dinner at JoJo? Ambling through galleries" You're only minutes away.

    Make Business Travel a Pleasure by Staying at Bed and Breakfast (TransWorldNews):You're on the road for business again; this time why not pretend you are also on a pleasurable adventure and choose a Bed and Breakfast instead of a business hotel? Not only will you avoid the anonymous rooms, noisy hallways, and pricey industrial continental breakfasts but you will actually feel you have had a pleasant little getaway. New York City: 1871 House B&B: On a tree-lined street on the fashionable Upper East Side, this classic Brownstone offers stylishly elegant accommodations. Old World charm is evident in the decorative ironwork covering the front door, ornate moldings around windows, high ceilings and floors, and ornate marble and wood fireplace mantelpieces. It was named one of the 100 best little hotels in New York City in 2003. A quote from a recent business traveler reveals the difference in staying in a little inn versus a business hotel, "I lived in New York for several years, and perhaps my favorite thing about the 1871 House was that it felt less like staying in a cold and touristy hotel, and more like I was using a friend's really fabulous apartment. I haven't felt so much like a New Yorker since I moved away".

    USA Today: Some business travelers prefer B&Bs: Business travelers generally don't consider bed-and-breakfasts for their lodging. Maybe they should, a new survey suggests. The following are the top picks for the best urban B&Bs for business travelers. The top-ranking inns offer expected amenities for business travelers plus "over-the-top" extras such as a great view, notable decor, a convenient location or exceptional value.

    Top 10 urban B&Bs
    1. Boston Yacht Haven, Boston; 2. Oge House Inn on the Riverwalk, San Antonio 3. Butler House on Grand, Des Moines; 4. Royal Elizabeth B&B, Tucson; 5. Union Street Inn, San Francisco 6. 1871 House, New York City; 7. Napoleon's Retreat, St. Louis; 8. DC Guest House, Washington 9. Chambered Nautilus, Seattle; 10. Flemish House of Chicago, Chicago

    Frommers: Getting Cozy in 5 Big City Bed and Breakfasts: Admit it, when you think of a bed and breakfast, the imagery of some little hamlet nestled in the woods pops in your head. A pond maybe with some wee ducklings thrown in for show and a deer or two eating berries all Bambi like. You know, a bucolic hideaway shielded from the hustle and bustle of modern life, right? Well, if you are looking for that kind of living -- sans the preciousness of Mother Nature -- it might be time to check into the world of urban B&B's. Big city B&B's give you the best of both worlds: country charm and big city excitement. Many are located on residential streets smack dab in the middle of things, giving you the luxury of feeling like a local without having to pay the sky-high urban rents. Beyond being in the mix of things, B&B's are great for any type of traveler that enjoys those "homey" touches which can include: individually designed rooms, mouthwatering breakfasts and cozy fireplaces. Most B&B's do not offer perks such as bars, restaurants or gyms but what they do give you is better: a great deal of personal attention. Before you book your next metropolis-based vacation, take a peek at B&B's that can make the big, bad city feel like a home away from home. New York:New York City might seem like the last place where were you would find a multitude of B&B's, but the city once again proves to be a place where you can find anything. One of the city's top B&B's is 1871 House (rooms starting $200; tel. 212/756-8823; www.1871house.com), located just minutes away from the world's most famous grassy enclave, Central Park. With eight ornate rooms to choose from (some including full kitchens) you'll feel like you are in the midst of an older, long-gone New York.

    An Explorer's Guide: New York City by Paul Karr: A pretty shuttered brick town house in a nicely quiet location not far from fifth Avenue and Central Park, this local secret hides behind ironwork covering the front door…Inside, hosts have carefully preserved the home's marble and wood fireplaces, moldings, around windows and high ceilings. All give the place an elegant B&B feel, as do the antiques scattered throughout, yet rooms are modernly enough appointed that you won't feel stuck in the 19th century. Each room is country furnished, much as you'd expect to find such a place in, say, Vermont or Maine. There's a private patio and terrace garden with one of the rooms.

    Quantas Magazine, the Austrailian Way: NYB&B: If you must put your head down in the city that never sleeps, do it somewhere with a personal touch. Sex and the City's Carrie Bradsahw might roll her eyes at the thought of staying in a New York City hotel, Ditto the crew from Seinfeld. Nothing wrong with that, as Jerry might say, if your like impersonal places that could be anywhere. Whether you are here for business or pleasure, savor the real Big Apple in neighborhoods with character, as opposed to characters. Experience discreet bed and breakfasts that feel like real country inns, or luxury apartment with Jacuzzis, fireplaces and robes. Don't believe the myth about New Yorkers being cold. These places are run by people who like mingling with visitors. Unlike even some of the best hotels, everything is just so thanks to personal pride. And because atmosphere is paramount, they may impose restrictions on children and smoking: Built in 1871 and located on the exclusive Upper East Side, 1871 House is just stops away from Park Avenue, Bloomingdale's and Serendipity 3, where celebrities such as Jude Law and Hugh Jackman come for the frozen (sic) hot chocolate. Some of the seven apartments and guest rooms have kitchenettes and working fireplaces. One has a lovely terrace. No meals but a goodie basket with Sarabeth's mouthwatering preserves and Gilchrist and Soames English toiletries are available.

    Northeast Traveler: Inn Style: Urban Adventures: 1871 House, New York City: Heading for the big city? Despite what you may have heard, options for accommodations aren't limited to the spare and pricey. These inns offer the ambience and flair that make urban rates feel reasonable. 1871 House: Book a room at this 130-year-old brownstone in the Upper East Side Historic District, and you'll be tucked away in a neighborhood populated by consulates, diplomatic missions and art galleries. The inn's decor is Old World charm: working fireplaces, wood and marble mantle pieces, antique furnishings and hardwood floors. Located between Park and Lexington avenues, it's three blocks from Central Park, around the corner from Barney's and Bloomingdale's and close to dining at all price points, from Burger Heaven to Daniel and Payard. It's also near the lower part of Fifth Avenue's "Museum Mile" which includes The Frick Collection, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Asia Society.

    Great Escape: The Manchester Airports Group: Autumn/Winter: Lets Stay the night in New York: No one staying in New York realistically expects a large room, let alone a view! The all-American hospitality in individual places more than compensate. Here are a couple with space - and even one with a view. Just a stroll from Central Park and Madison Avenue, the 1871 House is tucked away on a leafy brownstone lined street. Named after the year in which it was built, this quiet, private B&B is a gem in the Upper East Side Historic District. Each room or apartment has been carefully designed with individuality and a touch of New England charm. There are five studios and two full floor suites. The immediate district has good restaurants and stylish cafes.

    New York e-guide: This beautifully renovated brownstone building is close to Central Park and an upscale shopping zone, but the quiet, leafy street makes you forget you're in the heart of the city. There's no common area for guests, but the spacious, high-ceilinged rooms, suites, and studios are ideal for lounging, and most have working fireplaces - quite a treat for a New York property. The keepers even provide duraflame logs to burn. So long as you don't require 24-hour room service, these cozy, relaxing accommodations are a good option. The whole place is furnished with antiques and the decor is warm and homey. If you are traveling in a group of four or more, reserve the Great Room and Cottage Combination; both have access to a lovely garden, the "cottage space." Some rooms have kitchenettes, but the hotel is close to many eateries. A four-night minimum is usually expected.

    "Country Living Magazine:"Inn of the Month": On a leafy side of the street on New York City's Upper East Side, the cozy 1871 House offers the comforts of home within walking distance of Central Park and some of the Country's finest art museums. The converted townhouse has three comfortable guest rooms, three studios with kitchens, and two family-friendly suites that sleep five and have fireplaces and kitchens. While you're in the neighborhood, shop around the corner at Bloomingdale's, sip the famous frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity III, and visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art's American Wing, where 18th- 19th-century furniture and quilts are on permanent exhibit.

    "new york's 100 best little hotels": 3rd edition, by Allen Sperry Imagine -New England Country Charm just steps from Park Avenue! This delightfully warm and welcoming bed and breakfast is located in a classic five-story brownstone on one of New York's loveliest, tree-lined blocks. Proprietor Lia Raum and her husband, Warren, have furnished this wonderfully special place with treasures gleaned from Connecticut antiques stores and flea markets. The result is a feeling of home and hearth, as you would dream it to be. More country inn than urban B&B, here personal attention, good taste, and loving care are evident in every detail. Hand-stitched quilts, hooked rugs, sleigh beds, and sporting prints and paintings abound. Most bedrooms feature original moldings and working fireplaces. Windows look out on either the leafy, quiet street or the tree-shaded back garden. If you can, book the romantic Cottage room, with its sun-drenched second-floor terrace. This book was written expressly to unearth gems like 1871House - a lovely "country" hideaway in one of New York's most elegant neighborhoods.

    Frommers:The Unofficial Guide to Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns in the Mid-Atlantic 1st edition 
    Awarded 1871 House four stars (out of five)! Their review says "privacy and exclusivity with easy access to the best of urban New York City…and the opportunity to stay in a genuine renovated brownstone". An interesting mix of antiques and eye-catching, over-sized accessories gives each guest room a unique look. Quality fabrics and designer-brand items add elegance. Japanese Esquire Magazine: 1871 House Featured in the special November 2002 issue (New York City Guide Issue)

    Petra Magazine: "Elegante Stadtwohnung mit Kamin, gleich um die Ecke von New Yorks edelster Shopping Meile 5th-Avenue."

    Fodors Rivages Guides: Hotels & Country Inns of Character and Charm in New York. By Michelle Gastau: Excerpt: Upper East Side est le quartier huppe de New York, du moins pour les rues proches de Central Park. En effet, ce ne'st qu'avecl'ouverture du parc en 1860 que cette zone de prairies commenca a s'urbaniser: les mansions fleurirent sur la Fifth Avenue, les brownstones dans les rues perpendiculaires. Aujourd'hui, Madisoin Avenue regroupe les boutiques des grands couturiers, il y a de nombreuses galleries d'art et tous les grands musees son't situes dan la zone. La charmante Lia Raum occupe avec sa petite-fille le rez-de-chaussee de sa jolie maison, les etages etant totalement consacres aux chambers d'hotes. Toutes sont tres soignees, amenagees dans un stule Victorien ou Arts & Crafts, dotes de meubles anciens ou de belles copies avec souvent une cheminee. La plupartont une cuisine avec tout ce qu'il faut pour avoir un espace completement prive et independent. Certaines sont de veritables appartements avec deux chambers. Si vous etes en famille, ou entre amis avec qui vous pouvez faire sale de bains commune, la Great room partage la terrasse avec un cottage qui se trouve au fond du jardin. Celui-ci n'est loue qu'en chamber supplementaire. A deux blocs de Central Park, on est saisi d'envie de jogging ou de promenandes matinales pour ne pas deroger au rite new-yorkais.

     

  • Guest Comments

     

     

    "Another return visit - fantastic place that does not disappoint" Reviewed Dec 13, 2013

    I continue to be in love with 1871 House and their staff. This is my go-to place when in NYC and it never disappoints. My other reviews outline my detailed feedback and experiences. Everything - and I mean EVERYTHING - about this place meets and exceeds my expectations.

    This place is special. I find the staff to be attentive and responsive. I have recommended this place to many friends and colleagues and everyone, without exception, has been exceptionally pleased.

    There are certainly idiosyncrasies about the place - but THAT'S THE CHARM. Folks looking for a traditional NYC hotel experience should choose another property. Those looking for an incredibly unique experience that makes you feel more like a New Yorker than a tourist/visitor, than this is the place for you.

    Seriously, I can not more highly recommend this place

    "Home Away From Home" We loved our stay at 1871 house! The location was fantastic-close to everything like Central Park and shopping. It is in a beautiful neighborhood. It felt like a home away from home. I enjoyed staying there so much more than staying in a hotel room. We stayed in the Mission Suite which was decorated with charming antique furniture and a great kitchen area and newly renovated bathroom. The suite was huge! We will definitely be back.

    "Home from home and so much more" Wonderful stay in the Madison suite with our 3 children, for their first visit to NYC. Perfect accommodation and location for us. Yes the house plenty of stairs as others say, but so does the subway and we More than coped. The house is charming and we can't praise the service provided by the lovely staff too highly. We didn't meet the owners but Jennifer and Anita were delightfully helpful. The rooms are comfortable, clean, tastefully decorated and well equipped. The per-ordered hamper was nice and the advice re Sprinkles cup cakes on Lexington for birthday cake fare was perfect. We had 5 jam packed days and the location close to the park for the zoo and skating and easy subway access downtown was great. Hope to stay again and will tell our friends. Thanks again.

    Room Tip: The Madison is good for families with 3 bedrooms 

    "My all-time favorite place in NYC" As a person who travels for business quite often, it is rare that I find a place worthy of a Trip Advisor review. And yet I continue to share my thoughts on my all-time favorite place in NYC - 1871 House. It is easy to tire of the same old business hotels, so it was refreshing when I stumbled on this quaint upper East Side property. I have taken my family here twice on vacation, and I continue to stay here on business when they have room. It is the perfect way to experience NYC.

    Are the rooms made for business travelers? Not really. Does this cater to a business traveler at all? Not really. And that is the beauty and charm of this great place. Rather than going back to a hotel, I literally feel like I am arriving "home" when I get to 62nd and Lex. The rooms are quaint and appropriate - they have everything one would need for the evening. The entire property has the charm you would expect. Whereas others have commented on the water pressure or some other minor inconvenience, I find all of the nuances of 1871 House to be what makes it so special. I have never had an issue that wasn't resolved immediately. For instance, on this last trip, there was some water damage in one of the rooms in the top floor suite that I was staying in. This was due to the heavy storms that had been in NYC just a few days before. As I arrived, the staff prepared me for this and told me that I might want to choose the smaller part of the suite to stay in. They decided NOT to work on the damage while I was staying there, postponing the repairs until I left. It was appropriate - and part of the challenge of working with an old NY building. Part of the charm and appropriately handled.

    Two special elements of the experience stand out for me:

    (1) The location: You absolutely can't beat the upper East Side location of 62nd Street between Park and Lex. I can walk just a few blocks and be in Central Park for a morning jog. There are amazing neighborhood restaurants and shops just outside the door. And big department stores and power shopping just down the street. You can walk anywhere and get almost anything you might want. When you stay here, you feel like you live here. That's the way to experience a city.

    (2) The staff: The staff at 1871 House is not your typical B&B staff - and they acknowledge such. They are not there to engage you in conversation or be your "hosts" in the city. They are there to make sure everything goes well; otherwise, they are quiet and behind the scenes. And yet, it's one of the things I love about this place. They have taken VERY GOOD care of me. They remember that I have stayed there before. They know I arrive late and leave early. And most importantly, they accommodate my last minute requests for a room when they can. They show flexibility and loyalty, which is rare these days. I am grateful for the kind staff that work at 1871 House and how they have welcomed me into their home.

    I have sent a number of friends to 1871 House - both business colleagues and personal friends. Bar none, their experiences have been outstanding. I can not more highly recommend this place to anyone looking to experience a different, more personal and intimate NYC. (Just hoping they don't get TOO booked up; I want to make sure they have room for me on my next trip!)

    A glimpse of the gilded age

    I'd pored over the photos on the website and debated whether to stay in the Mission suite but finally plumped for the Parlor. On my visit to New York the previous May I had passed by the premises whilst checking out the area. As I stood sheltering from the rain, the front door opened and a departing guest was being helped to a waiting taxi. I approached and asked if it might be possible to come inside as I had booked a room for February. The duty manager (Leon) immediately placed me and said, 'oh yes, you've chosen the Parlor suite haven't you? It's vacant at the moment, would you like to come in and see it?'

    This act of thoughtful efficiency, to me, sums up in a sentence the attitude of 1871 House and their staff . While never being intrusive, their door was always ajar and they were always welcoming. They shared my concern when a package I was expecting failed to arrive in the post and they were as happy as I was when it finally turned up!

    The room was exactly as portrayed on the website, a wonderful departure from the sterility of most modern hotels. The walls were covered with beautiful antique paintings and the furniture too was delightfully chosen to blend in. Part of the charm was down to the fact that, although some modern amenities were provided (TV, DVD Player, radio alarm etc.), one still got the feel that one was in a late 19th Century room where floor boards squeaked, pipes banged and doors sometimes didn't quite fit. To 'fix' all these quirks would definitely be a retrograde step in my opinion.

    I was fortunate enough to be able to view a couple of the other suites with a future stay in mind and can confirm that they all exude a similar authenticity.

    The location has to be one of the best in Manhattan. Two subway stations are within a 5 minute walk as is Bloomingdales. Central Park is no more than 10 minutes away and the neighbourhood is peppered with restaurants from local diners, through French bistros to upmarket eateries. Once again, the knowledgeable staff will give you good advice on where to go depending on your tastes.

    I was never aware of any noise from any of the other guests (save the odd footstep outside my door) and the bed was an absolute delight - firm and comfortable. I had worried about it being cold in the room and possibly needing to light a fire but I had to kick off the quilt and sleep beneath a sheet and single blanket every night I was there.

    This isn't a budget hotel but, in life, you get what you pay for and I will gladly recommend it to friends and look to stay there again on my inevitable return to my favourite city.
    Guest from Maidetone, UK

    Breakfast At Tiffany's

    If you've seen the movie "Breakfast At Tiffany's," you'll recall Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) lived in a NYC walkup apartment converted from a city townhouse. Whenever I think of 1871 House, I'm reminded of the winding staircase in the movie with apartments on every floor. At one time in its storied past, 1871 House served the same purpose, except now its former apartments are elegant rooms at a quiet and cozy inn. It's very romantic for couples and quiet and secure for singles and families.In one of the nicer neighborhoods in the city, the 1871 House is convenient to all sorts of amenities, the bus & subway, shops & businesses, even Bloomingdale's, are all are a short walk away. Within one block are several restaurants and grocery stores, some of which are open 24 hours. For the best bagels, try The Bread Factory in the same block on Lexington. Traveling alone, I always felt safe, even when out walking at night.For me, staying at 1871 House is SO much better than a city hotel, no matter how upscale. You feel like you live in the city, not just passing through. The prices are competitive with 3 and 4 star hotels in NYC. I stayed at one of those "posh" hotels on Central Park South. The room was nice but so small I could barely turn around. I also stayed at a nationwide chain hotel in NYC and was unpleasantly surprised at how poorly kept the facilities were. From what I've seen in "Sex and the City," the room decor at the 1871 House rivals those in the Stanhope Fifth Avenue. True, there's no room service at the 1871 House, but then, if the city loses power, you don't have to climb 22 stories to get to your room!The innkeepers, Warren & Lia Raum, are friendly & helpful without being intrusive. I can't imagine staying anywhere else when I visit New York. For a "Home away from Home" experience, or, if your home's like mine, a MUCH NICER Home away from Home, visit the 1871 House and stay a while! 

    A guest from Alexandria, Virginia, USA

     

     

     

  • Neighborhood Restaurants

    The Upper East Side is home to some of the city’s swankiest eateries however but  there are plenty of spots catering to nonmillionaires. The restaurant list below is by no means comprehensive ... with one or two exceptions, the list is comprised of neighborhood places all within one or a few blocks from 1871 House. 

     

    Alice's Tea Cup Chapter II
    156 E. 64th Street (between Lexington & 3rd Avenue)
    http://alicesteacup.com
    212-486-9200

    Arlington Club
    1032 Lexington Avenue (74th Street)
    212-249-5700
    www.arlingtonclubny.com

    Amali: 115 East 60th Street
    212-339-8363
    www.amalinyc.com

    Amaranth
    21 East 62nd Street
    212-980-6700
    www.amaranthrestaurant.com

    Anassa Taverna
    200 East 60th Street
    212-371-5200
    www.anassataverna.com

    Arabelle
    37 East 64th Street
    212-606-4647
    www.arabellerestaurant.com

    L'Absinthe Restaurant
    227 East 67th Street
    212-794-4950
    www.labsinthe.com

    The Bar Room
    117 East 60th Street
    212-561-5523
    www.thebarroomnyc.com

    Bella Blu
    967 Lexington Avenue (70th Street)
    212-988-4624
    www.baraondany.com

    Le Bilboquet
    20 E 60th St 
    212-751-3036
    http://lebilboquetny.com/

    Bistro Chat Noir
    22 East 66th Street
    212-794-2428
    www.bistrochatnoir.com

    Brio
    137 East 61st Street
    212-980-2300
    www.brionyc.com

    brgr
    1026 3rd Avenue (61st Street)
    212-588-0080
    www.brgr.com

    Burger Heaven
    804 Lexington Ave
    212-838-3580
    www.burgerheaven.com

    Café Boulud
    20 East 76th Street
    212-772-2600
    www.cafeboulud.com

    Café Sabarsky/Café Fledermaus
    1048 5th Avenue (East 86th Street)
    212-288-0665
    kg-ny.com

    Circus
    132 East 61st Street
    212-223-2965
    www.circusrestaurante.com

    Club Macanudo
    26 East 63rd Street
    www.clubmacanudo.com

    Daniel
    60 East 65th Street
    212-288-0033
    www.danielnyc.com

    East Pole
    133 East 65th Street
    212-249-2222
    www.theeastpolenyc.com

    Felice Wine Bar
    Inspired by the sophisticated streets of Florence and the Rustic warmth of the 1166 1st Avenue (64th Street)
    212-593-2223
    www.felice64.com

    Fig & Olive
    Lexington Avenue (Between 62nd and 63rd Street)
    212-207-4555
    www.figandolive.com

    Fishtail
    135 East 62nd Street
    212-754-1300
    www.fishtaildb.com

    Four Seasons Restaurant
    99 East 52nd Street
    212-754-9494
    www.fourseasonsrestaurant.com

    Fred's At Barneys New York
    660 Madison Avenue, 9th floor (Between 60th and 61st Street)
    212-833-2200

    Il Mulino
    37 E 60th St 
    (212) 750-3270
    www.ilmulino.com

    JoJo
    160 East 64th Street
    212-223-5656
    www.jean-georges.com

    The Loeb Central Park Boathouse
    It's all about the unbeatable location at this lakeside American, where the decor is East 72nd Street
    212-517-2233
    www.thecentralparkboathouse.com

    Match 65
    29 East 65th Street
    212-737-4400
    www.match65.com

    Mon Petit Cafe
    801 Lexington Ave (62nd Street)
    212-355-2233
    www.monpetitcafe.com

    Orsay
    1057 Lexington Avenue (75th Street)
    212-517-6400
    www.orsayrestaurant.com

    Le Pain Quotidien
    65th Street & Lexington Avenue
    212-755-5810
    www.lepainquotidien.us

    The Pembroke Room at the Lowell Hotel
    28 East 63rd Street
    212-605-6825
    www.lowellhotel.com

    The Plaza Food Hall
    1 West 59th Street
    212-986-9260
    www.theplazany.com/dining/foodhall
    Billy’s Bakery, Francois Payard Patisserie, Kusmi Tea, Lady M
    La Maison du Chocolat. Luke’s Lobster, No. 7 Sub
    Olma Caviar Boutique & Bar, Pain D’Avignon, Piada
    Sabi Sushi, Tartinery, Three Tarts, Vive la Crepe
    William Greenberg Desserts, YoArt Frozen Yogurt Boutique

    Rotisserie Georgette
    14 East 60th Street
    212-390-8060
    www.rotisserieg.com

    Salumeria
    903 Madison Ave
    (212) 517-7700
    www.salumeriarosi.com

    Sant Ambroeus (Madison Avenue)
    1000 Madison Avenue (78th Street)
    212-570-2211
    www.santambroeus.com

    Sel & Poivre
    853 Lexington Avenue (Near 65th Street)
    212-517-5780
    www.seletpoivrenyc.com

    Serafina Always
    29 East 61st Street
    212-702-9898
    www.serafinarestaurant.com

    Serendipity 3
    225 East 60th Street
    212-838-3531
    www.serendipity3.com

    Sette Mezzo
    969 Lexington Ave (Between 70th and 71st Street)
    212-472-0400

    Tony's Di Napoli
    1081 3rd Avenue (64th Street)
    212-888-6333
    www.tonysnyc.com

    Todd English Food Hall at the Plaza (Concourse level)
    1 West 59th Street
    212-986-9260
    www.theplazany.com/dining/todd-english-food-hall

    Bottega del vino
    212.223.3028 or 212.223.2724
    7 E. 59 St. (corner of 5th Ave.) 
    http://www.bottegadelvinonyc.com

     

     

     

  • Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations:  Before cancelling please be aware of the cancellation policy which was accepted at the time of booking.  By making a reservation with 1871 House, you accept and agree to our cancellation policy as detailed below.  It is critical that you read the below policy prior to making a reservation.  

    Guests changing or canceling a confirmed reservation more than 60 days prior to arrival are subject to 15% of the total room charge.

    Guests changing or canceling a confirmed reservation within 31-60 days prior to arrival are subject to 25% charge of the total room charge.

    Guests changing or canceling a confirmed reservation 30 or fewer days prior to their arrival date will be charged the full room rate, plus tax, for the full amount of the reserved stay.

    Cancellations within 30 days of the arrival date are non-cancelable/refundable and are subject to a full charge.

    • Cancellation notifications need to be made in writing. Email notifications are fine, however, please do not assume we have received your notification unless you have received confirmation from us. You may also send us a notification by certified mail, return receipt requested. If you are notifying us by phone, you must follow up with a written notification.

    • There is a minimum $50 handling fee for cancellation of any confirmed reservation.

    • Guests changing or canceling some portion of a confirmed reservation will be charged a percentage of the cost of the reservation: 15% when done more than 60 days prior to arrival; 25% when done 31-60 days prior to arrival; non-cancelable when done 30 days or less.

    • Guests cannot change a reservation to be for fewer nights than the minimum night stay requirement.  1871 House maintains a four-night minimum for the majority of the year.

    • If circumstances necessitate a reservation cancellation, please inform us as soon as possible. This will provide you with the best possible opportunity to salvage some portion of the financial outlay.

    • If you do not arrive to the hotel, arrive late or check out early, you will be liable for full charges.  If, after 24 hours from the expected arrival time and date, no communications have been exchanged between the innkeeper and guest (via email or phone) and the guest has not checked in, the reserved room will be forfeited with no refund.

    • Cancellations or changes made after check-in are subject to a 100% penalty.

    • Reservations for 7 days or longer are non-cancelable/non-refundable and not dependent on the timing of the cancellation. Guest is responsible for all charges.

    • Multiple room reservations are non-cancelable/non-refundable and not dependent on the timing of the cancellation.

    • We do not permit “postponing” of reservations if requested within 30 or fewer days of the arrival date.

    • We do not issue credit toward a future stay if requested within 30 or fewer days of the arrival date.

    • Rather than forfeit the service charge on a refundable deposit, you may choose to apply the full amount of the deposit to a future reservation within the same year.

    • We understand that unforeseen events or circumstances may cause you to cancel or change your reservation (for example: health and family matters, conditions or issues related to weather or natural disasters, code alerts, or personal anxieties regarding current world affairs).  It is for this reason we recommend that all guests consider getting travel insurance.  

    • We are unable to issue refunds or credits toward future stays for reservations canceled within 30 days of the arrival date.

    • This cancellation policy is applicable to changes in the number of guests in a travel group.  For example, if one or more persons in the travel group cancels their trip for any reason (thereby reducing the total number of persons that will occupy the suite or room). If it is uncertain how many guests are to be accommodated, we recommend booking for the fewest number and then adding just prior to the arrival date.  

    • If a room is canceled, partial credits may be available only if the following conditions are met:

    1. We are able to re-let room canceled for the original reservation period

    2. If the canceled room is re-let for the original reservation period, we are able to achieve the same rate or a higher rate (1871 House offers “procrastinator” rates in order to fill last-minute vacancies. Therefore rooms booked on short notice are likely to be discounted. Suites may be offered at studio rates on a last minute basis)

    3. We are fully occupied otherwise

    4. In order to achieve full occupancy as quickly as possible, owner has option of offering canceled room to potential guests even if other rooms are available. If a canceled room is re-let but other vacant rooms are available, no credit would be forthcoming. Credit for a cancellation will not be offered if 1871 House is not fully booked for dates canceled

    5. Refund checks are processed at the end of each month

    6. Credits are issued at the discretion of the owner

    7. General Disclaimer – The innkeepers will only refund a room after arrival if room is substantially unusable (defined as floods, fires and major infestation).  There will be no refund for occurrences that are common to any major metropolitan townhouse/building structure, such as: external noise, small leaks, faint smells, sighting of a mouse (vermin) or insect, faucet drips, regional or citywide black-outs, watermain breaks, etc.

     

    Rooms Overbooked: 1871 House does not employ the technique of overbooking its rooms to help insure the highest occupancy rates possible. If due to human error a room at the 1871 House has been overbooked, priority will be given to the guest who booked first. Should this happen and no other rooms are available at the house, a full refund will be made. In addition, 1871 House will provide assistance in finding alternative lodging. Though we will make a conscientious effort to find alternative lodging, 1871 House cannot guarantee that comparable lodging (space, location or price) will be found and cannot be responsible for any differences in rates.

     

    Government Actions: 1871 House shall not be held responsible for relocating guests for any and all actions taken by federal, state or city agencies or authorities (e.g. Right of Eminent Domain, condemnation, zoning, building or fire department enforcement rulings or changes). Any pre-paid monies paid by guest will be refunded in full.

     

    In-operability: 1871 House shall not be held responsible for relocating guests due to inability to operate for any and all hazards and damages (e.g. Fire, flood, smoke or other damages caused by natural disasters)

     

    TRIP INSURANCE: To recoup the cost of nonrefundable travel expenses, you may want to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance. For more information and price quotes on specific policies, visit InsureMyTrip (http://www.insuremytrip.com).  Due to the cancellation fees associated with canceling a confirmed reservation at 1871 House, we highly recommend the purchase of Trip Cancellation Insurance. Over the many years that we have been in business, a fair number of guests have had their flights cancelled due to bad weather (especially in the cold weather months) as well as encounter  unforeseen illness in the family.

     

    Travel insurance plans provide you with insurance coverage for your travel investment if unforeseen weather conditions cause a delay or cancellation of your trip. If the weather forces you to cancel your trip for a covered reason, travel insurance will reimburse your nonrefundable expenses, up to the amount of coverage you purchase. If bad weather delays your trip for a covered reason, travel insurance will reimburse you for reasonable, additional accommodations and traveling expenses until travel is possible.