1871 House (New York City Accommodations in the Style of a B&B)
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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.
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.
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.
Eightone-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.
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.
Wi Fi available in all rooms. Free Wi Fi available in our Ground Floor Reception Area.
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 affairs of the 1871 House and are present at the house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays until 4 p.m.
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.
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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 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 doorâ€¦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 ambiance 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 Cityâ€¦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.
Another return visit - fantastic place that does not disappoint
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 favorite 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