"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