The Canal Park Inn

508 Canal Street, New York, New York 10013
Innkeeper(s): Kipp & Margot Osborne
  • Introduction

    Welcome to The Canal Park Inn
    Bed & Theater (...And Breakfast Too)

    We share our building with Canal Park Playhouse, Downtown's newest venue for theater and cabaret. Each morning beginning at 8 AM guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast in The Playhouse Front Room.

    We are in easy walking distance of Greenwich Village, Soho and The East Village. Our neighborhood both cherishes the history of old New York and is an incubator for the newest architecture (and theater) in The Big Apple. Profits from your stay at the Inn help support Canal Park Playhouse.

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    All four of our guest rooms are furnished with 19th century antiques and handmade, classically designed contemporary furniture. All rooms have claw foot tubs with period shower fixtures, triple glazed windows, A/C and soundproofed walls.

    Nestled on the border of Soho and Tribeca, our landmarked 1826 Canal House is ideally situated for experiencing the best New York has to offer - and still having a quiet place to call home at the end of the day. Surrounded by 5-star restaurants and a block away from the landscaped parks, open grass, tennis courts, and stunning sunsets at the Hudson River Park, we strike a perfect balance between nature and culture.

    Tribeca North is, architecturally, the most diverse and dynamic section of greater Tribeca. Within a block of the Inn are new buildings designed by famed architects Philip Johnson and Winka Dubbeldam, the Zinc Building and the 461 Washington Project - a thermally heated "green" condominium building. Like an adolescent with braces on their teeth, this burgeoning district is awash with scaffolding.

    The Osborne's have owned 508 Canal Street since 1980. In this building, they raised their daughter, providing the building with family history built into the very walls. (Behind a renovation wall on the top floor of the building is hidden a mural painted by children at a particularly creative third birthday party.) The beds and several end tables in the Inn were built by Kipp Osborne, coming from the days he and his wife, Margot, were furniture makers in Soho and Tribeca.

  • 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 Canal Park Inn for sharing their secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most travelers who stay with us are looking for something more homey and laid-back than what a standard hotel offers, while still keeping a great location and incredible price point.

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

    We're known for our personable staff and incredible location. People who appreciate us love that they can be in the heart of downtown NYC, accessible to everything, but feel like they're in the countryside the minute they close the door to their room and settle into our inn for the night. What I love most about our inn is how its style (it's a Federal-style 1826 Landmarked Row House) and atmosphere seem to draw the friendliest, most interesting guests we could ask for. The conversations we get to have with inn guests over breakfast are always inspiring, engaging and enjoyable.

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

    Travelers should visit New York for the people! New York City has an energy that you can almost feel rising up from the pavement, and I believe that energy comes from the incredible tapestry of people and cultures that coexist to make this city so unique.

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

    We have the most effusive and articulate guests, so it's hard to narrow down the best compliment. I guess my favorite moment was the first time we had guests staying with us who were referred by their daughter. It happens a lot, and there really is no better compliment than sending someone you love to our B&B after you've stayed with us.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Us! No, I'm mostly kidding. But it's kind of true - and I mean the broader us by this. We're in Northern Tribeca, which is this absolutely lovely section of New York nestled right between Soho and what most people think of when they hear "Tribeca." It's an extremely residential area, with tons of restaurants, and even a spa, that people don't really know about unless they live here. Almost every business is family-run or run by someone who lives right here, and so it's got this wonderful village-in-a-city vibe that's incredibly unique for Manhattan. The immediate locations are Capsuto Fréres, Tribeca Spa of Tranquility (best massages around!), Estancia 460, 508 Cafe and - it's not a secret, but, The Ear Inn, a historic pub from the same era as our building.

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

    We recommend that travelers visit The Ear Inn, get a massage at Tribeca Spa of Tranquility, attend a show in our sister theater, Canal Park Playhouse, and, if it's warm outside, walk the Highline. If it's wintertime you have to check out the restaurant called The Waverly Inn because they have a true working wood fireplace and are just charming and cozy in the winter.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We're within easy walking distance to Soho, Greenwich Village, the Hudson River Park, and the World Trade Center Memorial Site. If you're up for a longer walk, you can also easily walk a little further to Little Italy, Chinatown, and the Highline Park from our location.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Each of us have our favorite: I love 508 Cafe, Kipp loves Estancia 460, and Manhattan at large loves Capsuto.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? is a great resource for information about NYC. So is TimeOut NY. There are tons of guides out there, and the number of options in the city are infinite and ever-changing, so - whatever gets you personally excited about the city is probably a good bet. One of the nice things about that tapestry of cultures I was talking about is that it means, each of us can have the city be sort of exactly what we want it to be.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We offer 4 wonderful rooms. One sleeps up to 5 people, 2 sleep up to 3, and the last sleeps 2.

    Do you accept pets?

    Unfortunately no, we do not accept pets. While we do love furry friends, it can make our guests with allergies miserable!


  • How To Find Us

    For the most scenic walk:

    • Take the E or C trains to Spring Street
    • Walk west on Spring two blocks to Greenwich
    • Then walk south on Greenwich to Canal and we are right across the street

    Or, (If you don't mind navigating the entrance to the Holland Tunnel):

    • Take the A C or 1 trains to Canal Street
    • Walk west on the south side of Canal
    • We are located between Greenwich and Washington Streets, almost at the Hudson River.

    Both the Spring and Canal Street stations are the same 5 minute walk to The Playhouse.

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