The West Townhouse

West 85th Street & Amsterdam Avenue Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York, New York 10024
Innkeeper(s): Larry & Monica
  • Introduction

    Our Townhouse, Your Home in New York City. Here you will feel like our guest. Live as a New Yorker in the city's most desirable neighborhood. Close enough to all major attractions & commerce yet a quiet & private retreat.

    One-of-a-kind apartments filled with antiques from the past and conveniences from the present. All amenities & comfort of an upscale hotel, in a personal & intimate setting. A warm, friendly and safe stay in Manhattan.

    Located on a serene tree lined street on the desirable Upper West Side Historic District, our townhouse is surrounded by all international cuisine, renowned shops and convenient commerce.

    Subway & Central Park are just 2 blocks away. Picnic in the park on The Great Lawn or jog around The Reservoir. They're right there! Go 3 blocks west to a pleasant walk by the Hudson River at the Riverside Park. In the summer weekends, browse the vivid local street fairs and flea markets. The Metropolitan Museum & the Museum Mile are right across the park.

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  • 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 Larry & Monica for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Travelers are looking for a more personal and charming experience with a good value. They are often impressed by our many positive independent reviews.

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

    We are definitely known for our friendly hospitality combined with extremely clean, spacious, and charming 19th century apartments with period architectural details. They are furnished with original antiques and artwork, and complete with modern kitchens and baths. Each apartment is unique, and has its own special character, and living on the Upper West Side is a genuine New York experience.

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

    We always say that people should visit New York for its multicultural diversity and endless entertainment options. There is something here for all tastes and ages.

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

    The best compliment that we receive is that we have exceeded guests' dreams and expectations.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    We believe the best kept secret in this area are the wonderful townhouses located in our Landmark Historic District - and the many celebrities who live in our neighborhood (the Upper West Side).

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

    Travelers who are staying for more than a quick weekend will love taking a stroll in Central Park, visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art just across the park, seeing the dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History, or catching a ballet or an opera at Lincoln Center. They'll enjoy seeing a concert at the Beacon Theater, trying some of the superb nearby restaurants, and shopping at the famous stores along Broadway.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    There are literally dozens of walking distance attractions & convenient commerce areas. Potential guests can refer to the "Surroundings" page in our website for more information.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    We love the picturesque views of "The Boathouse" in Central Park (, the generous portions of the Italian "Carmine" at 91 St & Broadway (, and the wonderful pastries & brunch at Cafe Lalo ( - featured in the movie "You've Got Mail" with Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan, which was shot in our neighborhood.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Time Out Magazine is a great guide for this area.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We offer 4 wonderful rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not allow pets at this time.

  • About Our Accommodations

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    Old World charm, Modern conveniences. Each apartment is private, with its own entrance, bathroom and kitchen. Recently renovated, our apartments are spacious, charming, extremely comfortable & immaculately clean.

    Each one is uniquely decorated as a labor of love and joy, with attention to details and the travelers' needs. Tasteful displays of collectibles, such as antique furniture, oil paintings, photographs, elegant chandeliers, Persian rugs & English porcelain. Framed by wonderful original architectural details, such as 10 foot ceilings, crown moldings, tall doors & windows, decorative fireplaces, stained glass windows, exposed brick walls, wood paneling, hand made mosaic & parquet floors, etc.

    Special touches as the scent of fresh flowers and fruit baskets make our ambiance even more inviting. All apartments have a beautifully dressed queen sized bed with fine linens and a new comfortable mattress.

    Heat and air conditioning assure your comfort in any weather. Fully equipped kitchens crafted from top of the line materials, as granite counter tops & stainless steel appliances. Art Deco style en-suite bathrooms feature Subway tiles, mosaic floors, bathtubs &/or showers with glass doors, grab bars, fluffy towels & English toiletries.

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    All Conveniences of Home & More

    Each apartment is private, with its own entrance, bathroom and kitchen:

    • Individually decorated apartments with original antiques & artwork
    • Original period architectural details
    • Fully equipped kitchens (full size refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker & toaster)
    • Bathtubs &/or showers with glass doors
    • Welcoming snacks & fresh fruits basket
    • Gilchrist & Soames toiletries
    • Fresh flowers
    • Maps, Guides & Magazines
    • Queen size beds
    • Fine Bed & Bath linens
    • Weekly cleaning, Bed & Bath linens
    • Flat screen LCD TV
    • Complimentary Internet access (Wi-Fi)
    • Phone service (complimentary local calls)
    • In room Electronic Safe
    • Hair dryer, iron & ironing board
    • Air conditioner & heater
    • In room Smoke detector
    • Security key system

    Note: For your security our fireplaces are non-working

  • Our Location

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    Experience Living in The Best Neighborhood of New York City

    Located on a serene tree lined street on the desirable Upper West Side Historic District, our townhouse is surrounded by all international cuisine, renowned shops and convenient commerce.

    Central Park & Subway are just 2 blocks away. Picnic in the park on The Great Lawn or jog around The Reservoir. They're right there! Go 3 blocks west to a pleasant walk by the Hudson River at the Riverside Park.

    In the summer weekends, browse the vivid local street fairs and flea markets. The Metropolitan Museum & the Museum Mile are right across the park.

    A short walk to the Museum of Natural History, NY Historical Society, Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle, Time Warner Mall, and the romantic Carriages rides.

    Magnificent landmarks such as the Cathedral of St John The Divine (the world's largest Gothic cathedral), the Columbia University campus, and prestigious residential buildings such as The Dakota, The San Remo, The Apthorp & The Ansonia, make walking by our neighborhood quite worth it.

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    Location to countless movies and TV series (such as Seinfield, Friends, Law & Order and Sex & The City), the Upper West Side is also home of many intellectuals & celebrities. You may bump into your favorite artist while having Brunch around the corner!

    Subway: The red & blue lines (trains 1, B & C) are 2 blocks away and take you to Times Square/Midtown in less than 10 minutes.

    Bus: The Crosstown bus is just 1 block away on West 86th Street. It crosses Central Park connecting the West to the East side and vice-versa.

    Buses M104 on Broadway & the M10 on Central Park West (both 2 blocks away) are an alternative to the subway, running North & South and vice-versa.

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    Within a few steps

    • Subway – 2 blocks
    • Bus – 1 block
    • Grocery Market – ½ block
    • 24 hour Restaurant – 1 block
    • Bakery – 1 block
    • Police - 2 blocks
    • ATM – ½ block
    • US Major Banks – within 5 blocks
    • Internet Cafe / Copy / Fax – ½ block
    • Post Office - 2 blocks
    • 24 hour Pharmacy – 1 block
    • Laundry (Drop off service) – 1 block
    • Beauty Salon – ½ block
    • Gym – 2 blocks
    • Bike Rental - 1 block
    • Rent-a-Car - 2 blocks
    • Parking Garage - 2 blocks
    • Catholic Church - 3 blocks
    • Synagogue -1 block
    • Movie Theater – 2 blocks

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    Local Attractions

    • Central Park – 2 blocks
    • Riverside Park – 3 blocks
    • Museum of Natural History - 6 blocks
    • New York Historical Society - 6 blocks
    • Metropolitan Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Frick Collection,etc (Museum Mile) - 3 bus stops
    • Lincoln Center - 3 subway stops
    • Columbus Circle / Time Warner Mall / Carriages - 4 subway stops
    • Cathedral of St John The Divine - 3 subway stops
    • Columbia University - 4 subway stops
    • Gospel in Harlem - 5 subway stops
    • Riverside Church - 5 subway stops
    • Grant's Tomb - 5 subway stops
  • Guest Comments

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    "This apt is heaven! It meets my every need, welcomes me with its warmth & loving touches (like fresh flowers in two rooms!). I feel a bit like I am living in a time warp - like Thomas Jefferson could be my next door neighbor! This apartment could be one of New York City's best kept secrets. Thanks for the loving experience. "

    Erica Perry

    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    "You've created the quintessential Upper West Side experience for outsiders to see how fabulous it must be to live here. We love the picturesque streets & classy shops, the proximity to Central Park, Hudson River, and great museums. And, not just looking at the beautiful townhouses, but actually staying in one! This just might be the nicest room in New York City."

    Robin & Alfredo Trento

    Malibu, California

    "Querida Monica, Foi muito bom estarmos hospedadas neste charmoso apartamento. Foi como se morassemos em New York. Parabens pelo bom gosto,  pelo cuidado e, pricipalmente, pela hospitalidade. Esperamos voltar muitas vezes."

    Lucia Guimaraes, Ana Lucia Mesquita e Monica Palheta

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    "Dear Monica, Thank you so much for letting us stay in your beautiful apartment. The location was excellent for running and eating. Hope to see you next year around NY Marathon. "

    Mari & Mika Liikonen

    Lahti, Finland

    "Dear Monica & Larry, From our first email & phone encounters, we knew we were in good hands. Thank you for your warmth and hospitality. We loved our stay and look forward to seeing you again soon."

    Ken Emory & Teri Rosen

    Las Vegas, Nevada

    "Monica, Muchas gracias por el servicio. Todo fue muy bueno y confortable. La siguinte vez en Nueva York seguro volvere a este lugar. Voy a recomiendar con mis amigos para que se hospeden en este sitio. Muy buena ubicacion. "

    Mariana Gomes San & Noel Castro

    Zapopan, Mexico

    "We are so pleased we found this gem in our old neighborhood. We will most definitely return. It is beautiful and clean place. Wonderful job!"

    Lauren & Radley Griffin

    Tampa, Florida

    "Monica & Larry, What a fabulous place you have here. You have great taste. I will definitely recommend it and come again. "

    John & Herbert Des Lauriers

    Cologne, Germany

    "Ci siamo trovati benissimo in questo appartamento molto confortevole e tranquillo. Ci è piaciuta molto questa parte di NY e in particolare questo quartiere. Speriamo di ritornare presto e se qualche nostro amico verrà a NY lo indirizzeremo qui."

    Maria Antonietta Brovero & Mauro Re

    Terruggia, Italy

    "Monica & Larry, One word: perfect! From the location to all the amenities, everything was beautiful. We hope to visit again one day."

    The Goffs

    Akron, Ohio

    "Dear Monica & Larry, Thank you so much. The apartment was perfect for our needs. Your flexibility and willingness to be available was much appreciated. See you next time!"

    Amy Mates & Billy Mencow

    Lexington, Massachussets

    "Dear Monica & Larry, Thank you so much for hosting us in your most wonderful house. Thank you for a great hospitality. Best place we ever stayed in NY."

    Marlis & Rainer Sennewald

    Krunmbek, Germany

    "Dear Monica, Thank you for the warm welcome when we arrived. Felt very comfortable in the studio, roomy, well fitted out. Great location. Felt very safe in such a big city."

    Margaret & Clive Hamlin

    Chapel Hill, Australia

    "Monica & Larry, We enjoyed our 4 days in your lovely apartment. The furnishings, art work and linens are lovely. We will be back again in the future visiting our children. You made us feel so welcome and we appreciated your help with restaurants recommendations...Cafe Lalo for brunch!"

    Cass & Sam Williamson

    Charlevoix, Illinois

    "Monica & Larry, I feel I've found a home away from home; one I shall certainly return to in the not-to-distant future. Thank you so much for your care and hospitality."

    Steve Karman

    Los Angeles, California

    "Partir c'est mourir un peu." So we are a little bit sad to leave NY and your home, your hospitality, your kindness. Because of the care for our children and grandchildren we hadn't enough time left to meet each other - to play the piano, etc. Next time!"

    Ellen & Rein Odink

    The Netherlands