Allie's Inn was totally awesome for what we needed. We stayed in a large private room ("Allie's Room") with ensuite on the top floor (up two flights of stairs - didn't worry us, but might worry somebody who would prefer an elevator). The bed was huge and comfortable, the furnishings and decorations were simple and classy, and the room had absolutely everything we needed. Free internet, big TV, a daybed, a breakfast bar, oven, fridge -- you name it, it was there. The room even had a large closet for storing suitcases out of the way. The bathroom was clean and a good size - shower/bath was very roomy, which was great.
Marilyn, the innkeeper, had left delicious food in the fridge for our breakfast - fresh fruit salad, bread, milk, cereal - all sorts of things. The room was very quiet and we never heard a peep from anyone, including the people staying in the room next door! The area was fantastic. Quiet, gorgeous street, very close to two different subway stations, and near to convenience shops/pharmacy/IHOP, etc. Harlem was a beautiful area of New York. It's about 30 mins by subway into Manhattan/Times Square for all the tourist-type activities, but that didn't worry us. Riding the subway enabled us to feel quite independent and confident about getting around the city, and we never experienced any problems with any of the other commuters or trains.
Overall, Allie's Inn was remarkable and fantastic value for what we paid. We will definitely be staying here again. Marilyn was really lovely, and allowed us to keep our suitcases in the inn all day on the day that we left the city as well. I would recommend Allie's Inn to anybody who would like to stay at a "home away from home" and who doesn't need an innkeeper to hold their hand throughout their stay. There isn't a reception desk as such so you're on your own. We didn't need one at all - everything had already been thought of for us. Enjoy! It's a great place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether you are traveling to New York for business or pleasure you will find that Allie's Inn offers comfort, privacy and friendly hospitality in an environment that reflects the quiet elegance of an earlier time. We welcome both business travelers and seasonal visitors for both short term and long term stays. A visitor will be provided the opportunity to enjoy the city with the convenience of home when staying in one of our lovely private apartments. Allie’s Inn is located just minutes away from Columbia University and City College campuses. City College is just a 5 minute walk and Columbia University is just a short train ride away. ... more less
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