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“Haven in Harlem”
Review of 102 Brownstone

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102 Brownstone
Ranked #36 of 77 New York City B&B and Inns
Chorley, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Haven in Harlem”
Reviewed 29 October 2011

I would echo the comments left by recent reviewers, both about the accomodation and Lizette the owner. Had it been possible I would have given a rating of 4.5 out of 5. The room was great with high ceilings, a queen size bed and a large TV. The bathroom had a powerful shower. The subway was 2 mins away with an approximate 20 minute journey to Times Square. My wife, who had been mugged at gunpoint in the UK, felt very safe in this location and was happy to venture out at night. There are plenty of varied eating houses in the area, we would recommend Native - just across the road and Amy Ruths on W116th Street, just around the corner from the subway. Thanks again Lizette, when we return to NYC, 102 Brownstone will be top of our list.

Room Tip: We were in "Cafe" on the first floor, (although up a flight of steps from the pavement) th...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

This is not your typical 'hotel"...it is more like renting a room in a private home. Owner Lizette was warm and welcoming,the room very comfortable, the neighborhood quite friendly (we felt very safe roaming around after dark), Lots of activity nearby but easy access to bus, subway, train if you want to head elsewhere. The only- ONLY -reason I would question another stay here would be that payment must be in cash or arranged in advance. Definitely worth checking out if you are heading to New York!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 October 2011

We stayed 3 nights here, and it was a lovely, quiet, clean, comfortable refuge from the madness of downtown Manhattan! We felt like locals, with our own front door key. Catching the bus from La Guardia was so simple and cheap, and then the B&B is 10 mins walk down a main road. There is a great little coffee shop that does food all day long - Caffe Latte - just round the corner: we ate there most evenings, although we did go to Amy Ruth's one night to sample genuine soul food (highly recommended!). Transport into the city is very good - subway or take the bus if you are not in a rush and want to people watch. We were quite happy to get away from the noise and rush, but I suppose if you want to feel that you are in the heart of NYC, you probably wouldn't stay here. And as everyone else said, Lizette is lovely...!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 23 August 2011

My mother stayed here and she loved it. The room was charming and clean. The neighborhood has a lot of personality. Great place to stay. Lizette was wonderful. She accommodated all our requests. Only one precaution: this is not a regular hotel, so you might not find Lizette at all times. Therefore, I suggest you call her before you go and tell her exactly at what time you're arriving so that she'll be there. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed 4 July 2011

Pros :
1.the owner is very sweet , she is real warm and kind and leaves you alone with your own key to come and go as you please and let me use some books to help me out in harlem / nyc
2. close to subway stop
3.very very spacious with own ful-lsize kitchen and bathroom
4. very safe area..... walked around at night alone after midnight from the subway nearby
5. more bang for your buck
6. clean

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1. had to wait 2 hrs for my room that was suppose to be ready at 10am per my written reservation { i was left stranded in a new city ...on my b-day trip ;o( ... not good
2. no room service { per site and from it states ever 3 days ... i was there from wed-sunday } so still had dirty towels... sheets... and trash that was never serviced
3. toilet seat was not screwed on
2. bed was the most uncomfortable.... no comforter .. only jersey sheets with a blanket and a hard hard bed.... so i slept on the sofa
3.window unit did not have a clean filtering system { i opened the window to get fresh air in ,..... i was nonstop sneezing in this room .... i was on OTC meds the whole time trying to breath... when i would turn off the unit.... i felt much better .
4. location is far from all the popular sites { village/ wallstreet/chelsea, soho, times sq etc.... }
5. wifi...goes in and out alot

Overall .... this place is great if u are on a tight budget and have a large group because you can save . I wanted to live like a new yorker..... so this fit the bill ... Next time i will stay in the middle of the island so that the commuting time would be shorter ....other then that ..... i had a very nice time .

Room Tip: far from most popular sites ...use subway to save
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about 102 Brownstone

Property: 102 Brownstone
Address: 102 W 118th St, New York City, NY 10026-1809
Region: United States > New York > New York City > Harlem
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 77 B&Bs / Inns in New York City
Price range (per night): ₹ 7,712 - ₹ 12,210
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you seek an exhilarating New York experience stay at 102Brownstone.In a beautiful private apartment or elegant private suite you canenjoy the city with all the comfort, convenience and privacyof home. The accommodations are designed for the senses andthe warm ambiances contribute to the sense of retreat.• Luxury queen sized beds• Complimentary High speed internet service / Wi-Fi• Full kitchens and Jacuzzi tubs in the apartments• Microwave and refrigerators in the suites• Cable television / DVD player ... more   less 
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