As a lone female traveller, the Sofia Inn was perfect for me. It was in a great neighbourhood (Prospect Heights), a quiet and pretty area with lovely streets and an amazing museum, fantastic park, botanic gardens and an enormous public library just half a kilometre away, and the lovely Park Slope area on the other side of Flatbush Avenue. The inn is located 4 or 5 houses east of Vanderbilt avenue with its hipster restaurants, cafes and bars and practical services such as laundrettes, drycleaners and supermarket. Flatbush Ave has 24 hour drug stores and doctors' rooms. The 7th Avenue subway entrance is actually on Park Place approx 300 metres west of the Sofia Inn on the corner of Flatbush Ave, and it takes you along the Q line into Manhattan (over the Manhattan bridge with its great views) and north along Broadway, which is very handy. The 4 & 5 line takes you into Manhattan along Lexington Avenue from a stop on Vanderbilt Ave at Grand Army Plaza, which is also very handy, but you need to note that this stop is missed when the express train comes back from Manhattan. The Sofia Inn itself is somewhat faded and creaky, but the West Room in particular is very nice, with a gorgeous bed and plenty of room. I also stayed in the North Room which was nice in a different, more old-world Victorian way, but it had a small hard bed and no full-length mirrors in which to check your look before going out. It has a great shower in the shared bathroom, though, and lovely views of the street. The only drawback of the inn is the proprietor, who is a grumpy, suspicious man who appears to have mysteriously landed in the world of hospitality. On my second day, he barged into my room and told me I wasn't to remove appliances from electrical sockets in order to use other appliances, and I explained that my hairdryer did not work in the other sockets. It turned out that a fuse or something had blown, but there was no apology from him, nor did he explain why it was bad to remove the appliance from the socket anyway. I heard him say to the maid one morning when I popped in to collect an umbrella after a breakfast out, 'No, she's still here,' in a weary voice, and I knew he was talking about me! All in all, though, the comfort, position and value for money was worth the hassle of dealing with him. Unlike others who have posted here, I had no problem with the security.
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