“My all-time favorite place in NYC”
As a person who travels for business quite often, it is rare that I find a place worthy of a Trip Advisor review. And yet I continue to share my thoughts on my all-time favorite place in NYC - 1871 House. It is easy to tire of the same old business hotels, so it was refreshing when I stumbled on this quaint upper East Side property. I have taken my family here twice on vacation, and I continue to stay here on business when they have room. It is the perfect way to experience NYC.
Are the rooms made for business travelers? Not really. Does this cater to a business traveler at all? Not really. And that is the beauty and charm of this great place. Rather than going back to a hotel, I literally feel like I am arriving "home" when I get to 62nd and Lex. The rooms are quaint and appropriate - they have everything one would need for the evening. The entire property has the charm you would expect. Whereas others have commented on the water pressure or some other minor inconvenience, I find all of the nuances of 1871 House to be what makes it so special. I have never had an issue that wasn't resolved immediately. For instance, on this last trip, there was some water damage in one of the rooms in the top floor suite that I was staying in. This was due to the heavy storms that had been in NYC just a few days before. As I arrived, the staff prepared me for this and told me that I might want to choose the smaller part of the suite to stay in. They decided NOT to work on the damage while I was staying there, postponing the repairs until I left. It was appropriate - and part of the challenge of working with an old NY building. Part of the charm and appropriately handled.
Two special elements of the experience stand out for me:
(1) The location: You absolutely can't beat the upper East Side location of 62nd Street between Park and Lex. I can walk just a few blocks and be in Central Park for a morning jog. There are amazing neighborhood restaurants and shops just outside the door. And big department stores and power shopping just down the street. You can walk anywhere and get almost anything you might want. When you stay here, you feel like you live here. That's the way to experience a city.
(2) The staff: The staff at 1871 House is not your typical B&B staff - and they acknowledge such. They are not there to engage you in conversation or be your "hosts" in the city. They are there to make sure everything goes well; otherwise, they are quiet and behind the scenes. And yet, it's one of the things I love about this place. They have taken VERY GOOD care of me. They remember that I have stayed there before. They know I arrive late and leave early. And most importantly, they accommodate my last minute requests for a room when they can. They show flexibility and loyalty, which is rare these days. I am grateful for the kind staff that work at 1871 House and how they have welcomed me into their home.
I have sent a number of friends to 1871 House - both business colleagues and personal friends. Bar none, their experiences have been outstanding. I can not more highly recommend this place to anyone looking to experience a different, more personal and intimate NYC. (Just hoping they don't get TOO booked up; I want to make sure they have room for me on my next trip!)
Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
“Home Away From Home”
We loved our stay at 1871 house! The location was fantastic-close to everything like Central Park and shopping. It is in a beautiful neighborhood. It felt like a home away from home. I enjoyed staying there so much more than staying in a hotel room. We stayed in the Mission Suite which was decorated with charming antique furniture and a great kitchen area and newly renovated bathroom. The suite was huge! We will definitely be back.
Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
“Perfect for a First Visit to New York”
My five-night stay at 1871 House was wonderful! The Parlour Suite on the second floor had everything that I needed: large windows looking onto the tree-lined street, an en suite bath with tub and shower, an efficient kitchenette cleverly concealed behind two doors, a charming fireplace and attractive antique furniture. I was impressed by its cleanliness as well as the comfortable bed with down pillows.
Travelling on my own for the first time in New York City, I had lots of questions! The friendly staff went out of their way to help me which included directing me to restaurants, tea rooms and stores that could accommodate my special dietary needs and arranging for transportation to my meetings in the city.
Most importantly, at the end of each busy day, I felt like I was coming home when I returned to 1871 House. It was an oasis amidst the excitement and buzz of the city. I will happily stay again!
Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
“Fantastic choice as ever forever”
Second time at 1871 House. No surprise. Fantastic location and atmosphere. Friendly and nice staff.
The B&B is perfectly located 5 mnutes from Central Park and 5th Avenue.
Being one of the most rated residential area staying at 1871 House makes you feel a true newyorker.
“Excellent location, cozy and comfy!”
My girlfriend and I really enjoyed our stay at the 1871 House. The staff, especially Jennifer, were very accomodating in terms of googling and printing off directions as well as recommending restaurants etc. We stayed in the Garden room. It was cozy yet very spacious. We were fortunate enough to use the terrace(weather was good) which provided an additional living space and a great place to enjoy our morning coffee. The Queen bed was very comfortable and the trundle bed was perfect for one as well. There was ample storage space for our clothes, two dressers and an armoire. A perfect table for writing and/or snacking. While the bathroom was definitely unique and small it was good enough for showering. We had plenty of hot water at all times contrary to reviews I had read previous to our stay. The additional sink in the room was a welcome addition for teeth brushing and washing before bed.
The neighbourhood was very nice. Minutes away from Park Ave, Central Park and a short subway ride away from the hustle and bustle of Times Square. The little fridge was perfect for housing our juice etc for breakfast and the kettle providing our morning hot drinks. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants to stay at a place with cozy comfy place with character vs a hotel room.
Room Tip: Garden room perfect in spring time, terrace is private and provides additional space.
“Home from home and so much more”
Wonderful stay in the Madison suite with our 3 children, for their first visit to NYC. Perfect accommodation and location for us. Yes the house plenty of stairs as others say, but so does the subway and we More than coped. The house is charming and we can't praise the service provided by the lovely staff too highly. We didn't meet the owners but Jennifer and Anita were delightfully helpful. The rooms are comfortable, clean, tastefully decorated and well equipped. The per-ordered hamper was nice and the advice re Sprinkles cup cakes on Lexington for birthday cake fare was perfect. We had 5 jam packed days and the location close to the park for the zoo and skating and easy subway access downtown was great. Hope to stay again and will tell our friends. Thanks again.
Room Tip: The Madison is good for families with 3 bedrooms
“Home Away From Home -- Only Better!”
3 of us stayed in the Madison Suite during a week in which we had snow, rain, and 50-degree weather. During it all, 1871 House provided the perfect 'home base' for sightseeing, and a wonderful refuge for tired feet (and wallets) at the end of the day. The beds were all comfortable, with impeccable linens and plump pillows. Being able to have a fire while it snowed outside was a huge bonus of which we were happy to take advantage! Yes, the stairs are many, and yes, it's an old walk-up building -- but with that comes undeniable charm, warmth, and intimacy, the likes of which you don't get in the large hotels, or in any place in NYC, especially at this price point. This place is a sure bet, and I'll look no further for a place to stay next time I travel to New York. I could easily have moved in permanently -- it's that great. (P.S. Hot water was plentiful every time I sought it).
Room Tip: Madison Suite provides great separation and is perfect for families!
“We will never stay anywhere else:)”
My husband and I are repeat visitors to 1871 House. We have traveled to NYC over 12 times since we fell in love with the city and we have stayed in many areas of Manhattan, but we can honestly say we will never stay anywhere else.
The house itself is beautiful, well appointed, and serene, lacking in nothing to help create a wonderful memory. We have stayed in three different rooms and we are hard pressed to select our favorite, as all have been wonderful. The staff is amazing creating a fine balance between respecting your privacy, yet letting you know they are always available to assist you with your questions or needs. My last trip I had to make alone and I will never be able to express how welcome, safe and cared for they made me feel. At the end of the day, returning to this lovely house, entering a room that draws you in and lures you to relax in my opinion is a true hidden gem.
The area of location is in our opinion perfect. You have access to all things NYC, without feeling like a pinball when you walk down the streets, if you know what I mean. We even have found so many of the restaurants and local merchants to have a neighborhood feel to their establishment as they are more welcoming, communicative and overall engaging. The area is very safe and each night we often stroll to Central Park to sit near the fountains and enjoy the lights and scenes of the city.
I promise you will not be disappointed and you will want to return over and over again.
Room Tip: We have stayed in the Mission Studio, Parlor and Rear Library. And we love them all.
“My Future Home from Home in New York City!”
A friend from England and I stayed here in October of 2011 and had an absolutely fabulous time. It is the perfect place for a visit to New York City. I used to stay at the Surrey, but now prefer the 1871 House. We had the Garden Room and Terrace and loved it. We also liked having an electric kettle and other household amenities, as well as a refrigerator, in our room, so we were able to enjoy breakfast and afternoon tea there, whenever we chose. But, we also enjoyed the neighborhood ethnic restaurants of an evening, just round the corner on Lexington.
We took advantage of having Central Park close by for a visit to the Zoo and our daily walks. We also loved the proximity to the Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, again all within walking distance.
Although we did not meet the owners, the staff were very helpful. I have no desire to stay anywhere else on my trips to New York City
Another great stay
Just spent another weekend at the 1871 House and what a treat. Like last time everything was perfect. The room was spacious and comfortable and full of charm and character. Antiques, high ceilings, big windows, comfy bed. And it's in one of the best and most expensive residential neighborhoods in the city, close to everything, and the best part is that it's two blocks to Central Park. There is nothing 'modern' or 'generic' about this B&B yet it's clean and fresh and elegant in a 19th century town house sort of way. . There's a little kitchenette (or some rooms have kitchens I think) with fridge and storage to put food in. Staff is friendly but other than a brief friendly encounter we never saw another person. That's a plus :-) So it's a rare treat for us but worth it.
Superb location, excellent room, great value.
We stayed at the 1871 as an experimental alternative to the major hotel chain properties that we usually book when visiting NYC and we won't go back to hotel life now.
For orientation, the 1871 is a 3 minute walk from Bloomingdales, 5 minutes walk from the bottom of Central Park and in an elegant, classy neighbourhood. 1871 is on a side street about 100 yards from the junction with Lex Av and so is a quiet location. We booked the Mission Studio which is on the lower ground floor of the property. This comprised a large bedroom, seating area, corridor with wardrobes, kitchenette, shower room and wc. The whole apartment was much much larger than the executive Hilton/Westin/Sheraton rooms that most people use in Manhattan and the ambience was far more homely and classy. The entire floor area is marble and the apartment looked to be freshly decorated, particularly the shower room and kitchen which were spotless. We paid around £210/night which I thought was excellent value for money. Remember - the 1871 appears to be a hotel but is really a townhouse converted into apartment accommodation so don't expect hotel services - this is pretty much self-catering. But I'd gladly swap a nightly turn-down service for extra floorspace and the character of the 1871. Other than that I would heartily recommend the 1871 to anyone travelling to NYC and staying a few days for pleasure or business.
JJB from Kent, UK.
All we needed in lovely room and excellent location
We loved the room from the start in this tastefully renovated brown stone house. We were in The Parlour Suite on the first floor, a spacious room with elegant high ceilings and 3 big windows looking out onto a road just busy enough to be interesting but not noisy. Upper East side is a wonderful location managing to create a city village atmosphere whilst in easy reach of the many sites on offer in New York. There were cafes and restaurants available on our doorstep and Le Pain Quotidian became our favourite spot for breakfast.
HM from UK
Returned again and thoroughly enjoyed our stay
Once again, we traveled from Boston to NYC and stayed at the 1871 House. I forgot how much I love NYC and enjoy this amazing B&B! We met the inn owner, who was warm, friendly and helpful! She gave us a great suggestion for dinner - only a few blocks away as well as directions to my favorite bagel shop! We never needed to take a cab, bus or subway, since the location on the upper east side/mid town is amazing! We walked to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, up and down Madison Avenue, to Saks, Barney's, MOMA, and Rockefeller Plaza. The location is AMAZING!
I absolutely love staying in the beautiful brownstone! The high ceilings, art, rugs and beautiful antiques are tasteful and luxurious. And, the room is spotless. I have very bad allergies and always suffer when I stay in rooms that are not adequately clean and ventilated. We also enjoyed the view of the back garden - which was a pleasant surprise!
Our room was quiet, clean, spacious and beautiful! I can't wait to return for my holiday shopping!
LB from Boston
We had a wonderful stay last weekend at this awesome B&B! Our room, the Parlor Suite, was larger than it appeared in photos and very very comfortable. We loved the large windows that faced beautiful 62nd Street and the super high ceilings that reminded me of the book "Madeleine." Great antiques decorated the room and the bed was better than our own. For once, the covers on the bed were thick and hearty and enough. And a real cotton quilt and comforter. The neighborhood is one of the best in town -- you are surrounding by elegant 19th historic townhouses and just a quick and beautiful walk to Central Park and 5th Avenue. We loved out stay here -- it was worth the money and will go back. I did not get to see other rooms due only to our time constraints but loved the Parlor Suite. There was some street noise at night but we liked that as it was the cacophony of 'city noise'. But if it would bother you, book a room in back of the house. It was also very private. No breakfast and so you did not have to make small talk with anyone.
A glimpse of the gilded age
I'd pored over the photos on the website and debated whether to stay in the Mission suite but finally plumped for the Parlor. On my visit to New York the previous May I had passed by the premises whilst checking out the area. As I stood sheltering from the rain, the front door opened and a departing guest was being helped to a waiting taxi. I approached and asked if it might be possible to come inside as I had booked a room for February. The duty manager (Leon) immediately placed me and said, 'oh yes, you've chosen the Parlor suite haven't you? It's vacant at the moment, would you like to come in and see it?'
This act of thoughtful efficiency, to me, sums up in a sentence the attitude of 1871 House and their staff . While never being intrusive, their door was always ajar and they were always welcoming. They shared my concern when a package I was expecting failed to arrive in the post and they were as happy as I was when it finally turned up!
The room was exactly as portrayed on the website, a wonderful departure from the sterility of most modern hotels. The walls were covered with beautiful antique paintings and the furniture too was delightfully chosen to blend in. Part of the charm was down to the fact that, although some modern amenities were provided (TV, DVD Player, radio alarm etc.), one still got the feel that one was in a late 19th Century room where floor boards squeaked, pipes banged and doors sometimes didn't quite fit. To 'fix' all these quirks would definitely be a retrograde step in my opinion.
I was fortunate enough to be able to view a couple of the other suites with a future stay in mind and can confirm that they all exude a similar authenticity.
The location has to be one of the best in Manhattan. Two subway stations are within a 5 minute walk as is Bloomingdales. Central Park is no more than 10 minutes away and the neighbourhood is peppered with restaurants from local diners, through French bistros to upmarket eateries. Once again, the knowledgeable staff will give you good advice on where to go depending on your tastes.
I was never aware of any noise from any of the other guests (save the odd footstep outside my door) and the bed was an absolute delight - firm and comfortable. I had worried about it being cold in the room and possibly needing to light a fire but I had to kick off the quilt and sleep beneath a sheet and single blanket every night I was there.
This isn't a budget hotel but, in life, you get what you pay for and I will gladly recommend it to friends and look to stay there again on my inevitable return to my favourite city.
Guest from Maidetone, UK
If you've seen the movie "Breakfast At Tiffany's," you'll recall Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) lived in a NYC walkup apartment converted from a city townhouse. Whenever I think of 1871 House, I'm reminded of the winding staircase in the movie with apartments on every floor. At one time in its storied past, 1871 House served the same purpose, except now its former apartments are elegant rooms at a quiet and cozy inn. It's very romantic for couples and quiet and secure for singles and families.In one of the nicer neighborhoods in the city, the 1871 House is convenient to all sorts of amenities, the bus & subway, shops & businesses, even Bloomingdale's, are all are a short walk away. Within one block are several restaurants and grocery stores, some of which are open 24 hours. For the best bagels, try The Bread Factory in the same block on Lexington. Traveling alone, I always felt safe, even when out walking at night.For me, staying at 1871 House is SO much better than a city hotel, no matter how upscale. You feel like you live in the city, not just passing through. The prices are competitive with 3 and 4 star hotels in NYC. I stayed at one of those "posh" hotels on Central Park South. The room was nice but so small I could barely turn around. I also stayed at a nationwide chain hotel in NYC and was unpleasantly surprised at how poorly kept the facilities were. From what I've seen in "Sex and the City," the room decor at the 1871 House rivals those in the Stanhope Fifth Avenue. True, there's no room service at the 1871 House, but then, if the city loses power, you don't have to climb 22 stories to get to your room!The innkeepers, Warren & Lia Raum, are friendly & helpful without being intrusive. I can't imagine staying anywhere else when I visit New York. For a "Home away from Home" experience, or, if your home's like mine, a MUCH NICER Home away from Home, visit the 1871 House and stay a while! A guest from Alexandria, Virginia, USA