In New York City, as in many large cities, the bed and breakfast options aren't exactly the same as you'll find in more rural settings.
Certain elements remain, such as an intimate feeling, the ability to casually interact with other guests, and charming and sometimes stunning accommodations. But you might find that only a continental breakfast is served, or that breakfast is not included at all.
Some city B&Bs -- including bed and breakfasts in Manhattan -- are more like short-term apartment rentals, so maid service might be limited or the rooms may be too small to hold a king-size bed.
Consequently it becomes even more important to do something you should always do prior to making a bed and breakfast reservation -- ask a lot of questions. For example, make sure you know if your Manhattan bed and breakfast's bathroom is private and whether credit cards are accepted before you make a final commitment. You may also want to inquire about parking options and the location of the nearest subway station or bus stop.
For your next trip to Manhattan, consider staying at one of these inns or homes in the city.
- Abingdon Guest House -- Vibrant Vibes
These two townhouses on Eighth Avenue in Greenwich Village offer a total of nine bold, colorful guest rooms (one king with kitchenette, six queens, and two with two twin-size beds) for adults only. Two rooms can accommodate a third person. Minimum stays may apply; breakfast is not included.
- Greenwich Village Habitue -- Refined Privacy
Two private apartments featuring antique furnishings, a living room, dining alcove, small kitchen, and view of a formal English garden are contained in an owner-occupied, 1830s Federal brownstone building in Manhattan's West Village. Guests must be 16 or older and reserve four or more nights; breakfast is not provided.
- West Eleventh Townhouse Apartments -- Tasty Neighborhood
Around the corner from the treasured Magnolia Bakery, this 19th-century townhouse on West 11th Street between Blecker and West Fourth streets has four apartments (three queen and one king with a daybed) and one junior suite (with a double-twin king bed). The apartments include a refrigerator and microwave. Breakfast is not available, and minimum stay requirements vary.
- Chelsea Lodge Suites -- Suite Sophistication
There are four suites in this 1880 townhouse on West 20th Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Renovated in 1999 and now reflecting the Americana style, all suites feature kitchenettes, marble bathrooms, queen-sized beds and full-sized sleeper couches. No breakfast provided.
- Garden in Chelsea, A -- Stand-alone Studio
On West 22nd Street in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, this 1852 Italianate brownstone provides one studio apartment off the garden patio on its lower level. Bed setup as one king or two twins, a kitchen area and a private entrance are included. Children are welcome; breakfast is not provided.
- Inn on 23rd, The -- Traveler's Choice
This five-floor, 19th-century townhouse on West 23rd Street holds 12 queen or king rooms plus one suite, each tastefully decorated to reflect a theme like Canopy, Victorian, 1940s or French Provincial. The inn has an elevator, welcomes children and may require a stay of at least two nights. On a recent visit to Manhattan, my husband and I found the hosts helpful and friendly and enjoyed the continental plus breakfast served in the Library, which also offers a bar and a selection of magazines, newspapers, books and board games. We appreciated this Chelsea inn's easy access to public transportation (since we were traveling to the U.S. Open in Queens and to the New York Historical Society on the Upper West Side) and to one of my favorite shops, Olde Good Things.
- Inn at Irving Place, The -- Charming Luxury
Composed of two 1834 townhouses in the exclusive neighborhood of Manhattan's Gramercy Park, this small luxury hotel with 12 guest rooms and suites serves a continental breakfast in bed or in the guest parlor. Rooms are furnished with antiques and some include working fireplaces.
For your next trip to Manhattan, consider staying at one of these inns or homes in Midtown, the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side or Harlem.
- Ivy Terrace -- Lively Location
Located on East 58th Street between Second and Third avenues in midtown Manhattan, this townhouse offers four queen-bed studio suites with private entrances, 15-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, antique and period reproduction furnishings, and a kitchen stocked with breakfast items. Two rooms have their own terraces and two can accommodate four guests. Minimum stay may be required.
Upper East Side
- 1871 House -- Uptown Style
Antiques and reproductions embellish the six apartments (three studio and three 2-bedroom) of this 1871 brownstone in the East 60s less than three blocks from Central Park. All rooms have queen beds; most also have kitchens or kitchenettes and a twin bed. Hardwood floors, 10- to 12-foot ceilings and working fireplaces are featured in several rooms. Breakfast baskets are available for an additional fee; a four-night minimum stay is required with exceptions.
- Gracie Inn, The -- Cozy Simplicity
Located on East 81st Street in Manhattan's Upper East Side, the Gracie Inn offers 10 antique-filled apartments (studio or one-bedroom) with country decor plus two 2-floor, 2-bedroom penthouses, both with private sundeck patios and one with Jacuzzi) on five floors with elevator service. All rooms include a kitchenette and breakfast delivered to the door each morning.
Upper West Side
- Country Inn the City -- Comfortable Independence
The four studio apartments at this 1891 limestone townhouse on West 77th Street in New York City's Upper West Side feature approximately 550 square feet of living space with 10-foot ceilings, queen-sized beds, and kitchenettes with breakfast foods on arrival (not replenished). There is a three-night minimum and a limit of two guests per apartment.
- Inn New York City -- Royal Romance
Among the special features guests may find in the four luxurious suites at this late 19th-century townhouse on West 71st Street in Manhattan are a double-sized Jacuzzi next to a working fireplace (Spa Suite), leaded glass skylights (Library), a baby grand piano in an 18-foot raised-platform living room (Opera), and a Victorian iron spiral staircase (Vermont). Other amenities include a kitchen stocked with breakfast supplies and a washer/dryer; a two-night minimum stay is required with exceptions.
- Wyman House -- Riverside Elegance
This 1888 home on Riverside Drive at 76th Street boasts six queen-bed guest apartments, each offering a full- or queen-sized sleep sofa for an additional guest and a kitchen area with refrigerator and stove. Guests will find special touches such as a crystal chandelier, Oriental carpet, oversized bathroom, walk-in closets or river view. There is a three-night minimum stay except for the penthouse, which requires a stay of at least 14 nights. A continental breakfast basket is provided for the first morning only.
- 102 Brownstone -- Dramatic Retreat
On West 118th Street near Malcolm X Boulevard and Marcus Garvey Memorial Park is an 1892 brownstone offering six striking accommodations, such as the Zen suite, boasting golds and reds and Asian-influenced décor, and the Chalet suite, containing a floral-stenciled armoire and French country look. All rooms include a queen bed, microwave and mini-refrigerator; the studio apartments have Jacuzzi tubs and kitchens. No breakfast provided.
- Bed and Breakfast Mont Morris -- Apartment-style Living
The Mount Morris Park Historic District of Manhattan is the setting for this 1896 four-story brownstone decorated with both antique and contemporary pieces. There are two ground-floor apartments with private entrances, each with a queen and a twin bed. One has an eat-in kitchen with a fridge and stove; the other includes a microwave and mini-fridge. Guests of this West 120th Street inn can enjoy a continental breakfast at a bakery on the same block.
The previous page of this feature includes links to bed and breakfasts in Greenwich Village, Chelsea and Gramercy Park.