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.
- 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 five or more nights; breakfast is not 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 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.
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.
- Soul Food 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.