I was traveling on my own, visiting some businesses in Harlem, and found this place to be conveniently located and a good value. My room was on the 2nd floor, and had just recently been opened as a guest room and was very pretty. The bathroom was nice, with a warming floor, which was cool, but no shower - only a clawfoot tub (but no stopper for the tub!) with a shower attachment (with no curtain so it was hard to use as a shower). For breakfast Kurt ran out and got a fresh crossaint, and made some excellent and very strong coffee, served in a window seat overlooking the street and with the New York Times. Kurt was very gracious when I arrived, greeting me on the street and helping me carry my bags up the two flights. I cannot say enough about how kind the family was. I would stay here again, even if I was here as a tourist, because the subway is close and the PARKING IS FREE. All in all, this was a pleasant, good value stay for people visiting New York City and wanting something different and more personal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Your pied a terre on Sugar Hill. The secluded, book-lined, self-contained two/three bedroom garden apartment immerses you in Revolutionary history from the Battle of Harlem Heights through the jazz-age Renaissance to its vibrant present. The townhouse looks at the oldest house in Manhattan, the Morris-Jumel Mansion, George Washington’s headquarters for 1776′s Battle of New York and home to the infamous grand horizontal, Madame Eliza Jumel. At the time Duke Ellington dubbed the house “The Crown of Sugar Hill,” the immediate neighborhood was also home to W.E.B. DuBois, Paul Robeson, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson, Andy Kirk, Don Redman, Canada Lee, Charles Alston, Dr. Kenneth Clark, Thurgood Marshall, and dozens of other Jazz Masters. The apartment, in what was an antiquarian bookshop specializing in those subjects, features full kitchen and bath (tub and shower, excellent pressure/hot water), a large bedroom with an antique double bed, a larger bedroom with a queen size, a sitting room with a single/daybed with desks, cable television, internet access, a/c, cassette tape & record players (plug in for MP3s), tape and LP libraries, and a full ornamental garden with a gas grill. Wine and dine al fresco on Sunday afternoons as the sounds of Marjorie Elliot’s Parlor Jazz waif from her nearby apartment. ... more less