My daughter and I were going on a quick adventure to NYC and were looking for a place to stay that wasn't the typical hotel experience but also wasn't hideously expensive. After hours of reading blogs and reviews I had pretty much resigned myself to staying in a hotel. Then I found reviews about Heart of Harlem B&B. They all mentioned the great location and Tressi & Dwight the awesome owners. The reviews were all very accurate- we really enjoyed our stay. Tressi offered all kinds of general suggestions to make our trip more affordable and fun and could not have been more welcoming. All email to Tressi were promptly answered.
The B&B is located a few blocks from the subway (10 min walk) and about 3 mins from a bus stop. There is also a lovely park about 3 minutes away. On the way to the subway are numerous banks, grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants. We walked back from the subway late at night and felt perfectly safe. Several famous historical soul food restaurants are close by as well as new up & coming trendy restaurants.
Every morning there was a 3 item hot breakfast as well as bagels, cereals and yogurt. Fresh brewed coffee and you could make hot chocolate and tea.
Our room was HUGE. High vaulted ceilings, 2 queen sized beds and the whole of one end was windows. There was an en-suite toilet and sink. The shower for our room was down the hallway. Because no one was in the room next to ours Tressi opened the connecting door and let us use the shower that came with that room.
It was bitterly cold outside the few days we were there but the heating system worked very well. There was an old radiator that came on several times (no in-room controls) but in addition there was a radiant block on one wall that could be turned on and off. We were perfectly comfortable.
There is free WIFI that actually works. The TV got a large variety of shows including a number in foreign languages.
The room came with a microwave & a mini fridge- this worked out well when one evening we were cold and miserable so we headed "home", grabbed some food at the store near the subway and ate a light supper in our toasty warm room rather than heading back out into the cold.