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“Harlem Flophouse”
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Efuru Guest House
Ranked #40 of 75 New York City B&B and Inns
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Harlem Flophouse”
Reviewed 28 September 2011

My wife and I stayed at Efuru for a week in Sept 2011.

Firstly the accommodation:-
Good points:-
1)It was very secure, external and internal entrance doors with coded entry, and room door with key lock.
2) It was quiet, and the bed comfortable, albeit very squeaky.
3) Bathroom was clean, and always had hot water.
4) cooker/toaster/fridge/tv - all worked fine

Bad points:-
1) Frankly, our room at the back was a bit of a dump ! the decor was very tired and jaded; the furniture was falling to bits, and although the electrical/gas appliances work, they are on borrowed time.
2) Considering it was a self catering apartment the crockery was practically unuseable (we had to buy new mugs to have a cup of coffee in the morning).
3)Worst of all MICE - if we had been forwarned with a note or something, we wouldn't have left food out, which the little sods woke us up nibbling at !!!

Secondly the area:-
Despite everyone saying "you must be mad staying in Harlem", we felt relatively safe (compared to the subway ride from JFK/Howard Beach through Brooklyn - very old trains; run down stations and dodgy looking characters). Efuru is only 4 minute walk from subway @116th Street, and we had no bother from anybody walking to and fro.

there are numerous supermarkets, delis, cafes and liqour stores between 110th St subway station and Efuru, and we shopped in many of them.

Strangly there were always plenty of people in Lennox Avenue when we out in the mornings, and came back late afternoon, but when we went out again at about 7pm there was no one about. Again it didn't matter what time we got back at night (anytime between 10 pm and 1 am) Lennox Ave was very quiet and we had no problems.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Alverca do Ribatejo, Portugal
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

The apartment was clean and with a good location, near subway, supermarket, coffees and restaurants. The zone had nice people and we didn't have any problems on walking in the streets during the night or day.
If we return to NY one day for sure we will stay there again.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 June 2011

We stayed at the Efuru Guest House for 6 nights. Booking was fairly easy and everything was available as promised. The neighbourhood, south Harlem, was quiet and safe. There were some good restaurants and coffee bars nearby.
The rooms were very spacious (with airco!) and the shared bathroom was clean and functional.
Rona, the housekeeper was very kind, we had a late flight out of New York, and we could store our luggage in the living room after check-out.
I would highly recommend this guest house to anyone who wants to spend a few days in New York City.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 1 June 2011

My mom, aunt, and I were in New York for Sufjan Stevens' concert and we ended up booking Efuru for four days. While there was initial concern about safety in the Harlem area, it was actually pretty good. We once walked from the train station to Efuru at around 3 in the morning and the streets were clear and safe. The bed and breakfast is near some chic cafes and a few minutes walk from the subway. My main concern about it is the room and the squeaky floor. When we arrived, the lights wouldn't work. But apart from that, our stay was very pleasant and the landlady's daughter was very nice. She made us feel very comfortable.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with family
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Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA
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Reviewed 22 July 2010

My family had two rooms on the top floor of the Harlem Brownstone. The kitchenette was adequate for what we needed (generally, breakfast only). The rooms were clean and comfortable, and slept well. Some others will (and have) question the location, but it's a great way to experience a more multicultural NYC than one would staying closer to central park and south.

My only dissatisfaction was that the wall unit A/C's would be turned off by the staff during the day--which, in an of itself, is understandable. However, coming back to the room at 11pm to the top floor of a Brownstone to what was effectively a sauna was inconvenient.

A short walk from the subway was pretty convenient; however, Taxi's cannot seem to find the address. I would advise cab riders to tell the drivers 120th and Lenox, then walk the extra 90 feet.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Jesi, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2010

We are a family with 3 children so we rented a flat in Harlem. Efuru Guest House has got either bedrooms or small flats. We got a nice and comfortable flat. The guest lady (Lidia) is a friendly lady who gave us all the necessary information to visit NY. In the nearby we had shops and metro stations. I would really like to go there again as I loved my staying there.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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hobart
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227 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2010

After directions from Lydia, we arrived with no problems by subway from lower Manhatten and a short walk from 116th street station.
All the door locks were a bit off putting and the climb up 3 floors to our rooms with suitcases was not much fun, especially when we found our room had no air conditioning.
However, after the first night, Lydia had the air conditioning sorted out and our stay at Efuru was fantastic.
Lydia was always there to help with enquiries and the Guest House was in a quite part of Harlem in a beautiful Brownstone Building.
It was a 10 street walk to the top of Central Park(About a ten minute walk) and a 5 minute walk to 125th street where all the Harlem action occurs.
Apollo Theatre , Silvias Restaurant and the Abyssinian Church(make sure you wear appropriate clothing and get there at least 3 hours early) are all easy walking from Efuru.
Free internet access is available but best used on main level of house and washing machine and dryer available in basement for a few quarters.
Dont let Harlem put you off staying in this area as it was great and we never felt threatened, even walking home from the station after a night in Broadway.
It is an easy 20 minutes on the subway to 42nd street on the same train.
And an easy option to La Guardia airport for $2.25 leaves every 10 minutes or so from 125th street on the local bus.
Check our Silvias for some Southern Food experience and a great meal can be had a few minutes walk away at Settapani Restaurant on Lennox Avenue.
Thanks Lydia for looking after us and hopefully one day we will be back with our Canadian friends

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Efuru Guest House
Address: 106 W 120th St, Harlem, New York City, NY 10027-6401
Region: United States > New York > New York City > Harlem
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Ranked #40 of 75 B&Bs / Inns in New York City
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Number of rooms: 4
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