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Lafayette House
Ranked #402 of 473 Hotels in New York City
Reviewed 18 September 2013

My husband and I stayed in this lovely hotel based in an early 19th Century brownstone in the East Village during August 2013. We were booked into the Queen room but on arrival were upgraded to the King room as the hotel wasn't at full occupancy. We were very impressed with the size given all we had been told about tiny NYC hotel rooms. The room was furnished beautifully with antique furniture including a regency style sofa and little table and chairs with a view. The bed was extremely comfortable and the bed linen divine. Added extras such as a complimentary bottle of Cote du Rhone wine, a library of books and magazines in the room, fluffy robes and slippers, lovely toiletries and a working fireplace rounded out a memorable stay. The bathroom isn't modern at all, with old reclaimed bathware, tapware and tiles. For some this may be a negative, especially given the price of some of the rooms, but we thought it only added to the charm.

The only negative was that we could hear the guest in the room above ours walking around at times - but I guess that is what you get staying in an old brownstone. It didn't bother us greatly.

While guests are left pretty much to themselves with hotel staff rarely seen, any request we had was promptly dealt with by the friendly onsite manager. It really did feel like I was staying in someone's beautiful home.

The biggest plus of this hotel is its location. It is in a reasonablly quiet street, but just metres away from great bars, restaurants, cafes, art galleries, boutiques and the subway. The area was buzzing but it felt really safe as well, even at 1am in the morning.

If I come back to New York, I would be more than happy to stay at Lafayette House again.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dave P, General Manager at Lafayette House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2014

That's very kind, and thank you for sharing your experience with us!

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Reviewed 6 August 2013

I stayed at Lafayette House for just under a week. It is a superb place, combining some fabulously eccentric artwork and interesting furniture in a venue that affords you privacy and homeliness. The staff were fantastic to boot. A memorable hotel in a great location. LOVED IT!

Room Tip: There are a couple of amazing rooms with gardens and private decking areas.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Dave P, General Manager at Lafayette House, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2013

Thank you Sir! Very lovely having you in house, and warmest regards to you from the Lafayette House staff.

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Reviewed 2 August 2013

We stayed at Lafayette House for one night with three people. We were very happy with both the service and the atmosphere of the place. The hotel is old, and quite dark - but that is part of the charm. The location is fantastic - very close by to some of our favourite places in East Village. We stayed in room 2 on the bottom floor with access to the private garden outback which was a positive surprise given the usual sizes and standards of hotels in NYC. Even though there was no front desk, Dave from the hotel was extremely accommodating from our first encounter until we checked out. We would definitely recommend this place to anyone travelling to NYC and would for sure consider staying here again.

Room Tip: Room 2 was great - shared the private garden outback together with room 1.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Dave P, General Manager at Lafayette House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2013

It was lovely meeting all of you! We hope to see you very soon.

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Reviewed 30 June 2013

Our experience at Lafayette House will be one of our most memorable stays anywhere. We stayed in room 15 and were stunned by its generous size and exquisite decor. Beautiful antiques and mirrors made us feel like we were staying in a luxurious suite from another time. The bathroom had the deepest tub and was like an oversized jewellery box. Divine! We were spoilt with top quality toiletries, not generic chemical rubbish which you usually get in most hotels.

The enormous king size bed had the finest linens and was really comfortable. The suite also had airconditioning and heating but we didn't need either as the weather was just right. The mini bar was well appointed and quite reasonable. On some days it was quite difficult to drag ourselves out of the room it was so lovely and comfortable but hey, we were in New York and there is so much to see.

This is located in such a great neighbourhood. Other reviewers have mentioned that this place doesn't have a restaurant or bar but you certainly don't need it at there is a really cool place just next door which had a fantastic menu breakfast, lunch and dinner and is really stylish but reasonably priced. On the other side is a little bar if you feel like a beer or a wine. We had our favourite New York restaurant, Calliope, just 5 mins down the road. We walked 10 minutes to the Bowery Ballroom one night (saw the Milkcarton Kids. Loved it!), so close. Walked back from seeing Alec Baldwin in a Broadway play too, about 45 minute walk. It is such a relatively peaceful location but everything not too far away.

We were really impressed with David the manager and the chamber person (the room was always impeccible and he was so friendly and helpful). Even though it doesn't pretend to be a hotel style service/concierge provider, when my partner had a painful ear problem David located a walk-in medical practice and phoned them ahead to check on when we could see a doctor. He could not do enough. He also spoilt us with one or two treats during our stay and we were grateful.

If we were regulars to New York I would be reluctant to write this (as it should always be booked up) but since we hardly make it there I am happy to share what a special time we had here. Wouldn't stay anywhere else!

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 15.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dave P, General Manager at Lafayette House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2013

It was our pleasure having you at the hotel! Hope to see you soon.

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Reviewed 10 June 2013

I chose the Lafayette House because of it's location and it's charm that I read about on Tripadvisor. My daughter and I stayed in No. 10 which is on the 3rd floor, has a rear view and windows on 3 walls. This king bedded room has velvet drapes, antique rugs over wood floors, an antique armoire, a chest of drawers, a cafe table with chairs and a lovely seetee. The very small kitchenette area has a frig - circa, 1940 - and a new mini frog. There is a stove top that we did not use. The bath is comfortable and is as small or large as any 4 star hotel in the city.

Upon check in, Asia met us at the front door and helped up to our room. She is lovely. The services at Lafayette House are first class. They are only a phone call away. The property has no lobby or front desk. It feels as though you are coming home to a rooming house in the 1900th century --- only nicer. The manager, Dave Partee, was the most gracious host and took our calls no matter what time. It's owner, Sean MacPherson also owns the Bowery Hotel which is around the corner. Their restaurant, GEMMA, is wonderful. The Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel is lovely and you feel as though you are in your home.
As a guest of Lafayette House you are invited to use the gym at The Bowery Hotel. The room is very small, intimate and wonderful.
The B Bar, next door, will delver meals to your room. Great perk.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Emmy6_12
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Dave P, Manager at Lafayette House, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2013

Thank you very much for your kind review! We would love to welcome you back anytime.

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Reviewed 21 April 2013

When you step into the small entry hall of the Lafayette House, you've crossed the portal of a time machine taking you 100 years back into Old New York. The narrow staircase leads to a series of private rooms, each decorated with turn of the century furniture, many with working (gas) fireplaces.

It would be wrong to call it a hotel, though very accommodating and knowledgeable staff are on duty most hours of the day to take care of your needs. The furniture and fixtures are a bit run down, but that's part of the charm, and makes the place seem a bit more welcoming and relaxed. Nice big bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, a good shower, and the rooms are quite large by typical New York hotel standards.

Sure there's no hotel bar or restaurant - who needs one, you're in the East Village! There's a great diner, B-Bar, a few steps away on 4th St, and one of the best wine bars in the city, Aroma, is right next door. On top of all that, it's actually less expensive than your typical sterile NYC hotel. If you want to take a trip to New York and want the feeling of actually living in the East Village rather than staying in a hotel, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

This hotel has loads of charm and character and I love it. It's not the slick and shiny experience that you get at the big high rise hotels (and of those, I love the Standard High Line) but a stay at Lafayette House is a completely different view of NY. It feels like you're staying with some incredibly wealthy long-lost relative, in rooms that have a gorgeous decadence to them. It's in a great location in the East Village, and the B-Bar Grill downstairs does an amazing brunch. And all the character and charm doesn't compromise the facilities - the bathroom had a great shower and an enormous bathtub, and all the rooms have working fireplaces. The room was also so quiet, it was the best night's sleep I've ever had in NY - the secondary glazing must be completely soundproof. I would go back tomorrow and stay for a week if I could!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Lafayette House

Address: 38 E 4th St, New York City, NY 10003-7008
Region: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , NoHo
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #402 of 473 Hotels in New York City
Price Range: £231 - £352 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lafayette House 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Lafayette House Hotel New York City
Lafayette Hotel New York City

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