502 E. 81st St. (between York and East End Avenue), New York, United States
Doubles from: $170 to $359
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
A historic Upper East Side brownstone, comfortable accommodations and a bit of extra character to make the Gracie Inn a sweet home away from home.
Pros: Good value. Comfortable, quaint rooms. Friendly staff. Quiet, residential neighborhood.
Cons: Worn rooms. Could be cleaner.
The Gracie Inn offers 13 guest rooms, each uniquely decorated. Some guests find their well worn condition to be charming and homey, while others may feel that it’s bore shabby than chic. We liked the soft lighting, iron bed frames and floral motifs we saw in some rooms.
Each room is equipped with air conditioning, a safe, phone and flat-screen TV with DVD player. They also come with fully equipped kitchenettes (with fridge, stove, toaster... the works), making them extra convenient for self-catering guests looking to “live like a local.”
It would be difficult to find another penthouse on the East Side at such a reasonable rate. So if you're traveling in a Cheapo flock, take advantage of one of the two offered at Gracie Inn. Both feature access to the sundeck.
The Gracie Inn is housed in an elegant five-story brownstone (with elevator!) that, in its 100-plus years of existence has been a family residence, Depression-era boarding house, luxury apartments and, now, cozy inn.
A true bed and breakfast, the Gracie offers breakfast (in bed), included in the room rate, as well as nice touches like complimentary bottled water, afternoon tea service, and turn-down service.
Wi-Fi is free throughout.
The Gracie Inn’s Upper (far) East location can feel off the beaten path, which is for those looking for a “local” experience but perhaps not ideal for first-time visitors who want to be in the center of the action. On the one hand, the nearest subway stop is several blocks away, but on the other York Avenue is a lovely residential street, with the East River and tranquil Carl Schurz Park (home to Gracie Mansion, the famed mayoral residence) just around the corner.
You’ll have to take the subway to reach most major attractions from this area, but Central Park and the famed Museum Mile (home to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim and other popular museums) are about a 20-minute walk to the west, and Second Avenue, just two blocks away, is buzzing with vibrant restaurants and bars. The Whitney Museum is also a short walk away, on Madison Avenue at 75th Street.
Subways: The Gracie Inna bit removed from the subway—the local 6 train stops at 77th Street at Lexington Avenue, several blocks away. For those who don’t want to walk the four long Avenue blocks to the train, the M79 bus runs east-west along 79th Street.
JFK: Take the Air Train to Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue Station and transfer to a Manhattan-bound E train. Get off at 53rd Street-Lexington Avenue to catch an Uptown 6 train to 77th Street. From there, it’s about a 15-minute walk to the hotel, or you can catch a taxi. (Note: Given the walk from the train, if you have a lot of luggage or heavy bags, it may be worth it to spring for a $45 taxi from the airport, especially if traveling in a group.)
LaGuardia: The easiest option to reach the Gracie Inn from LaGuardia is to take an airport taxi directly to the inn. Otherwise, pick up the M60 bus outside the terminal, and take it to 125th Street and Lexington Avenue. From there, catch a Downtown 6 train 125th Street to 77th Street. Then walk 15 to 20 minutes or take a quick cab to the inn.
Newark: Take the Air Train to the NJ Transit station, and then any NJ Transit train into New York Penn Station. From here, we recommend taking a taxi to the hotel is recommended. Otherwise, take an Uptown E train to 53rd Street-Lexington Avenue and transfer to an Uptown 6 train to 77th Street, a 15-minute walk from the hotel.
Reviewed by: TJ DiChristopher, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Airport Transportation
- Breakfast Included
- Fax Machine
- Luggage Storage
- Non-Smoking Hotel
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi Connection
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
- Hair Dryer
502 E. 81st St. (between York and East End Avenue)
Upper East Side, New York, United States
About the Gracie Inn neighborhood
The Upper East Side, located just east of Central Park, is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the United States. It's home to top-tier shopping (Barneys, Bloomingdales, Cartier, etc.), fine dining and elegant town houses. New York's "Museum Mile" is located along Fifth Avenue, where you'll find the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, Guggenheim Museum, and many more. Oh, and don't forget about Central Park, which is right there, too!