Mount Morris Bed & Breakfast
12 Mount Morris Park West 5th avenue at 121st street, New York, United States
Doubles from: $95 to $165
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Situated in a historic building in the heart of Harlem, the Mount Morris House Bed and Breakfast is truly something special. Its welcoming charm and unique neighborhood are splurge-worthy in low season and can prove quite a deal when rates throughout Manhattan soar in high season.
While not exactly Cheapo, the Mount Morris House B&B is worth a splurge for the unique experience it offers.
Pros: Cozy vibe. Sweet décor. Off the tourist track. Historic charm.
Cons: A bit removed from central Manhattan. On the pricier side. No elevator.
Rooms at the Mount Morris House B&B are loosely themed and sport a warm color palette, with a range of both second-hand and original furniture pieces. Some are sprightly with orange walls and little objets d'art; others maintain a more Gothic ambiance, with walls painted gray or brown and a more restrained overall feel. We found the brighter rooms to be loveliest, but you can't really go wrong here.
In addition to air conditioning, a television and free Wi-Fi, each room boasts a fireplace.The pricier loft offers more space (it spans the entire top floor of the house), as well as a dining area, kitchen and cathedral ceiling. As it sleeps up to six people, it can be quite a deal (even though there is an additional charge for each guest after the first two).
The private bathrooms tend to be spacious. We loved their scale as well as their claw-foot tubs. A bathroom sink inlaid in wood was another great touch.
The Mount Morris House is simply stunning. It dates back to 1888, and its extravagant Gilded Age architecture is still beautifully intact. Expect polished hardwood floors, soaring ceilings, and lovely gilding and moldings, all meticulously restored.
The large ground-floor lounge, done up with period décor, is perfect for socializing or relaxing with a book. The vast majority of guests are European.
A continental breakfast is included in the room rate. Note that while credit cards are accepted, cash is preferred. Note that the property does not have an elevator.
With a starting rate of $175 for a double, the Mount Morris House B&B is not at first glance a Cheapo hotel. That said, you’re paying for experience here, and we deem that that experience (at once a real “local” and historic treat) to be worthy of a splurge.
Another tick in the Mount Morris pro column is that while rates at most New York hotels fluctuate drastically, the Mount Morris holds steady, and its ceiling of $275 is much lower than what you’ll pay in a far less charming Midtown hotel during high season.
The Mount Morris House boasts a special, upper Manhattan location, removed from the tourist crowds but still within a 15-minute subway ride from the hubbub of Times Square.
The B&B faces Marcus Garvey Park (originally called Mount Morris Park), one of the oldest public spaces in New York. The street here is full of gorgeous landmarked brownstones, and is thus a great place for visitors with a keen interest in the storied neighborhood.
There is a real “local” feel to this neighborhood, but there are also several sights nearby, including the famed Apollo Theater, the Studio Museum and the National Jazz Museum. Also worth a visit is Settepani, Harlem's fabulous Italian café, just around the corner from the hotel.
Reserving at the Mount Morris House B&B
As we point out above, the Mount Morris House B&B does not offer online booking. To reserve a room, you’ll have to contact the hotel directly by email or telephone (see below, under “more information”).
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Subways: The Mount Morris House is situated between the 125th Street and 116th Street subway stops, both of which are situated on Lenox Avenue within a five-minute walk from the property, and both of which are serviced by the 2/3 lines.
JFK: To get to the Mount Morris House B&B from JFK, take the Air Train to Sutphin/Jamaica and transfer to a Downtown/World Trade Center-bound E train. Get off at 42nd Street and take an Uptown 2 or 3 train from 42 Street-Times Square to 125th Street, a five-minute walk from the hotel.
LaGuardia: From LaGuardia, take the M60 bus, which picks up outside the terminal, to 125th Street-5th Avenue, then take the M1 Bus from 5th Avenue-W 125th Street to Mount Morris Park-W 121st Street.
Newark: From Newark, take the Air Train to the NJ Transit station, and then any NJ Transit train into Pennsylvania Station. Then take an uptown 2 or 3 train to 125th Street and walk to the hotel..
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Reviewed by: Alex Robertson Textor, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
12 Mount Morris Park West 5th avenue at 121st street
Upper West Side to Harlem, New York, United States
About the Mount Morris Bed & Breakfast neighborhood
Located west of Central Park, the Upper West Side is a largely residential area, filled with tall apartment buildings, stately brownstones, and families. The area is home to Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History, and Columbia University. One of its greatest attributes may be its borders: you're never more than a few blocks away from either Central Park or leisurely Riverside Park. Famous Harlem, whose importance as a historically African-American neighborhood cannot be matched, begins north of Morningside Heights. Despite its dangerous reputation, Harlem has become much safer... and much more popular with tourists.