You'll feel right at home when you stay in New York at the New York Renaissance Home, a quaint gem of a restoration in Harlem. This 7-room bed and breakfast caters to travelers seeking comfort and hominess--with easy access to nearby Harlem historic sites and bustling Midtown, about 5 miles south. A quick half-mile walk will take you to 2 subway stations offering an easy trip to Midtown or just about anywhere else in the city.
If you spend the day in Harlem, a 5-minute cab ride can take you to a host of exciting attractions. See a show at the historic Apollo Theater, home of the original Showtime at the Apollo variety show. Or get an up-close look at African-American art at the Studio Museum in Harlem. For a trip back in time, visit the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest house in the borough of Manhattan and one-time headquarters for both the British Loyalist and Colonist sides in the American Revolution. Bill's Place, a renovated brownstone and now a BYOB jazz club and museum, makes a rollicking good way to wind up your day.
Built in 1904, New York Renaissance Home is in the quiet neighborhood of Hamilton Heights, where wealthy urbanites once had summer homes. Feast on complimentary full breakfast each morning, and you'll enjoy some of the genteel living of previous occupants. You can still see the building's erudite origins in the tastefully appointed front porch, garden and patio areas, and guestrooms, where you'll be greeted with complimentary treat baskets upon arrival. Each air-conditioned room features ornate décor and complimentary wireless Internet access. Some rooms have private bathrooms, while guests in other rooms have use of shared bathrooms. In each room, you can relax in front of the TV, which comes with cable channels and a DVD player. Video games are available upon request. Feeling social? Head to the house's common living room or patio to mingle and unwind.