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Lafayette House
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Reviewed 10 October 2008

The hotel is in an excellent location between the NYU/village and the East Village. I was in NYC to enjoy the nightlife and shopping, not to sight-see.

This is an old old building, 1848, "Gangs of New York" era if memory serves. This means that things are old and it is decorated in a similar style. If you are not used to real antiques and aren't fond of victorian style, this hotel won't be for you. If you like to be pampered by hotel staff 24/7 you won't like it. If you like to be left alone, you will. I do like it and It reminded me of similar old hotels in New Orleans. It is very charming but it is not full service, faux vintage "modern luxury" hotel. This also means it has no elevator and narrow steep victorian stairs. If you are person with mobility problems or disabilities, this hotel may be a no go for you unless you are on the ground floor. I stayed all the way on the top floor in a gigantic room. (pictured in the tripadvisor page) with a pleasant sitting area and fireplace. I had no noise problems, although I believe that your experience of this hotel *could* differ greatly depending upon which room you are in. Very important to me is the fact that the thick double paned windows of my room shut out the vast majority of the New York noise.. and best of all, they opened so I could enjoy fresh air if I wished. The cost was a fair value for New York ( New York hotel rates are way higher than the rest of the country) given the size of the room, but not if you were expecting modern fixtures.

If you appreciate the style, this room would be excellent for a romantic get away (or for someone like me who appreciates a bit of history). It has a large deep bath tub. Negative is a shower that requires some arcane knowledge and skill to operate. Positive: I had several special requests that were met right away. In contrast to what some others have written, I found the hotel staff to be very cheerful and responsive. One possible warning: They are doing construction across the street. While I was staying there no work was being done, just a big hole in the ground, but I would check first.

For me the mood, privacy, service and excellent location outweighed any negatives. I would definitely choose it again.

  • Stayed: September 2008
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1  Thank Jamie M
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Reviewed 8 October 2008

I recently stayed at the Lafayette House in New York City. I saw the reviews online and was convinced it sounded like a very nice new boutique hotel. Overall the reviews were overrated and you can definitely do much better for a similar price.

Pluses:
1. Great neighborhood/location downtown
2. Nice sized room with a working fireplace, chandelier and sitting room
3. Pretty terrace that opened out into the courtyard downstairs. Enjoyed it very much especially with the early Fall weather.
4. Free Wi-Fi
5. Small Kitchenette with mini-bar amenities
6. C.E. Bigelow products
7. Nice big king sized bed BUT see below

Minuses: We stayed in Room 4.
1. Bed reeked of cigarette smoke. When you are visiting NY for a day and a half and paying $425/night for 2 nights TO SLEEP the last thing you want is (literally) a smelly night's sleep. Manager promised to have all pillows, mattress pad, blanket and sheets replaced but when the maid came, we did not see any of the so called replacement supplies. In order to avoid the same problem, I emailed that morning requesting that she ASK the maid to make sure her instructions were followed. Instead of being profusely apologetic, understanding and bending over backwards to be helpful, I got a snide response saying I should think about moving rooms or to another hotel (not ideal when I was working all day and not returning late that night). I have emails to prove it. Guests should NEVER have to apologize for a cigarette-smelling bed. I don't care how new or boutique the hotel is. And yes, the bed still smelled the second night.
2. Manager was virtual. We only communicated via email the entire time. Never saw her once, never got a consolation fruit basket, nothing. The worst part was at 7am, someone started literally banging on the pipe. Free yet unwanted alarm clock. Not the hotel's fault but still...added more discomfort to an already bad situation.
3. Decor was not my style - Dusty rose velour curtains, shabby chic style but it looked more shabby than chic (to me). Some people may adore this look but I personally like to see antiques refurbished and appropriated the way Kelly Wearstler does it. Overall, room looked like your grandparents old townhouse from 1898 (think the Age of Innocence 1898, not Manhattan 2008)
4. Bathroom was disgusting and old. Not old and preserved in a good way but broken tiles, sink was scuffed, mirror was hung too high and not what you would expect from a nice (albeit residential townhouse) hotel.
5. LIGHTING - It's poorly lit everywhere. It's caters more to mood rather than task. I would like to know how women are supposed to apply makeup in the dark poorly-lit bathroom.
6. Mediocre Service - If you are going to have a residential hotel, service should be impeccable.

This is a more DIY, deal with what you get place. If things don't work, hotel won't care. They say they will fix something but won't.

Room #10
We booked an additional room for a guest who WANTED to stay here and actually suggested it and just today told us his room had "ghosts".

Overall the place feels like the Chelsea hotel with slightly better appointed furniture. But you can't really get away from that dark, danky feel. I'm used to better rooms and better service. This one is a NO for me.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled on business
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1  Thank mwellsVenice_CA
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Reviewed 14 July 2008

We stayed at the Lafayette for 10 days while our house was being renovated. We have 3 kids age 5, 4 and 1.5 years old. We stayed in a room with a kitchenette that had access to the courtyard garden. We had a great experience. This is not a typical hotel with a front desk and lots of amenities, but we didn't miss any of these things. The location is ideal for young kids. It's very close to Washington Square Park, Children's Museum of Art, Joe's Pub and other places where young children can be amused. There is a Wholefoods store 5 minutes walk away and a kids-friendly restaurant next door for brunch (B Bar). The hotel manager is excellent and they provided us with a huge blow-up bed as well as a crib, so we all stayed in the same room. The kitchenette makes a huge difference and the kids were dining on steak, salmon and haricots verts every night!

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 May 2008

Last December as I was contemplating where to stay in Manhattan for my daughter's graduation from NYU , I received a card in the mail from Lafayette House which is owned by the same group as The Bowery. Having loved The Bowery and intrigued by the thought of staying in a 15 room townhouse instead of a hotel I booked 3 rooms. We were not disappointed.

The doors are kept locked so you have to buzz the office to get in. We were led to our rooms which encompassed the entire first floor (below the entry level). These were by far the largest rooms we have had in NYC in the 15 or so trips we have made in the past 4 years. Each room had a sitting area with fireplace and my room even had a small kitchenette. The rooms are individually furnished with beautiful antiques. The bed was extremely comfortable and outfitted with first class linens. The highlight was the lovely courtyard that was shared by my room and the one my 2 high schoolers shared. It was the perfect place to unwind with a book after a day of walking the city.

The only things I would change would be the bathroom in my room really should have been totally redone not just updated. The one in the kids room was and it was fabulous. Also the a/c unit was in an awkward location and did not include a remote so someone from the office had to come turn it on. Speaking of the office--they are only there during office hours. My kids locked themselves out of their room at 8am and we had to wait for someone to get there to let them back in.

There are many restaurants nearby so the lack of one on the property was a non issue. We did go to The Bowery for a glass of wine one night and were not exactly warmly welcomed by the host in the lobby (I guess we are not hipster enough) until we mentioned that were staying at Lafayette House.

If you are looking for a more low key, local NYC experience Lafayette House is definitely the place for an amazing trip.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank momo3bigD
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Reviewed 26 November 2013
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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