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B&B Style Suite In Historic English Rowhouse * Park Ave & 62nd *Lexington Suite*


Property Details

Updated: Aug 25, 2016
Classic 19th-century Brownstone Consisting Of Seven Generously Sized Suites

Lexington Suite

1871 House is a small brownstone townhouse offering unique accommodations in the romantic STYLE of a bed and breakfast. For more comprehensive information about our charming brownstone building please visit our website, A link to our website is provided toward the end of this page.

Please note that the VRBO calendar is NOT real time. Recent reservations may not yet be reflected on our calendar. The rate displayed is our lowest available rate for last minute inquires, low season dates for 1-3 occupants and for extended stays. We will send you an accurate rate quote once we know the details of your proposed stay including your arrival/departure dates and number of persons in your party. Excluding certain holidays and special event, the full regular rate range for this suite is $345-$625/night plus tax.

The Lexington Suite occupies the entire 4th floor of 1871 House and consists of two rear bedrooms, one queen (for two people) beds and one twin bed (for one person), in addition to a large front room with another queen bed and adjacent open living area. A full kitchen and central private en-suite full bathroom complete the nearly 1000 square foot Lexington Suite.

The Lexington Suite offers the unique advantage of two high-perched but radically diverging views, from the front and the back of this full-floor suite. From the front, the picture is of the tops of townhouses not unlike 1871 House, water towers rising above them, and a few larger, more recent apartment buildings reaching up beyond them at the fringes. A look through the window in one of the Lexington Suite's back bedrooms presents, instead, the figure of fully realized modernity, with a few of the soaring skyscrapers of Midtown, including the just-completed new addition to the NYC skyline, the enormous residential building at 432 Park Avenue.

The front, north-facing room fills with light coming through the three huge lace-clad windows, which are state of the art triple thermo-pane, reducing noise and insulating very well. A large sitting and dining area, with table and five chairs, adjoins the luxurious Tuscan Ralph Lauren Kearney bed. An American Empire mahogany chest of drawers and marble fireplace round out the room.

The guest of the queen bedroom at the back of the suite can look either down at the lush foliage of the Garden Room's terrace two stories below, or up, toward Midtown's most recent heights, as mentioned. The bed is of iron and brass and is accompanied by an antique English pine cabinet, a circa 1881 black walnut Victorian chest, and an original marble fireplace.

The second bedroom at the rear of the floor, a twin, is a small room (approximately 5' x 9'), featuring a wrought iron and brass daybed and a tall chest of drawers. It shares the diverse window view of the adjacent queen bedroom.

A fully equipped galley kitchen comes between the central bathroom and main front room, which includes lots of storage in open shelving, a full-size refrigerator with freezer, microwave and toaster ovens, a gas range and oven, a dishwasher, and a coffeemaker.

The central, private en-suite bathroom consists of a porcelain tub and shower and a pedestal sink.We have a similar suite on our 3rd floor (the Madison Suite). The Madison Suite has a similar layout as the Lexington Suite and is generally a bit more expensive.

The elegant turn-of-the-century brownstone is located on a side townhouse block on East 62nd Street between Park and Lexington Avenues within the historic district of the Upper East. The pretty shuttered townhouse is in a nicely quiet location two blocks from Central Park. The quiet street makes you forget you’re in the heart of the city. Luxurious Madison Avenue boutiques as well as fine dining and world-renowned museums and cultural institutions surround the house. Central Park is two blocks away. For guests here on business, the house is ideally located near Midtown Manhattan as well as 7 subway lines and Grand Central Station. The 5-story brownstone house contains a total of 7 charming suites - 11 bedrooms in total.

Most of 1871's rooms offer high ceilings, ornamental fireplaces, and four-poster beds covered by quilts, marble-topped dressers and lace-curtained windows. Fireplace mantles, moldings around windows and high ceilings have been preserved. All give the place an elegant B&B feel, as do the antiques scattered throughout. Rooms are modernly enough appointed that you won't feel stuck in the 19th century. Each room is quite large, cozy and country furnished.

More about the location:

Elegantly situated on Manhattan’s fashionable Upper East Side, the House's location enjoys the best of both worlds – serene privacy and un-matched convenience. The house's location is a quiet residential enclave for some of New York’s most prestigious addresses. The neighborhood abounds with tasteful, exclusive boutiques and charming, international restaurants. Yet, the house is only three blocks from bustling Midtown and some of the City's fabulous Museums including the Frick, The Met and MoMa. Shopping is plentiful including the 4 Bs: Bloomingdales, Barney's, Bendel's and Bergdorf-Goodman.

The house is walking distance to Fifth Avenue and Midtown East with its ubiquitous Corporate Offices as well as midtown Manhattan's exclusive Decoration & Design building (D&D building) and Manhattan Art and Antiques Center. Architects, Designers and Collectors from around the world travel to this area for its concentration of design and home furnishings showrooms and galleries.

Medical professionals, patients, families, and caregivers appreciate our ideal location minutes away from some of the country's best hospitals and medical facilities including Memorial Sloan Kettering, Weill Cornell Medical College, Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, New York-Presbyterian hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, the Hospital for Special Surgery and Mount Sinai Hospital.

There is a broad rate range for the Lexington Suite. Our lowest rates are offered for extended stays, for specific existing gap dates in between longer occupancy periods as well as for shorter stays that fall back to back with reservations already in place on non-weekend nights. Rates for advance dates, high-season periods and holidays are at the high end of the rate range. There is rate variation within months.

The minimum night stay requirement varies throughout the year however we generally have a 4-5 night minimum. Shorter stays of one, two or three-nights may be offered for last minute inquiries and for gap periods as well as non-weekend dates that fall back to back with reservations in place. We do not accept bookings with a gap between move in date and availability date (except for very last minute). Feel free to email us if it is last minute to see if we can accommodate a shorter stay.

Transportation is excellent with southbound buses on Lexington Avenue (62nd Street) and northbound buses on Madison and Third Avenue (63rd Street). No buses are allowed on Park Avenue. The area has two cross-town bus lines and subway stations are two blocks south at 60th Street on Lexington Avenue (Q,N,R,4,5,6) or one block north at 63rd Street (F train) on Lexington Avenue. Grand Central Station is one subway stop away (take the 4 or 5 one stop from 59th street to Grand Central Station.

We are:

12 Miles from LaGuardia Airport

16 Miles from JFK International Airport

23 Miles from Newark Liberty Airport

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

Lia has lived in New York her entire life. Lia spends the majority of her time overseeing the affairs and administration of the 1871 House. Extra-curricular interests include gardening and interior design. To that end Lia has done all the gardening and the interior design of the individual rooms at the 1871 House.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

The staff was wonderful and the room looked exactly as it was pictured! I checked all of the reviews before I booked and thank all who have posted. Someone mentioned that the bathroom they had was old. Well, yes, it is, but I have a one hundred year old house so it didn't faze me and on balance, everything is so clean and so charming...and, the neighborhood is wonderful, an old bathroom is a fair trade!!!!!! I used to live in Manhattan in the 1970s and have stayed in hotels on visits since then. So cold and sterile! Now that I've found the 1871 House, I would never go back to a hotel...and, can't wait to return!
Sep 2012
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16 Reviews

based on 16 traveler reviews


Great Place to Stay in Manhattan

  • 5 of 5

My husband, son and I had a very nice and comfortable stay at the Lexington Suite. Great value for a very expensive neighborhood! The only negative was the bamboo window shades in the front room that did not block the early morning sun. I would recommend installing sun-blocking shades, especially, on the window across from the bed. We will surely recommend you to our friends and relatives visiting NYC.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location and Charm

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed for six nights in early March and had a really wonderful time! The location is excellent - fairly quiet for the city, subway access is close by, and there are two great little grocery stores around the block. We felt like real residents of NYC! We stayed in the Madison Suite. The beds were comfortable, the kitchenette was perfect for our needs (breakfast and snacks), and the view was great. The staff was unobtrusive but friendly and accessible. When I had a question, I texted a manager and she got right back to me. The only minor drawback for me in staying at this charming old house was the water pressure. Sometimes the shower would divert back to the tub faucet while showering - I think it was when too many users in other units were showering at the same time? Maybe installing a different kind of shower diverter would fix this? It only happened a few times in the six nights we were there, if it had happened more often I would have contacted a manager. Considering it's a very old house, for the price, charm, and location, I considered it a minor issue. I would stay there again for sure!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad to hear that this guest enjoyed their stay with us and appreciate positive comments. We're so sorry there was an issue with the shower. As this guest was arriving, we learned the same day when cleaning and going over the suite that the prior guest wrenched the shower knob the wrong way, which in turn cracked an internal diverter of the shower body mechanicals. We immediately ordered a repalcement diverter which arrived a day or two after this guest left. We tested the shower that same day and it worked reasonably well but not perfectly. We did not hear from the guest during their stay so we thought everything was o.k. There were a couple of "duct tape" type fixes we could have done to temporarily rectify the situation but as mentioned we didn't know it was neccessary. The part subsequently arrived and everything has been working fine since then.
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Pleasant Short Stay

  • 4 of 5

We would like to have stayed longer. The location is excellent. We came to enjoy theater and art with our college-age son and daughter. The suite on the top floor was cute and quiet. It had enough space and privacy to relax as if at home. The water pressure and temperature were good six floors up. The queen beds were very comfortable. Even with a skinny soprano in it, though, the twin mattress in the smallest room was saggy. Red wine with after-theater conversation is one of the things prohibited in a multi-page policy statement that one receives after making a reservation. It would have been helpful to have a brief list of the rules earlier. Making a simple breakfast in the galley kitchen shouldn't have been a problem, but the old gas range does not have a working igniter.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest, Thank you for your positive review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. We wanted to address a few of your comments. In regard to our lengthy written policies, we try to communicate with our guests as much as possible throughout the entire booking process, as we find that clarity regarding our establishment helps manage expectations and to ensure a smoother, more relaxing stay. We apologize if it seems too lengthy; however, again, we feel it important for guests to know what to expect before arriving here. The red wine policy is included on our list of general policies on our website. We also link to this page on all our email communications. In regard to the issue you brought up with the stove, it just requires manual ignition. We supply extended automatic lighters which are simple to use. These are located in the room. We are sorry that you didn't call or talk to us, as we are always happy to explain how to use it and assist if needed. In regard to the small mattress, each of our suites has different type mattresses and we have never had any comments about the comfort of the small bed or any of the beds in the Suite. Often times its just a matter of personal preference rather than a defect in the mattress. But we will certainly make sure that there is no issue with it. Once again, we are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay, and thank you very much for your positive rating and helpful input! All the Best, Anna, Chris, and Briana 1871 House Management Team
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Melbourne, Australia

Best Location in Town

  • 5 of 5

"What a great place to stay in the middle of New York! A great location with everything nearby. Thanks for having us. Happy New Year! PS the best house we have stayed in within America so nice I felt like I was home in my own house! Thanks Happy Holidays."

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stately charm in a quiet neighborhood

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I stayed at this lovely B&B over Thanksgiving weekend when the city was swamped with tourists and visitors. However, this retreat was as quiet as a home in the country, with tastefully selected antique furniture and high ceilings. Just a few steps from the door was the #6 subway, which opened-up our accessibility to the entire city. We enjoyed shopping, broadway theater, a cabaret nightclub, and a walk through the High Line elevated park and Chelsea Market. Lovely restaurants within two blocks of 1871 House including Fish Tail (dinner) and Le Pain Quotidian (breakfast). Thank-you for a memorable stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ralph, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your kind words. You and your wife are welcome to stay with us again whenever you'd like. Best, Briana Manager, 1871 House
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Perfect place and ideal location for family of five!

  • 5 of 5

This townhouse was a lovely, clean, nicely decorated, well managed place for our family of five! We would definitely like to go back and stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Andrea, Thank you for your kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Your family is welcome to stay with us again whenever you'd like. Best, Olivia Manager, 1871 House
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From the Owner

The best thing about our neighborhood is being within walking distance of so many incredible sites! We chose the Upper East Side because it is leafy, romantic, and genteel, with peaceful streets and historic architecture. It couldn't be a better place to hang your hat! The location is also perfect for its proximity to Central Park, fantastic shopping and NY Culture. The House is within walking distance of Central Park, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, boutiques, museums & galleries, New York’s finest department stores, top restaurants and business districts. In addition, for everyday convenience, we have barbershops, supermarkets, gourmet stores, pharmacies, dry cleaning & shoe repair shops just around the corner. Access to seven subway lines are one or to blocks away. Museums within walking distance include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Frick Collection, and the Asia Society. Also nearby is the Society of Illustrators. Shopping Excellence: Lauren, Versace, Barney's, Chanel, Hermes, Prada, Burberrys, Bergdorf Goodman and the like are all nearby.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : LaGuardia at 12 Miles Nearest Train : Grand Central Station at 1.2 Miles Nearest Motorway : FDR Drive at 0.74 Miles Nearest Point of Interest : The Frick Collection Nearest Point of Interest : Temple Emanu-El Nearest Point of Interest : The Colony Club Nearest Point of Interest : Union Club Nearest Point of Interest : Bache Collection Nearest Point of Interest : Lotos club Nearest Point of Interest : Metropolitan Club Nearest Point of Interest : Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden Nearest Point of Interest : Whitney Museum of American Art Nearest Point of Interest : Seventh Regiment Armory Nearest Point of Interest : The Asia Society and Museum Nearest Point of Interest : Museum of Modern Art Nearest Point of Interest : Central Presbyterian Church Nearest Point of Interest : Edmond Safra Synagogue Nearest Point of Interest : Christ Church Nearest Point of Interest : New York Academy of Sciences Nearest Point of Interest : Harmony Club Nearest Point of Interest : The Grolier Club Nearest Point of Interest : Knickerbocker Club Nearest Point of Interest : The Links Club Nearest Point of Interest : Cosmopolitan Club Nearest Point of Interest : Grand Army Plaza Nearest Point of Interest : The Society of Illustrators Car: not necessary

Celebrity sightings and Gossip Girl shoots may be regular occurrences around the Upper East Side, but the neighborhood's real appeal emerges from its refined character. Home to some of the City's finest museums, restaurants and shops, as well as the stately mansions and statuesque apartment houses where New York's elite have lived for generations, the Upper East Side exudes elegance on every block. Museum Mile—which runs along Fifth Avenue between East 82nd and East 105th Streets—boasts nine world-class cultural institutions, while Madison Avenue teems with the biggest names in haute couture, both in designer boutiques and at high-end resale shops that sell stylish brands at nearly half-price. When hunger strikes, you can choose from everything from down-home diners to posh restaurants to some of the City's most renowned Japanese sushi spots. Kids and grown-ups alike delight in some of the City's best ice cream sundaes after a day spent meeting exotic wildlife at Manhattan's only zoo. As elegant and historic as it is cutting-edge and exciting, the Upper East Side is a must-see neighborhood that truly offers something for everyone.


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Additional information about rental rates

Daily Room Tax $10 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.75%

Stays under 180 days subject to 8.875% New York State & City sales plus 5.875% and $2/night/room hotel occupancy tax plus $1.50/night (total 14.75% plus $9.50 per night). The daily room tax of $9.50 will be added to all stays - vrbo does not have an option to add a daily fee so it must be done manually.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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From the Owner

Privacy, Exclusive & Central Location, Turn of the Century House with Spacious Rooms, High Ceilings, Hardwood Floors, Fireplace Mantels, Antiques, two block walk to Central Park and 3 blocks to Midtown Manhattan.

Property Type

  • apartment

Accommodation Type

  • Bed & Breakfast


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


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  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Downtown
  • Village


  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 900 sq. ft.


  • Private ensuite bathroom with combination tub/shower, pedestal sink.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Full-Floor Suite Front Room - 1 queen, Lexington And Madison Suites are similarly laid out
  • Full Floor Suite Large Rear Bedroom - 1 queen, Lexington And Madison Suites are similarly laid out
  • Full Floor Suite Small Rear Bedroom - 1 twin/ single, Lexington And Madison Suites are similarly laid out
  • A full floor suite located 3 flights up, and can accommodate a maximum of 5 occupants. The Lexington Suite is a Convertible 3 room Suite with 3 beds (2 queen beds + 1 twin bed. “Twin” is standard American English meaning “Single.” The twin bed is one bed and can accommodate 1 person and the queen beds can each accommodate 2 persons. These are U.S. Standard size beds). There is no 4th bed option for this suite. It has ONE bathroom and a full kitchen. *1000 ft² (93m²) 3 rooms plus kitchen and bathroom: large front room with queen bed and sitting area with ornamental fireplace, large rear bedroom with queen bed, and small rear bedroom with standard twin bed. The front room is a large room room with a queen bed. We don’t call it a bedroom because it does not have a closet. It does have a door for privacy. In addition to a bed, the room is also set up with a table and chairs and a small sofa. *Sony Bravia 26” LCD HDTV *Original crown moldings, high ceilings, hardwood floors


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • Not suitable for children younger than 10 due to open stairwell and NYC Window Guard Provision. Operable Windows, Steam Pipes and Steam Radiators. Rooms not child-proof. Rates applicable for our standard self-catering à la carte pricing. There is NO elevator at the 1871 House. All rooms are accessed via our beautiful central staircase. Guests are responsible for transporting their luggage. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in our central foyer area; Wi-Fi access in the individual guests’ rooms is $5/day. Breakfast is not included with room rates quoted; Breakfast Baskets are available for an additional fee and must be ordered in advance of arrival (approximately 1 week in advance).

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