Classic 19th-century Brownstone Consisting Of Seven Generously Sized Suites
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, www.1871house.com. A link to our website is provided toward the bottom of this page.
Please note that the VRBO calendar is NOT real time. Recent reservations may not yet be reflected on our calendar. The standard rate displayed is the lowest available rate for last minute inquires, low season dates and for extended stays. A supplemental per night charge may be applicable depending on travel group occupancy. The full regular rate range for this suite is $345-$625/night plus tax excluding certain holidays and special events. If you desire an accurate rate quote, please send us an email with your proposed arrival and departure dates and the number of persons in your travel party, and we'll get back to you with a specific rate quote.
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.
12 Miles from LaGuardia Airport
16 Miles from JFK International Airport
23 Miles from Newark Liberty Airport
Great Place to Stay in Manhattan
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.
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!
4.7 based on 16 traveler reviews
Great Place to Stay in Manhattan
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.
Great Location and Charm
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!
Pleasant Short Stay
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.
Best Location in Town
"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."
Stately charm in a quiet neighborhood
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!
Perfect place and ideal location for family of five!
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.
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
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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Last Minute Pricing
Oct 3 2016 - Dec 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional information about rental rates
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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.
- Available arrival
- Available stay (no arrival)
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.”
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- 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
- 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).