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Where to Stay in Brooklyn: Bed & Breakfasts, An Alternative to New York Hotels

Brooklyn B&Bs — Historic Brownstones, Urban Mansions, Victorian Homes

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Visitors who want the B&B experience in Brooklyn — or just an alternative to expensive hotels — can choose from charming Victorian mansions, classic brownstone row houses, and an elegant 18-room home turned luxe getaway. 

Bed and breakfasts are tucked away in a half-dozen neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn. They range from small apartments or rooms in the owners' home to hotel-like operations.

The following lists 5 popular, well-established B&Bs that are good alternatives to hotels. Rates quoted are low-season (winter) and are higher in spring, summer and autumn.

It's a good idea to book well in advance.

1. Akwaaba Mansion in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

This elegant, eighteen-room 1860s Italianate villa in Brooklyn's historic neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant is one of five Akwaaba B&Bs nationwide. It's a favorite for honeymooners and people looking for a special, pampering getaway. Expect a hearty home-cooked breakfast, afternoon teas, fireplaces, lovely furniture — and a jacuzzi. In the summer there's a wonderful backyard and porch, all the more pleasurable for being unexpected in New York City.

Akwaaba is within walking distance of one restaurant for dinner.

Rates start at a low season weekday rate of $175. Credit cards are accepted.

  • Address: 347 MacDonough Street
  • Contact: Toll-free: 866-inn-dulj. In NYC: (718)455-5958
  • Official Website: http://www.akwaaba.com/brooklyn

2. Baisley House B&B in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

For a rare aesthetic treat, stay in this antique-filled 1850's home. The decor has been meticulously designed to recreate the feel of a Victorian townhouse. Aficionados of 19th-century style will appreciate the hundreds of period pieces, including rugs, paintings, and furniture. You can enjoy breakfast in an elegant sitting or formal dining room. Recommended for adults.

This B&B is very close to some of Carroll Garden's most popular restaurants, such as The Grocery. Subways are nearby; the Brooklyn Bridge is about a 20 minute walk away.

Host Harry Paul is on premises. Rates vary seasonally.

  •  Address:  294 Hoyt Street, close to trendy Smith Street
  • Contact: (718)-935-1959 
  • Official Website:  baisleyhousenyc@aol.com

3. Bed and Breakfast on the Park in Park Slope- CLOSED

A Park Slope fixture, and one of Brooklyn's first bed and breakfasts, this elegant Victorian mansion offers a memorable and luxurious getaway. Facing Prospect Park on what was once known as the area’s “Gold Coast” for its half-mile long row of beautiful residences, this home has been renovated to exude the sense of luxury and elegance of its original owners. All suites have fireplaces, large elegant bathrooms and original stained glass. A continental breakfast is served. Park Slope's shopping and restaurants are three blocks away. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Museum of Art and all of Prospect Park are within a fifteen-minute walk. 

Suite rates start at a low season price of $275. Debit cards, cash and checks only.

  • Address: 13 Prospect Park West
  • Contact: (718) 499-6115
  • Official Website: http://www.bbnyc.com

 

4. House on 3rd Street B&B in Park Slope, Brooklyn

The House on 3rd Street feels like Vermont-in-Brooklyn, with simple, functional decor and practical, homey comforts. That may explain why grandparents or families visiting Park Slope return time and again. Up to six people can rent part of a floor of this classic Brooklyn brownstone. There's a private bathroom, and use of the back deck in good weather. In the heart of Park Slope on a residential street, it is just a block away from mom-and-pop stores and eateries on Seventh and Fifth Avenues. The Brooklyn Botanical Museum, Prospect Park, and Brooklyn Museum of Art are nearby. No breakfast.Street parking.

Prices are based on the number of guests; off season starts at about $130 for one guest.

 

  • Address: On 3rd Street near 6th Avenue
  • Contact: (718) 788-7171
  • Official Website:http://www.houseon3st.com

5. Lorelei Bed and Breakfast in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn

Lorelei Bed and Breakfast in Ditmas Park offers a cozy Victorian experience in one of Brooklyn's many neighborhoods of lovely, free-standing homes. Located between Newkirk and Glenwood Avenues, near the gorgeous neighborhood of Prospect Park South, it's easily accessible by subways. Interesting local restaurants are nearby. Off -season rates are $125 to $160.

  • Address: 667 Argyle Road
  • Contact: (646)-228-4656
  • Official Website: www.loraleinyc.com

 

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