The Inn at Irving Place
What We Love
- The five-course tea at Lady Mendl’s, one of Manhattan’s premier salons
- The inn’s close proximity to some of the city’s most iconic shops, including The Strand Bookstore and ABC Carpet & Home
- Access to Manhattan’s only private park
- In-room televisions, which are tucked into the mirrored wardrobes
What To Know
- Spring is the best time to visit for the bulbs that bloom throughout the surrounding Gramercy neighborhood
- Complimentary continental breakfast is offered daily
- Interconnecting rooms are available
- There’s no sign outside the property – just an address plaque
This genteel bed and breakfast, a late 19th-century townhouse whose previous incarnations have included a speakeasy, a beauty parlor, and a day spa, is a welcome antidote to flashy, fast-paced Manhattan. Embellishments like fresh-flower wreaths and crackling fireplaces encourage romance; Victorian furnishings, such as Tiffany lamps and Oriental rugs, will transport you back in time. The pièce de résistance, however, is a restored grand spiral staircase, which guests ascend to access the atmospheric rooms. And there are plenty of charming corners to choose from for a momentary escape from city life—including a whimsical tea salon, an enticing lobby, a basement bar aglow with amber lights, or the tranquil 181-year-old park nearby whose wrought-iron gates are only accessible with a special key.
With their four-poster beds, embroidered duvets, and cherry wood floors, Manhattan à la Henry James is brought to life in each of the 12 quarters here. Though it’s another author’s heroine, Madame Olenska (of “The Age of Innocence” fame), who inspired the inn’s most favored room, often dubbed the honeymoon suite, complete with a brocaded sitting nook.
Scones with clotted cream, chocolate-covered strawberries, and artisanal brioche sandwiches make up the royal five-course afternoon tea set at Lady Mendl’s, the inn’s star attraction. Though there isn’t a full restaurant on site, you’re just across the street from Casa Mono, chef Mario Batali’s Michelin-starred tapas joint.
With its proximity to Union Square (and its excellent farmer’s market), a variety of public transportation options, and the East River Greenway, this is one of the most coveted neighborhoods in the city.
How to Get There
The location is fabulous, and adjusting my stay dates was super easy. Upon coming to the building, my luggage was swiftly taken and I was overall impressed with customer service.
While the rooms likely would have been amazing and quite lush at its conception, the fabric on the furniture is frayed and everything looks quite a bit dated. The Penhaligon toiletries add an air of luxury, but when I was adjusting them I noted that one of the bottles (presented laying down) was actually half empty! Makes me wonder about the cleanliness, as reusing toiletries just smacks of dirty and cheap. For the cost of a night's stay here, I would expect much more.
This beautiful Inn is located in Union Square which is convenient to everything you want to access in New York City. The Inn has spacious, comfortable rooms and very courteous, helpful staff. Several outstanding restaurants in the neighborhood. Only problem is the night club located on the ground floor. Pulsating music and loud, drunken Millennials until 2:00 AM. The Inn also held social gatherings both afternoons we were there. Not very restful. When we were checking out, we were informed the other side of the Inn is more quiet. Would have been nice to know before we booked.
If not for the night club, would have rated a 5.
Decided to try a new place and way to stay in lower Manhattan while visiting family there. This was closest hotel, walking distance. The street Irving Place is a neighborhood jewel of old historic houses, parks and restaurants. Great decision to stay here. We were greeted by Alphonso the Inn's most friendly host. Got the history, lay of the land and keys to our room. Stairs up to third floor overlooking the street. Comfortable, large room, bed & antique furniture. High ceilings with fireplace. Fresh and clean room. Ask for Washington or Irving or O'Henry rooms. Nice morning breakfast . Look forward to our return visit to the Inn on Irving Place.
I recently stayed here for a week while the wife was having surgery around the corner (couldn't stay with her).
I chose this hotel based on two factors. Walking distance to the hospital, and old world charm. There are several modern hotels in the area, but I prefer the former.
The Inn is situated in two brownstones. When you walk in, you are transformed back to early 20th century NYC. The parlor with fireplace aglow, and a quaint, beautifully appointed tea room.
There is no elevator, and two series of steps to get to the top floor, about a dozen each. Wasn't an issue for me, but I could see it being difficult for elderly/disabled.
The room was fantastic! While walking into the room, swing music was playing on the flat screen TV......nice touch! Approximately 250-300 square feet of room, and a nice, clean bathroom with shower. The room was decorated in Victorian furnishings, which were beautiful. There are a few dings and scrapes here and there, but that just added to the charm.
All of the staff were friendly and aimed to please.
There is a hip club downstairs, and the bartender know how to mix some awesome cocktails. I think I had "City Courage", which was delicious!
There are a lot of great restaurants nearby, as well as great nightspots.... the Village is close.
My only complaint is that the bed was too firm.
I definitely will be back when the wife is better, this time for a pleasure visit. Thanks to the staff for making a bad situation tolerable!
We stayed here several years and decided to come back because it was so charming and also close to were my husband was having surgery.
Joshua greeted us and was so warm and congenial. He remembered the surgery and gave us room on the first floor...actually a big suite, which was delightfully charming and quaint.
He brought a heavy breakfast for my husband, very early the next morning, because he had to eat before 6;30 am.
Alphonso was on the next two days and could not have been nicer. He was a wealth of information and ready to help us at a moments notice.
The Inn has such charm and the tea room next door, even more so! Go for high tea if you can!
We discovered the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace home nearby. Managed by the National Park service and free, it is worth a trip.
There are some lovely restaurants nearby and you can order wine, through the Inn, from the bar downstairs.
A perfect stay.
We will return.