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Published April 24th 2011
If you thought that you had to leave New York City and go to the countryside or perhaps the Hamptons or Long Island to find a bed and breakfast, you may be pleasantly surprised. Many locals already know about two B&Bs that are located in New York City proper, and out-of-towners (those who live elsewhere in New York as well as visitors from around the world) take advantage of these unique accommodations.
The bustling Manhattan borough is also home to a cozy bed and breakfast retreat called West Townhouse. Out-of-towners like it because it's close enough to still easily get to all the major attractions and venues, but still retain a quiet atmosphere.
You do not stay in a bedroom, as in most B&Bs; rather, you actually occupy apartments. These apartments are fairly old, and contain many antiques, but they also have all the modern conveniences and amenities that help make your stay more comfortable. The area where the West Townhouse bed and breakfast is located is safe, so you don't have to worry about you or your family's security.
If you want to get out of the City "proper" but still remain close, locals will tell you to take a quick subway or bus ride to Queens; specifically the Park Slope area. Here you'll find the Park Slope Inn, which actually offers two different types of B&B accommodations.
The Center Park Slope location has private rooms with private bathrooms, just like you would find in any bed and breakfast. The rooms have all the amenities of a hotel room, with none of the impersonal feel that is sometimes present in a room.
Locals will tell you, though, that staying in apartments is also a pleasant change from the usual bed and breakfast offerings. If this sounds like something you'd like, try the South Park Slope location of Park Slope Inn. Here you will find two floors of apartments. The ones on the ground floor are garden apartments. These have two bedrooms as well as a living room, full kitchen, and bathroom. You also have access to the large garden just outside. The second and third floor apartments all have three bedrooms, as well as a living room, full kitchen, and bathroom.