Certain elements remain, such as an intimate feeling, the ability to casually interact with other guests, and charming and sometimes stunning accommodations. But you might find that only a continental breakfast is served, or that breakfast is not included at all.
Some city B&Bs -- including bed and breakfasts in Manhattan -- are more like short-term apartment rentals, so maid service might be limited or the rooms may be too small to hold a king-size bed.
Consequently it becomes even more important to do something you should always do prior to making a bed and breakfast reservation -- ask a lot of questions. For example, make sure you know if your Manhattan bed and breakfast's bathroom is private and whether credit cards are accepted before you make a final commitment. You may also want to inquire about parking options and the location of the nearest subway station or bus stop.
For your next trip to Manhattan, consider staying at one of these inns or homes in the city.
- Abingdon Guest House -- Vibrant Vibes
These two townhouses on Eighth Avenue in Greenwich Village offer a total of nine bold, colorful guest rooms (one king with kitchenette, six queens, and two with two twin-size beds) for adults only. Two rooms can accommodate a third person. Minimum stays may apply; breakfast is not included.
- Greenwich Village Habitue -- Refined Privacy
Two private apartments featuring antique furnishings, a living room, dining alcove, small kitchen, and view of a formal English garden are contained in an owner-occupied, 1830s Federal brownstone building in Manhattan's West Village. Guests must be 16 or older and reserve four or more nights; breakfast is not provided.
- West Eleventh Townhouse Apartments -- Tasty Neighborhood
Around the corner from the treasured Magnolia Bakery, this 19th-century townhouse on West 11th Street between Blecker and West Fourth streets has four apartments (three queen and one king with a daybed) and one junior suite (with a double-twin king bed). The apartments include a refrigerator and microwave. Breakfast is not available, and minimum stay requirements vary.
- Chelsea Lodge Suites -- Suite Sophistication
There are four suites in this 1880 townhouse on West 20th Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Renovated in 1999 and now reflecting the Americana style, all suites feature kitchenettes, marble bathrooms, queen-sized beds and full-sized sleeper couches. No breakfast provided.
- Garden in Chelsea, A -- Stand-alone Studio
On West 22nd Street in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, this 1852 Italianate brownstone provides one studio apartment off the garden patio on its lower level. Bed setup as one king or two twins, a kitchen area and a private entrance are included. Children are welcome; breakfast is not provided.
- Inn on 23rd, The -- Traveler's Choice
This five-floor, 19th-century townhouse on West 23rd Street holds 12 queen or king rooms plus one suite, each tastefully decorated to reflect a theme like Canopy, Victorian, 1940s or French Provincial. The inn has an elevator, welcomes children and may require a stay of at least two nights. On a recent visit to Manhattan, my husband and I found the hosts helpful and friendly and enjoyed the continental plus breakfast served in the Library, which also offers a bar and a selection of magazines, newspapers, books and board games. We appreciated this Chelsea inn's easy access to public transportation (since we were traveling to the U.S. Open in Queens and to the New York Historical Society on the Upper West Side) and to one of my favorite shops, Olde Good Things.
- Inn at Irving Place, The -- Charming Luxury
Composed of two 1834 townhouses in the exclusive neighborhood of Manhattan's Gramercy Park, this small luxury hotel with 12 guest rooms and suites serves a continental breakfast in bed or in the guest parlor. Rooms are furnished with antiques and some include working fireplaces.