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Sterling Bed and Breakfast

686 Sterling Place , Brooklyn, NY 11216 USA (Show map)
59 Reviews
$145 - $245
per night

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Experience the space and comfort of home when you must be away from yours. Open year-round, Sterling Bed & Breakfast, built in 1910, is ideally situated for adventures in New York City and farther afield. Steps to five subway lines, 15 minutes by subway to Manhattan. Ten minute walk to world-class Brooklyn Museum, Botanical Gardens, Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park. Enjoy our private garden or lounge in the comfortable sitting parlor. Each morning starts with an expanded continental breakfast available in the dining room or, weather permitting, the spacious garden. Each room is furnished with attention to detail. We are known not only for our guests’ choice to stay here, but for their desire to return. Run by a novelist and a network television editor, both with long experience living overseas. Discover a neighborhood rich with culture, including the nearby natural beauty of Prospect Park with its Audubon Center, boathouse and carousel. The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is a tranquil, 52-acre urban oasis. Take in an exhibition at the world-class Brooklyn Museum, a 15-minute walk from our home. From there, hop a guided bus tour of New York City, or take a 10-minute subway into Manhattan. We are 30 minutes from Coney Island, 2 hours to the Hamptons on Long Island.


Rooms & Rates

Garden Room

Spacious second-floor room overlooking large and peaceful garden. Queen-size bed, adjoining private bathroom, furnished with a rocking chair, desk, television. High quality linens and bedding, and featuring original work by New York City artist Erica Harris and original wood flooring. Expanded continental breakfast of fresh pastries, fruit, yogurt, cereal, juice, coffee and tea included. Mini-fridge and microwave in dining room. Wi-fi in room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Garden Cottage

Charming cottage overlooking the spacious garden, furnished with a queen-size bed, desk and chair. The cottage has a private bathroom as well as a porch, and features high quality linens and bedding. Expanded continental breakfast of fresh pastries, fruit, yogurt, cereal, juice, coffee and tea included. Mini-fridge and microwave in dining room. Wi-fi in parlor or garden. You can see a one-minute video of the cottage here:

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Downstairs Room

This unique downstairs bedroom can accomodate three or four guests and is our most spacious room. The two french doors have shades for complete privacy and the skylight and recessed light fixtures provide a warm and bright environment. Private bathroom in the room as well as a built-in bookcase and a couch. High quality linens and bedding. Expanded continental breakfast of fresh pastries, fruit, yogurt, cereal, juice, coffee and tea included. Mini-fridge and microwave in dining room, Wi-Fi in room. You can see a 45-second video of the Arches here:

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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  • Guest room4.8
  • Services4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.7

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A gem in the heart of Brooklyn

5 on August 05, 2013

We were lucky to find Sterling Place on short notice (2 weeks) and were delighted with our stay! A beautifully-appointed home, warm and gracious hosts, comfortable and quiet rooms, diverse breakfast choices, delicious coffee - we felt at ease the moment we arrived. The Arches is spacious and quiet, the Garden room artistic and energizing. We were able to find parking nearby even at night. Fun places to dine, shop, and party are within a few blocks. We could come and go as we pleased, visiting family, exploring Prospect Park and greater Brooklyn by car, bus, train, An excellent value with the ambience of neighborhood living. - TK

Sterling Bed & Breakfast

5 on August 01, 2013

We stayed in the Arches for a week - what an absolutely beautiful, comfortable, and quiet room. The complimentary breakfast included delicious fresh fruit and freshly baked pastries every morning. The hosts were tremendous - very helpful. This is truly a wonderful place to stay - great location for local and express subways to Brooklyn and Manhattan. - Tari & Dennis

Unique Charm

4.2 on July 12, 2013

Our stay at the Sterling was such a unique experience. Our hosts were not only attentive and welcoming, they spent extra time getting to know us. The fellas have a great sense of humor and bent over backwards to meet our needs. Stay at the Sterling!

Charming B&B

4.2 on June 09, 2013

Friendly staff, comfortable quiet surroundings, and convenient location. If looking for a great place to stay near the Brooklyn Museum and Botanical Gardens then the Sterling is the place for you. If you run out of things to do in Brooklyn, Manhattan is just minutes away by subway. This family owned and run B&B is lovingly cared for by the Orr family who will do everything they can to make your stay a pleasant one.

Rasa goes to Brooklyn

5 on May 28, 2013

This was a great place for us to get a sense of the community we were visiting.

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Location Type

Centrally located in Prospect Heights, Near Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park, Steps to subway, Ten-minute subway ride to downtown Manhattan, City


New York, NY (NYC-All Airports)

Directions to property:

We are close to all major airports, JFK, LaGuardia and Newark International. Taxi is your best option, Subway available from JFK only.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Coney Island, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Museum, Botanical Gardens, Downtown Manhattan a 10-minute subway ride, Prospect Park, Religious Services, River

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Fax Machine, Satellite/Cable TV, Telephone, Videos , Restaurant Menus, Maps

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, TV, Wi-Fi

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  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Limited
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-night minimum
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50%



Masha Hamilton & David Orr

Resident Pets

1 Cat

About the innkeepers

Masha is a novelist and journalist and David is a network television editor. Between them, the couple has lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the former Soviet Republics, Africa and Afghanistan. They speak English, some French, some Spanish and some Russian.

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Continental Plus

  • Serving Location: dining room, and the garden in season.

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686 Sterling Place , Brooklyn, NY 11216 USA (Show map)

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