Farnam Guest House

616 Prospect Street , New Haven, CT 06511 USA (Show map)


Welcome to the elegant mansion built in 1934 by railroad baron Henry Farnam. We're adjacent to the Yale Campus, and just 1.25 miles to the Yale Old Gate, Farnam Hall Freshman Dorm, and downtown New Haven. We have four beautiful, spacious rooms, each with king or queen beds and private baths. We offer many complimentary perks: Coffee/tea/cookies 24/7 ~ Wi-Fi ~ Cable TV ~ DVD ~ Steinway grand piano in the parlor ~ Off-street parking ~ Free Yale shuttle bus stops at our guest house ~ Self-entry system any time of the day or night ~ Elevator ~ Central A/C ~ Goosedown duvees ~ Scrumptious hot breakfast with silver, crystal and engaging guests ~ A most comfortable stay, always!



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.1

The Best B&B We Visited

4.6 on November 16, 2016

Excellent Ambience, Pleasant Setting, Lively Breakfast Table, and Wonderful People (Service)

Innkeeper Response
Thank you very much for this great review. People do seem to enjoy their breakfasts!

Third time's charm

4.4 on November 02, 2016

This was my third stay at the Farnam Guest House. The rooms are always comfortable and cozy -- and graciously-sized. Lovely and clean; feels like a home away from home. Staff is unobtrusive, but effective. The owner, Elizabeth has twice gone out of her way to accommodate me when I have been in a tight spot. I have family in New Haven and am starting to think of this as my home away from home.

Innkeeper Response
I am always happy to assist wherever I can! Please come again.

The BEST place to stay in New Haven!

5 on October 05, 2016

We love this home and will most certainly return. The rooms are beautiful and quiet! The food delicious, the service spectacular; Maria, who took care of us during our stay was a most gracious hostess. Elizabeth loves her home and enjoys entertaining guests. We felt as though we were friends visiting from out of town :) If you enjoy the Bed and Breakfast experience then this is one that should not be missed! Thank you for our wonderful two night stay.

Innkeeper Response
Wow! This is the best review I think I have ever had! Thank you so much. I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay. May God bless you richly!!

Farnam Guest House review

3.6 on September 11, 2016

This is a very nice place, although the location was farther and more inaccessible to downtown New Haven and Yale than we had been led to believe. Access to the property was easy and well explained in the email, but the lighting outside to access the entry code is poor, and without a flashlight was difficult to use. The rooms are comfortable, although our room had a small and challenging shower. The owner and staff are very pleasant and accommodating, especially with food requests.

Innkeeper Response
Actually all our advertizing says we are 1.25 miles from downtown which is true. But that distance takes a good 35-40 minutes to walk. Thank you for reminding me of the lighting out front. I have repaired the spotlight which shines on the numbers and the lights that frame the entry way. It looks quite pretty now.

Great find visiting Yale, New Haven

3.8 on August 21, 2016

excellent B&B in New Haven. Inn keeper was outstanding, accommodating and friendly. Lovely stay.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind words.

lovely new haven stay

4.6 on August 08, 2016

The Farnam Guest House was beautiful. It was a short walk to Yale and the rooms were spacious and clean. Would stay here again.

Innkeeper Response
Actually it is 1.25 miles down to the green -- too far for me to walk. But I am glad you were able to walk it. Maybe you walked to Yale Science Hill which is much closer? Thanks for taking the time to write a review.

Donna review

3.2 on July 24, 2016

Elizabeth and staff were most accommodating

A Peaceful Retreat

4.8 on July 24, 2016

The Farnham Guest House was a peaceful and lovely respite from our busy tour of several colleges on the east coast. After staying in hotels for a week, we all breathed a sigh of relief staying here! The rooms are spacious, the grounds are lovely, and the bed was heavenly. The Yale Shuttle stops directly across the street so we didn't have to drive anywhere. I would highly recommend the Farnham Guest House!

A nice spot in New Haven

5 on July 17, 2016

Blue route bus stop to Yale right across the street, comfortable beds, good breakfast

Great B&B in central New Haven.

4.2 on July 10, 2016

Elegant Georgian style house near Yale campus. Easy fifteen minute walk (or take the bus) into central historic New Haven with tours available of historic campus plus excellent art museums. Hostess and staff could not be more welcoming and helpful. Delicious breakfast in attractive dining room. Highly recommended!

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Rooms & Rates

Walcott Room

The Walcott Room is a gracious and well-lit space with sun streaming in from the south and east. The room features a lovely king-sized and a twin bed with a twin trundle under. There is a private bath with a traditional shower ensuite, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen cable TV and DVD, air conditioning, and phone calls. Prices are for double occupancy. Additional guests are $20 a night and children under 10 are $15 per night.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $149 - $189

Farnam Room

The elegant Farnam Room is our grandest guest accommodation. A stunning Victorian reproduction king-sized bed and armoire stand on the lovely hardwood floors. There is a private bath ensuite which features both tub and shower. This room can accommodate two additional guests on the twin day bed and its trundle. Complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, flat screen cable TV and DVD player, air conditioning, phone calls. Prices are for double occupancy. Additional guests are $20 a night and children under 10 are $15 per night.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $159 - $189

Whitman Room

This room features a queen-sized four-poster bed and a fireplace. The private bath with oversized tub and shower is located in the adjoining hall. The Whitman room can accommodate one additional guest on the twin bed. Complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen cable TV and DVD player, air conditioning, phone calls. Rates are double occupancy with additional guests $20 a night and children under 10 $15.

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $189

Eleanor Dow Suite

This suite features two bedrooms, a dining room, living room, full kitchen and bathroom. Each bedroom has a full size bed and dresser. Complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV and DVD player, air conditioning, phone calls. Rates are double occupancy with additional guests $20 a night and children under 10 $15. Breakfast is not included for long-term stays.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $149 - $189

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Location Type

One block from Yale Divinity School, 1.25 miles from the New Haven Green, 1.25 miles from Yale's Old Campus


Hartford, CT (BDL-Bradley Intl.) 7 miles

Directions to property:

Take I 95 North or South to I 91. Take Exit #3, Trumbull St. Take Trumbull Street straight until it ends -- about 5 blocks. Turn right on Prospect and go to the 5th light. The House is on the North-left corner of Highland and Prospect. Or take the Merritt Parkway north or south to Exit 61. At the exit take Whitney Avenue South toward New Haven. Go 3-4 miles past lights at Putnam Avenue, Armory Street, East Rock. Turn right on Highland (3 blocks) and go to top of hill. You will be facing our home on your right. Turn right on Prospect and an immediate second left into the circular drive

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Library, Parking, Piano, Private entrance, Washer/dryer , Parking on site, Luxurious Down/feather beds/duvets/pillows, Bottled Water, Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate/Cookie Bar in Dining Room

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Microwave, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Hiking trails, Mountain Bike trails, Distinctive Dining, Peabody Museum, Plays, Art Galleries, Live Music, Theatres, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Check In:: 2 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Family friendly!
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two day minimum stay for special weekends only
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Deposit required only for long term stays and special Yale event weekends.
  • Cancellations: As a small business every reservation is extremely important to us. We would appreciate knowing your cancellation plans early. For less than seven days notice, the fee will be the full cost of the first night.There is a fee of $25 with seven days notice in the hope that we can rebook. For less than seven days notice, the fee will be the full cost of the first night. If you shorten your stay, the fee will be one half of each night cancelled. Deposits for special Yale event weekends are non-refundable.
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Elizabeth Baehr Lopez

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About the innkeepers

Elizabeth Baehr Lopez, a retired public school music teacher for 39 years, is your hostess. She loves to read and dialogue about great books and current events.

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  • Time Served: 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten free and/or vegan available as well.

Signature Dish

Broccoli Stratta
This is a delicious crustless quiche made with broccoli, cheese, eggs and milk.

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