Sankofa Aban Bed and Breakfast

107 Macon St , Brooklyn, NY 11216 USA (Show map)
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SANKOFA ABAN BED AND BREAKFAST in Brooklyn’s Landmarked Historic Bedford-Stuyvesant very diverse neighborhood invites you to browse this website for information about the six guest rooms (including a bridal suite) in this 1880s townhouse lovingly restored, overflowing with original details and in the same family for four generations. Located on an intimate block lined with 19th-Century Brownstones in the heart of one of Brooklyn’s most welcoming and vibrant neighborhoods near the Restoration Plaza, Billy Holiday Theatre, The Brooklyn Museum, YMCA, Barclay Center, Downtown Brooklyn Shopping Centers, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn Botanic Garden Prospect Heights, Prospect Park Park Slope, PRATT Institute Clinton Hills, Brooklyn College, St. Joseph’s College, Williamsburg, Fort Greene Park SANKOFA ABAN B&B is yours for an experience you won’t find anywhere else.

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Overall
4.4

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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Beyond Manhattan

4.6 on August 29, 2018

I didn't know what to expect when I booked this bed and breakfast about 1 hour's walk from Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park. I booked solely based on pictures provided by Google images. I was blown away by the hospitality of the owners Debbie and Eric Lemon. When I checked in at 3PM, without hesitation they greeted me with open arms and helped carry my luggage all the way to my room on the brownstone's 4th floor(!). Every morning they provided breakfast upon request and also served great conversation. Every evening if I was out after dark, I would receive a text to ensure I was safe and was able to make it back safely. I'll be sure I won’t forget this experience for a long time to come. I also enjoyed the Brownstone Jazz sessions held on Friday and Saturday evenings at 9PM, where Eric (a bassist) is accompanied by the area's most talented jazz musicians. Usually, cover charge for the public is between $60-100 dollars, but the cover charge is waived for guests of the B&B. A home-cooked fried fish dinner is provided to attendants during the show. This is similar to a room and board arrangement, where a room and boarding privileges (plus breakfast) are provided. This is NOT a hotel. Your room isn't cleaned for you and clean sheets/towels aren't always provided on a daily basis. Although extremely well-decorated, the rooms do not have television sets. Bathrooms are well stocked, but shared. Air conditioning units are provided upon request, but warrant an extra charge on top on your reservation. If you are looking for these accommodations, please consider making arrangements to stay at one of the many nearby licensed and registered hotels in the area. However, I will say you'd be missing out on a little-known one-of-a-kind treasure in the Bed-Stuy community. If this is your first time in Brooklyn and don't know what to expect, let Debbie and Eric show you that welcoming hospitality, genuine kindness, and a lasting love for NYC extends beyond the borders of Manhattan.


unique for open people

3.4 on July 26, 2018

We had a very pleasant stay. The hostess is a wonderful woman with a lot of humor and charm. We had a lot of fun with Jazz and wine.


A great find!

4.4 on July 23, 2018

First thing through the door - you're getting a hug from Debbie. This sets the tone for the entire stay. You're almost made to feel as if you're part of the family from the minute you step into Sankofa Aban. I found the rooms to be surprisingly soundproof. So even though there is wonderful jazz playing in the parlor until 12:30, you'd never know. If you're looking for a way to feel at home in Brooklyn, this is it. Can't recommend this place enough!


Charming B & B

3.2 on January 03, 2018

Debbie who runs and owns the B & B is absolve charming! Talking to her and her friend Eric was a fascinating lesson in history. Its a warm a welcoming place with the charm of few places! There was Friday night jazz - it was fantastic!


Wonderful stay in Brooklyn

4.8 on October 29, 2017

I loved staying at Debbie's B & B and will do so again. The house is full of character and my room was large. You are very close to the A or C trains for Manhattan which run often. There are lots of lovely eating places around Sankofa Aban and Debbie's breakfasts are delicious.I loved the conversations with both Debbie and other guests throughout my stay.


Great experience

4.0 on October 21, 2017

My BFF and I stayed here for two nights in October. Debbie has created a unique B and B. Staying in her Brooklyn brownstone helps you feel a part of the neighborhood, and you may just have the opportunity to hear jazz being performed or practiced in the evening. Don’t expect doilies and a private bath, come for Debbie’s company and the comraderie of the place. The neighborhood is fun to walk around, not already sterilized and completely altered by gentrification, but pleasant and real. Make a reservation, you won’t regret it! Go with the fun flow of the house, the hostess and the neighborhood!


A gem

4.8 on October 10, 2017

Debbie and Eric's place is magical. They are incredibly kind, the jazz night is fantastic, the place is like a time capsule in the best way, and our entire experience in New York was made perfect by our stay with them.


Great Time in Brooklyn

4.4 on September 19, 2017

The Bed and Breakfast vibe is not for everyone BUT if you are one of those that enjoys an atmosphere that is a home and way from home, where the owners will make you feel at home...this is for you! Ms. Debbie is a gracious hostess and a wonderful cook ...Mr. Eric is welcoming and provides lots of intelligent and passionate conversation to feed you spirit and your soul. When you stay there you MUST enjoy an evening of jazz in the living room of this beautiful home. The musicians were phenomenally talented which made for the most enchanting evening ever!


Enjoyed my stay in this Brooklyn Bed and Breakfast

4.2 on September 08, 2017

The Bed and Breakfast vibe is not for everyone BUT if you are one of those that enjoys an atmosphere that is a home away from home, where the owners will make you feel right at home...this is for you! Ms. Debbie is a gracious hostess and a wonderful cook ...Mr. Eric is welcoming and provides lots of intelligent and passionate conversation to feed your spirit and your soul. When you stay there you MUST enjoy an evening of jazz featuring the Brownstone Jazz Group. The living room of this beautiful home is transformed into an intimate music venue. The musicians were phenomenally talented which made for the most enchanting evening ever!


Amazing stay at sankofa aban

5 on August 05, 2017

What a great pleasure it was to stay at Sankofa Aban. Debbie's hospitality and amazing breakfasts made our stay wonderful! Jazz nights on Friday and saturday were outstanding! The fish fry was scrumptious! We cannot wait for another opportunitiy to stay there again!


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Rooms & Rates

HAVANNA BROWN ROOM

Havana Brown room is colorful, and cozy just like Cuba. Large, luxury queen size bed. Tops back garden side of home. Furnishing from the 20th century, decorates the room. Remote control ceiling fan, and antique candlelight mirrored fireplace. Private marble sink room area. Steps away from claw foot tub bathroom, with complimentary like colors. Room can be made floor through for larger groups. Internet ready access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $150 - $175

MAJESTIC RED

Majestic Red Room, with doubled size bed, mirrored candlelight fire place, and remote control ceiling fan. Private marble sink wash area. Antique 1940's bedroom furniture. Brooklyn's sunny street side view. Original wooden shutter to see through. Internet access. Connect to make a suite style single room, when available.

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

PURPLE HAZE ROOM

Purple Haze room, has two twin beds and private wash area, ceiling fans with wall program settings. Antique mirrored fireplace, decorated by candle light. Wooden window shutters that divide the sun from adorning the beautiful colors placed around the room. To open them, is to allow the breeze from the top of the tree, that grows in front, to pass through. Antique 1920s furniture passed down family line, not to be discarded as trash. Internet ready access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $150 - $175

RETREAT GREEN ROOM

Retreat Green Room, with candlelight mirrored fireplace, and antique cast iron wash basin area. Step up, and onto a thick, plush Queen size bed, dressed with luxury bedding. Remote control ceiling fan. Sunny side of property, overlooking backyard. Antique furniture early 1900's simply decorates room. Steps away from Whirlpool bathroom. Turndown service on request. Internet access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Queen

$150 - $175

FOREVER WHITE- WEDDING ROOM

Forever White room, dressed in white for your wedding night represents brightness. Laid around ebony colored wood representing everlasting strength. Antique furniture aged, yet still useful. Perfect start to a marriage. White, lace, and beaded textured comforted queen bedset. White window curtains used just for your night. Private antique sink wash area. Air conditioning and remote control ceiling fan. Candle burning fireplace. Steps to spa tub bathroom. Flowers and champagne placed around antique furniture. Room sits high over backyard garden. Internet ready access. Forever is a long time

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

$250 - $275

COUNTRY BLUES

Single room

  • Maximum Capacity: 1
  • Beds 1 Twin

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Location

Location Type

Central Brooklyn Area, Airport, Urban

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Extreme sports, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Ocean, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Ferry to NYC, Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Museum, Barclay Center, and BAM, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Sports venue, Tours, University, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fax Machine, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Piano, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, TV Video games, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Walk to mass transit, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar , Iron and broad by request, Spa, massages, library and more nearby facilities, Laundry, taxi and turndown service can be arranged, Heating and Air conditioning, adjusted in pricing, Car Service $35 Kennedy, $28 LaGuardia, $65 Newark, Subway 1 1/2 Blocks A-Line (blue) Nostrand Ave.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Jazz Concerts and History , Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts

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Policies

  • Check In:: 15:00 - 18:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited 12 and older. Exception are made
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Overnight pet care area nearby.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Debbie, Eric

Languages spoken

English

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About the innkeepers

DebbieMc never set out to own a BnB. A Salon owner and Hairstylist by trade, when her grandparents 1939 home fell into her lap to save and maintain the 19th century home. Along with her partners Marcus & Eric magic happened, a Brooklyn gem was created. Debbie McClain one of now the 6 generational family of music lovers. Shows by sharing the beauty of a home from Brooklyn begone. Continuing the history of the neighborhood, a group of jazz locals and broadway greats.

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: 9:00am-11am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian outside guest extra


Signature Dish

French Toast w/ Spice Banana Rum Sauce
This dish was once eaten by me and my youngest son in an all night East Village Diner gone out of business. Now the dish has ended up on the food table all spiced up which I've added to the dish


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