The Harlem Flophouse

242 West 123rd Street , Manhattan, NY 10027 USA (Show map)


The Harlem Flophouse is a charming 1890's Victorian brownstone on a safe, quiet, street in Manhattan. We cater to international travelers offering personal attention and insider tips. The Harlem Flophouse is Artist owned and run. Located at Harlem's cultural center, it is steps away from the world famous Apollo Theater, numerous Jazz clubs and Gospel choirs. Let us be your guide to the interior of New York City's vast cultural habitat. CHECK AVAILABILITY AND BOOK ON-LINE 24/7 AT OUR WEBSITE.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service3.7
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining3.3

Innkeeper stays at Flophouse

3.8 on May 29, 2010

Friends were graduating from Columbia University and I wanted to be there. Because I'm an innkeeper, I wanted to stay at a bed and breakfast, near by, inexpensive, safe (I'm a middle aged single woman traveling alone). I was delighted to find the Harlem Flophouse. My room was on the second floor. I slept comfortably with the windows open. It was quiet outside as well as inside. My car stayed on the street out front for two nights and the next day. No problems. If you are looking for luxury accommodations with all the amenities - this is not the place for you. But if you are like me and just want a comfortable, clean, safe place to crash and get cleaned up - I recommend this one. I will definitely stay again. P.S. Dining met my expectations...The website said there was no breakfast and that is what I expected.

The icing on the cake

4.4 on June 27, 2008

I've stayed with my husband in the Cosy Joe room at the Flophouse. It was gorgeous! The attention to detail everywhere in the house is outstanding. I loved when we would come back (home) there would be sound of soft jazz playing on the radio. Sooo nice! So relaxing. So like at home. But even better. It was difficult to leave it and I look forward to going back to it.

My favorite place in New York City

4.4 on February 12, 2008

I often travel to New York City for concert gigs and have stayed in a variety of hotels but the Harlem Flophouse is my favorite. It is off the beaten path but easily accessible to major attractions. It is quiet, eccentric and supremely beautiful. The rooms are large and elegant. Rene is a great host and a world traveler. I highly recommend it.

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Location Type


Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Concert venue, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Ruins, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Piano, Telephone

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Desk, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Horseback riding, Jogging, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming pool

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  • Check In:: by arrangement
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside only.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night minimum during high season. Applies weekends only during low season.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 20%
  • Cancellations: A %20 non-refundable deposit is required to make a reservation. Please be aware that cancellations made with 7 days notice receive a full refund less the %20 deposit. There are no refunds for cancellations made without one weeks notice. However a 50% credit towards a future visit may be issued at management's discretion. The balance of the room fee is automatically charged to your account 7 days prior to your arrival.
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Languages spoken

some French, English, German, Spanish

Resident Pets


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  • Cost: 100.00
  • Time Served: By arrangement
  • Serving Location: Garden, Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Signature Dish

Breakfast in Bed
A luxuious traditional southern brunch including eggs, sausage, grits, biscuts with gravy, champagne, juice and espresso, serves two.

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