Guests can not believe they are in the 'City'. A quiet, older home with spacious, wooded grounds and a 'countryish'feeling, yet with easy access, via the famous Staten Island Ferry, to the glitter and excitement of Manhattan. With home baked bread, homemade preserves and the aroma of fresh-ground coffee, all served in front of the fire or on the veranda, many say they feel like they are staying in a farmhouse. Fussy about clean rooms, attractive meal service, and personal attention. Please give me a call! I do not have access to the internet.
4.6 on December 10, 2016
I recently returned from a 2 night stay here. It was my fourth time staying at Miriams ,so obviously I like it here, it has become like a second home when I visit NYC usually to check out the Christmas windows and goings on in Manhattan which I miss a lot as a former New Yorker. It's a very pleasant house with sort of a coastal aura, many antiques and Miriam is wonderful and serves a generous breakfast asking your preferences and what time you want to eat. It's a short busride from the ferry and 1 time I walked to the ferry when I missed the bus, took about 20 minutes brisk walk. Ferry ride is beautiful so it has become an experience I look forward to every year.
5 on September 02, 2014
I stayed two nights over the 2014 Labor Day Holiday and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The house was wonderful, clean, and in a setting that quickly took me and my fellow guest away from NYC. The host made every effort to ensure the time was meaningful with few-to-some very cordial interactions. Breakfasts were fresh, seasonal, delightful, nicely paced, and personalized. I recommend this to anyone who is looking to have a personal connection or who wishes to escape and breathe a bit with a cherished relative, partner, or friend.
4.6 on January 15, 2014
I have stayed at Miriams twice during pre Christmas visits to NYC. With only 2 rooms-1 a single ,it is more a guesthouse than ornate bnb but quite comfy with sort of a Coastal New England aura. She serves a generous fresh cooked breakfast based on your preferences which she will ask about when you reserve. The larger bedroom is more bnb style with antique bed and fireplace and windows everywhere with views of the trees-lots and lots of trees! I had the single room with Hollywood 1950's headboard and an antique desk. No tvs in the rooms but Miriam was fine with me watching tv in downstairs parlor when I returned at night. She is early to bed so no fights over the remote!! On my first stay I arrived in the evening and walking the winding path thru the stark winter trees had a fairytale quality like little red riding hood heading to Grandmas house. The bath tho shared is just steps from either room so not really an issue- lovely handmade soaps in a basket. The bus from the ferry runs pretty often and stops right by the house, takes less than 15 minutes from ferry terminal and tho I came mainly to enjoy the beauties of Manhattan during Christmas I have come to love the contrast of Staten Island and it is worth exploring even if your mainly looking for a more affordable alternative to Manhattan. There are small museums and lovely old buildings. Back to the bnb . The 1st floor has 2 parlors and a dining room guests can feel free to enjoy and a large selection of books and magazines, many of local interest. I look forward to staying here again maybe in warmer weather when the wraparound porch must be very inviting.
5 on September 29, 2013
My name is Walter Kesting and I have stayed at Hartshorne House about six times over the last few years when I visit NYC. Miriam is the BEST hostess I have ever met. Her home is clean, her food is delicious and her thoughtfulness for her guests is superb. THANK YOU Miriam!
4.8 on May 29, 2013
I stayed with Miriam for 4 days and thoroughly enjoyed her company and lovely house. One night I was not feeling well and she nursed me back to health going out of her way and more than is expected at any B&B. She had fresh flowers, artisan soaps, delicious and very filling breakfasts, but the best thing was her company and someone to talk to. She went out of her way to help me through a hard time and listened with good advise. She even gave my a ride to an appointment and the last day helped me to the ferry. But due to a rainy day she continued helping tooking the ferry with me to Manhattan and on to the subway with my luggage. She is a real gem! This is no 5-star hotel, but it is even better because of her and her kindness. And what a value in NYC
4.8 on July 24, 2012
We stayed with Miriam this past week and thoroughly enjoyed our visit with her. We had fresh flowers, artisan soaps, delicious and very filling breakfasts, but the best thing was feeling like we were coming home every night. We affectionately referred to Miriam as 'mom'. She went out of her way to meet my special dietary needs and provide sightseeing advice. She even gave us a ride to the ferry the first day when she realized we missed the bus while purchasing our Metro Card at the local market on the corner. She is a real gem! This is no 5-star hotel, but it is even better because of her. And what a value in NYC!
4.6 on June 26, 2011
Hartshorne House is a very pleasant and comfortable place to stay for a visit to New York City. Thank you Mrs. Ellis for the sumptuous breakfasts and the friendly reception. Highly recommended!
5 on December 26, 2010
Beautiful "country" home in the city. Just a short walk or bus-ride to the Staten Island Ferry. Miriam is serious about her beautiful breakfasts.
4.4 on July 03, 2010
I stayed with Miriam for 6 nights last week. If you are looking for the lap of luxury, look elsewhere. If you want a clean, comfortable place to stay while touring NYC, then come here. The house was built just after the Civil War, and it is showing its age, but it is a very hospitable place. The food is excellent, and you will not walk away hungry! The bus and ferry ride to Manhattan are both very convenient. I would recommend this B&B to anyone on a budget who wants to see New York.
4.2 on November 30, 2009
I stayed 4 nights in October 2009. Miriam Ellis was a lovely host who was always helpful with information and had wonderful breakfasts prepared for you. My room was very nice and the bed was comfortable. The bus stop was right out front which took you to the ferry and the ferry was just a short ride across to the exciting city of new york. I would stay here again.
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