The Inn at Irving Place – Gramercy Park

Posted on 18 June 2010

Photos & Review by Haya Zoubi

Located in the heart of New York’s Gramercy Park within two historical landmark townhomes is The Inn at Irving Place. While walking on Irving Place you might miss the Inn because there is no sign indicating that the building is the “Inn at Irving Place”, so look out for a golden plaque at the top of the brownstone’s stairs that says “Lady Mendl’s”.  Built in 1834, this cozy little inn only offers 12 delicately furnished rooms reminiscent of the New York of Edith Wharton. From the moment you step inside you will see that every piece of furniture and decor (with the exception of a few modern necessities here and there) is antique but not at all in a tacky or gaudy way.  You will find a lovely and unforgettable smell wafting through the air at the Inn, this signature scent is the Inn’s own Jasmine candles which you can purchase to experience the scent of the inn in your own home.  The narrow entrance features black and white tiles with Lady Mendl’s tea room to the left and the ornate lobby/reception area to the right. The Inn’s brownstones have been home to everything from flats, an historic Gentleman’s Club, a Speak Easy and even a brothel. You won’t see the ghost of a drunken flapper or a brothel worker but you might feel the spirit of all the people that have come and gone in this classic building. Enter your room and there will be classic rag-time and jazz tunes playing on the modern TV. A lovely way to enter a hotel room, that really sets the mood for what your stay will be like. There is speedy internet access in each room, a folder filled with NYC guides to restaurants, nightlife and more, Frette linens and some rooms have adorably furnished little living room areas. Make sure to drop into Lady Mendl’s tea room for an afternoon tea or walk out and take a few steps and you’ll find a great Mario Batali restaurant right next door.  The Inn at Irving Place is a great little escape right in the heart of Manhattan and is not to be missed.

56 Irving Place
New York, NY

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