Did you know there are bed & breakfast style, quaint inns in New York City? Listed below are some of the top choices of alternates to the cookie-cutter hotels that are synonymous with Manhattan. Each inn and B&B offers a unique experience only New York – and its residents – can offer, and a quiet, homey escape from the skyscrapers. By Jenn Friedel.

Chelsea Inn

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46 W 17th Street, New York 10011
212- 645-8989 or 800-640-6469

In Chelsea sits an Inn which encompasses two adjoining renovated townhouses. Originally built around 1880, the Inn is decorated in a Queen Anne style, harkening back to the area’s yesteryear, when it bustled with horse-drawn carriages – before it became a popular nightlife hotspot. The rustic, English country cottage design can be admired throughout the Inn and its multiple rooms, two categories of which (Master Suite and Studio) have private bathrooms. The two-bedroom suite has one bathroom, but is typically rented to those traveling together. The complimentary continental breakfast, which serves homemade breads, muffins and scones by Nana’s Treats bakery, is the perfect way to start off the day before exploring nearby Union Square and Greenwich Village. All of the cozy, well appointed-rooms include basic amenities such as a hairdryer and alarm clock, as well as safes, refrigerators, tea and coffee making facilities as well as telephone with voicemail, cable TV and WiFi Internet service. The one-bedroom Master Suite also boasts a kitchenette with microwave, as well as a day bed in the living room space. There is also a desk and a dining table that accommodates a seating of four. When booking, keep in mind there are no elevators at the Inn.

Ivy Terrace

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230 East 58th Street, New York 10022

The bed & breakfast is comprised of six studio apartments with 15 foot ceilings and hardwood floors, including two with private terraces. Each room has a unique personality, such as the Zen suite which is decorated in warm reds and deep browns with a low, platform bed. As with all of the suites, there is a kitchenette, fully stocked with breakfast items, as well as a microwave, oven and refrigerator. The suites also include a safe, high speed wireless Internet, a private entrance, private bath with plush towels, cable TV and telephone. A daily maid service is also available for an additional fee. The Ivy Room, one of the suites with its own private stone terrace, perfect for morning breakfasts and watching passersby on East 58th Street, is decorated in a traditional bed & breakfast sense, with a brass ceiling fan, a cherry wood Queen-sized sleighbed and antique table and chairs for dining.

The Inn on 23rd

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131 West 23rd Street, New York10011
212- 463-0330

Family owned and operated, the Chelsea neighborhood Inn is adorned with antiques and vintage finds the owners acquired on various travels that trickle into the 14 guestrooms in the restored townhouse. The rooms, which are accessible by elevator, have been uniquely designed, including the Parlor Room, complete with a Victorian, plush loveseat, and antique lamps on either side of the King-sized bed. The 1940’s Room takes you back in time, and even boasts an original Zenith tube radio that still works! Each room has a private bathroom, a Queen or King-sized pillowtop bed, and double-glazed windows, black-out window shades and a white-noise machine for a truly peaceful night’s sleep. In addition to bath amenities, the Satellite TV and complimentary high-speed Internet, there is also an intercom system, so anything you may need is just a request away. The intercom can also be used to buzz in visitors or deliveries directly. There is a comfortable dining area and living room space for connecting with other guests, or curling up with a good book after a day of hitting the city pavement.

414 Hotel

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414 West 46th Street, New York 10036
212-399-0006 or 1-866 414-HOTEL

Just steps Midtown highlights like Restaurant Row, Broadway and Times Square, 414 Hotel is a unique find. Twenty-two comfortably-sized guestrooms make up the hotel in renovated townhouses, set-off by a charming private garden courtyard. The rooms are decorated in modern furnishings, with a leather checkerboard headboard and slick nightstands. Each room also has private bathrooms set with Lanovera products, high-speed Internet, a flat screen TV and iPod player. Upgraded rooms have lush down pillows, Belgian linens and refrigerators upon request. The staff is also ready to assist with 24-hour business services; 24-hour concierge services; complimentary beverages until Midnight and dry cleaning upon request. On chilly days, instead of relaxing in the tranquil courtyard, guests can choose to partake of the continental breakfast served in the lobby, or enjoy the complimentary tea and coffee served throughout the day.

The Inn at Irving Place

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56 Irving Place, New York 10003
212-533-4600 or 800-685-1447

A 2009 Fodor’s Choice, the Inn is located in the historical Gramercy Park is situated among some of the city’s best known spots, including Lady Mendi’s Tea Salon and Cibar. Two townhomes built in 1834 have been renovated into 12 guestrooms, suites and residences. Outfitted in welcoming antique furniture and complementary décor, the Inn recalls a traditional inn, or a comfortable vacation home with working fireplaces, cozy reading nooks and a courtyard for some peace and quiet. Each spacious room comes complete with an iPod docking station, cable television, two-line phone, wireless Internet, bath amenities, mini bar and desk. The romantic respite may be difficult to find as there is no name on the building, so be sure to copy down the address.

Jennifer Friedel is from Manhattan and has previously worked in travel & hospitality PR.