Abingdon Guest House, named for the nearby park, Abingdon Square, offers guests a warm and inviting residential ambience with all the modern conveniences.
Abingdon Guest House consists of two landmarked 1850′s Federal style townhouses located in Greenwich Village, one of Manhattan’s most charming and historic neighborhoods, for decades the center of New York’s artistic and intellectual life.
Both homes are fine examples of period architecture, updated to provide modern comforts. Each room has its own distinctive decor. Located in the brownstone-lined, boutique-dotted West Village, the Abingdon boasts an inviting residential ambiance that combines an authentic neighborhood vibe with all the modern comforts.
Since there’s no resident innkeeper, the house is best for independent-minded guests who prefer artistically-outfitted, one-of-a-kind accommodations and genuine New York ambiance over a generic Midtown hotel.
Features and Amenities
All of the rooms are artistically done in bold colors and outfitted with well-chosen art and furnishings; each can be previewed on their Web site, so choose the one that best fits your personal style and budget.
No matter which one you choose, you’ll get a superior-quality mattress and linens; cozy bathrobes; a telephone with your own answering machine; and a private bathroom that’s en suite (in room) or just outside your room, in the hall (rooms with adjacent hall bathrooms are cheapest).
The best (and most expensive) is the Ambassador Room, which has a witty British Raj theme and a kitchenette with microwave, VCR, and sleeper sofa for a third person. The Abingdon is best for mature, independent-minded travelers, since there’s no regular staff on-site.
The thoughtful style and privacy make it ideal for an affordable romantic escape, but friends traveling together won’t feel out of place (in fact, two rooms feature two twin beds).
The West Village neighborhood is terrific, with good restaurants and boutiques. High fashion shops from Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney mix with wholesale butchers in the Meatpacking District of the West Village.
Mainstream names such as Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs are found alongside boutiques such as Old Japan, which sells vintage Kimonos, all on Bleecker Street. The tree-lined irregular streets and charming 19th-century town houses and appealing boutiques of the West Village have a far more colorful and quaint atmosphere than most neighborhoods in the city.
The Village is New York’s most vibrant and tolerant district. With a variety of art galleries, off-beat shopping and nightlife including jazz, rock and dance clubs, restaurants, bars and cafes, the Village is home to a colorful mélange of college students, artists, writers, and many others simply seeking an urban alternative.
By the early 1900s, the Village had fully established itself as the center of radical thinking in the United States.
Famous reformers, artists and intellectuals all gathered here, and many still do. For centuries, New York’s Greenwich Village was home, playground, and inspiration to many of America’s leading writers and artists – Henry James, Edith Wharton, Eugene O’Neill, Theodore Dreiser, Stephen Crane, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Willa Cather, e.e. cummings, Allen Ginsberg, and Bob Dylan.
Winslow Homer had a studio here, as did other painters such as Thomas Eakins, William Merrit Chase, John Sloan, Isamu Noguchi, Edward Hopper, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollack, and countless others.
These days, it’s the playground of artists and famous folk alike. You’ll find Sarah Jessica Parker walking her kids to school and Brooke Shields on the playground across from Magnolia Cupcakes on Bleecker Street. Whether you’re looking to shop, wine, or dine, the West Village has it.