Skylight room, $115; Peruvian room, $125; Caribbean room, $190; tribal room, $200; modern suite, $210
L at Third Ave.; 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.; L at First Ave.
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Though it’s called Second Home on Second Ave., the name sells this inviting East Village guesthouse short. All told, it’s more than just a place to rest your head after a day of sightseeing—you probably will want to spend time here. The atmosphere and furnishings are stylish yet simple and refreshing, with clean lines and vivid, earthy colors in abundance. The affable owner Carlos Delfin, who says he came to New York on vacation from his native Peru 18 years ago and never left, opened Second Home in 1997. He calls it a well-kept secret; to this day only the name of the door buzzer indicates that there’s a guesthouse upstairs. Inside, Delfin has lovingly covered the walls with Inca-inspired paintings and tapestries by his father, Victor. Second Home offers one cavernous suite with its own living room, bedroom and bathroom and six other elegantly furnished guest rooms, one of which has its own skylight. And if you ever find yourself in Peru without a place to stay, you’re in luck: Delfin has opened a second branch of Second Home in Lima.Pros
Charming design, beautiful artwork and a friendly host make this an all-around delightful place to stay.
Street-side guest rooms get significant street noise from busy Second Ave.