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The Harlem Flophouse

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242 W. 123rd St., New York, NY 10027 40.808158 -73.95057
nr. Frederick Douglass Blvd.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-662-0678 Send to Phone

  • Price Range: Inexpensive
  • Reader Rating: Write a Review
  • Type of Hotel: B&B

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Sample Room Rates

Single, $100-$150; double, $125-$170

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Nearby Subway Stops

A, B, C, D at 125th St.


  • Nearby Parking Lots
  • Street Parking

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Hotel Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • WiFi Service

Room Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • WiFi service


When playwright and artist Rene Calvo bought The Harlem Flophouse in 2000, the historic brownstone was partitioned into over a dozen pea-sized rooms and the main inhabitants were rats and dirty syringes. One major renovation later, the elegant prewar building has been transformed into a quirky combination B&B. The good-sized rooms are decorated in the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance and boast names like the Corky Hale, the Chester Himes and the Cozy Cole; décor includes an original pressed tin roof, beautiful claw-foot tub and large walnut dresser dotted with ancient cigarette holes. A walking encyclopedia of city lore—and mixer of a mean cocktail—Calvo often follows-up his home-cooked breakfast with a tour of the best local gospel and jazz spots, many of which are within walking distance.


Much more personal and affordable than most hotels in the area, the B&B is clean, beautifully-restored and historically-engaging.

While most of the kinks have been ironed out, the Flophouse is still a tad rough around the edges. Also, the rooms do not have private bathrooms, though the large tub in the central bathroom is both clean and comfortable.

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