Lounging in suburban Brooklyn

New York city is like my spiritual hometown. I visit there every once or twice a year, usually preferring to spend time in the boroughs, away from the crowds and tourists of downtown Manhattan.

Lounging at the Loralei bed and breakfast

The Loralei B&B in Brooklyn may not be your first choice of place stay when visiting New York, but if you do decide to take the plunge and stay somewhere outside of Mahanttan then you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise. The Loralei Bed and Breakfast is a Victorian mansion built in 1904, located on a beautiful tree-lined street among other restored Victorian homes. From the gorgeous wood floors to the antique furniture and family portraits that line the walls, no detail was spared in the restoration of the Loralei by its owners, Robert and Lance. They painstakingly retained the original flavor of the home, while adding modern touches such as updated bathrooms, flat screen TVs and, of course, WiFi for guest convenience and comfort.

From the moment I booked I found the owner to be warm, helpful, inviting and proud of the city he lives in. This is a tree lined Victorian neighborhood within walking distance to great small restaurants and a convenient subway station to Manhattan. Robert served us a wonderful breakfast each morning in his charming antique furnished dining room and was very helpful with any questions we had about transportation or things Brooklyn. The room was immaculate, the bed comfortable and the furnishings lovely.

The house is lovingly looked after and had two rooms for guests. During my stay I was in the Gremacy Suite which has its own bathroom and all the amenities you would expect, nothing was missed and I have a feeling that anything I wanted would have been provided had I asked. You can hear a little street noise when in the room but hey, you’re in the city that never sleeps!!

Brooklyn certainly felt safe while the Metro is simple to use, cheap and efficient. It took about 20-25 minutes to get to Grand Central station from the nearest stop to Loralei B&B.

Take a chance, ditch the standard faceless Mahattan hotels and stay with boutique places and someone that cares!