Situated on one of the prettiest tree-lined streets in the Village, a block of historic brownstones just a short stroll from top dining, shopping, and the subway, the location here can’t be beat. What the Larchmont doesn’t have (because the hotel is housed in a historic Beaux Arts–era brownstone) are private bathrooms and showers for the guest rooms—it simply doesn’t have the plumbing to support multiple loos. Instead, travelers share two toilets and two showers per floor (with either six or seven other rooms).
Should this keep you from choosing this hotel? I hope not, because other than the fact that you have to pad down the hallway to use the facilities, this is a charming, extremely well-maintained hotel in which the owners have striven to keep the period feel throughout, filling the rooms with rattan furniture, bookshelves brimming with hardcover books, and good firm beds. There are also some very high-class amenities here, such as portable sacks of really nice soaps and shampoos and cotton robes and slippers.
- Pauline Frommer