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The International Cozy Inn

3.0 out of 5.0

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I stayed for 3 weeks whilst on business. Never been to Harlem before so was unsure at first. BUT I dint want to leave when I had to move further south. Loved Harlem. I stayed in a few different rooms, nice having a room with own bathroom but no a problem if you had to use the one on the landing. Big rooms, Nice to have small kitchen areas in each room. The staff were the best part - all really happy to help, GREAT STAFF

I stayed together with my friend in the Cozy Inn in Sep 2018. We were looking for acommodation in a rush cause we didn't have the place for staying. The room was on the 4th floor but there was a guy who helped us with the baggage. The room with small kitchen was really amazing. Beds were very comfortable, room was clean and cosy like in the description. There was a grocery and metro nearby so it wasn't difficult to get to the centre. If we are again in NY in the future, we'll book Cozy Inn one more time. It's definitely worth booking :)

My group and I at the time were "catfished" so to say at the Airbnb we reserved and we were desperately trying to find a new reservation before me and the crew would have had no place to stay for the whole Electric Zoo Labor Day weekend. Luckily for us even though they had just reached their cutoff time for reservations that evening, the Cozy Inn managed to still take us in, saving the day for us and saving the entire weekend! They welcomed us with open arms and amazing hospitality the moment we walked through their doors and the aesthetics, as well as the atmosphere of the reservation, made my group and I feel like we were at a home away from home. The street the reservation is located on has a lot of great food options as well as it being localized around a pharmacy & grocery store but everything else around the area can be reached within a 15-20 min travel time, or less! If you're looking for a place that can meet all of your expectations and behind, you can best believe that Michelle and her crew can take of ya properly during your stay in NY! Definitely coming back this place.

We stayed here for 5 nights. First impressions were cozy but tight. A brownstone converted into a hotel. We were looking at spending upwards of 400 per night, but were fortunate to find this place. Because we were trying to save money on accommodations, it meant having to share a bathroom here. It wasn't all that bad. The bed was just ok and small, while the pillows were just too big. The ac malfunctioned, but that was quickly remedied by Michelle, the person taking care of the place. Maybe she's the proprietor. IDK. The shower drain was backed up. As for location, bear in mind that Manhattan in general has a lot of crime and Harlem where we were at is among the highest. You can check the data. That being said, there are shady characters everywhere in NYC, just keep your wits about you. Harlem was fine. Having the metro within a minute or two from the hotel was a big plus. Also, plenty of restaurants, coffee shops nearby as well as a new Whole Foods/Starbucks/Pharmacy. Central Park was also within walking distance. Big plus. Fast and free wifi. We barely turned on the TV, but when we did, we found limited channels. I'd recommend staying here with the caveat of having to potentially share a bathroom.

My son and I stayed in a bright, pretty room at the Cozy Inn over Spring Break in March, 2017. It is somewhat confusing to book at the Cozy Inn. They prefer cash via PayPal, but will accept a credit card if you are persistent. Like one of the other guests mentioned, I was surprised to be asked for a cash deposit for damages, but you can also have your Passport held for ransom in lieu of the cash. My son and I stayed on the top floor (a bit of a hike, so be prepared) in a room with a private bath and kitchenette. It was quaint and warm, and above all, quiet! The sink in the bathroom and a mirror in the kitchenette were cracked (no biggie, but it did diminish the decorative charm), but the main problem for me was at 5', 4" tall, I was too short to comfortably reach the microwave or the shelves. The bathroom is also quite small, BUT there was plenty of hot water for showers and the water pressure was good! I loved Harlem! It felt safe, even when walking at night, and everyone we met was very friendly from the person at the corner store to Babacar, the cab driver. We ate at Sylvia's just a block away with divine soul food, and the Red Rooster which boasted impeccable service. The energy in the neighborhood was upbeat. Ira, Michelle and Ramona were simply lovely, very helpful and informative. It was a fun stay, and allowed us as visitors from California to have a glimpse of the wonderful people and life in Harlem.

We had stayed at this guest house September 2016. We were in a rush for booking so we didn't even get a chance to look at any pictures or anything, but when we had got there we knew it was the best decision we had made. Rooms were spectacular, the designs were very detailed you could tell the young ladies had taken their time and and effort. It was very unique and different to all the other hotels I had ever been to. The young man IRA was amazing, his service was brilliant always there when we had a question to ask always welcoming. Definitely will visit this place again and you guys should too!! :)

I have stayed in the Cosy Inn for 5 nights end of September 2016. I had a friendly welcome and everything was explained properly. The room was cosy and clean and the small kitchen was well equipped. The only negatives on the room are not being able to open a window and a very small shower. The location is safe and close to the metro station. However there are several reasons why I would not go back to the Cosy Inn. 1. Having to pay cash for the whole stay and the security deposit at arrival. This is very inconvenient for foreigners. 2. Paying for leaving your luggage. We left our luggage for 2 hours, paying 10 dollars for 2 small bags. Even when it's family run. It's called customer service. The argument that somebody has to especially be there to watch it, as there is no special space for it, is ridiculous. Just put it behind a locked door. When I told them it was quite outrageous to ask money for it. I was considered rude! I knew these 'RULES' beforehand. But they will stop me coming back. 3. You get the feeling as a guest that you are not trusted the moment you walk in the door. Maybe they had some bad experiences but that's the nature of the business. I travel the world and this is quite exceptional, having to pay everything cash and paying to leave your luggage. All the other rules also put me off. No suitcases on the bed. Have at least something to put the suitcases on. This is just one of the rules....the list goes on. It's a shame as the inn itself is quite nice. Will definitely go back and stay in Harlem, unfortunately not in ICI.

Staying here was affordable and the turned out to be super nice. Our room had 3 single beds which was odd but perfect for us, I'm not 100% if its always like that or if they set up a very sturdy looking cot for us and I didn't notice. But it had a small kitchenette as well as a small but nice bathroom with a shower. The whole room, and place was very nicely decorated and clean. The owner and all the staff we talked too were super friendly and helpful. The only thing I'd mention to be aware of is its an old-school New York Brownstone, and the stairs are plentiful. If you're on the 3rd floor, pack light, or at least be prepared lol! The neighborhood was also really nice, especially south from the hotel, but basically all of Lenox Ave/Malcom X Blvd had been modernized and had some really cute places to eat. We also found a really cool festival/street fair wandering around, and an awesome going out of business sale at a leather store. Obviously with the subway its easy to get anywhere in New York, and theres a station close by. The Inn is also just in a great location and if you walk south down Malcolm X, you pass lots of cute/fun places and eventually hit Central Park.

Once you get your room, ICI offers a good experience. Ramona, the owner, is an interior designer and has coolly arranged the rooms. Ira is pleasant and easy to work with. On the transactions end, however, ICI is not well run. Booking directly is difficult. It was hard to determine which rooms had private baths. They require guests to sign a confusing, four-page contract with numerous contradictions. When I called in advance of my arrival, it seemed like they had forgotten about my reservation! The inn prefers cash, and requires a refundable $150 security deposit at check-in. As a business traveler, I could only offer my company's credit card. They refused to charge and refund it later, demanding cash. Michelle and I had a shouting match. I thought my situation (traveling for business) was pretty typical, and was upset by the lack of flexibility on a $2000 transaction. She said I should have read the contract better. I had to withdraw $150 of my own money at an ATM. When I reviewed the contract later, it said they would take credit. Otherwise, our stay was nice. ICI has close access to several useful subway lines. Harlem is a blossoming area, with several neat restaurants within a few blocks from the inn. On the downside, ICI does not have a super friendly atmosphere -- rules are posted extensively on the walls -- and it directly neighbors the Atlah church, famous for vulgar street signs. ICI offers a good and more affordable stay in Manhattan, but consider what you're willing to put up with.

Hotels are very expensive in NYC, but ICI is a good alternative. Yes, it's in Harlem, but don't let that deter you. We really felt quite safe; there was a subway about two blocks down the street, there were plenty of dining options, and Michelle and Ramona were delightful. The only drawback was that the "ground floor" was actually one flight of stairs up from street level.

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Apollo Theater and Central Park
  • Free in-room WiFi

The International Cozy Inn places you in Harlem, within a leisurely stroll of popular sights such as Apollo Theater and Central Park. This 6-room, 3-star apartment building has in-room conveniences like microwaves, coffee makers, and LCD TVs.


Each apartment is air-conditioned and has an array of amenities, including a microwave, a stovetop, and a coffee maker. Guests can expect to find wired Internet, free WiFi, and an LCD TV. Other standard amenities include a ceiling fan and an ironing board.

Property features

Staff members can help with accommodation requests, and provide front-desk service during limited hours.

Room options

Queen Suite

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Double Suite with Shared Bathroom

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Suite, 2 Twin Beds, Shared Bathroom

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

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The International Cozy Inn

248 Lenox Ave., New York, NY 10027