Welcome to the #AtoZ Blog Challenge and a Tour of Hotels & Inns
It may have an unassuming facade, but with my imagination and heart for writing, The Inn at Irving Place seems the perfect place to squirrel away and write a novel. I would love to try and capture the period and lifestyle of those who have lived in two landmark townhouses transformed to recreate a bygone era of gracious living. The Inn at Irving Place is in the heart of New York’s historic Gramercy Park area. It is within walking distance of Union Square, to Midtown. There are ten rooms. The Inn has a classically timeless interior, a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere. Period features throughout the property include fireplaces, antiques, Tiffany lamps, cherry wood floors and floral rugs, all reminiscent of the Victorian era; a perfect setting for a novel full of interesting characters.
I am fascinated with the history represented here. Originally built in 1834, three single family brownstones sat at the corner of 17th and Irving Place. Over the years, the corner brownstone was torn down and a small apartment building was built in its place. The two remaining brownstones have stood the test of time, and they now create The Inn. While once combined as a single family home, the brownstones also housed apartments, The Ingersol Mens Club, a Speak Easy, and a Beauty Parlor and Day Spa. After completion of a three year renovation, The Inn at Irving Place opened its door in December of 1994.
Even without spending the night, there is tea at Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon, rated the best and most romantic Tea Salon in New York City. Guests enjoy a five-course tea, consisting of a variety of classic finger sandwiches, fresh baked scones with clotted cream and jams, and a large selection of fine teas. The Victorian style architecture and furnishings recreate a sublime elegance. While in New York City, tea at Lady Mendls‘ has got to be a satisfying way to enjoy a few hours immersed in a gone by era; participating in the endearing ritual of tea. I hope I get there one day and find you there too.