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Sankofa Aban
Ranked #8 of 57 Brooklyn B&B and Inns
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“Unique!”
Reviewed 21 May 2012

- Debbie, the owner and host of this B&B is amazing! Great fun at breakfast and provides a warm welcome!
- location: 5 mins walk to Nostrand station which is on the fast A line to Manhatten (10mins to the Finance District, 20 to Penn station)
- location: Bed-Stuy is a real neighbourhood, it is not Disney NYC, its 24hours so pretty safe, plus you can walk to Prospect Park, downtown Brooklyn and Williamsburg
- the room (we had the Green one) is very large and had a comfy bed, ceiling fan, and full of unique and antique furniture
- breakfast is fun and you never quite know what you're going to get - Debbie does make great pancakes though!
- the house is amazing, a well looked after brownstone terrace
- sadly we missed the Jazz evening (Fridays)
- shared bathrooms but kept very clean
- if you are looking for a unique place to stay to explore Brooklyn but also want easy access to the City then this is perfect, its a lively area

Room Tip: In the summer people are out in the street alot so perhaps request a rear facing one?
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 May 2012

I attended my son's graduation in NYC and stayed here for 3 nights. The owner & hostess, Debbie, owns a classic, remodelled brownstone in the Bradford/Styvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. The neighborhood is very friendly and the residents look out for each other.

Debbie runs two businesses here: the Sankofa Aban B&B 24/7 and she hosts live jazz (real jazz) concerts with fish fry on Fridays.

She makes superb breakfasts and is quite friendly and fun. She tends to let messy beds & dirty towels pile up a bit after her guests leave. If spotless accomodations is what you seek, look elsewhere, but if it doesn't bother you, stay. The price is right for this location - $90/night for the single room on the third floor. Bring earplugs in case your room faces the street.

All in all, I enjoyed my stay and Debbie gave me a big hug at my departure.

This is located a two block walk from the Nostrand St stop on the "A" subway line - very convenient!

Room Tip: Get the rooms facing the back courtyard for peace & quiet.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 October 2011

The photos on the website look great- and Debbie has done a wonderful job decorating her traditional brown stone Brooklyn house to a high standard. However don't come to this guest house expecting hotel style service.

Although Debbie is very friendly and accommodating, and the jazz evenings on Friday are impressive there are a few details that are lacking in the service. Breakfast is served at irregular times and there is not a great deal that is accessible without having to ask for it. This makes it difficult to plan when your day starts. The place is dusty and there are random bits and bobs like discarded water bottles and an iron lying around the house. There was no hot water for a few days and it was not fixed for a while which was frustrating. The area is also not the best and a few taxi drivers did their best to scare us with stories about it. I would not recommend it for single ladies. However it is close to the subway and taxis are relitively cheap.

If you come expecting a hotel style guest house stay you will be frustrated and disappointed, however if you come expecting to stay as a guest in a private home with a relaxed attitude you can have a lovely stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Sankofa Aban
Address: 107 Macon St, nr Fulton and Nostrand, Brooklyn, NY 11216-2106
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Region: United States > New York > Brooklyn
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 57 B&Bs / Inns in Brooklyn
Price range (per night): $215 - $381
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sankofa Aban 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to a B&B with heart, soul, lots of original Victorian details.January 17, 2010 by SankofaAbanSANKOFA ABAN BED AND BREAKFAST in Brooklyn’s historic Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood invites you to browse for information about the six guest rooms (including a bridal suite) in this 1880′s townhouse lovingly-restored, overflowing with original details and in the same family for six generations. Located on an intimate block lined with 19th-Century Brownstones in the heart of one of Brooklyn’s most diverse and vibrant neighborhoods near the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park, PRATT Institute, Brooklyn College, St. Joseph’s College, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene,  Downtown Brooklyn, and just a short subway ride to Manhattan, SANKOFA ABAN B&B is yours for an experience you won’t find anywhere else BROWNSTONE JAZZLester Holt of NBC introduces a report about BrownstoneJazz at Sankofa Aban B&BFeatured on NBC and in the New York Times, BROWNSTONE JAZZ at Sankofa Aban B&B is a celebration of music in the heart of Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood. Live music, performed in an intimate setting with an open-mic session. ... more   less 
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