the sugar hill inn
The lyrics of Billy Strayhorn’s jazz song accompany you following the tracks towards Harlem, home of many New York legends including the conductor of the A Train: Duke Ellington.
Ellington, like many others, gave Harlem a vibe back in what has become known as the Harlem Renaissance, a period that spanned the 1920s and saw this beautiful New York neighborhood explode with culture, the sound of which can still be heard almost a hundred years later.
To many though, the sound of Harlem is still that of gunshots and violence. Those people think of gangs and segregation when they see the sign of the Apollo Theatre setting fire to the New York night. But for years the whispers of the violent past have given way to the musical echo of Harlem’s history and the warm embrace of its bright future.
Harlem today is a colorful and lively part of New York. A part where some people have too much and others have too little. A thriving part of New York whose people are proud of their rich culture and history. Pride they cheerfully share with everybody taking an interest in it.
A great place to call home for a couple of days, a week, a month, while discovering Harlem and the rest of the city is definitely the Sugar Hill Inn. Located in the historical district of Sugar Hill, in a Victorian townhouse built in 1906 this is a unique New York venue with big rooms, big breakfasts and big stories. All for a not so big price for New York standards.
Sugar Hill is a landmark part of Harlem, defined by 155th Street to the north, 145th Street to the south, Edgecombe Avenue to the east, and Amsterdam Avenue to the west. It played its part in the Harlem Renaissance, trails of which can still be found around the Sugar Hill Inn.
The Inn’s owner, Jeremy Archer, started the Sugar Hill Inn in 2005 from the 1906 Victorian on West 141 Street. After renovating another Victorian beauty a couple of blocks away, he added six more rooms to a total of ten. Each of his rooms (6), studios (2, including fireplace) and apartments (2) have private bathrooms and can make use of a garden and common room/library. An impressive, home made breakfast is served each morning at 141 Street and the Sugar Hill Inn aims to be as green a possible, working with organic products and soon to be illuminated by solar panels.
For a mere $125-$275 per night depending on room, time of year and length of stay, you’ll get to know part of New York’s soul at a stone’s throw or a train’s ride from Central Park, the Apollo and the Hudson River. So…..
……..’Hurry, get on, now it’s coming
Listen to those rails a-thrumming all aboard
Get on the “A” train
Soon you will be on Sugar Hill in Harlem’
Sugar Hill Inn
460 West 141 Street
New York City
T: +1 212-234-5432