Ratings based on 19 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.3 Room cleanliness
4.0 Service & staff
4.0 Room comfort
3.9 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
for Everyoneby Charlie from Pittsburgh
Great place. Beautiful brownstone.Posted Dec 23, 2013
Pros: The warmth of the welcome and the character of the furnishings. The availability of fine music was a terrific plus on a cold winter night. Great jazz!
Cons: Locks and handles on doors.
Location: The weather was miserable so I didn't see much of the neighborhood. I love walking the Brooklyn Bridge every time I come to NYC.
The stay was memorable. The evening of jazz in the salon on Friday night was of a very high quality. The warmth of the owner Debbie Mac was genuine and heartfelt. The place has a lot of character. The subway stop is nearby so access to Manhattan was easy. I'd stay again without question. Charlie Mac from Pittsburgh
for Couplesby Philip from Fort Worth, TX
Absoutely the BESTPosted Oct 21, 2013
Pros: The people I met and the staff. The jazz band on Friday & Saturday was terrific. It was just great, gave me a chance to meet the real New Yorker's.
Cons: Not much, I went to have a good time, and experience how people really lived in New York. This was it!
Location: Let Debbie arrange for transportation, taxis, Prospect Park, best local restaurants, let Debbie show you how to have fun.
Greeted by a wonderful staff, rooms were clean, just a fun place to stay. Debbie, the hostess, was relentless is helping us get around New York, getting us transportation, fixing us breakfast, facilitating social interaction with other guests from around the world. And, introducing us to her many friends and neighbors. We asked her where we could get the best pizza in New York, and she told us about this restaurant which did not even have a sign on the restaurant. Their only advertising was by word of mouth. When we got there, the restaurant was packed with local fun people, eating New York's best Pizza. For this ol' Texas boy, I would not think of staying any where else when visiting New York. Much more fun than staying in a hotel.
for Couplesby A verified traveler
Nice B&B, great atmosphere, good facilities.Posted Oct 20, 2013
for Couplesby Karen from Portland, OR
Great Neighborhood Stay!Posted Oct 16, 2013
Pros: The decor was lovely, always something interesting to look at; we really loved Debbie's lively, open and generous spirit that came through in it all!
Location: Nightly jazz right in the house was great and the location near a subway station made it possible to do lots of exploring on our own.
We loved feeling part of the Bed-Stuy Brooklyn neighborhood that Sankofa Aban afforded. Treks to the city were easy, since this B &B was very close to a subway station. Debbie totally tailored breakfasts to our tastes and time needs, rather than us having to meet her schedule. She was a pleasant, upbeat and helpful host. She has clearly put a lot of thought and love into the establishment and we remarked over and over how lucky we felt to be out of the usual cookie-cutter hotel stay, and really getting a taste of Brooklyn. The nightly jazz was an unexpected treat and the perfect capper to each day of sight-seeing.
for Personal Eventby Saskia from Washington DC
good place to stayPosted Sep 6, 2013 on Hotels.com
I liked the place. It was perfect for what I needed, a place to sleep.The room was comfortable. I did not eat breakfast there,but it smelled good on my way out.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
B and B in Bed-StuyPosted Jul 18, 2013
Debbie the owner is such a nice lady and the food was great.
for Everyoneby ALLEYNE from ATLANTA, GA
OUTSTANDING!!!Posted Jul 3, 2013
Location: Literally- right around the corner from the Subway Station!!!
Where should I begin- Oh yeah... upon my arrival Debbie (the owner) came to my rescue!!! She took on the cab driver who attempted to overcharge me for the ride from the airport- She was "Not Having It" I knew right then and there- I was in the Right Place!!! Sankofa Aban is a magical ... upon entering i felt transported to another Place and Time- Such Character and History... The Havana Room- Simply Beautiful! Whatever you do- Please DO NOT miss Brownstone Jazz on Friday and Saturday Nights!!! Oh what a Glorious Experience- I attended both nights... It's just that GOOD (plus there is a Fish Fry ya'll) The Caliber of Performers was simply Outstanding- easily worth five times the price of admission. What a Gift!!! Sankofa Aban is an Experience that i will NEVER FORGET- I felt Safe and Cared for at all times... Money well Spent!!! Oh- and a Shout Out to Nelson... Thank you for an Impeccably Clean room and your Sweet disposition.
by Female from OK
mis-represented on webPosted Jun 7, 2013
Pros: The one redeeming quality was the wonderful morning breakfasts prepared by the owner usually an hour or two later than the advertised 9:00 am serving.
Cons: Scrub every square inch of the building, and ad a few amenities common to American hotels such as a coffee pot or hot pot so one could have a cup of t
Location: The location as I mentioned earlier is not integrated. It did have some interesting ethnic shops one Jamaican carry out had delicious take out.
I searched for and found this B & B on the web and from the information on the site it sounded like an old restored brownstone owned by a third generation child of the original owner. It pains me to give this B & B a bad rating as the owner is a lovely person. The state of the building is not lovely. The building is dinghy, in a state of disrepair and covered by decades of grime. It is located in a neighborhood that while interesting is not integrated. There are absolutely no facilities for disabled persons. One has to go up the tortuous steep front steps enter the building only to have to climb another two or three flights of stairs. There is only one small window air conditioning unit in the room, the bedding felt more than dirty, in the bathroom, which has to be shared, there are no towels, the shower barely works and runs hot one minute and cold the next. The bathroom window and the room windows of the room I occupied face down into a courtyard that looked like something out of a Stephen King novel. It could have been lovely if it had been cleaned up. In fact the whole place is in need of a pressure washing. All of the curtains throughout the building are badly in need of a good washing and all the floors need to be scrubbed and waxed. The lighting is practically non existent all the rooms are dark and dinghy, There are absolutely no amenities as are commonly found in other American hotels such as a coffee pot or a place to heat hot water, etc.
for Everyoneby Louise from Miami, Fl.
a real neighborhood feel, plus a night of jazz.Posted May 29, 2013
Pros: the whole atmosphere was funky and the people very relaxed and friendly.
Cons: the light in the bedroom could stand to be a bit brighter, it was hard to read in my room.
Location: It's not too far to get to Manhattan in about 15 to 20 min. But near by you can take a bus to Williamsburg, and Dumbo is close.
The bed and breakfast is in brooklyn on a nice quite street and close to a subway stop. The people we met on our way to the subway were friendly and no matter what time of night we returned even after 1:00 a.m. we never felt worried for our safety, it was a nice sensation. Now our hostess Debbie is one of the friendliest people I have ever met. She makes you feel at home the min. you walk in the door. She is charming and quite a good cook, try the pancakes and tell me they aren't great, you can't. The house is an old Victorian Brownstone and gives one the feeling of being in a different time period. The stairs sqeek a little but I never heard them in my room, in fact I was never bothered by any noise in the house, I slept like a baby on the very firm mattress on our bed. My husband and I were not aware of the fact that on friday and saturday nights there is a jazz get together in the front parlor of the house with old time jazz food and drinks provided by our hostess for just $20.00. We had a great time and i can say it added a bit of extra enjoyment to our trip staying at the Sankofa Aban.
for Couplesby Jim from SF Bay Area
A delightful Bed-Stuy adventurePosted Apr 30, 2013
Pros: The charm of the house and character of the neighborhood. Conversation with Debbie, the owner. The 'Brownstone jazz' concert.
Cons: Not everything worked easily as might be expected of an old house-- few electrical outlets, tricky shower in shared bathroom.
Location: Bed Stuy is by no means an upscale part of Brooklyn but it is a fascinating one, and if you're careful if's safe enough.
We found Sankofa Aban delightful. It is a bit of an adventure, so be prepared. Bed-Stuy is fascinating but, of course, on the rough side.The class Brownstone house is old and creaky but charmingly full of character. Debbie, the owner, was helpful, fun, and full of interesting conversation. The breakfasts were great. Biggest treat of all was the jazz concerts she hosts on Friday and Saturday nights. All in all, a great Brooklyn experience. We look forward to the next time.