Sugar Hill Harlem Inn Accommodations

Sugar Hill Harlem Inn Accommodations

Sugar Hill Harlem Inn is located in the landmark district of Sugar Hill, in a Victorian townhouse built in 1906. In 2001 we did a complete renovation of all the electric, the plumbing the bathrooms and the kitchens, taking great care to preserve the historical details of the building.

The Rooms

We have 2 rooms with private bathroom on the 1st floor. Satchmo’s Room is named for Louis Armstrong. He was born in New Orleans, but he lived the last years of his life in Corona, a working class neighborhood in Queens. He frequently performed in some of the great clubs in Harlem. He was the most respected jazz musician of his era and most probably the greatest horn player in the history of jazz. And so it is fitting that this is the largest room in the house.

This room has a fireplace, original wood floors and oriental rugs, a king size bed, a large bathroom, with separate shower and bathtub. It also comes with an outside deck.

Lena’s Room is named for Lena Horne who was born in Brooklyn and at the age of 16 performed at the cotton club. There she was introduced to the growing community of jazz performers including Billy Holiday, Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington.

Lena’s room is the most elaborately designed room in the house. The fireplace and wall are ordained with elaborate molding’s. It is the most feminine and romantic room in the house. The four poster bed with all its gauzy fabrics is very much the center of the room. It comes with a small bathroom, with sink, toilet and shower only. So we jazzed it up with some offbeat tile colors of ruby red and royal blue.

The Studios

We have two studios with private bathrooms and kitchens on the 2nd floor. Miles Room is named for Miles Davis who was an early Sonny Rollins fan and hung out with him and his Sugar Hill Harlem crowd that included, Jackie Mclean, Kenny Drew, and Art Taylor. Miles Davis was one of the most influential and innovative musicians of the 20th century.

Miles room has a fireplace, original wood floors, oriental rugs, a queen size bed, and a full size kitchen,with stove, fridge and microwave. The bathroom has a shower and bathtub.

Josephines roomJosephine’s Room is named for Josephine Baker. She was born in St Louis and performed with Ethel Waters in Harlem. She lived most of her life in France and was a famed dancer,singer,actor and civil rights leader. She adopted 11 children of different races. She called them her rainbow tribe.

Josephine’s room has a fireplace,original wood floors, oriental rugs, a king size bed and a full size kitchen – with a stove, fridge and microwave. The bathroom has a shower and bathtub. If like Josephine you have your very own rainbow tribe we can accommodate you by adding an extra bed

The Garden

All our guests are welcome to come sit in our garden. You will be amazed to hear the beautiful bird songs in the early summer evenings. This garden was built by a novice who had never built a garden or anything like this before.

He went into the woods up in the Catskills and spent weeks looking for wild plants, old mossy tree stumps, bits of rotten wood, baby fir trees, firns, ivy, dirt and anything that caught his eye. He also retrieved,old bricks and floor beams from building sites where a building had been torn down. He then brought back all this nature and rearranged it in this garden.

Victorian row house

We have another location 6 blocks from here at 408 Convent between W147-148st.This is a Victorian row house. It has just been completely renovated with all new wood floors, bathrooms and kitchen and also central air. Some of the details remain but no fireplaces. There are 4 bedrooms and a 2 bedroom apartment available for rent in this house. All rooms have private bathrooms.


The Apartment

We have one 2 bedroom suite, The Renaissance Suite, named for the black renaissance and cultural revolution Ali's Roomthat toElla's Roomok place in Harlem in the 20′s and 30′s and was a profound musical, literary and political movement. It is on the top floor. So steps must be your thing as there is no elevator.

But it is a nice walk as there is a beam of light bursting through the skylight at the top of the stairs. You enter into Ella’s room with original wood floors and oriental carpets, and a fireplace.

There is a hallway with bare brick walls and skylight. The bathroom is on the left and Ali’s room down the hall to the right. If you are a large party of 4 or more this is the place for you. It is light and airy and you will feel right at home soaking up the history of Harlem right at the top of Sugar Hill.

We have 2 rooms on the 3rd floor, Billie’s room and Dizzy’s room.

Billie’s Room is named for Billie Holiday She was an American jazz singer and songwriter. In the1930s, Billie Holiday toured with Count Basie and Artie Shaw, scored a string of radio and retail hits with Teddy Wilson, and became an established artist in the recording industry.

Billie’s room has wood floors and a king size bed, a large bathroom, with a shower and a Jacuzzi..

Dizzy Gillespie was one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, In the 1940s Gillespie, together with Charlie Parker, became a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. He taught and influenced many other musicians, including trumpeter Miles Davis.

Dizzy’s room has wood floors and a king size bed, a large bathroom, with a shower and separate tub. There is a skylight in the bathroom.

We have 2 rooms, on the 2nd floor, Marian’s room and Nina’s room

Marian’s room is named for Marian Anderson. She was one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. She performed in concert in major music venues and with famous orchestras throughout the United States and Europe between 1925 and 1965. She made many recordings that reflected her broad performance repertoire of everything from opera to traditional American songs and spirituals.

Marian’s room has wood floors a queen size bed, and a bathroom, with a shower.

Nina’s room is named for Nina Simone who was a singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. Simone aspired to become a classical pianist while working in a range of styles including jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. She was approached for a recording while playing in a small club in Philadelphia to fund her continuing musical education. Over the length of her career, Simone recorded more than 40 albums, mostly between 1958 and 1974.

Nina’s room has wood floors king size bed and a bathroom with a shower.

We have one room on the ground floor, Malcolm’s room.

Malcolm’s room is named for Malcolm X.

Malcolm X was an advocate for the rights of black Americans, who indicted white America for its crimes against blacks. As a spokesman for the Nation of Islam he taught black supremacy and advocated separation of black and white Americans. But Malcolm X’s expressed beliefs changed over time. He became a Sunni Muslim; he disavowed racism and expressed willingness to work with civil rights leaders, though still emphasizing black self-determination and self defense.

Malcolm’s room is a long narrow room with an archway in the middle and a screen that can be used for added privacy if friends and family wish to share. It is on the same floor as the kitchen and garden. There is a toilet and sink in the kitchen that can be used but there is no shower. This room is often used when another room is being rented upstairs and everyone in the group shares the shower in the room with the shower. This room is therefore less expensive and does not appear on the booking engine. If you are interested please ask about it.


All our rooms come with TV, DVD, cable, AC, iron, ironing board, hair dryer.

Our rooms rates are from $125-$275 per night depending on the room, the time of year and the length of stay.

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