Rugby Gardens B&B

Rugby Gardens B&B

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4.5
#4 of 28 B&Bs in Brooklyn
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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Rugby Gardens resides on a Sycamore lined street in the heart of Brooklyn - walking distance to mom & pop stores and boutique restaurants and bars. Just a few steps from the Q train, you can be in Manhattan in 30 short minutes.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
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Non-smoking rooms
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Charming
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317 Rugby Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11226-4551
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Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 78 out of 100
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Cortelyou Road
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ValerieHull wrote a review Nov 2014
Canberra, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
In recent years we have spent an inordinate amount of time in hotels in Asia and America. The routines are familiar, and generally we find places good enough. Thus we were delighted to find this little gem of a home stay in the heart of Brooklyn. Sue and Michael are very caring hosts, and struck the perfect balance between helpfully introducing the neighbourhood and giving the space and privacy that one needs to really rest. The breakfasts were delicious. The guest rooms are on the third floor and share a bathroom, but that did not pose any problem. The entire space of the room and bath has been well maintained, while keeping the feeling of old Brooklyn. We would definitely come back.
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Date of stay: October 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Front room was larger -- see the website for info
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Joop038 wrote a review Oct 2007
Terheijden
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Let's go Mets!
Unfortunately our visit to the New York Mets game on the 30th September couldn't help them winning. However, we had a great time during our stay at Rugby Gardens. Sue and Micheal really did their best efforts to make sure that we would fully enjoy our 5 days in New York and Brooklyn by giving the best trip advices. The nicely decorated room was equipped with airco and cable tv and the bathroom was clean. Especially the American breakfast including freshly baked cakes and muffins ensured a good start of each day. We would absolutely recommend Rugby Gardens!
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Date of stay: September 2007
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Traveled with family
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frodo32 wrote a review Aug 2014
Nokomis, Florida
5.0 of 5 bubbles
we were received extremely well. the accommodations were above average; wifi and cable were very good; the subway is 1 1/2 blocks away - very convenient! situated on a side street that was very (!) quiet.
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Date of stay: August 2014Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Bronzebell wrote a review Oct 2014
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Though the hosts were charming and helpful, and the neighbourhood convenient and interesting, Rugby Gardens felt more like an Air B+B than a professional B+B. Sue and Michael may not realise that the disorderly porch and front room create a poor first impression. The radiator in my room made a lot of noise, but gave off almost no heat. The shared bathroom was pleasant and warm on the other hand. Overpriced for what it was.
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Date of stay: October 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled on business
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candyce2016 wrote a review Oct 2016
Austin, Texas
3.0 of 5 bubbles
First, the room we stayed in was clean and charming; and the shared bathroom was freshly re-done and immaculate. For a rented room, this place was really good.

But this place is NOT what I would call a "bed and breakfast." I have stayed in countless bed and breakfasts all over the country (and the world), and what makes a B&B stand out is that it is treated as a business, as a professional hospitality endeavor. Living areas are inviting; breakfast is smartly appointed; and the owners are gracious and make us feel welcome and free to spend time in the common areas.

At Rugby Gardens, none of these qualities exist.

Perhaps this house was once set up as a classic B&B, but now it seems that someone is either depressed or overwhelmed: There is clutter stashed in every nook and cranny in the main part of the house. (Not in the guest rooms.) Clearly Sue takes care of a child, which would be fine except for the fact that there is baby stuff pouring chaotically and haphazardly out of every corner, and piled on the front and back porches. Newspapers and mail are scattered and stacked over every flat surface. Random objects--such as gift tags, a sports watch, a tennis ball, a crumbled up plastic bag--are stashed on the mantle, behind the sofa, on the table by the front door. It's disturbing.

The breakfast was tasty enough, but it wasn't special in any way, and it was mindlessly strewn on the table. We were told breakfast would be from 7:30-9:30am. We were on vacation, so we went to breakfast at 9am, and were greeted by a half-full carafe of lukewarm coffee, barely enough to fill two mugs; and a room-temperature jug of Tropicana orange juice sitting on the table in its package. The loaf of bread that had been sitting out uncovered was dry.

Sue gave us orders like a house mother, rather than guidance as a host; and she corrected everything I said, including comments about the weather in my home state. I felt as if I were about to get in trouble at every turn, and I was right, as we found a note waiting for us on our last night's stay correcting how we had been hanging up our towels.

Michael seemed afraid of us. When he entered the front door the evening we arrived, Sue instructed him to "Say hello to your guests." He just stared at us slackjawed and said nothing. It was awkward at best; creepy at worst.

The living area is NOT a common area for guests to spend time in. In addition to being cluttered, the downstairs areas are Sue and Michael's living quarters. Every time we walked through to come in or out, we were clearly interrupting their lives, and it was obvious that that was unpleasant to Sue.

So if you want to "rent rooms" at a cluttered and strange home, this place is immaculate and adequate once you get upstairs. But if you're looking for an overall bed and breakfast experience, I'd look elsewhere.
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Date of stay: October 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from rugbygardens, Owner at Rugby Gardens B&B
Responded Oct 26, 2016
We are sorry that you didn't enjoy your stay here with us. We are very glad you wrote a review. We take all of our guest's comments to heart. Sue & Michael
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adele h wrote a review Jul 2014
Brooklyn, New York
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for 11 nights between June and July 2014:
- The house was pretty dirty all around, the owners' shoes were scattered all over the hallway and the place overall felt very stuffy.
- Our room was on the top floor and was equipped with a portable and extremely loud A/C.
- Our floor's bathroom had no key (as per the owner's policy) so, as we were sharing the floor with another couple, there were several mutual walk-ins into people using the toilet, which is unacceptable.
- Our bed was not made and the room not cleaned more than once during our stay, even on two consecutive days.
- The amount of closet space made available to us was inadequate.
- Breakfast's quantity and freshness of ingredients were in a decreasing scale: started off very well, reached some disappointing lows towards the end of our stay.
Overall, for the price we felt that this accommodation was far from worthy. The owner was rather nice but the stay was not very enjoyable, we cannot recommend it. Also, the owner took from my credit card the amount of the whole stay the night of the check-in, which is not the most customer-friendly policy.
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Date of stay: June 2014Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from rugbygardens, Owner at Rugby Gardens B&B
Responded Jul 15, 2014
We appreciate this opportunity to improve our service to our guests. As we have never gotten such an unhappy review before we feel we must take it seriously as well as respond to the key points this guest has made. - Our house is cleaned on a daily basis -There is a portable air conditioner in the room this guest stayed in which was purchased last summer. We are sorry that the sound was loud and will contact the manufacturer for advice for a possible remedy. -We have a newly renovated shared bathroom on the third floor, and like all of the rooms it has a privacy lock inside on the knob. -The beds are made daily and we vacuum and dust. In the case of a longer term stay - 11 nights - the sheets were changed 3 times. Because the towels were left wet in a pile on the bed everyday, the guests were given freshly cleaned towels daily. Our usual policy is to give fresh towels every 2 days in the interest of conserving water and energy. -There is a closet to hang clothes as well as a dresser with 3 large and 2 small drawers for our guest's comfort. - We offer a self-serve Continental Breakfast each morning using organic products including orange juice, milk, creamed cheese and butter, artisanal jams and breads, croissants, freshly baked goods daily from the local bakery, fresh fruits, yogurt, an assortment of fresh cheeses, coffee, teas, hot and cold cereals and eggs upon request. - As a long-stay discount we offered these guests a free night's stay. They stayed for 11 nights and we charged them for 10. We don't take any fees up front from our guests, and based on our policy letter, which is received prior to booking and agreed upon by our guests, we do charge for the entire stay upon arrival. Again, we are sorry that their experience was not what they hoped for. This is a B&B where you get the benefit of sharing the daily life of a local family. An opportunity to feel like you're coming home at the end of the day rather than going to an anonymous hotel. We thank them for their opinion and look to make our service and hospitality that much better.
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Jon109 wrote a review Feb 2012
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This review is long overdue, I wanted to write it as soon as we got back from our trip to New York but never got around to it… and it still bugs me that I never wrote it! So here it is…
In September 2009, after arriving in NY from the UK, our accommodation plans (i.e. staying with a friend who, as it turned out, did not have a spare room after all) fell through, so we looked online and went through the phonebook to find a hotel / Bed & Breakfast in NY for the next 10 days. After hearing that most places were full, we stumbled upon Rugby Gardens in Brooklyn, which still had a vacancy. This B&B is a lovely family home with two guestrooms and a shared bathroom, on the top floor of the house (there is a separate staircase to the rooms so you don’t disturb people in other parts of the house). The short notice of our booking was not an issue and conveniently we were able to pay by card. Although having to pay out for accommodation, while it was not planned, meant that our holiday budget went up quite a lot, it was worth it to stay at Rugby Gardens. The room which we had (at the front of the house) was a good size, nicely decorated, felt homely and everything you could need was provided (TV, wardrobe, towels, slippers, some small cosmetic items, small basket to carry your toiletries to the bathroom J). A delicious big breakfast was available every morning, in a separate area of the kitchen with its own fridge. There were cereals, muesli, yoghurt, bread and various toppings, fruit juice, eggs etc… available, this was great in order to set you up for a day’s sightseeing. When you’re away on a longer trip it’s nice to have at least one healthy meal a day, seeing as most meals are eaten out in restaurants and cafes! It really felt like a home from home staying there, also thanks to Sue & Michael’s friendly hospitality and good NY tips! The subway station with a train to Manhattan/Brighton Beach is just around the corner, as well as a supermarket and lots of nice little restaurants (we counted Nepalese, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, a Hummus café…). It does take just over half an hour to reach Manhattan but when you’re on holiday there’s no rush, and it’s nice to get to experience another borough of NY. I recommend this place for couples, a family or single travellers.
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Date of stay: September 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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smallpoet wrote a review Jan 2009
Austin, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I spent 3 nights at Rugby Gardens in early December while on a combination work / pleasure trip to NYC. We decided to stay in Brooklyn to both keep the cost of the trip down a bit and to enjoy another side of the city that we had not previously explored. I'm so glad we did!

We were brave and rented a car, since we had quite a bit of hauling to do of boxes and supplies for a conference we were attending. Other than rush hour traffic from LaGuardia to Brooklyn (which was awful), having a car was wonderful. Rugby Gardens itself does not have parking (you are in Brooklyn / NYC after all), but there is plenty of parking on the street if you are willing to circle the block a bit occassionally.

The house itself is beautiful. Unlike busy hotels, you really do feel like you are at home, if your home was only this wonderful. Sue and Michael were incredibly kind and hospitable, keeping breakfast out a bit past the usual time for us, offering advice on Broadway shows, recommending the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn to us for the art galleries and quaint boutiques and cafes, neat local t-shirt shops, and the list goes on and on and on.

If you're reading this, you are likely a fan of B&B's, so I don't have to sell you on the experience. If you're looking for anonymity, a place to party and be loud, don't like to look people in the eye, etc. this is not the place for you. If you enjoy wonderful, interesting people who strike a perfect balance between host and friend, don't care much about sharing bathrooms and rate a stay not by amenities but by the entire experience, Rugby Gardens is highly recommended. I will be returning to Brooklyn later in the year, and will without question book a stay with Sue and Michael.

The subway station is just down the street, a 5 min. walk maximum. It takes about 30 minutes or so to get to the heart of Manhattan from here. . . not a big deal if you plan to hit the city and stay a full day. But while you're here, why not explore Brooklyn?

Thanks, Sue and Michael. Many continued successes, happiness, and good health to you and your family, and we'll see you soon.

- J and K Merritt, Texas
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Date of stay: December 2008
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Traveled on business
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MyCandle wrote a review Apr 2008
Vancouver, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I travelled with my husband and one of our adolescent sons to Rugby Gardens in March, 2008. We have been to the New York area many times, but this was our first opportunity to stay in Brooklyn. Rugby Gardens was not only a comfortable place to stay (THE MOST COMFORTABLE BEDS ANY OF US HAS SLEPT ON), but it was conveniently located for the subway. It was easy to get wherever we wanted to go. Because of the neighbourhood each time we came back to Rugby Gardens we felt like we were coming home. It's a very different "vibe" to be in Brooklyn than in Manhattan. Not frenetic, yet extremely interesting. My husband and I are runners, and the location of Rugby Gardens was perfect for us. It's a short distance away from Prospect Park in one direction and about a mile away from a track in a different direction. So if you want to run, the location could not be better.
Sue and Michael were friendly and gracious hosts. They made sure we had everything we needed and gave us great information about things to see in the area. (loved having access to their guidebooks, too). All this, despite the fact that they had suffered a death in the family just days before our arrival. We have already recommended Rugby Gardens to people we know and we highly recommend it to those of you online reading this review.
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Date of stay: March 2008
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BethandTerry2015 wrote a review Oct 2018
Litchfield, Connecticut
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed for two nights while attending an event at the Kings Theater which is in walking distance. The house is comfortable and artistically decorated. The bathroom is clean and modern. There are plenty of restaurants nearby and the house is on a quiet street of historic houses. To me this is an old-school bed-and-breakfast where you truly get a sense of your hosts and what life is like in their neighborhood which we very much enjoyed. Sue and Michael are gracious hosts and very helpful and knowledgeable about what to do and where to eat nearby. We had a European style breakfast every morning with bread or bagels, hard-boiled eggs, cheese, fruit and yogurt and cinnamon babka, Coffee for my husband and tea for me. Thanks for a lovely stay.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Answer from rugbygardens
Brooklyn NY3 contributions
Hi and thanks for your interest. You can reach us by simply googling us- Rugby Gardens Brooklyn, NY
pajpaj asked a question Dec 2014
Ipswich, Massachusetts133 contributions94 helpful votes
What is the breakfast like? any protein? eggs?
Answer from rugbygardens
Brooklyn NY3 contributions
Hi Pajpaj- Thanks for your inquiry. We offer a self-serve Continental breakfast consisting of cereals - hot and cold, coffee, tea assortment, juice, several different cheeses, seasonably available fruits, yogurt, artisinal breads, Sarah Beth Jams, creamed cheese and butter, baked goods, and hard boiled eggs. If you have special dietary needs we try to accommodate if possible. Sue
Mark and Sharon wrote a tip Apr 2019
Boston, Massachusetts2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Both rooms are on the third floor - very private and quiet."
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Anna B wrote a tip Jul 2017
Glen Burnie, Maryland1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"room facing the garden"
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319crystalr wrote a tip Dec 2016
Binghamton, New York5 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms are adequately furnished with comfortable beds, and a robe to wear to lounge about. One of the owners is an artist and there is artwork throughout the house that gives this B&B an eclectic and welcoming flavor. The rooms are up a few flights of stairs, so you need to be able to navigate stairs to stay here. Enjoy!"
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Hagen F wrote a tip Jun 2015
Cologne, Germany1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are only two rooms under the roof, both very quiet, nice and clean"
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ValerieHull wrote a tip Nov 2014
Canberra, Australia2 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Front room was larger -- see the website for info"
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Which popular attractions are close to Rugby Gardens B&B?
Nearby attractions include Ditmas Park (0.2 km), Sycamore Bar + Flowershop (0.3 km), and Holy Innocents Roman Catholic Church (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rugby Gardens B&B?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Rugby Gardens B&B?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Rugby Gardens B&B?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rugby Gardens B&B?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Madeline, The Farm on Adderley, and The Purple Yam.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting Brooklyn Museum (3.2 km), Governors Island National Monument (6.8 km), and Fraunces Tavern Museum (7.8 km).
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