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The Townhouse Inn of Chelsea
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   131 West 23rd Street, New York City, NY 10011 (Formerly The Inn on 23rd) (Chelsea)   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #12 of 95 New York City B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“inn on 23rd”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

this hotel is a real find - quiet, quirky, friendly and homely. we stayed for 2 nights and immediately felt at home in our room and in the charming library/dining room where breakfast is served and which is available to relax in during the rest of the day wiht hot drinks available. All the people we met (staff, managers and other guests) were happy and chatty so that the atmosphere was extremely pleasant. this hotel might not suit everyone but we found it a welcome oasis in the middle of a busy, chaotic and at times overwhelming city.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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washington dc
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

We were warmly welcomed by Thomas, and shown to a comfortable room with a nice-sized bathroom. Generally, an extremely user-friendly, homey place. The breakfast was paltry, so the second day we went to the diner down the street, which was great! The location is very convenient to everywhere because of the subway. It was very nice to be given the loan of a pass to the Met.

Room Tip: Our room was quiet, with a brick wall as a view, but comfortable...I'd say it might be known as...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

I found it a bit down on its heals. As well, you cannot reserve a particular room and while you may think you have reserved one you like, you can arrive and have another and it doesn't matter if it suits you or not. The room shuddered when the subway went by, there was no window to look out (just a brick wall), only a skylight in the room we got. It is certainly not cheap. The staff was lovely and the location was pretty good. I don't think I would stay there again.

Room Tip: If I was to go there again, I would ask for a room with a window to the street but don't know if...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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WDC
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127 reviews 127 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

Echoing recent posts, the Chelsea location between 6th and 7th Avenues is convenient to major subway lines and an easy walk or short cab ride from Penn Station. Thoughtful staff - especially Thomas! - and nicely appointed rooms make this a good choice if you're tired of hotels. Across/up the street is a fabulous market/deli/salad bar called Garden of Eden - fair prices for anything you could want to create a meal.

Room Tip: if street noise [traffic] bothers you, pick a room in the back of the building.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

My spouse and adult daughter spent 3 nights at the Inn the weekend after New Year's (we've stayed at the perhaps 4 or 5 other occasions over the last several years). The Chelsea location between 6th and 7th Avenues is convenient to major subway lines and an acceptable walk or fast cab ride from Penn Station. The Inn is hardly fancy, but the rooms are clean and nicely appointed (sort of antique sale chic). The breakfast is fine and the wine and cheese on Friday and Saturday evenings is a nice plus. Our room overlooking 23rd Street could have been quieter, but we all slept well nonetheless. A lot of value for the price.

Room Tip: There are only 12 rooms -- pick one that does not overlook the street if you want maximum quiet
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elverson
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

Our recent stay at the Inn on 23rd found it to be a lovely property in the midst of the conrete jungle. Our room, the Quilt Room, was very attractive with an Americana theme. It was exceptionally clean, well-appointed with a homey feeling. The Inn overall is great, and you can't help but feel safe and secure here. Wonderful bed linens, and a noice blackout machine too. They do have passes to many of the famous museums, but I guess Jason forgot when we told him we were going to the Museum of the City of NY and we didn't know so we paid the entrance fee only to learn upon our return that we could have saved $20. Here comes the "but". Breakfast is mediocore. The breakfast server, knowing we had an 8:30 appointment, brought out the fruit bowl promptly at 8:00. While that is the time appointed for breakfast, we needed to eat in a few minutes and only one other person was in the dining area. The server could have offered to put out the fruit a few minutes ahead, but barely acknowledged our presence. It's called service. Tough, cold pancakes that needed to be microwaving came next, and bagels. Butter was unspreadable. Brought out syrup when we were leaving. Since the Inn owns the restaurant, I would suggest a 20-25% discount to encourage guests to use the dining room. The current 10% just doesn't do it. I'm sure profit from alcohol would cover the discount. I would stay here again however, especially since the subway is in the same block, and goes to Penn Station quickly (the ACE Downtown to the hotel, Uptown to return to the train).

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2011

I've visited this neighborhood for over 20 years and I've tried most of the hotels in the area soon after they opened. Chain hotels, high rises, suite hotels... but this was my first visit to the Inn on 23rd and it's by far the best. I arrived to a personal welcome, and from then on the staff made every effort to see that I was comfortable. The library/ breakfast room makes a cozy retreat from the action outside. My room was good sized (for New York) and very well maintained. Transportation is convenient on 7th and 6th Avenues and the inn provided every imaginable city guide as well as tips like how to get around the lines at the Metropolitan Museum of Art! When I got back after a full day, I could make a complimentary cup of tea, or have a glass of wine from the honor bar. I expect to be back often.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are quieter. I stayed on 5th floor and heard very little street noise.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Townhouse Inn of Chelsea

Address: 131 West 23rd Street, New York City, NY 10011 (Formerly The Inn on 23rd)
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Chelsea , Manhattan
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 95 B&Bs / Inns in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Townhouse Inn of Chelsea 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Townhouse Inn of Chelsea is a unique bed and breakfast in one of the most dynamic and convenience neighborhoods in New York City. Walk to restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and sightseeing such as the Flatiron Building, the Empire State Building and The High Line. Fifth Avenue shopping, Grand Central Station, Times Square and the Theater District, Central Park, all are close at hand. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Inn On 23rd Hotel New York City
Inn 23rd Street

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