We stayed here twice for one night each at each end of cruise out from the Manhattan Cruise Pier (that'll be a separate review), and we really liked this hotel. I did a lot of review checking and price checking before picking this one, and we picked this one because of it's close (about 3 blocks) proximity to Penn Station (we caught the Acela up from D.C.), central location with nearby public transportation, not too far from the cruise pier and for the price.
Granted, it's New York, so the rooms are a bit small, but our rooms were big enough for the two of us and were very comfortable and clean. On the first night I booked an upper floor room with view of the Empire State Building (4 blocks away), and it was beautiful especially at night. They even upgraded us to one of the two penthouses on the 27th floor on the 2nd night we were there (a larger room with kitchenette, king size bed and a large terrace with a view to die for). That alone was the icing on the cake for the trip...I'm ready to propose to the wonderful lady at the front desk who did this for us.
I booked the hotel through my Hilton Honors account and booked the breakfast deal with it. We really liked the breakfast buffet. I know some reviewers didn't care for it or think it's too expensive (hey, it's New York), but although it's not large (the restaurant itself isn't very large), we thought everything was very good...better than on the cruise. And, if you don't see it on the buffet they'll fix it if they can. They even had whole wheat pancakes one morning, and that's the only kind I'll eat (they were good). We also ate in the restaurant for lunch twice, an early dinner and had cheesecake and coffee another time, and it was all good with good prices, good sized portions and nice little touches. We were able to order from the lunch menu during the dinner hours one time which cost less and was nice for us as we just wanted a sandwich. The wait staff and the hotel staff were also very nice and attentive.
I had problems getting the tv remote to work (I know, I know, but I'm technologically challenged), and the engineer responded quickly to fix it. There are lots of channels on the flat screen tv, but like with most cable there isn't much worth watching on most of those channels...but we managed. (My partner has mobility problems so we spent lots of time these days watching tv and movies.) It's not the fanciest NYC neighborhood but we felt safe and NYC is so easy to get around that it almost doesn't matter where you stay. Lots of Korean restaurants in the area and it also looked like there are some nice restaurants and watering holes if you are so inclined. There's also a 24 hours McDonalds around the corner if you are really pinching pennies.
There is a (two computer) complimentary business center in the basement level which is nice as I didn't lug alone my laptop on this trip, and they have complimentary WIFI in the hotel (not sure though if it's free if you're not a Hilton Honors member, but I think so). There is an exercise room (in the basement), but I didn't check it out. We had good water pressure in both rooms we had with plenty of hot water. I liked the large bath towels and toiletries Doubletree provides, and our beds and pillows (often a problem for me) were very comfortable.
Not sure if I would stay there for several days as the rooms are a bit small, but if you price this hotel out against other good hotels in Mid-town, this one is a very good bet and we really liked it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relax in the comfort of our beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Chelsea. Choose from a variety of room types including Empire State Building views. Our hotel is located in the heart of New York City but right outside the hustle and bustle of the noisy city streets. ... more less
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