I can't say enough good things about this place. My wife and I are fairly frequent travelers to NYC and usually stay in one of the block-away-from-Times-Square hotels. This time we had looked on various websites (including our favorite... TripAdvisor!) and came up with Chelsea Pines Inn. I must say it even exceeded our expectations. First the good... Let's start with the EXTREMELY friendly & helpful staff (sometimes very difficult to find in NYC). They were SO friendly, so full of advice on off-the-beaten(tourist)-path things to do & see. Not expecting anything, we casually mentioned that we were there for our 5th wedding anniversary and so the owner helped us put our bags in the room then gave us a "tour" of the amenities. I noticed it seemed to take a few minutes longer than it should, but when we got back to the room, I realized why... he had had one of the staff run down the street and grab a dozen roses and put them in our room between when we had dropped off our bags and when we got back from our "tour". The continental breakfast was officially over when we arrived, but since we were starving, he also had the staff whip out a few of the items that had been left over and we had a wonderful complimentary breakfast that they completely didn't have to do. Speaking of the breakfast, it is free & amazing! The owner (Jay) makes fresh bread every night. We were joking with him about it and he told us what all kinds he made. My wife mentioned that Banana Nut Bread was one of her favorites and the next morning the bread-of-the-day was Banana Nut Bread ala Lynn (my wife's name)! Each morning, in addition to the wonderful complimentary breakfast, you receive a daily "newletter" with weather, things going on in the City that day and suggested things to do or see.
The hotel only has 23 rooms, so it is small, but has the feel as close to a bed & breakfast as you can come to in the City. It is located in the Chelsea area, which is actually one of our favorites due to its closeness to Greenwich Village, Soho, China Town, Little Italy, etc. However, and this was also one of the best parts, there is a subway station a half block from the hotel that literally connects to all 4 of the major subway lines through the City. It is one of the A/C/E line connections, but via the L line, it is only 2 subway stops away from the station at 14th and Union Square, where you can connect to the R or the 4/5/6 lines and only one stop in the other direction from a connection to the 1/2/3 line. In fact the last day that we were there, we went from our hotel to Battery Park via subway, from there to Wall Street, from there to China Town, from there to Grand Central Terminal, from there to Times Square, and from there back to within a half-block of our hotel all without having to walk any more than the half block to and from the subway station on our hotel block!! I will also say that our room was very spacious, although it is my understanding that they have different sized rooms and that some are much smaller than the one we had.
I could go on & on about the good things about this place. The only downsides... 1) if you prefer a high-end, everything on-site (restaurant/bar/shops) then this is not for you, 2) if you really want to stay near midtown or Wall Street, then there would be better choices (although with the subway line so close, midtown was VERY close via subway, and finally 3) if you are one of those snobby people that are turned off by a bed & breakfast feel where people actually might talk to you while you are eating breakfast or reading the paper, then this is not for you. Other than those things, I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't enjoy the Chelsea Pines Inn.
Great job Jay, Tom, Troy, Rumel, Sadeke, etc.! You guys rock!!