The Chelsea Pines is a fun boutique hotel seemingly built on the bones of an old-fashioned NYC SRO. This means a solidly-built pre-war building; it also means smallish rooms (at least in the case of my single) and no elevator. The inn more than makes up for these shortcomings in furnishings, service, and amenities.
The entire hotel has an Old Hollywood theme; each room is named after a movie star and, judging from mine at least, decorated with posters from that star's movies (the Hollywood theme even extends to the hotel cat, Charlie Chaplin). My bathroom, though small, was well-appointed with large tiled shower, granite counters, and snazzy vessel sink. My bed was very comfortable, and the room was quiet even though it faced 14th St. The TV could have used an upgrade, but that's a minor quibble.
Service was excellent from check-in to check-out. Staff and owners were friendly and helpful, and seemed to be genuinely interested in making my stay enjoyable.
The inn also gets my high marks for its simple but nice breakfast. Bagels, fruit, pastries, oatmeal, and more are all available, and included with the room rate. You can eat near the serving area, in a sun room, or outdoors in a green and cozy back yard-- a very New York experience as you're surrounded by the back of neighboring buildings. Those spaces are also available just to hang out in at non-meal times.
The location is also terrific. While 14th St. is a major street, I still felt like I was in the middle of a neighborhood, not a tourist district. The staff are great at recommending restaurants and shops in the area, and several subway lines are nearby.
Because of the small rooms, I would probably not choose this to stay with my entire family on a longer trip, but for just me, it was a nice change from the chain hotels, and if I have a reason to come back I will.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New York City is one of the most interesting, exciting, and diverse cities in the world. There are hundreds of places to see live theater, shop for almost anything, eat food from almost anywhere, visit some of the world's best museums, see fabulous sights, or just have fun, and the newly renovated Chelsea Pines Inn puts you in the center of it all. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chelsea Pines Hotel New York City
- Hotel Chelsea Pines
- Chelsea Pine Inn