We checked in Friday April 9 for a long weekend of planned activities. From the moment of arrival I sensed we had made the right decision. While co-owner Jay was giving my wife, JoAnn, a first-hand review of the top dining spots within walking distance and beyond, concierge Al was informing me of the parking options. When I mentioned a preference for off street parking, Al (literally) ran to the nearby parking garage - less than a half block away - to check on space, and happily reported there were a couple of spots available! He then snatched our luggage while I parked the car and we were off and running on our 3-night adventure. I returned to the front desk as Jay was instructing JoAnn on the fine points of the NY subway system. His mini-lesson was so effective that we became subway aficionados for the first time in our many trips to NYC. The importance of this newly discovered resource is that we can now stay at Chelsea Pines for future NYC adventures, no matter where they are centered!
Upon arriving at our third floor room, which was squeaky clean and at perfect temperature, we tuned in the weather channel on the high def TVs (one in each room of our spacious 2-room suite). Each of the rooms has its own central air conditioning, which makes controlling the environment a snap. The overall feel of our suite was as if it were newly decorated and appointed, a comforting feeling indeed!
We decided to stay close by for dinner, since one of Jay's recommendations was the Crispo Restaurant (northern Italian), just a block away. Well, Crispo was delightful, from the homemade pasta to the porcini mushrooms and a nice Italian wine list, as were other places recommended by Jay in the Village, particularly those on Cornelia Street, about a ten minute walk from the Inn. I must also mention that just around the corner from the Inn is the Chelsea Market, former home of the National Biscuit Company which now offers shops, food stores and restaurants in a historical backdrop that is well worth a visit.
After two full days of tourist attractions, Broadway and the many delights of Chelsea and Greenwich Village, we were ready for some afternoon relaxation before our final evening of fun. The Inn includes an inviting outdoor garden area, which is perfect for kicking back with a glass of wine and your favorite cigar after a long day of touring. While enjoying our time in the garden we were joined for a short visit by Troy, manager of guest services at Chelsea Pines. Troy is a warm and engaging gentleman who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to keeping guests comfortable and happy. He fits perfectly into this well managed establishment, which we will definitely be visiting for years to come!