We stayed here for a week on our first visit to the Big Apple.
The hotel is perfectly located on 56th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue and is walking distance from Central Park, the Rockefeller Centre and most of the well known shoppings stores in Manhattan. In addition, there are plenty of places to eat within a two block radius, and a few supermarkets and pharmacies thrown in for good measure. The 57th Street station (F line mtero) is about three minutes walk from the front door of the hotel and opens up the whole of Manhattan, Brooklyn and beyond if you are happy travelling by metro (which we did a lot and found very convenient and cheap).
The hotel itself is very hip. We had a corner room on a higher floor and found the room to be of a very good size. Our room was a Deluxe Queen and so had a shower but no bath. The shower is one of the best I have had anywhere in the world. Hot and very powerful,but does have a tendency to flood the bathroom as the sheer volume of water coming out of the shower overwhelms the hole draining it in the floor. Strangely we found no shower gel in the shower which we though was a bit odd. The bed and mattress are very comfortable and we had good nights sleep throughout our stay. We stayed in a few nights and found plenty to watch on the cable TV. There are lots of small quaint features in the room which make this feel more like an apartment than a hotel. For a start the doors are opened with normal metal door keys, and there is no keycard slot when you walk in to the room to activate all the electrics. The light fittings and power points are all very retro and allude to the history of this building. The desk and chair are very functional if you want to get some work done. This is aided by the complimentary WiFi which we used a lot. The views of Manhattan and the Rockefeller complex from our room was absolutely amazing, day and night, and really made us feel we were right in the thick of things.
The front of desk staff are very friendly and competent, and special mention must go to Kevin who managed to secure us some tickets for Skyfall which we watched at the AMC Lincoln Centre on our last night. Thank you Kevin. The rest of the staff were equally good and our every request was tended to promptly and efficiently. We didn't use housekeeping much, but did find on one occassion that when we had left early morning and returned late afternoon the room had still not been cleaned.
We didn't eat at Ma Peche, the in house restaurant located on the ground and basement floors, but it seemed to be very busy most nights. I did venture down to the milkbar on the ground floor one morning. The food here is very rich and heavy, but will keep you going all day. It's mainly milkshakes and cakes/pies.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at Chambers and felt that it was fairly good value for money for this part of Manhattan. If I had to come back to this part of New York again, then I would most defintely consider staying here again. If you are coming to New York for the first time then I would say this is a perfect location and a great hotel to consider.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chambers is just off Fifth Avenue on 56th Street in the heart of midtown Manhattan and steps from the most prestigious shopping area in the world, museums and Central Park, offers a seamless fusion of uptown luxury and downtown cool. With a relaxed, attentive culture of service, Chambers is one of New York’s most alluring and chic hotels. Within its 72 rooms and 5 suites you will find an oasis of calm amid the hustle and bustle of one of the most exciting cities in the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chambers Hotel New York City
- Chambers New York City