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Hotel Chandler
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   12 East 31st Street, New York City, NY 10016 (Manhattan)   |  
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Ranked #50 of 449 hotels in New York City
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

I'm not easily pleased when it comes to Hotels and restaurants and it's hard to find good hotels in NY. On my previous visit I stayed in a trendy hotel on east 27th and Maddison which was buzzy and fun but expensive and the rooms were dull with pretty basic facilities and a low level of comfort.
This trip I traveled with my wife and 18yr old daughter and we chose the Chandler from the reviews we read. We had an executive suite that comprised of two rooms with a door between the two. The living room area had a sofa bed that the staff made up each night. The rooms were comfortable, clean, nicely decorated and furnished. Both rooms had a tv. Both beds were comfortable and very clean. The bathroom was clean with Molton Brown products and had a shower that actually didn't soak the room.. top marks for that for sure! The windows in the rooms can be opened as well which we like because we can get some fresh air as hate airless modern rooms
All the staff were friendly and helpful with a good knowledge of the local area and always happy to help. There is tea and coffee available in the lobby 24hrs and it's decent. There's a quiet lounge area to sit and read or just relax in and a small restaurant for breakfast which is a bit pricey at $16 but there are plenty of choices of good cafes within five mins of the hotel anyway as this is New York and there's always a Starbucks within two blocks of anywhere ha ha.
This is not a hotel with a buzzy reception and lots going on but it's a well run, friendly boutique hotel in a quiet street with friendly helpful staff but we like quiet places and is a peaceful city centre retreat after a day walking the streets of a big noisy city. If you haven't been to NY before then this a great location in the centre of everything and is literally five mins walk to the empire state or Times Square. Give it a try!

Room Tip: We were on the 12th floor so was good and quiet but not sure what the lower floors would be like but...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Hotel Chandler was our second choice. We'd originally booked into a property on the Lower East Side for the previous weekend but then Hurricane Sandy changed all that. Fortunately, as I was scrambling for a new hotel for my family, a friend of mine happened to be staying at Hotel Chandler. We booked based on his recommendation.

We arrived early on Friday, well before check in time. The staff stowed our luggage and let us help ourselves to bagels, smoked salmon and croissants before we ventured out in the city.

We had a suite on the fifth floor. Absolutely no view but we never really needed one. When we were in our room it was for napping, sleeping or bathing so being away from the street was a plus. Beds were comfy. My daughter loved her hide-a-bed and being able to see the Family Channel on her own TV. Our bathroom was clean with nice toiletries and loads of hot water.

The staff was great. Helping out with new batteries for the remote controls, suggesting restaurants, flagging cabs and even getting my daughter into the fitness room when it seemed like not seeing it would ruin her whole trip.

With everything New Yorkers had to deal with in the wake of Sandy, you'd think the staff might have had good reason to be somewhat frazzled but everyone was friendly and professional. A big thank you to everyone at Hotel Chandler for making our stay during a difficult time for the city so wonderful.

Room Tip: The suite was really spacious. We had to go out our way trip over each other and our luggage.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

It's not a bad hotel, and location is ok (although in NY that very much depends on where you want to be!) Rooms are reasonable and very comfortable, and the staff were very helpful and pleasant. But there was no feeling of homeliness or warmth, the place felt dead (even though it was nearly full) - as a solo traveler it didn't inspire, and getting a room at the back didn't help much. And the shower - really bad design! You have to be right under the shower head before you can turn it on, so of course you are always going to get a blast of cold water! It's a small point but really annoying! It's no better or worse than similar hotels in the area, but could do with some life injected into it

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Very comfortable rooms, great beds, sockets everywhere, free wifi, lots of light (that never happens in NY), fluffy robes, great toiletries. Staff are amazing. I had to move rooms twice due to construction noise in the first room & heat not working in the second room. These things happen - it's all a question of how the staff deals with it, and they were amazing. They dealt with it quickly & apologetically, and comped me breakfast. What's more, the waiter at breakfast knew that my breakfast was comped before i told him - not a given.
Excellent location, a block & a half from all the subways around Macy's & Penn Station, easy to go anywhere. I'll definitely be back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

The service was incredible, the bed was extremely comfortable and the location couldn't be better. We really enjoyed spending time in the library - it was comfortable, quiet and nicely designed. They have Molton Brown amenities, which are great and the showers are really big ( a true luxury in NYC).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

The hotel chandler is one of the best kept secrets of NYC. Amazing location, the rooms are spacious and very nicely decorated, and the staff is exceptional.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting NYC and will be staying here again!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We recently stayed at Hotel Chandler for (3) nights in late Oct.
Everything i'd read on Trip Advisor proved to be true and Hotel Chandler offers lovely accommodations and great customer service.
From the moment we checked in, every staff member we encountered was friendly, attentive and helpful. Room was clean and nicely appointed. Complimentary coffee in the lobby and wi-fi were an added bonus.
Two of our sons live in NYC and we'll be sure to return to Hotel Chandler on our next visit!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 12 East 31st Street, New York City, NY 10016
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , Midtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#28 Business Hotel in New York City
#36 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#36 Best Value Hotel in New York City
#37 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#56 Family Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel Chandler 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set close to the Empire State Building, Madison Square Park, Penn Station and Times Square there is a secret, elegant and classical gem: Hotel Chandler. Recent remodeling and upgrading included the addition of JUNI a fine dining restaurant by 2 Michelin rated Chef Shaun Hergatt. Hotel Chandler provides a timeless sense of luxury in its original 1905 architecture. Every guest is shown an intimate and personalized style of service, with quiet concern and pride. Located on 31st Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues with in a few minutes of all public transportation and all that New York City has to offer. Hotel Chandler is located in the heart of it all! ... more   less 
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Chandler Hotel New York City
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