We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Individual and true to it's image....lovely little find” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Maritime Hotel

Save Saved
You added The Maritime Hotel to your Saves list
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 6 more sites!
The Maritime Hotel
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   363 West 16th Street, New York City, NY 10011 (Chelsea)   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #85 of 449 hotels in New York City
England
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Individual and true to it's image....lovely little find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2008

The Martime falls into the category of hotels that can be easily underestimated from the outside. Firstly, it still resembles the former port authourity building it once housed and the entrance is small and dark with quite a few steep steps up (not sure what wheelchair users would do). The lobby is dark but decorated with great thought and attention and the whole hotel retains the nautical theme throughout. Although the hotel is small, it's a real boutique and rather eccentric - refreshingly it has none of the hall marks of a NYC hotel chain. The rooms are small - the kind that you can walk in, walk around the bed and that's pretty much it, but this is NY and one starts to accept that space is a major extravagance in this city. However the room is well appointed and has a great comfortable bed. All the essentials are provided plus the power shower is pretty refreshing. Loved the alternative toiletries.
La Bottega, the Italian restaurant is excellent, serving great breakfast and lunch at good prices. Matsui, the downstairs Japanese restaurant is superb and the sashimi was fresh and well cut. The restaurant itself is massive and feels like being in Tokyo. The gym is pretty small, slightly airless and has one running machine and bike and some free weights - to be honest, I never met anyone else in the gym so it was fine for me, although the basement floor is stuffy. At the weekends, actually from Thursday night onwards, the hotel is ovetaken by crowds of scantily dressed 18 year olds partying with friends. This is fine, but the associated noise is ridiculously loud and at 4am I could still hear revellers departing the hotel club, Hiro. The plughole that's provided by management is a good temporary solution to the noise, but it is large and cumbersome and nearly knocked me on the bed when I tried to place it at the window. Once attached, the room does indeed become soundproof but also becomes pitch black resembles being in a bunker. However, that is the most negative I can get about the Martime, as the overall hotel is a real gem. The staff are friendly and accomodating. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who likes the nightlife of a city, but also wants something a little different. If I compare this hotel to the pretentious and gauche Hotel Gansevoort down the road, I think Martime wins hands down.

  • Liked — The hotel restaurants, location, boutique hotel theme
  • Disliked — Room size and noise
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Maritime_Manager, Hotel Manager at The Maritime Hotel, responded to this review, December 3, 2008
Hi MooHunter! Thank you for such a nice review. When we hire our staff, we look for friendly people with unique personalities. We pride ourselves on NOT being pretentious and treating our guests like friends & family. I think that's why we have so many guests that come back time and time again. One guest has been here over 200 times already in only 5 years. Thanks again for your kind words and we hope to see you again soon.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

377 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    204
    127
    30
    14
    2
See reviews for
42
114
39
119
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (64)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Portland, OR
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2008

From the moment we walked into the cool (yet warm & friendly) hotel lobby our stay at the Maritime Hotel was superb. Literally, every single hotel/restaurant staff we encountered was so friendly and nice, we began to wonder if we were really in NY. We were impressed with the lobby, but blown away by our room. It felt like a deluxe cabin on a fantasy version of the QEII with an oversized stateroom and window overlooking the ocean of the city. Our bed and bedding were amongst the most comfortable we have ever experienced. Both restaurants on the premises were phenomenal and reasonably priced (for New York). And please don't forget the Lychee Martini...heavenly! I can't say enough about the hospitality, accommodations, and fabulous location of this hotel. Seriously, you don't even need to leave the premises to have a relaxing, luxurious vacation.

  • Liked — Everything.
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2008

We stayed at the Maritime for the first 3 days of a 5 day trip. The second two days were spent at 60 Thompson which although equally good, charged nearly twice the price and I think there are far better ways to spend the money in NYC!

The Maritime is cool without the pretension of much of it's competition. Design conscious yet comfortable with staff that are friendly and helpful but not overbearing. The bar was buzzing and provided a great meeting place, particularly the fab outside area beautifully lit with lanterns from dusk. Clearly popular with a hip media crowd and numerous models could be found mooching around the lobby.

The room was really comfortable and had a fantastic view towards the Hudson. Despite overlooking the bar the room was completely quiet and pitch black thanks to the porthole 'plugs' provided that were indeed perfectly light and sound proof.

All in all if you are looking for a stylish hotel with a relaxed, fun atmosphere then this is the place for you. We would definitely go back.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
San Francisco
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2008

If you're getting tired of the Ian Schrager "Untz Untz..." hotel experience, you must give the Maritime a try. It's truly a "destination" hotel and has city locals visiting its bar, restaurant, sushi bar, and ballroom - all very excellent and all very New York.

This place made my business trip seem like a part-vacation and I will most definitely be staying here for all my future NYC trips... It didn't hurt that as I opened the door for a pretty lady walking in, she happened to be a popular movie star - and that the people I met at the bar were super-friendly and fun-loving to boot.

The staff here are laid back but very, very helpful and professional - some of whom make great eye candy.

The rooms, lobby, and building are decorated in what is becoming a lost remnant of the hotel scene - a true boutique that understands what we want in a hotel experience, and then gives it to us - with attention to detail from the shower to the shelf by the bed to the circular "ship-window" port in your room. Also, the location in Chelsea is very central, close to the Village and the rest of the "good stuff" in Manhattan.

I've never wrote such a gushing review of a hotel, but this place and my experience here was everything a hotel stay should be. KUDOS to the management that runs this place.

100% WORLD CLASS. Even for the jaded traveler...

  • Liked — Movie stars in the lobby
  • Disliked — nothing - it was so damn superb!
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
scotland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2008

Just returned from an 8 night stay at the Maritime New York.
This hotel is in a great location if
1. You love to shop in the "designer" stores
2. You like a hotel with a lively atmosphere and good food, and a really great terrace for al fresco dining. Add to that it's very "boutique" style, modern, clean, compact and bijou rooms
3. You want to be in an area with good restraunts and shops within walkin distance.
4. A short taxi ride that takes you to most places in the sight seeing districts of the city.
Then the Maritime may be the hotel for you!!
I was here on business, but still managed to fit in some sight seeing and lots of shopping. I loved the feel and the atmosphere in the hotel, the restraunts within the hotel are very good,

The rooms.
The hotel is very dimly lit to the point of being dark, and when I first arrived I thought "what are they trying to hide, what dont they want us to see" The answer is they have nothing to hide, its just the mood they create. The only difficulty is trying to find your room number as the corridors on each floor are the same. Once inside the room it was very clean, compact but fitted with great space for hanging and plenty of drawers, flat screen tv, cd player and I even had a DVD, tho I discovered not all rooms had them.
The bathroom was well fitted with good products for use, and the shower was great. The beds have a selection of fab pillows and are very comfortable, better than most hotels I think.
The only small down side, can be the noise from the hotel terrace and busy street below, I would recomend a higher floor, and the cushion in the windows( the hotel has large round windows in each bedroom and the cushions fit exactly into them and help to diffuse some of the noise if it gets too much and you want a more relaxing quiet evening.)

La bottega served very good Italian food, and a great choice of good wines. The menu is not extensive, but offers enough to make your choice easy and also has a slection of Specials each night too. I had anti pasti, pizza, pasta, salad and great fish over the few evening's we dined there and was not dissapointed.

The Japanese restraunt down stairs was highly recommended by some collegues who eat there regularly, only dissapointing thing was the service, way too slow,
The food was great but, the long wait between courses was slightly frustrating.

We ate in two restraunts, 2 mins walk form the hotel.
Vento - west 13th and 9th ave You can go here just for a drink , it has a lively atmosphere and is a great place to people watch if you sit outside. Menu is Italian with a bistro type feel to it.
The food was very good and the cocktails .....one is not enough.

Rafaels west19th or 20th on 9th ave. Very small french/italian style restraunt, food was terific we ate there twice, and had the best fish dish ever tasted.

There were lots of very good restraunts in the location of the hotel, its just a case of choosing what you want to eat.

As far as getting around is concerned, coming form the UK I like to walk, so I walked to Soho to shop it took around half an hour but its a very pleasant walk and you can take a rest in the cafe bars, or Wahington Sq park on the way if you felt like it.
The weather was fantastic the last 8 days so walking was easy in the sun.
We took cabs to up- town areas though as thats a bit of a treck if you want to see Times square, Broadway, Empire State, Rockafeller Centre etc
Also to downtown areas for Ground zero and Statue of liberty
The cab fayres where very good £5-12 dollars.
If you are feeling more energetic then the hotel offers Bicycles for hire, lots of New Yorkers travell this way, my advice dont do it if you dont like lots of traffic around you, there are cycle paths that you can stick to but you still need to get to them first.

All in all this hotel offers a great location, good rooms, in a good area, in a very fashionable district

PS for any of the ladies who like cosmetics you must go to "Sephora" on broadway and spring st . it is heaven if you want to sit and try lots of cosmetics then remove them and try more, they have good brand choices and far less expensive than the UK. The staff are very helpfull and there are lots of them to put on make up if and show you how to use the products if you want to, if you preffer to do your own no worries there are lots of full size mirrors and make up brushes around for you to do some DIY.

  • Liked — location, ouside terrace, sae area
  • Disliked — slightly noisy
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2008

We stayed at The Maritime for 3 nights over Easter and had the best stay at a NYC hotel I have had in many years. I am a particular fan of this hotel's aesthetic - the japanese feel, great fit out, fabrics, low lighting etc - so I was won over from the very beginning. The rooms aren't huge and for a couple of men, sharing the smaller than king size bed was something I had to get used to. But the rooms are very efficient, well designed, beautifully fitted out and with great toiletries in the bathrooms. The Japanese restaurant (Matsuri) was so popular we could not get a table - this was a great disappointment for us so make sure you book. We did order from the restaurant menu in our room so make sure you don't miss the black cod! La Bottega did a great breakfast and also has a great feel.
I just thought the hotel was so refreshing and superlative in every way. The staff were great and just so friendly also. Its a great part of town and only one block from the ACE and L trains at 14th street - the key to the city on public transport. There are many local restaurants nearby, great shops and local bars too - avoid the over run Pastis and head for the Fatty Crab on Hudson Street.
Forget midtown and Tribeca/Soho - this hotel is v cool and in a great area. You won't be at all disappointed!

  • Liked — Vibe and feel of the hotel, location, restaurants and bars, room fit out and toiletries
  • Disliked — I wish they had king size beds
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
95 hotel reviews
Reviews in 75 cities Reviews in 75 cities
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2008

This was my second stay at The Maritime and I must say that it is a hotel that I have really warmed to. Initial impressions may not be a glitzy as some hotels in New York - but once you settle in, the hotel is a fantastic choice. Firstly the rates are excellent - very good value for money. The hotel also has a good location - close to Chelsea, Meatpacking District and The Village - so good for shopping, nightlife, restaurants and central for getting around the city. Rooms are small with queen size beds (but this is the norm in NYC), but well designed with lovely bed linen, tv/dvd/stereo, complimentary wi-fi, fantastic shower (but no tub) and the best mini bar selection you will ever come across. There are two restaurant choices. Matsui is one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city and La Botega offers a good breakfast (love the oatmeal and latte) and a nice selection of Italian cuisine. The full menu from both restaurants are also available on Room Service, which makes a pleasant change from the 'club sandwich & ceasar salad' options that so many hotels offer. There is a also a nice 'laid back' bar with a DJ at the weekends (not the most happening place in town, but a good vibe). Staff are very friendly - a little informal at times, but it suits the style of the place. All in all, this is a great option for both a leisure trip, or low maintenence business traveller. Thumbs up for The Maritime.

  • Liked — Room Service selection
  • Disliked — No king size beds
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to The Maritime Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The Maritime Hotel

Address: 363 West 16th Street, New York City, NY 10011
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Chelsea , Manhattan , Midtown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#55 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#63 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#83 Business Hotel in New York City
#90 Family Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Maritime Hotel 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel resembles white cruise ship with portholes overlooking Ninth Avenue - West Chelsea neighborhood - 4 blocks to Chelsea Piers. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Splendia, Booking.com, Travelocity, Tingo, Priceline, EasyToBook, Jetsetter and BookingOdigeoWL so you can book your The Maritime Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Maritime Hotel New York City

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage The Maritime Hotel, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.