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Chelsea Inn - 17th Street
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   46 West 17th Street, New York City, NY 10011 (Flatiron District)   |  
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Ranked #365 of 455 Hotels in New York City
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“Great for a taste of NY”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A pretty damn great place. The lobby is easy to navigate and the front door secure. This is a consistently nice and affordable New York hotel. We were able to walk to Manhattan in 15-20 minutes without breaking a sweat. If walking isn't your style, there is a Citibike stand less than a block away. The rooms were clean and the facilities worked well. We shared a bathroom with the guests next door, we never saw/smelt any trace of them though.
We were warned about street noise by locals however we slept fairly well on all nights, there was a complementary pair of ear plugs for soft-eared country folk.
The only noise that woke us was the occasional siren or early morning construction, nothing too serious. The restaurant downstairs makes a pretty decent cup of coffee. We stayed on the top floor, whilst they don't have an elevator but we managed well enough on our own.

The Chelsea Inn is a near perfect place for budget travelers wanting to get a feel for New York life.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

While very clean and good location near subway, there is no place to sit other than two chairs in the main area, which were taken up most of the time. I prefer somewhere where I can 'escape' for a quiet cup of coffee out of my room. That, they do not have. Wish it had a yard or patio! That is my only complaint. Very nice staff. OH. Very hard bed and sort of tilted with room. Not too comfortable. Good for a night or two.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Stayed at this bargain New York hotel in May as part of a self planned trip taking in NY, Washington DC and Chicago. I paid £318 for 5 nights including taxes, which was by far one of My partner and I were impressed with check in, which was quick and friendly and allowed us to get our room an hour early for free.
The room itself was spacious and comfortable, with a few exceptions. The bed was horrendously creaky, making a horrible loud noise every time it moved. And the windows felt thin in terms of keeping noise out. I didn't think much of the complimentary ear plugs, but after 30 mins on the first night I had to use them and did so every night. This place was very noisy. I've never stayed anywhere I've needed earplugs or struggled to sleep until now. In fairness, Manhattan is hardly the countryside and the hotel can't help the street noise, but double or triple glazing really is needed.
The bathroom, shared between our room and another, was again clean but very tired. The toilet backed up on the second day, then the day after the light switch broke - which took a full day to sort leaving us showering in darkness.
The location is excellent, between Midtown and Downtown and on the doorstep of Union Square and Madison Square.
Overall, this place is very tired and although for this price I would never expect too much, for their own good they should make an effort to do a bit of work to prevent more going wrong. If you don't mind that though, this is a great value hotel in a very strong location.

Room Tip: Our room facing the street was very loud. The back rooms may be better.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We stayed at this hotel for ten nights recently and enjoyed our stay. Location great and the old world charm of the hotel was lovely. But when I had a problem with my credit card it took five days to finally sort out. The main problem is the staff change almost daily and aren t equiped to deal with such matters. The staff are friendly, but not properly trained. Management needs to jack up their professionalism after all this is Chelsea NYC not some outpost in Alaska.

Room Tip: Room 102 next to reception is best
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Our room, with shared bath, was very clean and comfortable. It overlooked the back of the building with a nice view of quiet backyard spaces. The building is old, with some original architectural details which added to it's charm. Right downstairs in the building next door is a small restaurant which is open both early and late. There is nothing corporate about the Chelsea Inn. For under $200 a night in a terrific area of Manhattan, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to family and friends.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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A_Skowera, Manager at Chelsea Inn - 17th Street, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
Dear Sir/Madam,

How very kind of you to take your time to write a nice review about our hotel.
We, of course, look forward to having you as our guest soon again.

Kind regards
Alina Skowera
Chelsea Inn Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

Is not the best hotel ever, but I have to admit that is really cheap, and just in the centre of Manhattan. I went with my boyfriend and we didn't have a really big budget so for us was good. You have the tube nearby and the reception is nice. I have to say that the cleaning was not good at all, but again, if you are gonna pay such a cheap hotel, you can't ask a 5 star room.

Stayed February 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

For a one-night Manhattan mini-break this was perfect. I found it on booking.com and reserved a double room (one double bed) with shared bathroom for about $150, including tax. The staff was courteous about letting us leave our luggage in a locked closet before our scheduled check-in and again after our check-out, allowing us to wander Manhattan unencumbered while we waited for our transportation.

The Chelsea Inn is between 5th and 6th avenue, very close to Union Square, and we wandered over there on Friday to check out the farm fresh wares in the vendor stalls. Made me want to live there.

We were in town to see art galleries, and we walked the long blocks over toward 10th and 11th avenue, then up a few blocks. That area is stuffed with galleries, and we visited one right after the other. Interesting and free! After our long walk back we napped, then got up in the evening to go out to dinner.

Lots of interesting restaurants in the area. A Thai place within one block filled up quickly on a Thursday night, and as we weren't in the mood for the thirty-five minute wait we wandered over to an upscale Mexican restaurant we'd passed earlier, called Crema. Delightful meal there.

Our room, 207, was on the 17th street side and it was fairly noisy during the evening. Evidently there is some underground lounge next door, and we heard revelers making noisy goodbyes as they got into cabs all the way till 4:30am.

We were happy to be only one floor up, as the inn has no elevator. Manhattan is a place where you walk your shoes off, and the fourth floor would have been a bit much to come home to. The shared bath was right outside our door, was very clean, and the people sharing it (one other room) didn't seem to spend much time using it.

Plenty of towels were provided, and some basic soap and packets of shampoo, a box of tissues. I was pleased to see a mini-fridge in the room. Unstocked, but it was a nice place to stash my bottled water. The bed was a bit soft, but we were so tired after soaking in the Manhattan energy that it didn't matter much.

The staff gave us two three-dollar coupons good for "La Petite Abeille," a little eatery right next to the hotel. I had a fabulous latte and house omelet the morning after we checked out. Nice to get six bucks off of that bill.

The Inn was previously an apartment building, and the bay window, high ceilings and many-times-painted-over ceiling molding gave the room a certain faded charm. The art prints and quilted linens added to the homey feel.

We had a cramped closet with a safe that was largely taken up by a single foldout bed. A television, phone, two dressers and two chairs, a nightstand and the bed provided all the necessary comforts.

I like the relatively low buildings in Chelsea. The neighborhood feel and abundance of cosy eateries is exactly what I was looking for in this trip. I would stay at the Chelsea Inn again, mostly for the outstanding value and good location. Next time, though, I'll ask for a room on the back side.

Room Tip: Street side rooms have street side noise all through the night. Higher floors may be quieter, but re...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 46 West 17th Street, New York City, NY 10011
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Flatiron District , Manhattan , Midtown
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #365 of 455 Hotels in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Chelsea Inn - 17th Street 2*
Number of rooms: 33
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