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Riff Chelsea

300 W 30th St at 8th Ave, New York City, NY 10001 (Formerly Chelsea Star Hotel)
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Riff hotel gives off a feel of a New York City apartment. The walk up the stairs to check in then the walk up to the rooms reminds me of my years of living in NYC years ago. No elevators so travel lightly. The hotel is far from the Hilton or Sheraton upgrade wise, but it's very comfortable and... More 

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Central America
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is no point spending hundreds on hotel rooms when you could stay here! What a fantastic find! Since this was such a cheap hotel option (in comparison to NYC prices!) I was unsure what to expect. But it was FANTASTIC!!! 100% recommend! I have stayed in many low budget hotels and hostels and this one didn't have that feel... More 

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Lehi, Utah
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A three night stay at the RIFF Chelsea was ok, but not great. We were drawn to the 80's feel/vibe from their website, but weren't completely satisfied. :( The lobby (on the second floor) and the stairs leading to it are the only places not carpeted. Carpet in the kitchen area? Yuck! The carpeted areas seemed like they hadn't been... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were in New York for my 61 birthday and saw the Riff on the Internet and it looked clean and pricing was perfect, we love this place, we saw a couple of bad reviews and still booked. Let's just say it was great the staff was great we received any requests we wanted and the air worked great we... More 

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Providence, RI
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

From all the reviews I read before booking I was aware it was a 2-3 star hotel. We had not stayed in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in a long time and I was looking forward to visiting this area once again. It has a pretty creative and eclectic vibe, and a variety of different and inexpensive eateries. Great location in... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Not a good time to visit NYC. Rooms booked up everywhere except Riff - and at an eye-watering cost . More of a hostel than a hotel. Dirty carpets, lukewarm shower. A chaotic reception and uninspiring entrance lobby. Free morning coffee available in the entrance corridor. All acceptable at a third of the price but this really was a rip... More 

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Montreal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

Not a 5 stars hotel but great location. Cleary an hotel where you sleep only- small but efficient. Was clean. Staff is young and very well-rounded, very helpful. If you don't want to spend too much money - it's is good enough....Since it is a small and I mean very small hotel it was a bit noisy (sirens, ambulance, honking... More 

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Hoteli-GentNYC, Manager at Riff Chelsea, responded to this review

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! It is our mission to make NYC more affordable and accessible to all those who want to experience NYC and we're glad to see it's working! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for a long weekend with 3 friends. Yes it did have a funky hostel feel to it but we had 2 twin rooms with private bathrooms so it suited us fine. I liked the fact that it wasn't a skyscraper like most NYC hotels. ..no waiting for busy elevators with multiple stops, just had to take 1 flights... More 

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Hoteli-GentNYC, Manager at Riff Chelsea, responded to this review

WOW! We are so excited that you "get" us! We strive to be a fun, inexpensive and convenient spot to crash while you explore everything great that NYC has to offer. Thanks for helping us spread the word (and love)! More 

birmingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

Trying to find somewhere at short notice by Penn Station on a budget was tough. I saw this place on the internet and although it was only two star, i thought it would do for one night. When I got there, my heart sank. It was behind a steel door, up some steep stairs and schlepping my suictcase up was... More 

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Hoteli-GentNYC, Manager at Riff Chelsea, responded to this review

Woohoo! We're glad you were able to re-live your college years for one brief night. As far as we are concerned, we'd all LOVE to go back to college and live it up, too! = ) Thanks for helping eduate the public about our hotel and the RIFF experience - you are awesome. More 

Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

After spending a lot and maxing out credit cards, the RIFF Chelsea hotel was a boon for the tight budgeted group. We had great fun and the staff were most helpful and accommodation. Everything was for a charge but then we were happy to find necessities for such a low price..

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Hoteli-GentNYC, Manager at Riff Chelsea, responded to this review

BINGO! Consider us the "cool" version of Motel 6. Thank you so much for your business and we hope to have you all back!!! More 

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Staying in Chelsea

Neighborhood Profile
Chelsea
Home to hundreds of art galleries, beautiful brownstones, and one of New York’s newest and most popular attractions, Chelsea is one of the city’s jewels when it comes to neighborhood life. The contemporary art scene is an integral part of the neighborhood’s identity, with gallery openings almost every night of the week and countless exhibits to explore. As a longtime hub of gay culture in New York City, it’s also a diverse district with a vibrant nightlife scene. The opening of the High Line, an abandoned elevated train track transformed into a world-class pedestrian park, gave this neighborhood new life as a tourist destination. The High Line provides visitors with a tranquil, elevated space with incomparable views, providing an unparalleled way to experience the city.
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Multilingual Staff

Additional Information about Riff Chelsea

Address: 300 W 30th St at 8th Ave, New York City, NY 10001 (Formerly Chelsea Star Hotel)
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Chelsea
Price Range: $129 - $238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Riff Chelsea 2*
Number of rooms: 43
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Also Known As:
Hotel Chelsea Star
Chelsea Star New York City
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