I was visiting my brother in New York and stayed 8 nights at the GEM Hotel in Chelsea. I think everyone agrees that the rooms are small but as I was on my own this was no barrier to having a simply wonderful stay. The very friendly and helpful reception staff set the tone and the room and bathroom were spotlessly clean and serviced daily. Having said the room was small the bathroom was quite a decent size and the shower was excellent. My room overlooked 8th Avenue and even had a view of the top half of the Empire State building. The roof terrace was very pleasant with tables, chairs and sun umbrellas for the use of guests (as well as the view of the Empire State building).
The Chelsea area where the hotel is situated is wonderful - fairly quiet, leafy streets with lots of town house type residences rather than enormous skyscrapers. There were some fabulous restaurants on 9th Ave and you could eat a different style of food every evening. Underneath the hotel, on the corner of 8th Ave and 22nd St, there is a lovely organic restaurant and deli/shop/wine shop called Foragers which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Within easy walking distance were the Empire State building, Macy's department store, the Chelsea High Line (wonderful to stroll along but very busy on weekends), the Flat Iron district and the iconic Flat Iron building, Chelsea Piers, the Meatpacking District, Greenwich Village and, at a push, the 42nd St pier for Circle Line cruises. Most of the other famous sights in New York can be accessed via the 23rd St subway station one block from the hotel. In fact you can take this subway line to and from JFK airport.
One of the things I loved most about staying in Chelsea was the peace of the area after the hustle and bustle of downtown and midtown Manhattan and the area felt very safe. I plan to visit New York again in the near future and will definitely stay at the GEM hotel in Chelsea.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Free Wifi. The GEM Hotel Chelsea is ideally located in "your corner of the world." We provide an intimate, boutique atmosphere and offer our guests elegantly designed rooms with luxurious amenities. This New York City boutique hotel is conveniently located in the neighborhood of Chelsea. This trendy Manhattan neighborhood is filled with chic art galleries, night club hotspots, world-famous restaurants, shopping and more. Guests are within walking distance to Penn Station and world-famous Midtown Manhattan attractions such as Madison Square Garden, Times Square, Macy's/Herald Square, the campus of New York University (NYU) and the Empire State Building. The hotel is one block from New York City's subway system. Surrounding neighborhoods include Greenwich Village, the Flatiron District, Union Square, Midtown and the Meat Packing District.The GEM Hotel Chelsea offers a wide array of amenities and services that add value. All guest rooms are smoke-free and boast LCD televisions with HD channels,iPod docking stations, cordless telephones, paraben-free bath amenities, bath robes, down pillows, plush towels and Wolfgang Puck coffee. Standard room amenities include coffee makers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. ... more less
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