It's a little hard to recommend this hotel in the sense that all I really got was a room the size of a closet to sleep in. But it was a pretty nice closet, and hotel rooms in New York are notoriously small. The room was pretty well furnished -- well, as "well furnished" as a closet could be. The desk was small, and there was only one small desk chair to sit on. There was one small night stand and a tiny bureau (that did contain a safe). The bed was comfortable, and the bathroom decent. Unless you like sitting in closets, though, you're probably not going to spend much awake-time in your room. If there were any other facilities in the hotel, I didn't see them (the basement, which I believe normally houses a fitness room, was under renovation). There is no really lobby to speak of (well, there's a reception desk to check in, but no chairs or anything).
The best thing about the hotel is the neighborhood. It's nice, and feels "real," in the sense that most of the people around live there and there are shops that cater to them -- not just to tourists. It's the kind of place you could imagine living in, if you could imagine living in Manhattan. But I'd probably want some more space before I moved in!
- 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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