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“You pay for its history and location” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Chelsea Hotel
Ranked #385 of 463 Hotels in New York City
Stockholm, Sweden
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66 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“You pay for its history and location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013

The location is really good, you can basically walk to the Village, Meatpacking and 14th street. However the rooms and the service is really poor, but you stay here to be a part of the history of many rock legends like Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
9 Thank SadieY82
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, Oregon
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21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

I stayed here in a little room back in 2007. Kind of a last hurrah for a fading relationship. And what better place for such a thing than the Chelsea. Great location, ambiance oozing from every pore, a great experience. Fingers crossed for a refurb that honours the history of this grande dame....

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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14 Thank melandpascale
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Henley on Klip, South Africa
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

The Chelsea is famous.
What's cool about it is the stuff they don't tell you about a lot.
Like there's real art on the walls, every floor and stairway in between.
And there's art in the people who stay here.
It says, you're free to experiment. Location is great, and it does help
to know that Janis Joplin and Leonard Cohen (what a mix) got it on here.
Ref; "I remember you well in Chelsea Hotel" by Leonard Cohen.
Cool hotel, big rooms, a bit old, but then so are the sixties.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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11 Thank Robert W
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Brighton
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012

If it"s a "been there!" experience...you've kinda missed the boat. I stayed there in 1992 - just so I could say I had and it was a dump & the room was dirty and had cockroaches. It's certainly moved on from that.
The art is a highlight and the wooden gothic feel is always welcome to me but if it's luxury you're after forget it.
It's a great location, near subway station and eateries. The other guests were friendly. They tend to "hang out" in the lobby so...good luck!
There's great history but I imagine, even in the 1970's, in it's heyday the rude and SILENT front desk people were famously rude. They were in 1992 and weren"t very helpful this time round either.
The whole of NYC has changed A LOT since I was there last and certainly since the '70's I'm sure.
There is no "scene" anymore at the Chelsea hotel. I missed it the first time and it ain't there now so suggest you go find it!!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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19 Thank claireparadine
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Melbourne, Australia
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36 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Stayed there for 5 days while in NY with friends.
Very different from anything I was used to. Old wooden furniture in the rooms, and beautifully decorated lobby with rare pieces of art. Fabulous paintings on the walls on every floor. The lobby is a great place to relax, read a book and admire the art around you.
Impossing building with a lot of history, the hotel is located in a very convenient location with regards to the means of transportation. The metro station is just around the corner. Also there is a super market across the street. Good choice, nice experience!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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9 Thank Christina N
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swindon,uk
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57 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

We loved every minute of our stay, Hotel Chelsea was a fabulous place to be, 610 was a big suite of 7 rooms, comfortable and stylish.

We were stuck in NYC due to the volcano ash cloud so we also stayed in 520 as well, great rooms, great history, great hotel.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank plinthadenoid
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

used to live in NYC and anytime I visit I try to stay there. To me this hotel is a true essence of NY - old strange building with beautiful art in hallways and lobby. Slightly squeaky floor and large doors - give a very gothic feel. You get a fabulous room with high ceiling and view of the city below , wood furniture, bed with huge comfy pillows and the location is absolutely the best - metro just around the corner and stores and markets everywhere. Delicious donut shop downstairs.I think you can make new friends just hanging out in the lobby - a lot of artists sitting there and talking.Would give it excellent review but the staff...not always helpful and sort of ignores guests but is new york after all!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank kikki123b
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Additional Information about Chelsea Hotel

Property: Chelsea Hotel
Address: 222 W 23rd St, New York City, NY 10011
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Chelsea , Manhattan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #385 of 463 Hotels in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Chelsea Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 375
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Chelsea is a world renowned residence for artists, musicians, writers, philosophers, and characters of the most singular and eccentric stripe which the imagination might conjure. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Chelsea Hotel New York City
Chelsea Hotel Nyc

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