As a recent resident of NYC, I am very familiar with the local hotels. You get the ridiculously overpriced trendy/new boutique hotels in hot neighborhoods...The classic 'famous NYC' hotels, the too-good-to-be-true holes in the wall and the horrific tourist traps. Since I now live in CT and commute to the city for work, I needed to stay in Manhattan for a business event. Even with my 'corporate discount', most hotels were still in the $350 - $550 a night range and over my budget cap. I decided to look on hotels.com and saw a 4 star boutique hotel called The Chandler. So I did my homework, looked at reviews here, checked out the website, maps, etc. I wasn't crazy about staying in midtown, but I figured at $219 a night, I couldn't go wrong. It was close to Park and the subway if needed, but more importantly, the rooms looked clean and updated. I had to laugh at some of the reviews from tourists who have never been to NYC... complaints about the street noise, thin walls, narrow halls, tiny rooms. Sounds like my old apartment! I knew what to expect in that regard, but I was shocked when I walked into a modern, immaculate lobby and was greeted by the doorman and front desk person right away. There was a slight issue with my reservation made on hotels.com, but that was their error. They had not sent the reservation to The Chandler, but there was still room. They even upgraded us to a deluxe room. As I walked down the hall, I thought to myself "This is the first time I've been in a NY hotel that didn't smell of smoke, mold or that musty odor that you get when you walk through an older building." The carpets were new (and no stains!) and the room was small, but normal by NY standards. The bathroom was clean and had new fixtures. Aveda products, which are always nice. The beds were SO comfortable that you sink into the pillowtop mattress and soft sheets like it's a big marshmallow. There was some street noise, but nothing out of the norm for any city. It didn't keep me up at night and not once did I hear anyone next door or walking above me - something I never got used to in my old apt. The only issue I had was the $16 continental breakfast downstairs. I opted to eat in the library area, read the paper, have a cup of coffee and some fruit. They had a waiter on staff to serve you coffee (a pot no less) and if I chose to order eggs or something from the menu, that was offered as well. I only had the coffee, a scone and some sliced fruit from the buffet and it was $16. I think they should either comp this or make it $10 (unless someone pigs out and takes 1/2 of the baked goods from the table...it would be reasonable). They had an older computer if you needed to use the internet and the library was stocked with local papers. A very nice atmosphere. I was concerned that the location would be in a 'dead area' meaning industrial/everything closes at 6pm, but there were several restaurants around the corner and a coffee shop. Getting a cab was easy too, so no need for the subway. I can't say enough about the staff though. Attentive, helpful and friendly. Something you don't see a lot of here. I have already recommended The Chandler to friends and co-workers who have family or friends coming to town who don't want to stay in Times Sq or overpriced downtown.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set close to the Empire State Building, Madison Square Park, Penn Station and Times Square there is a secret, elegant and classical gem: Hotel Chandler. Hotel Chandler provides a timeless sense of luxury in its original 1905 architecture. Every guest is shown an intimate and personalized style of service, with quiet concern and pride. Located on 31st Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues with in a few minutes of all public transportation and all that New York City has to offer. Hotel Chandler is located in the heart of it all! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chandler Hotel New York City
- Hotel Chandler New York