46 West 17th Street, New York, United States
Doubles from: $89 to $149
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The two-star Chelsea Inn is an antiquey, old-timey guesthouse located smack-dab in the middle of Chelsea. It shows some signs of wear, but that will be fine for unfussy travelers looking for a central hotel with reasonable rates.
Pros: Convenient Chelsea location. Friendly staff. Quaint, homey feel. Breakfast included.
Cons: Street noise. Can seem dated. No elevator.
The Chelsea Inn’s 34 guest rooms are occasionally a bit worse for wear, but not in a troubling way. Things feel distressed by time and use, but it all fits into the hotel's relaxed, faded, old-fashioned aesthetic.
Rooms have a homey, lived-in feel (we half expected granny to come in with a tray of tea and cookies). The overall theme here is a little of this and a little of that. We saw rich draperies, humble country quilts, assorted flea market finds, and lamps of every shape and size, and the artwork that hangs on the buttery colored walls ranges from 19th-century-style landscapes to modern black-and-white photography.
Most of the guest rooms are decently sized and furnished with a small table or work area and ample space (closet or dresser) for unpacking. All rooms are equipped with a refrigerator, safe, telephone, Cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Most offer air conditioning (in the summer months only) and some rooms also have coffee and tea facilities (ask ahead).
Light sleepers should note that there can be noise issues here. Not only can the street be loud, but many may find window-unit air conditioners and steam heaters (a fixture in older New York buildings) disturbing. That said, the Chelsea Inn thoughtfully provides ear plugs in each room.
The Chelsea Inn offers some "Studios" and suites with private bathrooms, while the cheapest rooms share facilities. Either way, the bathrooms are clean, if dated. Rooms with shared baths are equipped with a small sink, and only share a bathroom with one other guest room. All rooms offer a hair dryer and soap (but no other toiletries).
The Chelsea Inn is housed in two adjoining 19th-century townhouses.With a red brick façade, cheery green awnings and planter-boxes of ivy, it’s got no shortage of charm. Inside, the curving antique staircases are also charming—until, perhaps, you’re assigned a fourth-floor room and learn that the property has no elevator.
The guesthouse does not have any common spaces, save for a teensy reception desk. Guests come overwhelmingly from Europe, and there is a large gay clientele base as well.
The Chelsea Inn is a true blue bed-and-breakfast—guests receive vouchers to enjoy a continental breakfast at the cute café next door, Petite Abelle.
The Chelsea Inn is delightfully well located amid shopping, dining and entertainment galore, with Union Square just a short walk to the east (check out the Saturday farmer’s market) and Madison Square Park just a few minutes farther north. Chelsea’s restaurants and gay bars are all easily accessible, as are picturesque Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park.
Those looking to shop will find plenty of options on Fifth and Sixth Avenues, not least of which is the Limelight Marketplace (656 Sixth Avenue at 20th Street), a gorgeous hub of chic boutiques housed in a landmark church (that was also a notorious club in the ‘80s). Also worth a visit is the funky dishware shop, Fishs Eddy (889 Broadway at 19th Street).
The area has no shortage of dining and nightlife options as well. (Sample a cup of the famous hot chocolate at the always busy City Bakery on 18th Street.) Note, however, that such a bustling location means crowds and noise, often late into the night.
Subways: Union Square-14th Street station offers excellent access across Manhattan with the 4/5/6/L/N/Q/R trains. The F/M lines have a closer stop at 14th Street and 6th Avenue.
JFK: Take the Air Train to Howard Beach Station, then the A train toward Manhattan to 14th Street at 8th Avenue. Transfer to a Brooklyn-bound L train for one stop at 6th Avenue and walk three blocks north.
LaGuardia: A taxi to the hotel will be faster, more convenient and not much more expensive if shared by two or more people. Otherwise, take an airport bus service to Penn Station and then a downtown A/C/E train from 34th Street-Penn Station to 14th Street. Transfer to a Brooklyn-bound L train for one stop at 6th Avenue and then walk three blocks north.
Newark: Take the Air Train to the NJ Transit station, and then any NJ Transit train into New York Penn Station. From there, take a downtown A/C/E train to 14th Street and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound L train for one stop at 6th Avenue and walk three blocks north.
Reviewed by: Suzanne Russo, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
46 West 17th Street
Chelsea, New York, United States
About the Chelsea Inn neighborhood
Bordered by the West Village to the south and the Garment District to the north, Chelsea boasts a staggering concentration of art galleries. The neighborhood is also the epicenter of New York's gay scene, and hip restaurants, swanky boutiques, and bars abound. However, at its heart, Chelsea is a residential area, characterized by long streets lined with century-old brownstones.