318 W. 20th St. (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues), New York, United States
Doubles from: $99 to $279
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Situated in a historic brick brownstone on a leafy Chelsea side street, the quaint and economical Chelsea Lodge has a granny’s house meets hunting lodge feel. And it works. The place is simple and cozy, and its primo location near the action on 8th Avenue makes it a wonderful, low-key homebase.
Pros: Excellent value. Fabulous location on a landmark street. Clean and homey.
Cons: “Old building” noises (creaky stairs, rumbling pipes). No elevator.
From the Hershey kisses on the pillows to the “little bit country” sensibility, the Lodge's 22 guest rooms feel easy and inviting. Every room we saw sported a different combination of print wallpaper, colored wainscoting and old-fashioned quilt. We loved that each has its own set of themed prints (maritime, hunting, locomotives...) in woodsy frames.
The standard “Lodge Rooms” are each equipped with a full or twin bed, television, (seasonal) air conditioning and ceiling fan.
The Chelsea Lodge also offers four suites, which provide a good value for families or groups. These sleep up to four people (in a queen-sized bed and full-sized futon) and are outfitted with air conditioning, a TV, phone and kitchenette. The two suites in the back of the property share a small private garden.
Lodge rooms share toilets, but each has a shower and sink. The Chelsea Lodge suites have private bathrooms.
All bathrooms are simple but very clean, and some sport cute details like black-and-white tiling. A hair dryer is available at the front desk.
The Chelsea Lodge has been run as a guesthouse since 1999, when it was radically re-engineered from a decrepit boarding house. With no sign to speak of and an inconspicuous address on a residential street, the place offers that thrill of feeling like a true local (and being in on a great secret).
All of the building’s original detailing has been left in place. The lobby and hallways are done in warm wood and sprinkled with bric-a-brac, including an impressive collection of globes. Note that the Chelsea Lodge suffers from the “historic building syndrome” that is common to many of New York’s most charming places. It does not have an elevator, and while the street itself is generally quiet, guests may be disturbed by rumbling pipes or creaky steps. Thanks to New York’s heating system, temperature control is also challenging in winter.
Wi-Fi is free throughout.
The Chelsea Lodge has it made when it comes to location: It sits on a quiet and beautiful block, midway between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, which both buzz with all the Chelsea action. On either avenue, you'll find no shortage of hot eateries, hip boutiques and happening bars, and if you head one block farther west (to 10th Avenue) there's even more going on at the popular High Line Park.
The Joyce Theater, a beacon for modern dance, is one block north, and the fashionable Meatpacking District and picturesque West Village are an easy stroll to the south.
Booking at the Chelsea Lodge
As we point out above, the Chelsea Lodge does not offer online booking. To reserve a room, you’ll have to contact the hotel directly by email or telephone (see below).
If you’d like a suggestion for a similar hotel with the same old-timey charm and stellar location (plus the option to book online), read our reviews of the cozy Chelsea Inn or the “townhouse-chic” Chelsea Pines Inn.
Subways: Local C and E trains stop at 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue, about three blocks away from the Chelsea Lodge. The hotel is also just a few blocks from the local 1 train, which you can pick up on Seventh Avenue, at either 23rd or 18th Street.
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.
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Cable TV
About the Chelsea Lodge 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.