Doubles from: $79 to $199
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Situated a block from Penn Station, the Chelsea Star Hotel offers easy city access, a funky aesthetic and accommodations for every type of traveler. And whether you opt to stay in a hostel dormitory, artist-designed room or a deluxe apartment (in the sky), you'll find the things clean, comfortable and affordable.
Pros: Convenient location. Friendly management. Fun vibe. Cheap rates.
Cons: Rooms can be small. Noise from street and sometimes other rooms. No elevator.
Rooms at the Chelsea Star come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The 18 artist-decorated rooms gladdened our Cheapo hearts with their low nightly rates and decorative whimsy. Given themes like "Saturday Night Fever" and "Betty Boop," it's easy to overlook their diminutive sizes. The Esther Williams room, for example, is a dreamy (if compact) space with pale blue walls and sketches of waves and swimming figures in homage to the retired competitive swimmer and actor. Its bed sits on a platform inset with swimming pool-esque tiles.
The larger, non-themed rooms are somewhat more anonymous, but their colorful walls and rich mahogany furnishings warm things up. Superior rooms offer plenty of space for two, while Deluxe rooms sleep up to five, with a full-sized sofa bed in the sitting area. Guests looking for even more space can opt for a giant apartment, which comes with two or three queen-sized beds and a kitchenette.
All rooms are equipped with a television and seasonal air conditioning. The larger rooms and apartments also offer a telephone and safe.
By far, though, the cheapest beds in the joint are the shared dormitories. The Chelsea Star has nine dorm rooms, which contain between two and six beds each. These rooms are often mixed gender, and offer bunks, lockers and little else.
The dorms and art rooms share facilities, and all other rooms have private baths. Shared or private, the bathrooms are clean and modern.
The Chelsea Star has a young, fun vibe, and its apartments feel a bit more "grown up." Throughout the property, bright yellow walls and brushed metal accents contribute to an artrist-loft sort of vibe, and the friendly staff enhances the cheery atmosphere. They are on hand 24 hours a day, and are happy to help build itineraries for guests.
An airy terrace just off reception is a nice place to relax, mingle or enjoy the complimentary coffee and tea that are offered each morning.
Breakfast is not available. Wi-Fi is free throughout. Note that the hotel is four stories and does not have an elevator.
The Chelsea Star’s location is indisputably convenient, especially for those coming and going to Pennsylvania Station or attending an event at Madison Square Garden. Times Square is about a 10-15 minute walk north, while Chelsea (with its restaurants, gay bars and art galleries) is an easy walk to the south.
At the same time, the immediate area is fairly dirty, a bit anonymous and kind of gritty. Turns out, there’s nothing really romantic about being in the shadow of Penn Station.
Subways: The Chelsea Star is ideally situated for easy access to multiple subway lines. Three blocks away at 33rd and 8th Avenue (Penn Station) you’ll find the A/C/E, while the 1/2/3 stops at 7th Avenue.
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.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
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About the Chelsea Star Hotel 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.