The Inn on 23rd

131 West 23rd, New York, United StatesB&B

9.3 out of 10

Doubles from: $239 to $399

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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors

Step into the Inn on 23rd and you'll recognize the inviting vibe right away. This cozy, family-run B&B (located, appropriately, on bustling 23rd Street) is a splurge-worthy oasis in the heart of busy Manhattan.

Quick read

Pros: Comfortable rooms with charming atmosphere. Centrally located.

Cons: Pricey. Noisy air conditioner.

Rooms

Offering just 13 guest rooms, the Inn on 23rd is all about the small and sweet. Each room is uniquely styled and equipped with either a king- or queen-size bed (queen rooms are cheaper) with a comfy pillow-top mattress.

The themes are varied and sometimes incongruous (the “Grill Room” is painted pink, with an old-fashioned quilt and frilly pillows). But whether you sleep in the lodge-like “Cabin Room” or the feminine “Parlor Room,” the prevailing feel is one of homey comfort, with an extra dose of TLC. We especially loved the exposed brick walls and the antiques sprinkled throughout.

All rooms at the Inn on 23rd are equipped with double-glazed windows and blackout curtains, in addition to air conditioning, satellite television(some rooms also offer a DVD player), phone and free Wi-Fi.

Bathrooms

The private bathrooms are clean and offer a hair dryer and toiletries. Bathtubs are available (ask ahead).

Hotel

A self-declared “Urban B&B,” the Inn on 23rd offers the efficiency and convenience of a high-end hotel (modern bathrooms, elevator...) with the intimacy of a B&B. The Fisherman family has filled the 19th-century townhouse (formerly a single-family home) with personal bric-a-brac, from family heirlooms and photographs to eclectic art.

Breakfast, included in the room rate, is served in the “Library,” an eclectic, street-facing room populated by mismatched antiques, a piano and, of course, a nice collection of books.

Value

We’ll be frank: Rates at the Inn on 23rd are not Cheapo—we’d even go so far as to say they can be pricey. So why do we list it on EuroCheapo? Well, the inn is just the sort of spot for which we swoon: sweet, unique and friendly, with that certain je ne sais quoi. That, combined with its convenient location, makes the Inn on 23rd a good pick for those willing to spend a bit more on an extra-special experience.

Location

Good eating and attractions abound around the Inn at 23rd. A diverse choice of restaurants and bars line 23rd Street and the surrounding blocks. Case in point, just two blocks east of the hotel are two major eating “attractions”: Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich’s food emporium, Eataly (Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street), and the burger joint with a cult following, Shake Shack, which holds court (and always has a line) in Madison Square Park.

The impressive Flatiron Building is also in this area, facing the Empire State Building, about 10 blocks to the north. Also easily accessible to the north of the hotel are Macy’s Herald Square, Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, as well as the comedy mecca, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (26th Street and Eighth Avenue).

For great shopping make your way south, where shops line Fifth and Sixth Avenues (check out the uber-cool, Limelight Marketplace—a collection of trendy boutiques housed in a church that was also the notorious ‘80s club, The Limelight). And if you walk west along 23rd Street, you’ll hit the High Line elevated park, which cuts through Chelsea and ends in the Meatpacking District where the “in” crowd eats, drinks and parties.

Transportation

Subways: Many subway lines intersect 23rd Street on either side of the inn. To the west you can catch the 1 train (at Seventh Avenue) or the C/E lines (one block farther at Eighth Avenue), and to the east, the F/M lines stop at Sixth Avenue, while the N/R lines pick up at Fifth Avenue.

JFK: Take the Air Train to Howard Beach Station, then a Manhattan-bound A express train to 14th Street. At 14th Street, transfer to a local C or E Uptown train and get off at 23rd Street, a short walk from the inn.

LaGuardia: We recommend an airport bus service to Penn Station. Then take a Downtown 1 train two stops to 23rd Street.

Newark: Take the Air Train to the NJ Transit station, and then any NJ Transit train into New York Penn Station, where you can catch a Downtown 1 train to 23rd Street.

Reviewed by: Alex Robertson Textor, EuroCheapo Staff Writer

Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.

Amenities

Hotel

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast Included
  • Cash Only
  • Credit Card Surcharge
  • Elevator
  • Luggage Storage
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Restaurant
  • Wake-Up Service
  • Wi-Fi Connection
  • Wi-Fi: Free

Room

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bathroom: Private
  • Cable TV
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heat
  • Iron
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Voice Mail

Contact

131 West 23rd
Chelsea, New York, United States

+1 212-463-0330

Email: InnOn23rd@aol.com

About the The Inn on 23rd 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.

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