The Hotel Chelsea was here long before the gentrification of the neighborhood happened. Now it's a great address close to Chelsea's art galleries and new restaurants plus a short walk to the meatpacking district and West Side subways.
It's all about the newly-renovated bedrooms with hardwood floors, floor to ceiling windows and new beds plus flatscreens and modern kitchenettes. The older rooms can be damp and the mattresses are distressingly old.
You really feel the landmark's history here with great original details like a sweeping staircase and wonderful art left by previous residents.
Eating and drinking
There have been, at various times, fashionable bars and restaurants in the basement here - I remember an infamous night rubbing elbows with Christina Aguilera - but for now the eatery has closed. Luckily there are some excellent restaurants in the 'hood.
The staff here are friendly enough but if you are looking for room service and mints on your pillow at turndown, look elsewhere!
Who stays there
Rock and rollers down on their luck, fashionable magazine editors who have snagged a converted apartment, budget travelers looking for the storied past.
- Backpackers / Students
Pros & Cons
- Lack of amenities