Chelsea Inn Hotel

, New York City, United States
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Chelsea Inn Hotel

, New York City
3 star

Rooms: 29

46 West 17th Street - New York City - New York - 10011 - United States Hotel Website | | 212 645 8989
263 Traveller

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Terrible Experience!!!
Submitted by: Monica in 29/08/07
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
The only good thing about this hotel is the location, either than that the staff are not helpful and the condition of the hotel is terrible.

The only thing that got cleaned in our rooms for our 5 day stay was our towels.

Furthermore they seem to have a history of billing issues which we also experienced. We were charged for 'damages' that they cannot even prove and furthermore expected us to believe that we left 'stains' on the carpets, carpets that looked like they haven't been cleaned or changed in decades.

Please do not stay here, its not even worth the great location as there are many other hotels in the Chelsea area!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Chelsea Inn Hotel

Bad Sleeps, Good Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
I read a lot of these reviews before I booked this hotel because I had never been to NYC and didn't really know where to book. In the end, it turned out to be such a shame... the hotel is fine, I would say, in terms of cleanliness. The rooms are small, but despite what some people have said, clean. I stayed in 2 different rooms while I was here (for 3 nights). In both rooms, the heating system made constant banging and knocking noises through the night, so it was very difficult to sleep. The second room was downstairs with a wall that shared the club/disco next door, and the thump of the base combined nicely with the heating noises to make it impossible to sleep. All in all, the price and location are great, but be aware you probably won't sleep well.

watch when booking

from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel was ok in the end but when booking from sires that advertise twin private be aware that this hotel only has shared bathroom and not private. I booked twin private from hostelworld but when i arrived they had my booking as a double room, so my friend and i had double room for the first night,the rooms are cleaned daily and the bathrooms are ok.The location is good away from the noisy areas of midtown, underground stations near for getting around. The breakfast was excelent from nana's downstairs.

Enjoied staying

from A TripAdvisor Member
The room was clean, I had new towles every day. The staff was helpfull, but they appeared only after 9:15 a.m. and disappered after 5 or 6 p.m. I carried my baggege on 3-d floor, but I knew I should do it and took a little bags.

The breakfast was good and enough for me.

I shared bath with one other room and saw my neighbours only one for 5 days.

Taking into account, that it is not a 4 or at least 3 star hotel, it is good.

a euro type budget hotel

from subcon48
another reviewer indicated a lot of europeans seem to use the chelsea inn. that's probably because it is very typical of a one or two star budget hotel in london, rome, paris, madrid or amsterdam. they are used to shared baths and smaller room sizes with less than fabulous decor. if any of the foregoing is going to upset you, best to avoid this hotel.

on the other hand, if you're like me and only consider a hotel room as a place to lay your head, shower and change for dinner, the chelsea inn is almost ideal. the location is excellent btwn 5th and 6th avenues on 17th with access to a wide variety of transit and a pleasant neighborhood to boot.

don't be put off by other complaints about noise. we had a streetside room closer to the splashbar and never had a problem. yes, there is early morning waste pickup but you're going to get that virtually everywhere in the city.

as to other former complaints: we found the staff to be fine. just be aware that there is only desk service btwn 9am and 9 pm (and sometimes that's flexible); the little breakfast spot owner was very nice to us and it's a nice little added amenity (again, in the euro budget hotel sense) that gets the day off to a pleasant start (we ate our breakfast in union square park each day); the rooms are NOT dirty. they are cleaned daily. just because they weren't decorated by laura ashley doesn't mean they're not sanitary.

the only real problem worth noting is the lack of an elevator. the stairs are steep, narrow and slightly out of level. if you have a health problem which precludes fairly vigorous exercise, either request the lower two floors or stay elsewhere.

in sum, the chelsea inn is a great little budget hotel extremely well located. if you don't spend your time hanging around the hotel room, this is the place for you!

I had no problems....

from Carialle
I am rating the Chelsea Inn as above average because although I was a little nervous about the situation of sharing a bathroom and I had no problems. We did not encounter one problem sharing the bathroom - it was clean and we only shared it with one other guest in our end of the floor and we never even saw them/her/him. As it worked out, we ended up on the 4th floor facing the alley so it was quiet and private. I didn't experience any street noise of noise from the club nearby (not next door). The area was convient to a variety of lines and Union Square. The rooms were cleaned every day and there were fresh towels and sheets. I would not necessarily recommend this for families as the rooms are tiny, but for my purposes (my boyfriend and I touring the city) it was perfect. For $88 (weekday) and $99(weekend) a night I did not expect the taj mahal. Nyc is an expensive place to stay in - either accept this or stay elsewhere - perhaps in Jersey City and take the PATH train in because this was by far one of the cheapest and more than nice enough for the money. Oh and if I can just throw in here - I didn't meet a single rude staff member - the people downstairs at the desk - Louise and 2 other women were all very nice and helpful. If you are in a similar situation where you are mostly looking for a place to sleep once you've exhausted all your energy enjoying the city I would highly recommend the Chelsea Inn as a choice.

Convenient Chelsea Inn - but still not cheap!

from kimyarla
We ended up staying at the Chelsea Inn after an exhausting search for ANYthing in Manhattan under $200 a night. Our old favorite, the Helmsley Windsor, seemed to be closed for the time being. We had the front room on the first floor right inside the front (slamming) door. There were the typical trash noises (etc.) of NYC but the street was quieter than we imagined, considering that Splash Bar, one of the hottest gay bars in NYC, is one door down. We did not encounter the rude staff that some others complained of...but we did think that the gal who runs the breakfast place downstairs was rather unpleasant and unnecessarily unaccommodating. The room we had was less than attractive (too much mis-matched furniture that you don't need, anyway)...but we did have a private bath and found the location to be EXTREMELY convenient. If you go, don't miss the two huge thrift stores down the block, and the very interesting Museum of the Himalayas - excellent. There is a Filene's nearby, and the popular restaurant Cafeteria is just a few blocks away. Our room was $169/night plus taxes. By contrast, we just thsi week stayed at the gorgeous, Hilton-run Palmer House hotel in the heart of Chicago, also for $169/night. NYC has had an intensive campaign to get people to come to the city since 9/11, but I am here to say that the city - which was always expensive - has become stupidly so. I am as much of a New York snob as the next person, but the city needs to take a serious look at room rates. It is truly out of control.

Nice place

from Evan06
The Chelsea Inn was nice. I had a single room with a shared bath. The air-conditioning, TV, lights, plumbing, etc. worked fine. Housekeeping did a nice job keeping the room and shared bath clean and I received clean towels each day. I didn't try the phone but it was there. My cellphone worked fine in the room.

The room had a small closet with a couple of hangers but if you have more than one or two things to hang, you might want to bring your own hangers. There was also a small hotel safe in the closet for valuables.

The TV cable brings in only local channels (no CNN, Weather Channel, etc.) but that's ok given the price of the room (about half the average rate of a hotel room in NYC). A single room is not especially huge and is not suitable for entertaining, but I got a glimpse of the double room that I shared my bathroom with and it looked substantially larger.

A coupon for coffee/tea, pastry, and fruit/juice is provided for morning breakfast at "Nana's Place" - a small morning-only place in the basement of the Chelsea Inn.

The Chelsea Inn is walking distance to multiple subway stations at 14th St. & 6th Ave. as well as Union Square. The 'L' line goes through the 14th St. and 6th Ave. station making cross town travel convenient. Union Square hosts a nice farmers market on Saturday mornings - including art. There's a diner around the corner on 6th Ave. near 15th St. that's good plus a pizza place, convenience store, etc. nearby. A Japanese sushi place called "Edo" was east on 17th St. a couple of blocks. The Rubin Art Museum is on 17th St. between 6th and 7th Aves. There's an HSBC ATM at 14th St. and 6th Ave. The Chelsea Piers workout club is on 23rd St. and 12th Ave. - a relatively short walk up 6th Ave. to 23rd St. to catch the M23 crosstown bus westbound. Penn Station is easy to reach by subway or by cab. Go out to 5th or 6th Aves. to catch a cab quickly though.

Noisiest street in NYC - nonstop garbage collection

from A TripAdvisor Member
I brought my son for his first trip to NYC. The hotel was old, no lobby, old mattress, dim rooms and bathroom, not at all nice or charming. We were on the street side and it was the noisiest night I ever had - nonstop garbage collection. Obviously buildings on the street used a variety of companies to collect trash because there were trucks all night. There were vacant rooms elsewhere in the hotel but we could not change rooms as there was no staff on site during the night and the phone number they left at the desk reached only a voicemail. We left the city a day early after only one night because we were too tired to do anything. I lived in NYC for several years and loved it and was sorry that my son had such a horrible experience there. After some arguing, they did not charge us for the second night. So, ugly hotel, bad bed, really noisy - what's to like? I wish I had paid a little more and gotten something somewhat decent. DO NOT STAY HERE!!!

Little Inn in the Big City

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Chelsea Inn over the Christmas holiday and had a very pleasant experience. The city was absoltely mobbed and it was comforting to know that we had a quiet, restful place to return home to after a day of shopping and siteseeing. The Inn has a wonderful location right on Union Square, close to the park, farmers market, and some great shopping. Our room was simple, but clean and full with the type of old world charm that you would expect from a privately owned inn, rather than the cookie cutter style that you would find at the nearest Howard Johnson or Best Western. It reminded me of the little hotels that I visited in Paris complete with a delicious croissant and a cup of cafe du lait. Our room also included such ammenities as a coffee maker and small refrigerator. I found the staff to be pleasant and helpful and I am looking forward to returning to the Chelsea Inn during my next visit to NYC.

What a dump!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at this so called hotel the begining of November and all I have to say is small, dirty rooms and most importantly RUDE staff..... Its one thing to offer what they do but on top the staff is just down right rude. Dont ever stay here... You'll regret it...

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  • chelsea hotel new york city
  • chelsea hotel 17th street
  • Address: 46 West 17th Street - New York City - New York - 10011 - United States
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