Historical Traveller Reviews of Hampton Inn Manhattan @ Chelsea Hotel
Great option in Chelsea
We stayed here for a long weekend in December 2004. We arrived at 9:30 AM Friday and our room was already ready! The staff was super friendly too. The room was cute: not huge, but more than sufficient, with a great bed, great linens and very clean. Great bath products too! The breakfast was solid for one that was included, and the coffee was great (and available all day!) Our only issue (and it was a small one!) was that breakfast stopped at 9:00 AM which seemed a bit early for a hotel that was filled with tourists (and when you want to explore the Chelsea night life!) We like to stay out of the hubub of mid town and this has been one of the best places we have stayed in Chelsea.
Convenience and value
Good location for walking in all directions. Excellent shopping on Sixth Ave without the crowds of 5th Ave. Clean, sleek modern hotel. We had two double beds and a view of the Empire State Building (lit in red and green for the holidays). We will stay here again on our next visit.
Solid Bang for the Buck
from A TripAdvisor Member
The staff - check-in, maintenance, breakfast room and bell hop - were all friendly and engaging. Although the room is on the small side, it was pretty standard for NYC. The hotel is probably not more than 2 years old and was in fine shape. Although we had a slight problem closing our window, maitenance was on it within minutes of being notified. The location was within a few blocks of several subway lines and the complimentary breakfast was even more of a treat considering what it would have cost us in that city to get equal fare in a restaurant. The only negative to be had was the sounds of hallway activity were quite noticable. Regardless, I would definitely recommend staying here.
really good !
from A TripAdvisor Member
we really enjoyed satying at the Hampton Inn. Good location. good neighborhood, close to subways stations.
Good breakfast service. We also really like the setting of the room. Of course you could be disturb by the traffic noises at night, but hey ! this is New York City !
Definitely recommended !
Wonderful New York Experience
This was my first real trip to New York. The Hampton Inn was just one of the many excellent choices we made in the city. The hotel staff was extremely nice and helpful. The hotel is very clean. Subway is right around the corner. And we took the subway and buses EVERYWHERE, including the airport. (Be sure and purchase the 7 day metro pass for $21 for unlimited access on public transportation.) The hot breakfast was great and included eggs, sausage, bagels, toast, and fruit - kept us from spending big bucks. We had wonderful meals at the Malibu Diner around the corner. Meals included soup, salad, and huge entree for about $12. Say "hi" to George and Lisa if you go, and tell them the gals from Atlanta sent you. Another excellent dining choice included Maison (down the street from the Ambassador Theatre). The Ambassador is where we saw "Chicago" and met Wayne Brady...great show and great guy! We went ice skating at Rockefeller and went to the David Letterman show. I would definitely pay the $22 to skate again, but would skip the free taping of the David Letterman show (just not worth the time or effort). Rupert at the Hello Deli near the Ed Sullivan theatre was not so great either. Skip Chinatown for fake bags and jewelry and hit Broadway between 27th and 30th for a much cheaper, nicer quality option. Everyone we met in New York was so nice (except for the one bus driver that took us to the airport on our last day). People EAGARLY gave us directions and recommendations for places to visit and eat. We will definitely be back and will stay at the Hampton Inn.
from A TripAdvisor Member
We were very pleased with our accomodations. Having stayed in other New York hotels, we were pleasantly surprised by the attentive staff, clean rooms, and decent size rooms. We will definately be back! Overall, a great experience!
Very pleased with the Hampton Inn
from A TripAdvisor Member
With some nervousness my wife and I along with another couple who were celebrating their 50th Anniversary boarded the train in New Hampshire for New York. It was raining upon arrival and we thought we were taking a taxi from Penn Station to the Hampton Inn but it turned out it was a Limosine and the driver charged us $40.00. When we departed we took a Yellow Cab and he charged us $5.00 to go from the Hotel to Penn Station so visitors should ensure they take a Yellow Cab. We took Yellow Cabs frequently and were pleased they took the most direct routes and were very courteous getting us to our destination at a reasonable price. We made prior arrangements to have a Big Apple Greeter, Sami Steigman, meet us at 9:00 AM at the Hotel and he was an enormous help to show us how to get around the City by showing us how to use the Subways & Buses and he took us to Grand Central Station,well worth the visit, Waldorf-Astoria, Musuems and other attractions. At his suggestion we took the boat trip around Manhattan as well as Bus tour which were very worthwhile. The people of New York were very friendly and helpful and we had no concern for our safety. The four of us went to the shopping area and our wives were so relaxed they agreed to shop while my friend and I went to see the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and we recommend it highly as we spent between 4 & 5 delightful hours at the Museum. We attended the opening of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular which is well named as it was indeed Spectacular. We managed to see one Off Broadway play "I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change" which we enjoyed, though price a little high for a half empty theatre. Our four days went by very quickly but we will have very fond memories of New York and hope we can return someday and explore some of the areas we passed through, i.e. Soho, Chinatown etc.
t have been our choice
This was our first trip to New York and was part of a Cosmos tour. After a long journey and our taxi breaking down we were glad to arrive at the hotel. Our first impression was that it was 'compact ' meaning it was not as spacious as we had expected. The aircon was as was all the hotels we stayed in, so noisy it was difficult sleeping but maybe coming from the uk we were not used to it. Our rooms (our son had his own room) were clean, well stocked and of average size but the views from the windows on the sixth and eigth floor were the backs of the other buildings only a few metres away.
The hotel is not situated in a very attractive area with very few eating places nearby( we would recommend the Dallas barbeque a couple of blocks away). There is complimentary breakfast available and has a wide range of fresh fruit, cereals, hot food and pastries. This is because of the lack of eateries as mentioned earlier. The staff were very helpful with info requests directions etc.
The reception area is very small and not much room for a tour group to meet in or to sit and relax in. If we ever make a return trip here (although the west coast is calling) we would choose our hotel as this time it was part of our tour, don't get us wrong this is a good hotel it's just that we would like something more spacious and in a more convenient position
Poor Front Desk Service
When we arrived at the front deak after 8 hours of driving we were told that our room was ready but that they had no roll-aways left. I had reserved the room with a roll-away bed. Lucky for me I had a copy of my e-mail confirmation. When I inquired as to what I should do with my daughter they said that she could sleep on the floor. I was, to say the least, flabergasted. Eventually, they agve us another room (not ajoining). After that front desk staff was sullen towards us and in fact down right rude. Breakfasts were poor. I would not stay here againg nor would I reccommend it to anyone.
Good hotel at good price
We have stayed here twice; once for the New York City Marathon and again for a family vacation in the summer. This hotel is clean, conveniently located and not overpriced-- a shock for NYC! It's also very quiet with helpful staff. The marathon took place the day after Halloween, and we were nervous about it being noisy that night, but the walls and glass are thick, and the rooms are well-spaced. It's an easy walk to the subway, and a longer walk to the nightlife of the Village, but through an interesting neighborhood. It's a good find for an easy stay in the city.
Top Local Tips for New York City
good chinese restaurant
if you want cheap and good go to Lin's on 32E 23 street.
Using the Subway
Dont waste your money on NY Cabs!!! Use the subway and load up a metro card with about $20. You will be able to travel freely around Manhattan. When your Metro Card has run out - just top it up again at one of the credit machines. It is so easy. And trust me, the subway is safer than you imagine it to be.
Eating in Manhattan.....
There are so many little deli's, pizza parlours and cafes in the city. We would go to this one pizza place and get 2 giant slices and 2 cokes for about $8.00. It fills you up, and saves you money. If you want to have a great steak dinner/lunch, head over to Gallaghers Steak House. Its been open since 1927, so you know its good! If you go for lunch, you can get a 3 course meal with a Fillet Mignon for $30.00 Enjoy!