Chelsea Inn - 17th Street

Address: 46 West 17th Street, New York City, New York, 10011, United States | Hotel
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This hotel, located in the Chelsea area of New York City, is near Academy Records and CDs, Kidding Around, Center for Jewish History, and Books of Wonder.
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      Historical Traveler Reviews Chelsea Inn - 17th Street New York City

      Really nice place


      I stayed with a friend at the Chelsea Inn from Oct. 26th until 30th 2004 and I really can't say that we have any complaints. We had chosen the hotel after quite some research online and weren't disappointed at all. Our room was on the fourth floor and since it is and old townhouse the stairs are narrow and high. We didn't mind, but if you have problems with climbing stairs, try asking for a room on the first or second floor in advance. Also, our room was facing the street, sometimes, there were people talking in front of the bar downstairs at night and in the day there was some street noise. Once again, we weren't bothered by it, but if you are a light sleeper, get a room at the back.

      Our room was really nice, not huge, but we had a small fridge, tv, a table with two chairs and lots of space for our stuff and luggage, since we had a walk-in closet. There was a free safe as well and a wash basin in the room. We shared our very clean bathroom (with bathtub, shelves,...) with only one other room, so it was basically like a private bathroom. The room was cleaned every day, we always had new towels.

      Included in the price was breakfast, you got vouchers for the little coffee shop downstairs from the hotel. You get pastry (a croissant, muffin,...), orange juice and coffee or tea. They don't have tables there, so you either have to eat standing, on the go, or, as we did, get your breakfast downstairs and then have it upstairs in the room, which was a nice start for our long sightseeing and shopping days.

      We also really liked the location, we were right off 6th Avenue and just 3 mins walk from Union Square, where you have lots of shops, a daily green market, restaurants and bars and the subway.

      The last two nights of our stay we stayed at Hotel 17, just 10 mins walk away and we wished we had stayed at the Chelsea Inn the entire time. So all in all, we were really happy with the Chelsea Inn!

      This was OK


      Me and my friend came the first night from a long flight from Norway, we was the first night on a 4bed room hostel, it was horrible.

      We found Chelsea inn the next day, the people in the reception was very nice and helpful. We got a nice room in 5th floor, and there was no elevators, puh, I lost a few punds on the steps evry day. We had a room for usself, and shared a bathroom with the neighbour room, i didnt notice any bad smell, or noice(and the gay bar was right under our room). The breakfast was great if you are used to it, but we from Norway do not eat cookies to breakfast, yuk, thats to sweat in the morning.

      I reccomend this hotel, there is a lot strange places in New York, this place is good.

      Do not stay at Chelsea Inn


      Not much to say.. Noisy, small dirty rooms, obnoxious staff who are among the rudest people I've ever met (and by the way I am a New Yorker that went back to visit with friends) and most of all way too expensive for the what you get (nothing!).... word of mouth hurts small businesses like this, hopefully my word will have a great impact on this lousy inn....

      Getting past the odour


      My teenage daughter and I have really happy memories of staying at the Chelsea despite the number of problems that could have bothered more picky travellers. Having a fridge was extremely helpful. We adored finding all the Sex in the City thrift shops in the neighbourhood as well as the big market/emporium. There was a neighbourhood feel to the area and by the time we left I was on a chatting basis with a number of locals. Every ordinary thing you could need is a block or two away. I was able to walk all the way to Canal street and China Town in the dead of winter.The transport everywhere else is readily available.

      Rooms felt personal and were comfortable enough.

      The ones at the back are extremely quiet if the other hotel guests are, and look out into a leafy residential block.

      Somewhat uncomfortable about lack of security at night especially since the front door didn't close properly unless pulled but I was able to get the super after hours for a plumbing problem.

      Everyone from reception to cleaners were extremely nice to us and that counts for a lot when I'm travelling.

      Now, I don't think we would stay anywhere else.

      Just wish there was courtesy coffee in the room but going out for it meant that I got the paper anyway.

      Bad Smell, Bad SErvice, Bad Room.


      I chose this hotel because it fit my criteria of quaint, centrally

      located with a kitchenette. We arrived Satuday afternoon so excited to

      be in New York! My Daughter and I were immediatly assaulted by a

      horrible smell. I thought that it was cooking odors of foreign foods

      (surely not!). The smell was much worse in the hallway, but was bad in

      our rooms. Also the heat in the pipes kept making an awful racket and

      it was hot in the room. So, I turned off the steam heat, the racket

      picked up, but it wasn't sweltering. Since it was in January we

      couldn't just open our windows so We left immediatly and didn't want to

      return. When we did, after 12am, we brought a bunch of candles. The

      smell was in our room. My daughter wouldn't unpack because she didn't

      want the smell in her clothes. To top off our discomfort we shared our

      wall with the DISCO next door and went to sleep to heavy bass, etc. We

      went to sleep unhappy.The next moring I went to make coffee and

      realized the kitchenette was not outfitted with any utensils. Also,

      during the night I had dropped my pillow and then discovered it was

      soaking wet due to a leak in the steam heater. When I stepped on the

      floor it was soaked and some of our things were soaked. We packed and

      left.When I was going to the desk to ask to speak with a manager, there

      was nothing I could do, but call a number. I didn that and never heard

      from anyone. In fact, when I returned home I discovered that The

      Chelsea Inn was NoWhere on the internet and I couldn't give this feed

      back. I am not the first to complain, but I didn't value the others

      complaints and went forward foolishly. DONT DO THE SAME!

      Cheap but Smelly


      Stayed there Valentines 2004. Overpowering urine-like smell in hallways! Ick! Baths shared and not too well kept up. Rooms small but clean -- make sure to request one in the back - the disco next door makes a great deal of noise for guests in rooms over looking the street. Coupon good each morning for a delicious croissant at the nearby bakery. Provided us with a crib for $10 a night. No elevator, so you must carry your bags up rickety flights of stairs -- no help available. Our friends who stayed on the third floor were on their way home overseas with lots of bags and were greatly put out. Receptionists nice and helpful when possible. No staff on duty from 9 pm until 9 am.

      Located near the Village, Union Square, subway, pretty convenient.

      Not again


      My room was grimly dark, twin beds with mattresses that felt like sprung box springs, cold air leaking from window that couldn't be shut, steam heat from ancient radiator that began hammering at 5 a.m. And then there was the smell of old Chinese cooking wafting through the halls and the outside door that wouldn't stay shut. I moved to a more comfortable room and the Polish women were helpful on the desk. The $135 plus 13% tax seemed alot for these less than comfortable offerings.

      Comfy hotel in NYC


      I visit NYC 3-4 times a year. This little hotel is my home away from home. The kitchenettes are great, especially with the Union Square Farmer's Market a couple of blocks away. The hotel is unpretentious, clean, and seems to cater to a lot of European travellers. The staff is lovely.

      What a dump!


      This little Inn is next to a disco open untill 3:30 every night. The managers didn't seem to be aware of the noise. Also the paperthin walls didn't help. Rooms are small. We won't be back.



      This hotel is a great old-style townhouse right in the middle of the city. Very clean with excellent rooms. I would also recommend the Granville Restaurant which is nearby.

      TripAdvisor Reviews Chelsea Inn - 17th Street New York City

      3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

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