The Maritime Hotel

Address: 363 West 16th Street, New York City, New York, 10011, United States | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located in the Chiba Station area of New York City, is near Chelsea Market, Eleni's Cookies, Stella, and Comix.
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          Historical Traveler Reviews Hakusen Ryokan Chiba

          Perfect location, great hotel


          We just returned from five nights at the Maritime and were highly impressed. There's very little attitude with the staff and the main floor/restaurants are certainly happening. The rooms are snug, but the attention to detail is apparent throughout -- from the quality of the toiletries, to the gorgeous shower tile, to the complimentary wifi service, the CD player, the DVD player with flat screen television, the many smart builtins, prompt housekeeping who address your requests, to the very thickness of the pads of writing paper in the room. Some caveats for some: it's on an avenue so if you're an early to bed, or a light sleeper, you may have a couple of rocky nights. One call to room service somehow funnelled us to the desk at La Bottega and they were being pummelled with a Saturday night crowd and rightly seemed a little overwhelmed to have to address a request for ice in the room (later room service requests were fine). As for that flight of stairs up, if you can't get your luggage up that flight, you either pack too heavily or you're too old to stay at this type of hotel. The location is absolutely perfect for anyone who belongs in Chelsea (gay, art gallery hoppers, etc.). For four of our nights, we found a ridiculously low rate which I imagine we'll never see again. Next time in town, we'll be staying at the Gansevoort to check it out as Maritime prices are now approaching theirs, but I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

          The new hot spot


          Great location, artisticly designed, great food, great location and gettin better by the minute, and supperior rooms. I recomend u go there (it's the new hot spot ).If you dont go then your missing out on a supperior experience in an extrordinarily new hotel with its own. I love it.


          Hip and Hot only if you say so!


          The draw here really is the newly hip restaurants off the lobby. The hotel itself leaves much to be desired. I enjoyed myself here only because of a discounted rate so another reviewer who compared it (negatively) to The Mercer or SoHo Grand is comparing 2 completely different price ranges. This is not, however, a 4-star hotel. The location is great with easy access to the Meat Packing District, the Village, Chelsea...but it's side street location is not ideal for doormen being there when you need them. (They're off getting taxis on 9th Avenue!). The rooms themselves are small but very nicely designed but the single biggest drawback are abysmally dark hallways and a similarly dark lobby. Not chic, just cheap and creepy.

          Very good hotel, great rooms, okay location, nice staff


          I have stayed that Maritime twice, and each time found it a great small hotel. The rooms are compact, but very well done. The porthole windows are cool and the wood paneling, TVs and baths are well fitted. The rooms are quite except for traffic noises early in the morning, especially with the window open.

          Although it has good subway access to Midtown (Broadway is particularly easy), the location is a bit out of the way for all but Chelsea. A popular gay bar is next door while the hotel lobby, bar and patio all are busy and fun for a drink. Several good restaurants and trendy shopping are nearby.

          The staff is very, pleasant, friendly and helpful. (Is this really in nyc?). They truly seem to care that the guests are happy and well taken care of, none of the attitude sometimes experienced at other NY boutique hotels.

          The first time the hotel offered a complimentary continental breakfast buffet, but now that they have finished the restaurant, the only morning coffee available is for sale in the restaurant or by room service. I would like to see a quick and free way to get a coffee in the morning, without a $6.00 room service charge.

          Overall, I like this hotel better and less expensive than the W Times Square or the Muse each of which I have recently stayed at.

          Good luck !



          Room is small but very well appointed -- flat screen tv, cd and dvd player. There is a long list of dvds that they will let you use for free. Also, free high speed wireless internet which works. Just reserve the wireless connector.

          Room has lots of built ins so it makes excellent use of space. Includes a small table and 2 upholstered chairs. The bed and pillows are excellent. Parking is across the street and reasonable for NY ($16 in early Nov). Subway station is at the corner. The biggest negative is the entry, which is up a flight of stairs.

          Do not recommend.


          I would not recommend the hotel. I usually stay at the Mercer or Soho Grand but because they were booked decided to try the Maritime. True, it's still being renovated, but I used to stay at the Mercer before it opened and had nothing close to this ratty of an experience: My room did not have a closet, the door handle fell off in my hand, there were unrepaired chunks out of the walls in the room (as if large furniture had banged into them) and in order to sit on the toilet you had to be practically sideways because it was so close to the sink (and I'm skinny). The hotel staff feels temporary and not connected to the brand. The doormen and such were eager and helpful but the desk staff and policies about buying everything you forget, and having no food, were disappointing.

          Nice Wood


          Yes, the restaurant is not finished yet, but this is New York and one is not short of restaurants.Excellent retro styling, although perhaps not everyone will "get it".I liked the room but I could have used a suite which are apparently not completed yet.I think it compares favourably to the Schrager hotels in NY and London and I like the neighbourhood. Perhaps it lacks some of the fun starck details like Sandersons elevators, or the Delano's curtains but it also lacks the dodgy plastic surgery crowd of the Royalton.Great lychee martinis.I would stay there again and it is cheap!

          Great Location


          Overall, its a hip little space with a very young vibe. Although the restaurant is still under construction, the space looks like it will be very interesting and a fantastic scene. The outdoor bar area is a nice place for a drink and a smoke. The maritime theme is a bit silly, but i guess a hotel needs a "concept" these days. We had a few issues with this place. The entrance on 16th street is a fairly serious flight of stairs. this is fine if you don't have a 50 pound bag, but i did. there are bellman to help you - but even they are struggling - trying to get everyone's bags up and down those stairs. its such an obviously bad idea - not sure why they dont find an alrenate way to get to the lobby.

          the lobby is so dark - as is the rest of the hotel - its stifling. the elevators don't always work and are a bit shabby. we had to take the stairs a few times. once, we couldn't exit the stairwell to get to the lobby - ended up lost down in the construction site of the restaurant.

          The Maritime doesn't get going until 3am - this is when our neighbors would return from a night out and start the party back in their room.

          we also had the pleasure of overhearing (it was unavoidable) a couple have a VERY good time down the hall. we could hear every flush of the neighboring toliets, and i am certain they could hear ours. the rooms are well designed to maximize space, sheets are nice, bathroom is fine.

          its small - but NYC hotel rooms are often small. minibar - i had some cashews that were absolutely stale - beware. the location is fantastic - bordering chelsea, the village and the meatpacking district.

          thankfully we had a decent rate.

          An alternative to the high rise bed factories


          I stayed for a Sunday and Monday night, we don't normally shell out for 4 star accommodation but in Manhatten I wanted to be sure I would be comfortable and feel safe, which I did. The hotel is very darkly decorated but it is themed - and it gave me the impression of being in a Submarine - which may not be very good if you are claustrophobic. The rooms were nicely decorated and the beds were comfy, I really liked the blue bathroom and the shower was great. Although the restaurants aren't open yet, you can tell they will be really trendy. The bar has a huge outdoor terrace and reminded me of being in a bar in Spain, as you don't usually find that much open-air seating in NYC. Drinks were fairly expensive, but I didn't mind - at least we were able to smoke a cigerette and have a drink at the same time! As we were in NYC to visit people at Soho House which is on 13th and 9th, it was a great location.

          If you want to spend all the time in Midtown though, this is probably not the best location.

          Rough seas for Maritime


          The Maritime bills itself as a 4-star hotel, but in reality it is a 2-star hotel striving to become a 4-star. Right now, it falls short.The hotel is located down the block from the 14th Street MTA stop and a short 15-minute walk to Greenwich Village. The entrance is under an unmarked marquee on West 16th Street at 9th Avenue. It is still being transformed from what appears to have been a youth hostel and has yet to completely shed such an ambience. The lobby is sparsely appointed and dimly lit; the tile floor and the elevators are in need of a thorough polishing and detailing.The restaurants are still under construction. The management presented us with a nice bottle of wine and a note thanking us for our patience and consideration during the construction.The hallways on the guest floors are painted a very dark blue, and the lighting is very dim, making the place very dark and very eerie. It was difficult to read the room numbers on the doors, and persons with poor eyesight will have a hard time navigating the hallway.We checked in and were assigned a room on the second floor that did not have any towel racks, a closet, or even hooks on which to hang clothing. We were told this was an ADA room (reserved for persons with disabilities), but were hard pressed to understand (A) why we were assigned an ADA room, and (B) how not having basic amenities constitutes an ADA room. We were quickly reassigned to the room next door, in which the air conditioning did not work properly, so we moved again to the 4th floor.The rooms are small, about the size of an average cruise ship cabin, but furnished to maximize the available space. The closets, desks, and shelving around the queen-sized bed are all teak; the ceiling is painted high gloss white, and has a curved edge. The dark blue curtains block out the light, and the soundproofing is excellent.There are built-in glass shelves around the headboard, and every light switch has a dimmer, including the lights in the bathroom! (Finally, you dont have to be blinded when you use the bathroom in the middle of the night!) The closet is a good size and contains a stocked refrigerator, bar, and safe. Cordless phones are on the desk and at the bed. The television is Sharp 15 flat screen model, and has connected to it a DVD player and stereo speakers; the hotel offers a list of mostly old movies on DVD available at no charge. The beds headboard is a deep blue butterfly fabric, which we suggest should be changed to something more nautical in keeping with the Maritime theme.The bathroom is done in a light marble. The shower is an open modern design -- no shower curtain or door, just a clear glass panel separating half the shower and the sink. Unfortunately, the glass was not properly sealed and the entire bathroom floor was soaked whenever we showered. The showerhead is a modern/retro rain shower type and very refreshing. The hotels choice of soaps and shampoos is outstanding. There is no exhaust fan in the bathroom, so the humidity level in the room will rise. And with the inadequate air conditioning system (even in the third room we stayed), any clothes hanging out will not dry.The focal point of each room is the large (36-inch) round portal window that opens about 4-6 inches. Every room faces west (9th Avenue) and overlooks the patio.The hotel provides a continental breakfast served in the lobby each morning: croissants, bagels, and hardboiled eggs, coffee, tea, orange juice, and a complimentary copy of the New York Daily News.The front desk staffs knowledge of the area and the hotel are inconsistent. They could not change a $5 bill, and did not know that liquor stores in New York are not open on Sundays. Most were unsure of restaurant recommendations, and one or two were rather surly.Our recommendation is that you should not expect four-star treatment from this hotel, at least not yet. Perhaps after the restaurants open and the staff becomes more seasoned, the Maritime will show signs of four-stardom. But for the price we paid and the service we received, we would probably not stay there again.

          TripAdvisor Reviews Hakusen Ryokan Chiba

          4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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