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Historical Traveler Reviews Colonial House Inn New York City
Again - don't be worried by the negative comments here. My boyfriend and I stayed here for 5 nights at the beginning of April 2005 and we were both pleasantly surprised. Its not the Ritz but you won't be disappointed because the rates are very reasonable considering it is New York after all. We had a deluxe room with our own private bath which was super. I'm not so keen on the idea of the smaller rooms and shared baths but I guess it all depends on how busy the hotel is. Worth noting is that there was no air conditioning in our room so in summer it could get hot. The communal areas are clean and nicely decorated. There is always coffee and tea available in reception and a light contintental style breakfast each morning which is included in the room rate. This was perfect to simply get started each morning. What appealed to us most of all is the location. If you want to avoid the mainline new york tourist areas then this place is perfect. Situated mid-town, it is 1 minutes walk from the subway at West 23rd / 8th. This means you can easily travel to the upper and lower manhattan areas. But if you want to stay within the chelsea area for restaurants, bars and nightlife, then this is the perfect location. The staff are also very friendly as well as informative. Should we return to new york in the near future ... we will definitely stay here again.
Dont be worried by some of the negative comments here. When I stayed here last spring, they were in the midst of renovating the rooms, and the recently re-done deluxe room I stayed in was very nice, with duvets and a brand new bathroom. Yes, the rooms were getting a little run-down looking, since they hadn't been updated in a while. But I hear that even some of the economy and standard rooms have been done since last spring, though not all rooms have been renovated yet. Yes, the economy room is very small, but it's also an incredible bargain for New York, in a great location on a quiet street, close to the subway. There is a nice breakfast served every morning in the lobby, where I had nice chats with other visitors about what they had seen in the city. And the staff, especially Tony at the front desk during the day, is very friendly and helpful, with no New York attitude. They actually smile and answer your questions pleasantly. Because this isn't a huge place, it really has a friendly, low-key feel, like having your own NY apartment.
Simple, but nice
It's no luxury hotel, but it's simple, clean, pleasant and very well-located. The staff is friendly and helpful and the common areas (rooftop patio, lobby, bathrooms) are well-maintained. The rooms are tiny, it's true. We had an economy room and the room was barely bigger than the bed. But who comes to New York to hang out in their hotel room? The best part, of course, is it's so cheap compared to other hotels, especially considering the location. Don't arrive expecting the Ritz and you won't be disappointed.
This place is one of the best places I've stayed in ever compared to all the others. I found the location to be very safe and convinient. It isn't on a loud street like some other places I stayed in NY. I got a chance to stay in several types of their rooms and was impressed by the amenities, cleanliness, and general good looks. The second room I stayed in without a private bath had just been remodled and was even better in my opinion than the delux room. There was more space, and it had a great view of the church across the street.
we stayed at the colonial house inn in 2003 after seeing it on the internet. we chose a 'deluxe' room as the pictures looked ok and promised lots. the reality was very different. our 'deluxe' room was tiny, no proper storage just an open shelf with a hanging rail below. i suppose a door would have caused problems on a wardrobe due to the lack of space. the room was incredibly hot and impossible to reduce the temp. it was VERY cold outside but we had the window well open for 4 days. beds were ancient and very uncomfortable, carpet almost non exisitent although the bathroom was generally very clean and staff friendly. breakfast was ok for the US, muffins bread and fruit all self service. the colonial house inns only real saving grace was the location which was great for everywhere we wanted but you shold follow the advice of other reviewers and go somewhere else.
Still the Best
This gem of a hotel still shines bright in the heart of Chelsea. On a recent visit in June 2004 we were amazed that such a great place is even better than before.
They have redone several of the rooms with a new look but still offer the lowest rates in the city with the highest degree of service in a sparklingly clean guest house.
The huge european style breakfast buffet and clothing optional sun deck draw the most fans But, I personally like to curl up on the window seat in the quiet lobby or a chat with the 24 hour concierge or just to absorb the fantastic art work by owner Mel Cheren.
The only thing on the down side is that there are only 20 rooms. This is truly a place that more people should discover and revisit again and again.
A "deluxe" room? they've got to be kidding! The carpet was so dirty it had a film on it; the bed sagged three different ways; the room so tiny that we had to walk single file; cramped, ancient bathroon; stairs that look like a fire trap. Awful place; paid the two-night penalty and got the heck out of there. Go somewher else.
Great Place to stay
I grew up in New York and I and my partner have stayed in the Inn twice. We found the Inn to be very clean and the staff to be friendly and capable. The rates are very reasonable as well. I especially like it's central location. It's just around the corner from the 8th avenue subway which can take you just about anywhere in the city you want to go. It's minutes away from Greenwich village and the Theater district.
If you like staying in large hotels like the Marriott chain, this place is not for you, room sizes are small and some of the baths are shared.
We however highly recommend it and are planning our third stay there
Simply The Best
My boyfriend and I just returned from a visit to Colonial House Inn and I am happy to report that the entire 4 day stay was perfect. The place is immaculately clean, efficient and friendly. Best part of all is the low room rate which includes a huge breakfast. The gay friendly staff is super friendly and its comforting to know that the concierge is open 24 hours to cater to the slightest wishes. We will definitely return.
Well, the location's perfect, boys, but I don't think they've put a cent into this place since it opened in the 1980s (and I've stayed here before about seven years ago). Our fourth floor walkup room was so small that you had to crawl across the bed to open the window (it was beastly hot even though it was november (2002) and in the 50s outside). The maid didn't change the sheets for three days (out of four there) [they were marked in a way where we could tell], though she certainly managed to find her tip. The lampshade constantly fell off, the remote control didn't work, the bedspread (where not threadbare) was covered with holes, there was a big piece of duct tape stuck to the ceiling (oh the walls and ceiling are painted this really ugly shiny institutional off-green). The walls are so thin that we were grateful for the street traffic to mask the snoring of the man next to us. The communal bathroom never once had any soap n the institutional plastic soap dispenser, and the tub drained so slowly that the black ring around it was ever present. The green astroturf on the rooftop deck is a nice touch, though (that's, um, sarcasm). For not much more cash, you could stay somewhere in much better condition with a private bath. If you HAVE to stay in Chelsea, cough up the few extra dollars tor the Inn on 23rd St or Chelsea Savoy Hotel. The location, like I said, couldn't be better but the condition of Colonial House Inn is what gives gay hotels/establishments a bad name...... Never again!