The Annex at Chelsea is billed as “retro-motel style” accommodations. The Annex is basically the old Holiday Inn Boardwalk hotel. The Luxe Tower and other new construction of the Chelsea was built next to it in 2008. My girlfriend and I stayed at the old Holiday Inn back in August 2007 and had a pleasant experience. Since Expedia.com was having a sale on rooms, we decided to try out the Annex.
Check-in was reasonably fast. The check-in desk was backed up at the time we arrived, so a concierge offered to check us in over at his in at this desk. Overall, the entire hotel staff was very friendly and attentive.
In going up to the room in the Annex I was quickly reminded of the old Holiday Inn by the dated appearance of the elevator interior and hallways. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the condition of the room. We stayed in the Oasis room, which has a King size bed and balcony that overlooks the outdoor Spa pool. The room had a modern king size bed with high quality bedding, a flat panel TV, modern lighting fixtures, a clock radio with iPod dock, and a mini fridge. The bathroom was still the old original bathroom, but was in very good condition and spotless. The balcony doors were old and difficult to open. These old doors need to be replaced with modern doors that offer better soundproofing for which reason I will explain below.
Guests in the Annex have access to the same amenities as guests staying in the other part of the hotel. There is a coffee shop, Teplitzky's, that is on the ground floor of the Annex that despite the limited number of selections on the menu was great for breakfast and also for quick bite while on the way out to see a 9 pm. comedy show at The Borgata.
On the day that was sunny and warm, my lady and I decided to spend the day at the rooftop pool to get in some swimming time and to sunbathe. The pool was good (albeit not heated) but the lounge chairs and cabana service was exceptional. There a full service bar on the rooftop, in addition to private cabanas that are available to guests for a fee. At night, the rooftop becomes an open air nightclub called the Cabana Club, supposedly one of the hottest nightclubs in Atlantic City. We didn't go to Cabana Club, but were able to hear some of the music in our room. This is most likely due to the old balcony doors providing no help in keeping the sound out of the room. We were able to sleep despite the minor noise, but I would caution anyone who needs complete silence when sleeping from staying in an Oasis room.
The Chelsea has valet parking which is fast and priced reasonably at $10 per day.
Overall, we had a very good experience and would certainly consider coming back, especially if the rooms rates continue to remain competitive.
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