The favourable reviews which encouraged us to book at the Inn on 23rd were, for the most part, spot on. Once you get past the quaintness and uniqueness of a country-style inn on one of the busiest and noisiest streets in Manhattan, the most dominant impressions are those of attention to detail and cleanliness. The cleaning staff is exceptional, the hardwood floors are buffed to a high gloss and the ornate shower curtains were even taken out, replaced and dry-cleaned during our seven-day stay. Sure, there are some street people next door, outside the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic church, but this is, after all, New York. They have a right to this city just as much as visitors do. If you want a sanitized version of the world, go visit Disneyland. The Chelsea district offers a remarkable cross section of this multi-cultural city and is right in the thick of everything. Granted, 23rd Street is clamourous, with constant traffic most of the day and sirens through the night, but the white noise machine on the bedside table and our air conditioning system dampened most of the din. (Our "canopy bed room" faced directly on 23rd). What's more, our king-sized bed was so inviting and comfortable that we slept like babes. The library truly lived up to its name -- a welcomed retreat in which to rest, kick back, sample the honour bar, study and plan the next installment of our great New York adventure. If there is one slight quibble it's breakfast. Nothing remarkable, with the exception of the banana bread. The fruit salad was ordinary but the ingredients were always fresh and the orange juice was freshly squeezed, not prepared from concentrate. In this price range, you can't do much better -- and you can certainly do a lot worse -- elsewhere. Kudos to Annette and her staff for making the Inn on 23rd one of the reasons why New York, New York is a helluva town!
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- The Townhouse Inn of Chelsea is a unique bed and breakfast in one of the most dynamic and convenience neighborhoods in New York City. Walk to restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and sightseeing such as the Flatiron Building, the Empire State Building and The High Line. Fifth Avenue shopping, Grand Central Station, Times Square and the Theater District, Central Park, all are close at hand. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Inn On 23rd Hotel New York City
- Inn 23rd Street