I've stayed at Chelsea Pines Inn perhaps 10 times over the past decade, with my most recent visit last month (June 2014). I always have an excellent stay at Chelsea Pines. It is in some ways similar to a bed and breakfast, which one does not expect to find in Manhattan. Firstly, an excellent breakfast spread is provided, including a home-baked specialty bread, croissants and bagels, fine cheese, fruit, and many more options. Coffee, tea, and a light snack are also available throughout the day in the breakfast/brunch area, which also includes a few tables in a courtyard behind the hotel. Breakfast is also a nice opportunity to socialize a bit with some of the other travelers staying there; or if one wishes, you can just relax over the New York Times or magazines that the hotel provides in the dining area.
I should also mention that the rooms are spotless, comfortable, well-laid-out, and of course nicely decorated with vintage movie posters, I also find the location is ideal--it's about 50 yards from the 14th street station of the 8th Avenue subway lines; from there, it's one or two express stops to midtown, and only a few stops in the opposite direction to lower Manhattan or to Brooklyn. Some days when I'm there, however, I don't take public transportation, as there are many interesting shops, art galleries, and music clubs (all types) within easy walking distance. It's also only a couple of blocks from Chelsea Market, the High Line Park, and the park area that runs along the Hudson River (very nice place for running or biking).
Everyone on the staff is helpful in a multitude of ways, from helping with one's luggage, to facilitating transportation to the airport, to restaurant and event recommendations. As someone who usually travels solo, I am especially appreciative of the genuine warmth and friendliness of the owner, Jay, and his staff--particularly on this last visit, Troy and Rumel.
I am already looking forward to my next visit to Chelsea Pines Inn.
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- New York City is one of the most interesting, exciting, and diverse cities in the world. There are hundreds of places to see live theater, shop for almost anything, eat food from almost anywhere, visit some of the world's best museums, see fabulous sights, or just have fun, and the newly renovated Chelsea Pines Inn puts you in the center of it all. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chelsea Pines Hotel New York City
- Hotel Chelsea Pines
- Chelsea Pine Inn