HC is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World which pretty much ensures that you will enjoy the extra quality and amenities that other hotels may not offer – such as exceptional towels and linens, bathrobes, designer bath products (Molton Brown), comfortable beds, nightly turndown service (complete with chocolates), complementary coffee in the lobby, free WIFI, mini bar/fridge (albeit rather expensive) etc. The staff are wonderful – courteous and friendly and the hotel overall is tasteful and comfortable.
We especially loved the location – just a few blocks from the Empire State Building. It is out of the madness of Times Square but within an easy (and safe) walk to most attractions. Close to Penn Station if you are arriving from Newark or travelling by train (easy walk - even at night), close to many coffee shops and restaurants, two convenience stores within a block (great if you want to avoid the rather pricy room amenities) steps away from the subway, and a (very) short stroll to Union Square, the flatiron district, Eataly, and Macy’s (just to name a few….).
Some of the rooms are very small so we asked to be moved to a higher floor and were pleased with the slightly bigger room and the additional light from the inside window (still no view). As other reviewers have noted – the higher the better….. The lifts can be a bit slow but the staircase is lovely and open, and this is in character with the hotel ambiance and it’s historical significance.
Would I stay again when visiting NYC? Hard to say – we certainly enjoyed our four nights at HC, loved the location and the quality amenities but the tiny rooms and the price (fair for Manhattan but no bargain) might keep me looking.....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set close to the Empire State Building, Madison Square Park, Penn Station and Times Square there is a secret, elegant and classical gem: Hotel Chandler. Hotel Chandler provides a timeless sense of luxury in its original 1905 architecture. Every guest is shown an intimate and personalized style of service, with quiet concern and pride. Located on 31st Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues with in a few minutes of all public transportation and all that New York City has to offer. Hotel Chandler is located in the heart of it all! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chandler Hotel New York City
- Hotel Chandler New York