We first stayed at the Maritime when it first opened in 2003 because we wanted to be in the Meatpacking District and the hotel was offering discounted rates due to the fact that it had literally just opened. We have come back over the years because it is a quirky but consistently good experience in a neighborhood lacking good hotels. The service is friendly and efficient; the restaurants are solid (especially Matsuri); and it is still relatively inexpensive. A comparable room in midtown would be a $100 more, at least.
As others have noted, the hallways are on the dark side, but that is true of a lot of "hip" hotels. The difference here is that the staff doesn't have the indifference to guests that many other "hip" hotels often exhibit. I think the nautical themed rooms are a great design device. Manhattan hotel rooms are always small. At the Maritime they made the rooms like ship berths so the design complements the small size. Rather than cramped, they feel cozy. The giant porthole windows (which actually open!) accentuate this quality.
We look forward to coming back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel resembles white cruise ship with portholes overlooking Ninth Avenue - West Chelsea neighborhood - 4 blocks to Chelsea Piers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maritime Hotel New York City