My family and I stayed here for 5 days during Memorial Day weekend. The location can't be beat as it is in the heart of Manhattan and is only a 5-minute walk from Penn Station. The staff were all courteous, the common area was inviting and spacious, the rooms were clean and comfortable, and the complimentary wi-fi was ubiquitous and fast. The hotel is also really new as it's been in business for less than a year as of this writing.
Nitpicking a bit, I asked the front desk about borrowing a spare iPhone charger as my wife had forgotten to pack hers. Unfortunately the hotel wasn't able to help out, and the Verizon store across the street charges $30 for one. And when it rained a bit during one of the days of my stay, I realized the hotel didn't have umbrella for patrons to borrow.
While I understand the premium price for this hotel ($300 a night) stems from the location rather than the level of amenities, it was nevertheless a bit disappointing for me psychologically even though I acknowledge they were under no obligation to provide those things.
The reason I decided to stay in Manhattan as opposed to somewhere further out is that my parents are in their mid-60s and very novice travelers. Staying at this hotel allowed us to return to rest mid-day to recharge for going out again in the evening.
However, if I were just traveling with my wife, I would have elected to stay closer to the airport. The trade-off of enduring a 1-hour round trip to Manhattan everyday from a remote hotel location was a over $150 saving per night. Multiply that by five nights, and the overall savings would have been well worth the extra travel time.
For those who want to stay in Manhattan, however, it is very easy for me to recommendation this place because of how new and clean it is.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Courtyard by Marriott - Manhattan Chelsea is located within walking distance to Penn Station, Madison Square Garden and Herald Square. The hotel is Silver Leed Certified and is proud of the efforts to reduce it's carbon footprint. The hotel opened in December of 2013, and is unique in design. It features 273 guestrooms that include 17 suites. It features the Table 135 Restaurant for Breakfast and has a Fitness Center onsite. ... more less
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