We planned a 24 hour New York City adventure aiming to stay on a middle class budget while still comfortable for our lifestyle, (no hostels). Looking through TripAdvisor possibilities I was disappointed to find all hotels in the Theater District priced no less than $350 per night. Checking other neighborhoods in Manhattan, I noticed rates dropped quite a bit, that’s when I found the Hilton Garden Inn Chelsea.
My “Value” rating is 5 stars and I agree with most previous reviews while saving at least $100 per night. This $100 bought us two pastrami sandwiches from Katz’s Deli and a pizza after a play at John’s Pizza. There’s a full breakfast for $16.95 each or plenty of neighborhood restaurants, bakeries and fruit stands if you want to save a few bucks.
5 stars for the “Room” category for the larger than normal size and comfortable King Size bed. The bath included 4 large fluffy towels. The room also included a small refrigerator and microwave and two-cup coffee maker.
I rated the “Location” 4 stars instead of 5 due to transportation reasons but this isn’t a big deal. With that $100 savings we also bought a Transit Fun Day Pass on the subway for $8.25 each and rode the one stop to the Theater District. The next 3 trips on the Metro paid for the pass, making the stay at the Garden Inn Chelsea, even more a bargain. Nighttime saw the neighborhood appear on the “seedy” side, however, we never felt threatened.
“Cleanliness” was 5 stars for the room itself. After checking all bedding and dark corners for non existent bed bugs, the room, including a large bath with a marble counter top, was very clean. The lobby and elevator also rated 5 stars.
“Service” rates 5 stars from me as the staff saw my request for a higher, quieter room not facing the street and advised none were ready at 1:00pm when we arrived. Instead of just storing our bag until the room was ready they suggested we try a lower floor, (Room #203). If it wasn’t to our liking we should come back down and they would store our bag until we returned that evening. Room #203 was very comfortable and quiet.
“Sleep Quality” rated a solid 5. We never heard any street noise or hall/elevator noise despite being just steps from the elevator.
We really enjoyed staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Chelsea. However now that we’re familiar with the Metro our next visit will find us staying in another borough and saving even more with minimum location inconvenience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Delight in Hilton Garden Inn New York/Manhattan-Chelsea - a modern Madison Square Garden hotel. Perfectly located in the city's Flower and very chic Chelsea district, the hotel is in the heart of it all. Just south of Times Square and convenient to Penn Station, Grand Central Station and all subway lines, this charming Chelsea hotel is central to the wonders of the city. Less than 0.5 miles to Jacob Javits Center Four blocks to Macy's Seven different subway lines within a short walking distance Three blocks to Madison Square Garden. Connect in Business at this Madison Square Garden Hotel. Corporate travelers enjoy an easy walk to many businesses and area corporations: Jacob Javits Convention Center, Fashion Institute of Technology, Flat Iron Building, Macy's, Fisher Price, Cisco Systems. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Garden Inn New York - Chelsea Hotel New York City
- Chelsea Hilton Garden Inn
- Hilton New York City
- Hilton Garden Inn Chelsea
- New York City Hilton