The art-centric neighborhood of Chelsea in New York City offers plenty to see and do, including the top hotels in the neighborhood. Boasting themes from fashion to maritime history and features like destination rooftop bars and a glass-bottom pool, the best hotels in Chelsea – bookable with Culture Trip – are attractions in themselves.
Encompassing the Flower District and Fashion District and sitting on the border of the ultra-hip Meatpacking District, gallery-filled Chelsea is a major cultural hub in Manhattan. Its western edge has sweeping views of the Hudson River and beyond, and the neighborhood is brimming with equally impressive hotels. Here are our picks of the best boutique hotels in Chelsea.
Check into The Moore and choose a simply-styled room, where quality reigns supreme: from the Frette robes to the Maison Margiela toiletries. Plump for The Moore Suite and you can relax on a private terrace or in your private outdoor soaking hot tub. You’ll enjoy the locally-sourced coffee in the on-site cafe and the NYC views from the rooftop wine bar. Shake off any hangovers with breakfast in bed.
View the new west side of New York from the floor-to-ceiling windows in your room before stepping out to explore. Fitness lover? The Concierge Team can advise you on walking or jogging routes, or, back at the hotel, you can enjoy the 24/7 fitness center. Mix up your flavors by sampling Eastern Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at the Zou Zou’s restaurant and Japanese whisky on the rooftop. When Happy Hour calls, head to the Bar Pendry. Mornings are best spent sipping coffee in the Garden Room.
Dip in the rooftop pool, tuck into sushi and cocktails at the panoramic hanging garden lounge, take brunch at the chic American bistro and hit the coffee bar for a caffeine fix. There are plenty of spaces to relax around the hotel with uninterrupted city backdrops; some rooms also offer impressive views. In your room, expect L’Occitane en Provence toiletries, Good Nest Hub and a Marshalls Bluetooth sound system to stream your favorite tunes.
Recover from fast-paced NYC life in this rejuvenation-focussed Hudson Yards hotel, where rooms feature next-generation blackout blinds, sleep systems and wake-up stretch ritual streaming. Even your shower gels are infused with relaxing aromatic herbs – some grown on the High Line outside. You’ll enjoy the gym, spa offering refreshing therapies, and the outdoor Hudson River-view pool and terrace. The restaurant and rooftop terrace offer super-fresh food and incredible views. Don’t miss the impressive rooftop wire sculpture.
With its stylish porthole windows and dark wood decor – not to mention its trendy on-site restaurant, TAO Downtown – the Maritime Hotel epitomizes this fashionable neighborhood. Housed in the former home of the National Maritime Union, the hotel plays up its nautical history with Hudson River views and appropriately themed furnishings.
If the architecture of the Standard – a glass-and-concrete marvel perched on stilts – doesn’t dazzle you, its views from the rooms certainly will. Everyone has floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the Hudson River or the city, combined with equally impressive time-bending decor. Rooms are subtly designed, with wooden walls which curve to meet the ceiling, midcentury furnishings and a monochromatic color palette punctuated by earthy burnt-orange tones – at once vintage and futuristic. This hotel knows how to throw a party, and there’s in-house entertainment by the bucketload. You’ll find it at the Standard Biergarten, complete with beer steins and bratwurst and rooftop venue Le Bain, where there is a plunge pool on the dance floor, which stays busy until the wee hours.
The High Line Hotel feels like a New York secret, sitting incongruously in an area filled with sleek skyscrapers. The hotel is housed in a gothic-style red-brick seminary from the late 1800s and the hotel serves up lashings of old-world charm. Odes to its former owner – Clement Clarke Moore, author of Twas the Night Before Christmas (1823) – are scattered throughout, such as in-room novels and typewriters. The whole thing feels like a hotel-and-antiques emporium, although there are carefully selected modern touches among the vintage furniture, such as black lacquered doors. Visit the British-pub-style lobby bar for pre-dinner drinks, or nurse a few cocktails in the Parisian feel verdant courtyard.
From the moment you step foot into Kimpton Hotel Eventi you will arrive in the living-room-style lobby – occupying an entire city block – you are immersed in a futuristic world curated by the hotel. Here, you can enjoy complimentary use of iPads and MacBooks, while shared spaces entail a 15,000sqft (1,394sqm) plaza with a 30ft (9m) multimedia art screen. Cutting-edge technology is a permanent guest at this Chelsea hotel, from its state-of-the-art fitness center to its spacious screening room.
Cambria Hotel New York feels modern and sleek, with decor all about mahogany furnishings and leather touches. Equipped with a business center, gym and bistro, the hotel scores points for convenience and a lower-than-average price for Manhattan. However, the real reason to stay is the rooftop lounge and bar, which has killer views over the skyline – all the way to One World Trade Center – and serves New York-brewed craft beer. The rooftop bar is the perfect place to lounge with a sunset drink before exploring the city that never sleeps.
Part industrial building, part flower shop, Moxy fuses elements of the nearby Flower District with the architecture of the area. The result is a glass-cased hotel with a greenhouse vibe – filled with fresh greenery and flowers. Room interiors are fashionably pared back, with blonde wood, floor-to-ceiling windows and vintage factory-style furnishings. Comparatively, the public spaces – such as the conservatory and the Fleur Room, the perfect place for an after-dark cocktail – feel modernist and midcentury with geometric light fittings, brushed metal touches and contrasting textiles.