New York City’s art-centric Chelsea offers plenty to see and do, including the neighborhood’s top hotels. Boasting themes from fashion to maritime history and features like destination rooftop bars and a glass-floored pool, the best hotels in Chelsea are attractions in themselves.
The Maritime Hotel, Chelsea, New York | Courtesy of The Maritime Hotel / Hotels.com
With its stylish porthole windows and dark wood decor—not to mention its trendy on-site restaurants, Tao Downtown and La Sirena—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 elegant Hudson River views and maritime-themed furnishings.
Guests at this private-home-turned-hotel find themselves in good company – since it was built in the 1850s, the building has hosted everyone from Navy and Marine sailors back when Chelsea was a working port to the author H.P. Lovecraft. In fact, billing itself as an “urban bed and breakfast,” the Chelsea Pines Inn welcomes anyone looking for warm hospitality, complimentary homemade breakfasts, and amenities that help guests stay connected, such as free local calls.
For travelers with modern tastes, this sleek Chelsea property behind the Maritime Hotel is the stuff of dreams. The glass-floored pool, real sand beach, and subterranean speakeasy are just a few of the reasons to book a stay at the Dream Downtown. A 5,000-square-foot sun deck and 350-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens in every room further blur the line between day-to-day reality and living the dream.
Like the former elevated train track and current park, the Standard High Line boasts more than one identity. For some, the home of Le Bain, New York City’s most exclusive rooftop club, is a nightlife destination, while others regard it as a watering hole thanks to its ground-level German beer garden. The surest way to experience this hotel in allits glory is to take up residence in one of its rooms.
The High Line Hotel also gets its name from downtown Manhattan’s most popular park, though that’s where the similarities end. Each of this hotel’s 60 rooms are designed to “evoke a bygone era,” an aesthetic achieved by locally-sourced antique furniture, decorative fireplaces, and views of the High Line Hotel’s private park and courtyard. Other features honoring the circa 1895 building’s past include Western Electric rotary dial phones and vintage embossers in every room.
According to Hôtel Americano, its 56 rooms “inhabit one of the city’s last slices of cool authenticity.” To back up this bold claim, the boutique hotel features luxe in-room amenities, such as handmade denim bathrobes from Mexico, Japanese Imabari washcloths, and custom alpaca throw blankets. All this and more lies within New York-based Mexican architect Enrique Norten’s stainless steel mesh design, which is, admittedly, authentically cool.
Situated at the intersection of New York’s Fashion and Flower Districts, Hotel Hayden fits right in with its stylish neighbors. Formerly the Hotel Indigo, this chain hotel features custom color-block headboards, artwork, and marble spa-style bathrooms. In fact, the only thing more attractive than the rooms themselves is their price – starting at around $150, Hotel Hayden is Chelsea’s best budget stay.
From the moment you step foot into Kimpton Hotel Eventi’s living room-style lobby (occupying an entire city block!), travelers are immersed in a futuristic world curated by the hotel. Here, guests can enjoy complimentary use of iPads and MacBooks, while shared spaces entail a 15,000-square-foot plaza with a 30-foot multimedia art screen. From its state-of-the-art fitness center to its 1,000-square-foot screening room, cutting-edge technology is a permanent guest at this Chelsea hotel.
Popular with business travelers, Cambria Hotel New York provides priceless amenities at a low cost. Free Wi-Fi, a co-working space, a business center, and a boardroom ensure that professionals can stay productive during their stay. However, with its sweeping Manhattan views, Cambria’s rooftop bar is what the out of office message was made for.
Drawing inspiration from its surroundings in Chelsea’s Fashion District, the Hilton New York Fashion District puts style front and center. The 280 fashion-themed rooms here showcase custom pinstriped carpeting and upscale Frette linens. More than 22 floors above ground level, one of the city’s only year-round rooftop bars gets packed with the local fashion elite.