Best hotels in Chelsea: Where to stay in the area

Hotels in Chelsea run the style gamut from cool minimalism to luxurious opulence—and there's no shortage of new spots to spend a memorable night.



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Currently undergoing renovation, the bohemian landmark Chelsea Hotel (officially named Hotel Chelsea) will eventually reopen under the auspices of King & Grove, and boutique accommodations in the neighborhood have multiplied in recent years. Among the best hotels in Chelsea are hipster crash pad Ace Hotel, surreal party base Dream Downtown, the minimalist Hôtel Americano and the elegant NoMad Hotel.

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Ace Hotel

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Bourgeois hipsters tired of crashing on couches will appreciate the New York outpost of the cool chainlet founded in Seattle by a pair of DJs. The music influence is clear: Many of the rooms in the 1904 building boast playful amenities like functioning turntables, stacks of vinyl and gleaming Gibson guitars. And while you’ll pay for the sprawling loft spaces, there are options for those on a lower budget. The respectable "medium" rooms are outfitted with vintage furniture and

  1. 20 W 29th St, (at Broadway), 10012
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Colonial House Inn

This beautifully renovated 1850s townhouse, on a quiet street in Chelsea, is run by (and primarily for) gay men. It's a great place to stay, even if some of the cheaper rooms are a bit snug. Highlights include fireplaces in some superior rooms and both of the new suites, and a roof deck for all where nude sunbathing is allowed. Rooms: 22.

  1. 318 W 22nd St, (between Eighth and Ninth Aves), 10011
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Dream Downtown

Be sure to pack your totem: Staying at the latest property from hotel wunderkind Vikram Chatwal may make you wonder if you’re in a dream within a Dream. The expansive, tree-shaded lobby, furnished with curvy, metallic-lizard banquettes, and presided over by a DJ nightly, provides an overhead view of swimmers doing laps in the glass-bottomed pool on the terrace above. Housed in the former annex of the New York Maritime Union (now the adjacent Maritime Hotel), the surreal

  1. 355 W 16th St, (between Eighth and Ninth Aves), 10011
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This modern 23-floor hotel takes a playful approach to interior design, planting unexpected features in the lobby—a large-scale reproduction of 19th-century British artist Thomas Benjamin Kennington's Autumn peeks out tantalizingly from behind velvet drapes, for instance. Managed by Kimpton, which is known for its informal, friendly ethos, flamboyant decor and nice perks like free evening wine and cheese gatherings, Eventi falls into the moderate price category, yet

  1. 851 Sixth Ave, (between 29th and 30th Sts), 10001
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Hôtel Americano

You won’t find any Talavera tiles in Grupo Habita’s first property outside Mexico. Mexican architect Enrique Norten’s sleek, mesh-encased structure stands alongside the High Line. The decor evokes classic midcentury American style, interpreted by a European (Colette designer Arnaud Montigny). The minimalist rooms have Japanese-style platform beds, iPads and, in one of several subtle nods to U.S. culture, super-soft denim bathrobes. After a day of gallery-hopping, get an

  1. 518 W 27th St, (between Tenth and Eleventh Aves), 10001
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The Inn on 23rd

This renovated 19th-century town house offers the charm of a traditional bed and breakfast with enhanced amenities (an elevator, pillowtop mattresses, private bathrooms, white-noise machines). Owners and innkeepers Annette and Barry Fisherman have styled each of the 14 bedrooms with a unique theme, such as Maritime, Bamboo and the 1940s. One of its best attributes is the "library," a cozy jumble of tables and chairs open 24/7 to guests for coffee and tea; there are also wine and

  1. 131 W 23rd St, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves), 10011
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Maritime Hotel

Steve Zissou would feel at home at this nautically themed hotel (the former HQ of the New York Maritime Union), which is outfitted with self-consciously hip details befitting a Wes Anderson film. Standard rooms are modeled on cruise cabins; lined with teak paneling and sporting a single porthole window, they’re small but well appointed (C.O. Bigelow products in the bathroom, a Kiki de Montparnasse ‘pleasure kit’ in the minibar, a well-curated DVD collection available by

  1. 363 W 16th St, (between Eighth and Ninth Aves), 10011
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The NoMad Hotel

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

A block south of hipster hub the Ace Hotel, the NoMad heralds what may finally emerge as a bona fide ’hood: North of Madison Square Park. The properties share a developer, and like the Ace, the NoMad is a self-contained microcosm encompassing destination dining—courtesy of Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, of Michelin-three-starred Eleven Madison Park—and the first stateside outpost of Parisian concept store Maison Kitsuné. Struck by the Haussmannesque facade of the 1903

  1. 1170 Broadway, (at 28th St), 10001
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