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The best hotels in Chelsea

Put yourself right in the action of several hot New York ‘hoods when you stay at the best hotels in Chelsea, NYC

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If you want to be beside countless fantastic Manhattan neighborhoods, then you need to stay at one of the best hotels in Chelsea. Like most other New York 'hoods, Chelsea was once industrial and more than a little rough around the edges (aren't we all?). Then came the galleries and the gay scene to the rescue, followed by the elevated High Line.

Now the buzzy area is packed with nightlife, tourists, shopping, and art galore. And don’t forget to sample some (or several) of the best Chelsea restaurants while you're exploring. Food is, after all, the way to many of our hearts. Plus it’s within walking distance of the clubby Meatpacking District, charming West Village, bustle of Midtown, and at the heart of all the Chelsea girls. From the height of luxury to unique boutiques and intimate charmers, there's something for everyone amid the best hotels in Chelsea. Luckily for you, we've done our research and come up with the top trumps for you to pick from, you know, to make your life easier. 

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every hotel featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

Best hotels in Chelsea

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Perched above the High Line on concrete pillars, The Standard’s super modern rooms flood with light from the wall-to-wall windows, which also ensure stunning views of the city and the Hudson River. If you're an exhibitionist, you'll be thrilled to know these windows also allow outsiders a look in, and if not, be sure to request a higher floor. This is easily one of the trendiest hotels in NYC, with plenty of nightlife nearby (it is Chelsea after all) and inside – dine at the hotel’s Standard Grill and imbibe at the outdoor Biergarten. Play naughty at the clubby rooftop Le Bain, or drink in the exclusive views at Top of the Standard. There's a 24-hour front desk and room service too, so you needn't worry about getting back late.

Mood? Views on views.
Location perks? Did we mention the views?
Budget range? On the pricier side.

2. Renaissance Chelsea Hotel

A boutique beauty, the Renaissance Chelsea hotel is a four-star slice of luxury. Right by the Chelsea Flower District and near attractions like Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building, the Renaissance Hotel is fab for those exploring Chelsea, or New York for the first time. There are various rooms to choose from, such as the standard guest room or the city view king, if you wanna experience being amongst the tall boys. Each room is stylish, yet functional, ideal for resting after a busy day tripping around.  

Mood? Renaissance dreaming.
Location perks? Views of the Empire State from your room (potentially).
Budget range? Surprisingly affordable. 

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3. Moxy NYC Chelsea

Along with the cool name, Moxy is the real deal when it comes to stylish and convenient travel. Rooms are spacious, boasting insane views of Manhattan's skyline and have a modern retro vibe interiors that tend to attract young professionals looking for a hip place to crash while scouring Midtown for the best bars, coffee shops and pizza joints in Manhattan. Then again, you needn't actually leave the hotel to find a hangout-worthy spot for your NYC adventures - the Lobby Bar on the second floor does the trick with its killer cocktails and playful atmosphere. For the real wow factor, head up to The Fleur Room rooftop lounge for good vibes and juicy panoramas.

Mood? Modern, industrial and eclectic.
Location perks? Wall-to-wall windows for magnificent skyline views.
Budget range? Relatively affordable when you book ahead of time. 

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From the nautical-themed Maritime’s porthole windows, guests can gaze out onto the High Line, the Rubin Museum of Art and Chelsea Market – or out into the Hudson, in true boating style. The glamorous hotel was once home to the National Maritime Union. Now there are waterfall showers in green-tiled bathrooms and wood-paneled walls. Location-wise, you're within stumbling distance of excellent nightlife, a load of 9th Avenue subway stations, and The High Line is also a short walk. But with the adjoining Catch Steak restaurant and the flashy Pan-Asian eatery Tao Downtown in the basement, you don't need to step outside the hotel for a primo bite to eat.

Mood? Dreamy decor.
Location perks? Walking distance to Chelsea Market.
Budget range? Affordable on most budgets for two.

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5. The Hotel Chelsea

Very few hotels can boast their own Wikipedia page – very few, for that matter, deserve or need one. But The Chelsea Hotel (in case you didn’t know) has an illustrious rock-n-roll-meets-arts history that features luminaries including Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix… the list just goes on and on. All that, of course, is a big draw. But it’s also oh-so-worth going to in its own right. Victoriana gothic combines with deshabille glamour (velvet, carved wood, really nice set of stairs) to make this a contemporary hotel that still rivals the best.

Mood? Iconic.
Location perks? A pleasant stroll to Greenwich Village is waiting for you.
Budget range? From high to low and back again.

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A few blocks from Penn Station, Kimpton Hotel's Eventi lends a spot of elegance to a bleak stretch of discount shops and wholesale vendors. It’s incredibly easy to get around the city from here, but you’ll want to make time for lounging in lush Frette linens in the hotel’s spacious rooms, gazing out of floor-to-ceiling windows, and sipping cocktails at one of the chic lobby restaurants. Not to mention the spa, offering both in-room treatments and a full-service in-house – the perfect wind-down after a session at the 24-hour fitness center. The Eventi also pays homage to the thriving Chelsea Arts District with a regularly changing collection of contemporary art.

Mood? Boutique chic.
Location perks? 28 Street subway station is a three-minute walk away. 
Budget range? Great value. 

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This arty luxury hotel’s rooms are stocked with a great minibar selection, blackout shades and sleek mid-mod styling. In the warmer months, head to the 14th floor to lounge on one of two outdoor decks and take a dip in the pool (which is heated in winter). Feast on modern South American fare at in-house restaurant HOWM (pronounced home). It’s easy to get to the Javits Center or the long-running immersive theatre experience Sleep No More at the nearby McKittrick Hotel. Here, you're a mere stroll from Chelsea Market and Penn Station, while Times Square is a cool mile and a half away. 

Mood? Bright and modern. 
Location perks? Walking distance from Chelsea Market.
Budget range? Surprisingly cheap. 

8. Motto by Hilton

This towering hotel is a monument to a very particular kind of unfussy, utterly dust-less urban chic. If you find ‘stuff’ stresses you out, the stripped-back, geometric-worshiping aesthetic of Motto by Hilton could be right up your street. The rooms have a slightly nautical, no-nonsense style to them (although they’re way more luxurious than they look). Things get far more adventurous in the shared areas of the hotel where a reimagined Art Deco-slash-Art Nouveau fashion comes into play. Close the night with signature cocktails at Lulla’s, the hotel’s Italianate bar and restaurant.

Mood? High-shine urbanity.
Location perks? Head out to Chelsea Market for gourmet wonders.
Budget range? Hilton-y prices.

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Are we in the future or are we in Chelsea? It’s hard to tell in the uber modern Dream Downtown, located directly behind the Maritime Hotel on the border of the Meatpacking District. The pool’s glass floor looks down into the lobby. There’s a 24-hour gym, hair salon, art exhibition space, two restaurants and a rooftop lounge where you can dance the night away before collapsing into 350-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens. Ridiculous, amazing. Hard to consider even leaving the place, but if you do, you'll realize New York's heart is merely a mile away.

Mood? Dripping in luxury. 
Location perks? Super central.
Budget range? Very well priced.

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Welcome to the Ace Hotel, an international hipster Mecca. The lobby is the place to work on your laptop during the day or dance to whichever DJ is spinning at night. Don’t miss the turkey club at The Lobby Bar or the cold brew at Stumptown. The rooms feature work by more than 70 local artists, and some come with turntables and guitars. It's just a 10-minute walk to Madison Square Garden and the front desk is open 24 hours a day. They don't call it the city that never sleeps for nothing.

Mood? Contemporary style.
Location perks? Easy walking distance to Madison Square Garden. 
Budget range? Mid-range and so worth it. 

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11. Chelsea Pines Inn

Okay, so, as far as hotel stays go, we consider this one more of a fixer-upper. Don't get us wrong, it's certainly a cut above the bog-standard inn, but it's no Four Seasons. Featuring clean and inviting interiors and decent-size rooms, Chelsea Pines Inn is a quiet refuge with playful nods to classic Hollywood, all topped off by a charming private garden terrace where you can kick back and enjoy the sun for a few hours. 

Mood? Home-from-home.
Location perks? Just on the border of Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking District. if you like a cozy laid-back vibe, you'll love this place. 
Budget range? Cheaper than most. 

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