Chelsea is a midtown Manhattan neighborhood on the borough's west side. Since the early 1990s it has blossomed into a lively art mecca full of hip cafes, galleries and chic clubs. Despite Chelsea's trendiness, it is still quite possible to find affordable hotels. From quaint boutiques to larger chain hotels to historic abodes, Chelsea has plenty of lodging options to satisfy most tastes.
Chelsea is full of small but glamorous boutique hotels. One such hotel is the GEM Hotel, a bare-bones, partitioned townhouse that also includes a ground-floor gallery space. Other Chelsea boutique hotels include converted brownstones such as the blink-and-you'll-miss-it Chelsea Lodge and the Chelsea Pines Inn, a newly renovated spot that includes classic Hollywood images and bold colors.
If you want to stay amidst the artistic bustle of Chelsea but desire a slice of familiarity, visit one of Chelsea's two main chain hotels: the Four Points by Sheraton and the Hampton Inn. Although both hotels have locations worldwide, their Chelsea locations have more of a stark aesthetic to fit in with their surroundings. The Four Points has many exceptional amenities such as an exercise room, free wireless in the lobby and lounge, and an on-site Mexican restaurant, Las Chicas Locas, which is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight. The Hampton Inn also has some convenient amenities such as an on-site car rental desk and daily hot breakfasts in the lounge.
The Hotel Chelsea is fascinating and worth a visit, even if you don't stay there. Perhaps best known as the hotel where Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious stabbed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen to death, the Hotel Chelsea also includes a chaotic whirl of a lobby, full of art pieces painted and/or donated by the hotel's many famous guests. The Colonial House Inn is a converted brownstone that now contains a small guesthouse and art gallery. Primarily known as a gay/lesbian-friendly inn, the Colonial House provides affordable, cozy boarding to all.
Although most of the hotels in Chelsea are small and inexpensive by New York standards, the one main exception is the Maritime Hotel. With views of the Hudson River and ship-inspired aesthetics, the Maritime Hotel seamlessly builds on its past as the headquarters of the National Maritime Union. Seen on the HBO show "Bored to Death," the Maritime is fast becoming a New York icon.
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