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Rating: 3.95

Address: 318 W 20th St, New York, NY, 10011

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    Comments (19):

    1. Brye L.
    The staff seems a little creepy...however the closets (read..rooms) are clean.  My friend and I shared a room the size of my closet....it was humid because the shower was in the room, while the bathroom was outside in the hall.  I do love the location, however I think that money could be more well spent on an actuall room sized room w/ a bathroom in it.

    07/01/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    2. Cha-cha C.
    We stayed here for just one night and it was fantastic!  Seriously folks, how can you bitch about this place?  Its totally affordable considering it's New York and its CLEAN.  The best thing is that it is tucked away in the heart of Chelsea, among residents.  The hubby and I hate tourists.  We hate them at home in LA and even though we ARE tourists in NY, we try to disguise that fact simply because tourists are FUCKING ANNOYING.  Staying at the Chelsea Lodge, we got to feel the neighborhood vibe without anyone even knowing we were from LA.  That is, until the hubby stopped a dude on a street corner and exclaimed "I cant believe how you people live in such HUGE buildings - these buildings are HUGE!!"  Cover blown.  Anyway, the lodge is close to everything you need - great restaurants, bars, that bitchin' food market on 18th - its ALL good.  Yes the rooms are tiny.  We actually stayed in one of the suites, which was indeed very small but had its own bathroom.  But it was totally well-kept, clean and very comfortable.  Close to the subways. Again - GREAT prices here.  The gentleman who checked us in was very nice.  As we came in and out throughout the day, we encountered another gentleman who also was totally nice and friendly.  They even let us keep our luggage there the next day after checkout.  Staying there was a great way to experience this lovely part of NY.  My husband plans on staying there from now on when he goes to NY on business.  No need to stay at some cheesy, budget hotel when you can be comfortable at the Chelsea Lodge for less $$.  SO GLAD we found this place on yelp!

    06/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. Tina H.
    I stay at the Chelsea Lodge when I am in NYC for work.  It reminds me a bit of a large B&B without the breakfast.  The building is a brick row house without any indication on the outside that it's a hotel - so write down the address.  

    The rooms are small but adequate and clean, recently remodeled in a faux-country style - which is cute but a bit strange in NYC.  Each room includes a double bed, a window (that opens!), free internet access, a sink and shower, a small closet, and a nightstand/table.  The toilet is in the hallway, maybe three per floor?  There isn't an elevator in the lodge, so if you are handicapped or can't do stairs, make sure to request one of the rooms on the first floor - they're louder and all share one small toilet, but accessible.

    Easy walk to subways, restaurants, bars, little corner markets.  By far the most affordable place I've found in NYC.

    23/05/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Lily C.
    It's clean, it's affordable, it's simple.  I stayed here by myself for 5 nights, and it was perfect.  The toilet was down the hall, and I never had to wait for my turn.  The other guests kept the public bathroom clean.  The room is definitely small, but I was only there to sleep, shower, and plan my next day's adventures.   Also consider I didn't have another person in the room cramping my space.  The ceiling fan and a/c unit kept the humidity away, especially when I took my hot showers.  The staff members are helpful without the I-live-for-customer-service enthusiasm.

    The location in Chelsea is ideal.  Near bars (gay and straight), good restaurants, a bagel shop (Murray's), Pinkberry and Tasti D-Lite frozen yogurt shops, Whole Foods Market, Chelsea Market.   You're 3 short blocks from the subway.  

    This place isn't for everyone.   You can stay at a generic chain like the Marriott or a cute little place like the Chelsea Lodge.

    21/06/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    5. Magnus B.
    Great value.

    The rooms ARE small, and the toilet IS in the corridor, the shower IS in the bedroom.. It's more like a large B&B than a hotel, I guess. But for the price and the location it's a really great deal.

    Easy to find, easy walking distance from the subway. We arrived around 10 pm, and the walk down from Penn station seemed safe - lots of nightlife, bustling people etc.

    02/10/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    6. Kathy L.
    A cute little place, very convenient to the subways and near to the High Line.  My room had its on shower and sink, bathroom was down the hall.  A safe area with lots of restaurants close by.  If I need to come down to the city again, I would definitely stay here.

    07/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. Kerri C.
    Cute place, but it was freezing. They gave us a space heater that didn't do anything. Ultimately we checked out and went to the Waldorf Astoria. A lot more expensive, but worth it to be treated like a valuable guest instead of an annoyance. Totally disappointing to have to find a new hotel mid-trip, and the guy at the front desk was difficult and insulting to my husband. I really, really wanted to like this place, but I have to give it this low rating due to the inability to make rooms comfortable for guests and unwillingness to even be polite about it.

    30/03/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    8. Marja M.
    Pros:
    1. Location
    2. Cost
    3. Shampoo and soap provided
    4. Nice staff
    5. Church bells on Sunday morning

    Cons:
    1. No toilet (never had to wait to use hallway WC; once, the toilet was overflowing)
    2. Bad ventilation (I've been sick for over a week now)
    3. No hairdryer
    4. No phone in room (there's a pay phone in the lobby, and the staff will take messages and put them in your cubby on the wall-very Gunsmoke!)
    5. Twin bed (website indicated full-size bed in all rooms, and I did see one in an open doorway)
    6. Tiny, sliver-sized closet with a really high rod that I could barely reach, wedged next to the shower, and behind the sink. Difficult to reach.
    7. No mirrors in WCs
    8. 1st floor WC is so tiny that there's no sink, just a wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispenser. I felt like a guy in an outhouse! Kind of liberating but kind of weird.
    9. No elevators for 2nd and 3rd floors.
    10. Hearing woman down the hall in throes of some sort of pleasure. Not just once, but twice in one evening!! This could be considered a "pro" for some readers.
    11. Inconsistent water temperature in shower. Very. Plus, where the knob was placed, I kept knocking it with my body as I showered, further shifting the water temperature.
    12. Light switches on timer in WCs. Not really a con, per se, as I did enjoy the challenge of guessing on my length of stay each time. But, not really a "pro" either.

    Would I go here again? No. But, I'm sure this is perfect for folks on an uber-tight budget.

    06/01/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    9. Jean K.
    This place is great value for money.  And I don't mean that in a bad way like Motel 8.  This is a charming little b&b like hotel - like a European family run hotel or pensione.

    The rooms are small but fitted with sink, shower, and flat screen tv as well as closet and a/c.  The bathroom is down the hall unless you splurge on a suite.  They provide you with all the necessities you expect in a hotel and come and clean your room every day.

    The hotel is located in a historic brownstone and the decor has been restored to match the period look.

    Staff was very helpful with holding bags and local advice.

    You really cannot beat the price for NYC unless you stay in a hostel.  An upgrade to a Hyatt type room in NYC will set you back about $200 (minimum) compared to $130 for this place.

    It's also in a great location within walking distance (for those who walk) to the west village, greenwich village, etc.  Or you can take the handy subway just minutes away to wherever you want.

    I would definitely come back and stay here again.

    02/10/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Chris R.
    You can't beat this place for the price! It was the most affordable lodging we could find in Chelsea. It was quaint, charmingly decorated and located exactly where we wanted to be in Manhattan. The staff was friendly, the rooms were clean, simple and comfortable. I would definitely stay here again!

    18/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Holly G.
    Clean, non-corporate, friendly, and the price can't be beat. Tiny but comfortable. Ample bathrooms down the hall and great neighborhood.

    22/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    12. Stella M.
    Great place for a lower price.  The ONLY thing lacking in our suite was feather pillows, which I requested, but they didn't have.

    Next time, I'll bring my own.  

    Room was clean.  Would prefer they tossed the bedspread.  Bathroom in the room, very nice, clean...good shower and the kitchenette was wonderful for morning tea.

    Thank you Chelsea Lodge!!

    07/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. Leah A.
    I have stayed here twice- each time for 4 nights. So- the room is small- big deal. Shower in room? Plus! I have stayed at other hotels where the shower and toilet are down the hall, and had to wait to use both :( Not so at the Chelsea Lodge! Walking distance to everything, and super cute and charming. I will always stay here when in NYC!

    02/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Gary K.
    Not impressed at all with this hotel.  Staff was not very friendly ( par for New York, I guess )  The hotel is very old and not maintained very well.  The bed was hard and uncomfortable.  The shower was super cramped.  I was thinking it might be more quiet and peaceful being in a brownstone.  It was noisy and a lot of loud people.  Just not a good experience for $200 a night.  Now I'm in Washington DC at the Carlyle Hotel and it is heaven !!!!  The place is clean comfortable and everything a hotel should be and more !!  I guess you have to experience something like the Chelsea Lodge and all the crap of New York to appreciate how nice you have it at home, or how perfect other hotels can be.  I'm glad to be out of New York.  Lots of garbage and lots of garbage people.

    23/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    15. Larry E.
    Five stars because I got exactly what I was expecting, based on the website and Yelp reviews. Yes, the rooms are small, and yes the bed was a little hard. And yes the staff was friendly and helpful, the location excellent. Free wifi. Never had to wait for bathroom down the hall. Bedroom window opened for fresh air, which I appreciated.

    I was arriving in town after dinner, and leaving late the next day.  I needed only a crash pad. For that, Chelsea Lodge was perfect. Not sure I'd stay there for four or five nights, due to bed & room size - but I might - it's a good deal.

    Don't complain about the size of the room, when all available information informs you what you'll get.

    15/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. Danielle S.
    I've stayed in on a couple of trips to NYC. I'm a "budget" traveller in that I'm only looking for the basic amenities in a place to stay, and spending my money on other things, like fun & joy.

    NYC is a pricey city regardless of where you stay and I think it's hard to feel like you've got a bargain. That being said, Chelsea lodge is most definitely on the lower end of the NYC price scale, and it offers really excellent value for money.

    Firstly, it's in an amazing area. Lots of things to see and do within walking distance and great transport options, too.

    It's in a lovely NYC style brownstone, so you feel like you're experiencing the real city, rather than a soulless hotel which could be anywhere in the world.

    The proprietors are fine - very helpful, and always available should you need them, but not overly friendly. Definitely suited me, I'm not a fan of over the top friendliness anyway, unless it's truly meant.

    The rooms are SMALL. The beds are small! But they are completely functional, very clean and super cute. I think I'd prefer it if the shower wasn't in the room (& you wouldn't want to share with someone you weren't truly comfortable with!).

    The bathrooms are kept clean and well stocked - and both times I stayed there, I never had to wait to use one.

    The walls are a little thin, so it can be noisy, but nothing to cause overdue concern unless you are an extremely light sleeper (take earplugs!)

    Book early - this place is popular.

    Know what you're going in for, don't expect the earth, and I think you'll be very happy with your little corner of NYC.

    10/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Lynne C.
    Perfect place for short budget  trip to the city.  Even with the toilet being down the hall we never had to wait.  It was clean, small but we knew that going in.  Perfect location- lots of restaurants nearby and subway stops are close.  It felt like we experienced how locals live.  Highly recommend it- would have given 5 stars but I realize some would be turned off by the toilet down the hall.

    10/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    18. Lex M.
    I was so excited to book two nights at the Chelsea Lodge for a grand total of $370. Even though I had never stayed here before, I was thrilled to find such a great deal in a safe and lively part of the city.

    The Chelsea Lodge is located in a cozy, brownstone lined street in the heart of Chelsea. It's a hop, skip and a jump away from the bars, cafes and shops along 8th avenue, yet it also has a calm and peaceful ambiance since it's on a residential block. The hotel itself has an old-fashioned feel to it since there are no elevators and the décor is...well....noteworthy. My room had turquoise walls, six wooden-framed paintings of country-side homes and a dark blue and white bedspread. I wouldn't call it attractive necessarily, but it had its own charm.

    Although rather small, the room was clean. The shower tiles were sparkly white and painted with paisley flowers, the sink was spotless, and the sheets smelled fresh and looked laundered. The bedspread had a few stains on it, but I swiftly stuck it in the mini side-closet and pretended it wasn't there. The only downside was that there's a shared bathroom in the hall, but I knew that before I booked the room and the shared bathroom is kept clean, so it wasn't that big of a deal.

    I would've given this place four stars, but on my last morning when I was taking a shower, some guy pounded on my door and started yelling at me about the shower in Spanish. I'm pretty sure it was the guy in the room next door and I think he was telling me that it was too early to shower since he could hear the water running (prince charming needed his beauty sleep, after all) but I just told him "no hablo espanol" and went about my business.

    Aside from that one experience, I did enjoy my stay here. The staff is friendly and willing to hold your bags before check-in time, the rooms are cute, clean and functional, and the hotel has a great location at an affordable price. I'd recommend it to solo travelers, anyone who wants to visit the city on a budget, and people who want a more local, non-corporate experience.

    09/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    19. Keisha D.
    Place is charming, clean and convenient ...more then anything it was the right price.
    If your big and tall it will be a little awkward the hallways are super narrow some of the bathrooms ( which you share on each floor) are very tiny! The shower was almost impossible to shave your legs in and I was very thankful I take yoga lol but this is to be expected when staying in NY city.
    The place was clean and well kept. Next to the subway and tons of great eating.
    My chief reason for docking it a star was the mattress was very poor quality. I woke up stiff as a board each morning with my shoulders and neck all out of whack. But seriously other then that I can't complain and like I said the price went right along with what we got I mean 165 a night (tax included) was unbeatable. If we came to stay in NY city again for just a few days we'd stay here again.

    05/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0