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Chelsea Pines Inn in New York, NY

Chelsea Pines Inn in New York, NY

Specialties

Chelsea Pines Inn is an urban bed-and-breakfast located in a five story walk-up row house that was built as a private home in the 1850's.  In the 1980's, the building was transformed into a charming gay owned and operated hotel, where everyone has always been welcome.
All guest rooms and common areas are decorated with original film posters from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Unique stores, galleries, restaurants, and clubs are within walking distance, and the world's largest mass transit system is just a few steps away, so you can get anywhere in the city quickly and economically.
Rates include continental breakfast, complimentary WiFi and local telephone calls.

History

Established in 1985.

Originally built as a private home back when 14th Street was the northern end of the city, our building has gone through many exciting changes over the years.  As the City grew around us it became a fashionable rooming house.  Eventually 317 West Fourteenth Street was home base to sailors in the Navy and Merchant Marine during the early 20th century, when this area was a working port.  In 1983 the late Sheldon Post and his lover Jay Lesiger purchased the building and created Chelsea Pines Inn.  

Today, Chelsea Pines Inn features unique rooms, each one dedicated to a "Celluloid Hero" from the Golden Age of Hollywood.  Our rooms feature 300 thread-count luxury linens and Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities.  Jay continues to operate the inn, along with his friend, General Manager Al Ridolfo, and Jay's spouse, Sales & Marketing Director Tom Klebba.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.56

Address: 317 W 14th St, New York, NY, 10014
  • Mon: Open 24 hours
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Comments (43):

1. Laura G.
Such a cute and charming Inn full of character!  Very accommodating staff, classy and comfortable rooms, great kitchen area and breakfast patio (including an outdoor smoking area), cookie and candy jars, awesome location, and very reasonable prices make this place easy to recommend.

07/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Chris F.
Great price for a prime location and very good service.   The rooms were a decent size, a queen bed, a chair, a dresser, a closet and a bathroom.  The bathrooms were just remodeled, so they look nice.  The rooms were all decorated with movie stars, giving this place some character.  

They served breakfast, but we never got a chance to try it because we were saving room for all the great food in NYC.  

The receptionist was not really friendly when we checked in, but after a 6 hour red-eye flight, we weren't in the best mood either.  The staff always greeted us with a friendly smile and helped us find places when we went out.

We met the owner on the last day and he helped us order a car service to go to the airport.  

There are no elevators, however they did offer to carry our bags up to our room.  Our room was facing the street and it was a bit noisy, but not terrible.  

Next time I go back to NYC I will stay here again.

18/06/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. David M.
Mixed reactions on this place.   Stayed here recently on a quick biz trip to NYC ... the price is right and the location amazing.   Rooms were tiny and a little dated with homespun movie poster artwork.  Service was efficient but not exactly outgoing.  Breakfast (included) was ho-hum.   Mixed bag of traveling families and European tourists staying there, and the place does extensive advertising to gay travelers.   Room window a/c units were challenged, but extreme sweltering temperatures were prevalent in the city.   Overall, not luxe by any stretch of the imagination, but a good buy with an excellent location.  I may try it again for the location alone!

02/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. jeanne b.
The Chelsea Pines is my very favorite place to stay while visiting NYC.  Although the location, comfort and details (beds, sheets, towels, lighting, decor) are exceptional, the real value of the Pines is in the terrific people who staff the place with warmth, friendly and humorous attitude and a thorough knowledge of the city.  If you know NYC, you'll be happy at the Pines, and if you are new to NYC, you'll get to know it at the Pines in a very comfortable manner.  Plus, the location is ideal for exploring the city with ease!

30/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Aaron B.
Tiny cozy rooms.  Very friendly staff.  Looks like it had a recent makeover. It is a great choice for travelers.  Great location.  Also an affordable stop for people on a budget.

20/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Heather S.
You want hospitality? Personalized with a capital P? This is the place to stay in Manhattan. A delightful place all around, but the friendliness and helpfulness of all staff deserve kudos. I have never felt so at home somewhere.

13/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Jim W.
This is my fifth trip to NYC and I have finally found my home for future trips. Friendly and helpful staff, lovable cat and a great clientele to chat with at breakfast. Convenient to mass transit. Quiet. And movie posters all over. I am a very happy guy and can't wait to return.

20/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Susie O.
Charming hotel with a personal touch located smack dab in the middle of Chelsea. Great location if you're in NY for pleasure...Broadway is only about an $8.00 cab ride away. The staff is incredibly friendly and informative. The rooms are spacious and decorated in a movie star dressing room theme....cool bathrooms as well!

The only negative is that they don't have any elevators so my friend and I (both females) had to lug our heavy luggage up 4 flights of some very steep stairs. NOT fun...especially when you've just gotten off of an 8 hour flight or stumbling in at 4am from a night of drinking.

Regardless, I would stay at Chelsea Pines again just for the adorable rooms and the wonderful staff.

19/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Mary T.
I won't repeat what's already been said, but what a great place! Most of the time I'm in NYC, I stay with friends, but my last visit was the first time at a hotel. Both the wonderful facilities and friendly staff made me feel like I was staying with friends. Full size room and bathroom with a/c, cable, business center, friendly cat, nearby MTA stop and continental breakfast. I had a room facing the backyard, so other than when it was recess at the preschool on the other side of the fence, it was blissfully quiet.  The one caveat is that if you don't like climbing stairs, this may not be a good fit and there's no elevator. But between climbing up and down to my room on the 4th floor and walking all over the city, I was able to burn off all the calories from the great meals I had on this visit.  

Highly recommended and a great value in terms of both cost and service. If I don't stay with friends/relatives on my next visit back to NYC, this is definitely where I'll be staying.

19/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Henry M.
I've stayed at the Chelsea Pines several times at the suggestion of a friend.  It'sa cozy place--the rooms are uniquely decorated, the staff friendly, and the location was very convenient to my needs ...

I'm planning to return to New York over the Thanksgiving holiday and I thought to check around ... and I came back.  reasonable prices, comfortable facilities and (best of all) charlie!  you can see charlie here: chelseapinesinn.org/meet… ... Charie is the resident cat--he seems to figure out who's interested and who isn't, and when i stay there he usually stays in my room for part of the time.  

so--helpful staff, attractive accommodations at a reasonable price and a friendly cat mean I will return around thanksgiving.

11/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Tom F.
We (two couples) had a great stay here in early October (six nights).  The staff was really friendly/helpful, the location is terrific and it was quiet at night.   Good breakfast spread, too.   We had the Sheree North room that has a unique bathroom/shower setup that has been described by another reviewer, and it worked out fine.  

Charlie Chaplin (the cat, not the late actor) stayed in our room one night much to our delight since my wife and I missed our cats.  We also happened to be there during their celebration of 25 years of being open, which was fun to be a part of.

We had booked Chelsea Pines in 2010 and had to cancel due to a sudden serious illness.  I promised that if I didn't die, we would make it the following year.  I'm glad I did (stay at the Chelsea Pines; not die).

I would highly recommend Chelsea Pines and would definitely stay here again.

07/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. debra v.
My husband and I stayed at Chelsea Pines Inn after a long fight from Rome. We were exhausted but were rejuvenated from the moment we arrived because the staff was so warm and attentive. It felt like we were staying with our best friends! We travel a lot and my very picky husband said this this Inn was definitely memorable and whenever we go to NY again, this will be home for us. The place is so charming and clean! The breakfast that was included was exceptional for such a small place but EVERYONE who works there was unforgettable. Not to mention the location was great, subways nearby, Chelsea market and many cutes store and retaurants. If you're not looking for an enormous fancy hotel, trust me, don't even bother looking anywhere else. Just book this place immediately!

26/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Scott J.
The staff is amazing and very helpful with every part of the stay. Their food recommendations are the best. The rooms are well appointed and the breakfast provides great variety and delicious options. The location is very convenient to everything I need to get to.  I look forward to every chance I have to stay here. Can't wait to be there again.

02/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Sarita O.
Well, bedbugregistry now has two complaints, one of them mine.   After waking up with itchy welts all over us, we got our money back and moved to a new hotel.  The manager and the owner were in denial, but when I went back up to the room to get something I saw two cans of bedbug spray and the sheets were off the bed.  Even without considering the bedbugs, I can't understand the rave reviews for this hotel.  Our room was so small I had to crawl over the bed to get to the other side of the bed.  It was badly in need of refurbishing and painting.  The sheets had stains on them.  The bathroom was none to clean.  It was on the fourth floor with no elevator and steep stairs.  You can do so much better for the same price or just a few dollars more, as we did after we moved.

09/09/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
15. Rachel O.
Just returned home from a 2 night stay at Chelsea Pines Inn. It was wonderful! The ambiance is chic, yet warm and inviting. My room was lovely and had tons of storage room and a great bathroom (love the shower!) The location is ideal. The morning breakfast was delicious and so convenient. All of the staff were very personable and helpful. I loved it!

05/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Joel J.
I'm gonna echo a lot of other reviews here, but this place deserves a lot of praise!

Staff was very friendly, always smiling and helpful.  Even Charlie the cat who we often encountered in the hallways, was friendly.  I felt really welcome and comfortable here.

The continental breakfast was all I needed to start my day, and the back patio garden where I went to eat it is green and lush.

The movie star room decor is fun.  Everything about the room was clean and nice.  Free wi-fi worked fine.

Great location just a half-block from the 8th and 14th subway station, which has the A, C, E, and L subway lines, which can get you anywhere, including right to and from JFK airport.  Plus the subway station is right next to a 24-hour CVS, which we found very convenient.

The only thing lacking is an elevator.  Otherwise, a great place to stay, and I would definitely stay there again.

17/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Pamela K.
Just go.  We were there for a steamy city weekend, and could not have been happier.  Really.  Where to begin?  The room was wonderful -- more spacious than I had expected, immaculate, and very comfy bed.  We had the Albert Finney room on the first floor, which meant I could pad out for coffee undetected in my jammies.  Lovely.  They have a sweet garden out the back, shady and beautiful,

The location was great, we'd never stayed in Chelsea before and loved loved it.  Fun shopping and noshing in Chelsea Market, great restaurants and bars for the young and gorgeous see and be seen crowd (we were not worthy but had lots of fun) and there was a street fair the day we were there, steps away.  Clearly, somebody knew we were coming.

The staff.  So lovely, so welcoming, so attentive, so helpful.  Forgive me for not remembering everybody's names.  But Troy, I'm pining for you, darling.  Sending BCN photos for you soonest.  See you in August....  XO

So go.  JUST GO!

27/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. damian a.
I was scrambling a week before christmas to find a place to stay from 12/26 to 1/2.  After passing over countless places wanting as much as 1000.00 per night, I stumbled across this place.  239.00 per night.  That right there is worth three stars.

The location is perfect.  It is right on the corner of 14th and 8, which is about 50 steps away from the ACE and the L lines.  Great for getting just about anywhere.

The staff was awesome and helpful.  From the moment we walked in from the rain after a delayed flight and i was greeted by name until the minute we left, they were accomodating.  They were always eager to provide suggestions, look stuff up, make reservations, call cars, offer umbrellas, etc.  

When we decided to try to see if they had availability on the 31st and the 1st (I sprung this on them at around 1 am on the night of the 30th, which was to be our last night), they said they promised to see what they can do.  they called early the next morning to offer us the same room for two more nights at the same rate of 239.00.  That was pretty cool.

They have a cat named charlie chaplin that my wife made the mistake of letting in our room one night.  She (the cat) seemed really appreciative.  Around 4am i woke up to it mounting my leg and biting the comforter.  We had to kick her out.  She meowed a bit outside our door and then someone else took her in.

The room was small, of course, but clean and comfortable.

The inn can be a little loud at times.  There are no elevators and the steps are loud.  The rooms are tight and the radiators make sounds that i don't understand.  It's tolerable though.  

The next time we're in new york i probably won't even bother looking for another place.  We'll just stay here again for sure.

08/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Pauline L.
Best hotel experience while traveling ever!  

Al, one of the managers, accommodated the bf and I with a standard room immediately upon check-in.  Usually, check-in is at 3pm, but our reserved room wasn't ready.  He saw our exhausted faces (after a 6 hour red-eye flight) and upgraded us at no extra cost as soon as a spot was available.  GREAT SERVICE.

The building decor is fun and reminiscent of old Hollywood glamor.  Every room is assigned an actress and decorated with posters in honor of the starlet.  Jay, one of the hotel owners, collected these posters since his father used to own a theater.  

We had the Yvonne de Carlo "dressing room" (Lily from "The Munsters"), which had its own shower and bathroom.  (Typically, most of the rooms share a communal bathroom on each floor).  The space was neat, charming with all of Yvonne's vintage movie posters, and had cable.  I got to watch Food Network and MTV each night!

Free continental breakfast each morning in their kitchen with tables and a patio area, wonderful location right next to the A, C, E, and L subway lines, friendly front desk staff (they'll hold your luggage for you either prior to check-in or after check-out), and a cute Chelsea Morning newsletter each day detailing the weather and fun events in the neighborhood.  

Reasonably-priced in the charming Chelsea neighborhood.  This was my first time visiting New York City and staying here only enhanced my wonderful experience.  Thanks Jay and Al!

19/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Scott A.
This is a fabulous little inn. What great hospitality - extremely friendly and helpful! I've also never stayed in a cleaner place. I love their little breakfast area downstairs. Lovely way to start the day, or sit and have a coffee in the afternoon before heading back out.

01/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Grace C.
After trying to frantically find late night accommodations i somehow stumbled upon this little gem of a hotel. I was greeted warmly by their staff, and shown promptly to my room. The place itself is very cozy, not a five star hotel by any means but what they lack in amenities, they make up for with there exceptional staff and breakfast. ( especvially that espresso machine) It was like having a personal barista. The place is well staffed with knowledgeable folks who cater to every need especially Rumel. who helped make my stay extremely comfortable. Now that i live in New York, this place is my go to recommendation for friends coming from out of town

26/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. James E.
My partner and I wanted a vacation in New York for years, so I would research hotels in bedbugregistry.com because I have a deathly fear of bedbugs. By the time I researched a hotel that was deemed safe, the cost of our trip made me say "eff this, let's go to Europe for the same price." We decided to stop skipping New York and book a hotel. Exhausted searches led me to gay travel sites and tripadvisor.com where we found Chelsea Pines Inn. At the time of our reservation booking, this gay owned and operated bed & breakfast is ranked #6 in the city. We read nothing but rave reviews and bedbugregistry.com had nary a complaint about the building. "Honey, we're going to New York."

I booked online and received a confirmation within 24 hours. We had no idea just how loved and adored this hotel is. A fellow hotel guest told us that this was his third stay, and it took him multiple tries to successfully reserve a room. A hotel staff member told us that a woman was unable to reserve room with the times she requested, so she re-arranged her entire vacation so she could book a room. After staying in the city for a week, in the Tab Hunter room of all things, we will never stay anywhere but Chelsea Pines Inn.

The location is fantastic. The staff are wonderful. The room is incredibly comfortable, clean, and quiet. The hotel cat Charlie is adorable. The wine & cheese party was icing on the cake.

29/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. A C.
This place gets 5-stars.  No question.  

We had the Sheree North room--I'm not sure what that was since my wife booked the room.   I think it was the middle level room.  The room was more spacious that I expected. The bathroom (sink&toilet) was separate from the shower which opened into the suite.  Not sure why it was built that way, but I suspect that the bathroom was so small that there would be no room for a shower door to open.   It actually works out well.

The bathroom was small--when using the toilet, my toes touched the door. And I had to open the door before standing up or sitting down or else I would've hit my head.  Expect small bathrooms.  I can't remember the size of the bathroom in my last hotel, but I don't expect big anything in large cities where space is at a premium.  

They had  a nice breakfast spread (bagels, doughnuts, coffee, sweet bread, cereal, juice).  It is very convenient to Subway.  Chelsea Pines' recommendation for restaurants were excellent--not a bad meal was had.

Instead of flying to NYC, we took the train and this place is a couple of subway stops from penn station (or $6 or $7 cab if you have luggage).  We took a cab to chelsea pines inn, but subway when we left.  Very convenient for us.

Another reason we selected this place is that my wife doesn't like being in tall buildings and doesn't like elevators.  So this place was perfect!

18/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Dayna H.
I usually don't write Yelp reviews, but when a business is as lovely as this one, you have to. I stayed at the Chelsea Pines Inn for a "mental wellness" vacation, and I had the time of my life. It's absolutely adorable, and it feels more like you're going home than into a hotel. It's right in the middle of everything...and even in the freezing winter wind, I was able to make it all around to all my favorite spots (NARS, marc jacobs, Chelsea Market, Diane Von Furstenburg, Sephora) within a few minutes. I even walked down Broadway and got my nails done.

The staff is very friendly and you can tell it's genuine and not just because you're paying them to stay. They let me leave my bags at the hotel before check-in, and even after I checked OUT, so that I could easily navigate the city.

I felt very safe and cozy here, and they offered free breakfast and the kitchen was full of cookies, milk, yogurt, fruit, tea, and coffee. I just booked another stay with them, and I'm bringing my friend from Sacramento. She has to experience this environment too. If you love kind and cozy...stay here. You'll leave feeling like a better person. xoxo

31/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
25. Lucy R.
My husband and I spend 5 days at the Chelsea Pines Inn in July for our "2nd honeymoon" and we have booked other hotels in varies areas in NYC , like lower east side and Brooklyn to experience the different "boroughs" of the Big Apple. But Chelsea Pines is definitely our favourite, we already decided have to stay there again when we are back next time visiting NYC!

I did lots of research before booking the hotels, so read lots of good reviews about the hotel, and let me tell'ya , it didn't disappoint!

The manager Jay and his staff : Troy, Jubel among others were just so friendly and helpful, they always went above and all to help us: finding restaurants, live performance, daily updates on what to do..we have visited 3 restaurants on their recommendations( they even provided you with a list and their reviews, which was really handy) , they are all superb - owner Jay is a serious foodie, so you are in good hands in finding the neighbourhood best eateries!

The room is fun and funky, love the Hollywood stars deco throughout , very modern and clean , with lovely homey feel. It is like our home away from home, the kitchen is always with refreshments for you to refuel which is super handy. Breakfast is free and you can eat it in the lovely backyard, very relaxed way to start your day.

Excellent location in Chelsea and Village area, convient to go everywhere , shopping , eating out, going out at night...It is our first time in NYC, we feel very safe in going out at night , even past midnight, obviously common sense is still needed as when you are overseas, but the whole city is very safe .

Love everything about the hotel and the people , and Charlie the cat, oh how i got attached to the cat! Can't say enough about the hotel , you have to try it! We will definitely be back! xoxo

26/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
26. Diana M.
Great place to stay. As mentioned in other posts, the location, staff, and hotel itself are all amazing.

We stayed in NYC for 2 days in celebration of my wife's birthday. When the staff found out that that was why we were there they sent up a dozen yellow roses and a birthday card...now that's service.

Also, the Chelsea Pines is a great value. We went budget and stayed in their least expensive room ($200/night) and although small (which we don't mind) it was clean and well-planned. Also, the continental breakfast is the best I have ever had and in addition there is coffee, espresso, tea, and little snacks available all day. There is also free WiFi and a business room with several computers. This is a hell of a deal for Manhattan (or Brooklyn, for that matter).  

Loved it! Will definitely stay there again!

26/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
27. Sarah Y.
I felt a bit misled by all of the 5 star reviews on yelp, so wanted to give this an honest 3 star review.

Pros - the staff is super friendly, the hotel is clean, the theme (old hollywood) is cute, location is great.

Cons - I paid ~$300/night for a place that feels more like a youth hostel than a hotel. My room was on the 5th floor so I had to walk up 4 flights of stairs - not the end of the world, but would have been nice if they had mentioned this during the reservation. The bed was a double bed with a huge warp in it - you can't sleep in the middle or you'll roll off to one side. There is old carpeting, a tiny bathroom, and overall felt like a dorm room or hostel. The walls are thin so you can hear the TV in the next room.  

Another pet peeve is the cleaning staff rearranged my stuff - they put notes / books/ etc that were on the bed stand into the top drawer, clothes that were on the floor into the closet, pushed together my things on the desk to fold up the desk. The only reason I noticed this was I remembered a piece of paper that was missing and started looking for it, then noticed the things in the drawer. It's disconcerting both to feel like someone is going through your stuff, and also to wonder if there are hidden things you're accidentally leaving behind when you check out.

Again, really really nice owners and overall a fine experience (clean, safe, etc), but I was expecting something much nicer from the 4-5 star reviews on yelp.

21/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
28. Rachel L.
So glad I wound up here!

After a botched reservation elsewhere, I booked a last minute room at what I thought was a hole-in-the-wall no name hotel. Boy, was I wrong! Chelsea Pines Inn is fantastic!

- Excellent customer service!
- Big rooms and huge bathroom (by NYC standards)
- Complimentary breakfast
- Best location in town

I will definitely be coming back here when I'm in town for work.

06/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. Johan E.
I travel a lot in my work, but have never felt as welcomed as I did coming to Chelsea Pines Inn. A great location to get to know New York, and the friendliest staff. Highly recommended!
The continental breakfast buffet is perfect, including fresh berries and New York bagels. Plus there are free fruit and cookies 24/7.
But what really makes this place a gem is the way the staff give inside tips about the city, and simply the way they treat you.
The only drawback is that there is no elevator, and staying on the fifth floor (as I did) can be a bit hard on your legs.

11/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. Barry K.
I stayed at the Chelsea Pines for three nights.  The price was great, the place was quite, staff was cheerfully helpful, breakfast was very good, rooms were fine.  I would not change a thing. The next time I visit this part of New York I will stay there.

26/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
31. Stacy H.
Welcome Home!

This is exactly what the cheerful gent at the front desk said to me when I rolled in to the charming Chelsea Pines Inn after a very long travel day from San Francisco.  Then he said, "You must be Stacy, we've been expecting you," and a diminutive black and white cat wove between my ankles purring - Charlie Chaplin as I was soon to learn.

From my first moment in the door all the way through my three night stay, Chelsea Pines Inn exceeded my expectations at every turn.  

The building itself is a wonderful walk-up that is well-located in Chelsea - just off the Subway (A,C,E,L), a short walk from the trendy Meatpacking District and beautiful Highline Park, and about a 15 minute walk to the East Village.  There are plenty of restaurants, coffee spots, bars and locally owned shops to satisfy every desire.  In fact, when you check in, you not only get a handy list of restaurants (any of which the enthusiastic staff is happy to call and make reservations for you) but also a subway map and a local shopping guide.

But don't make the mistake of going out for breakfast as the Pines offers the best free breakfast spread I have experienced outside of Europe.  From bagels and butterscotch bread (homemade by one of the owners) to cereal and charcuterie, you are certain to get your fill before a busy day of exploring the Big Apple.  The best part is that it seems the people who stay at the Pines are equally cool as the staff is, so you enjoy your breakfast with lots of very nice and interesting folks from all over the world, not a gaggle of 50-something business men from Kansas and the like who still smell like last night's bender while they piggishly feed their ample bellies.

Each room is dedicated to a different movie star from back in the day - my room was the Kim Novak room, adorned with fantastic old movie posters, some of them from her more obscure films.  Delightful!  All of the important stuff is in place - clean, nicely appointed, comfortable with recently remodeled bathroom.  (Small, but no smaller than any other typical NYC hotel room)  

And my personal favorite?  Well, when you have your DND on the door the staff actually DOES NOT DISTURB you.  No tentative knock on the door from housekeeping just to make sure the DND isn't a mistake or to check if you want towels or something.  I don't know that I've EVER stayed at an American hotel where the staff actually understands the meaning of do not disturb.  Again, delightful!

As for the staff - they are simply fabulous.  The inn has been run by the same two gentlemen for 26 years and they treat is as their home and you as a guest in their home.  Accommodating is a gross understatement when describing the team at the Pines - every person we met went out of their way to help us make the most of our trip to NYC.

Oh, and last but certainly not least, Charlie Chaplin, the Inn Cat.  He is a warm, loving ball of fluff who will come right into your room with you to hang out (or sleep over) if you allow him to.

I cannot recommend the Chelsea Pines Inn vigorously enough.  Simply put - stay here!

29/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Jay M.
New York's best kept secret! The staff is tremendous in terms of service and cleanliness and they are quite affordable.

Be sure to ask for Restaurant recommendations, they know there stuff!

Not a cat person but that charlie Chaplin is some character.

I make sure my friends stay here when they visit.

21/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
33. Mari N.
I adore this B&B - we stayed 4 nights. The property is beautiful, the staff is welcoming and friendly, the decor is divine.

The breakfast is fabulous; SOOOOOO much better than the crappy pre-made stuff the Marriott or Hilton hotels try to pawn off as breakfast. The food was even Paelo-friendly!.  Also, there is fruit, water, ice tea, and cookies available all day, for free, so if you are feeling peckish you can just grab something from the kitchen. LOVE!
I loved the neighborhood and all that it offers, The property is located half a block from the 14th Street MTA station.

Every morning they publish a  little flyer that has suggestions for things to do a nd see, where to eat, etc. Even though I grew up in New York and visit there frequently, this was very helpful, with hyper-current info.

Let me go back to the staff - they were friendly, helpful, polite, sincere, understanding, and just plain lovely. They were so nice to me, my husband, and my son. They really made a difference, and cheered me up when I was feeling a little blue.

Thank you, Chelsea Pines Inn! Than you Charlie the Cat for letting me pet you when I missed my critters.

My $$ rating is based on NYC rates - it is a different world out there. Really.

13/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. Martin J.
Staff was not helpful when a piece of the bad broke. They gave us an attitude. And when we came back to hotel at 11pm in the night (we let them know in the morning) they had still not fixed it

09/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
35. Dana P.
My daughter and I stayed here in April when we were looking at colleges.  I love this place-the building itself, the staff, the breakfast, the location.  I loved it so much we just booked it for 4 nights in August.  The first time we stayed, we were on the 4th floor, with a window that actually opened-which is something you don't often find in hotels.  The bed was comfy, the bathroom larger than expected, and the breakfast was so much better than usual complimentary breakfasts.  There is always a pitcher of water and ice tea out as well.  This is the place to stay when you want to be near Greenwich Village and the Chelsea Market, not to mention Highline Park.

20/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
36. Whitney L.
Loved staying here. The location was amazing and made it extremely easy to get around. We were treated so warmly by the staff and the breakfast was amazing. The only downside is no elevator but the staff were very helpful hauling our luggage up 5 flights of stairs :O Overall, we'll definitely be back.

30/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Joslyn J.
This hotel has it all. Charm, location, service, all for a decent price. We were offered an upgrade. We took the afternoon tea in a beautiful setting the palm court, we had a package with the breakfast buffet in Chelsea Pines Inn Bros great value. Even if there is other hotel nearby, we don't have to look no more, Chelsea Pines Inn is our hotel from now on.

13/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
38. Montyoja J.
I can't say enough good things about the Chelsea Pines Inn. I have traveled the world and stayed in everything from a bare-bones hostel to 5-star hotels, and these guys could teach every single one of those places how to do hospitality right.

This place is incredible value and worth every penny. I've stayed here twice on business, and was delighted both times. My travel companions booked elsewhere (either uptown or at other hotels in the neighborhood) and got tiny rooms at 3x the price.

The location is perfect: it's within sight of the A-C-E line on 8th Ave and 14th- about 100 steps. It's surrounded by plenty of food options from quick diner and grab and go options, all the way to sit down, multi-course meals. Chelsea Market is close, which if you want some fabulously fresh food, that's a great place to stop for lunch. The tech and industry offices are within walking distance, which makes meeting colleagues incredibly easy.

The rooms are flawless, spacious (none of this converted closet shenanigans), and very clean. Towels, concierge items you may have forgotten, etc are all readily available. The AC in the summer is a welcome respite, and the street noise doesn't seem to make it into the rooms. A big plus for me is the daily breakfast spread. This isn't some anemic continental breakfast like chain hotels, but a full spread. Sliced meat, fresh fruit, bagels and pastries, tea and coffee, and homemade bread are offered and it's nice to eat quietly on the patio before running to sightsee or work.

The staff is nothing but helpful and make check in/out a breeze and are always ready to help with arrangements.  

As stated, the only drawback is there is no elevator. Staff will grab your bags for you, but if you have a 5th floor room, I'm pretty sure after a week's stay you are allowed to moan and complain about " d@%# New York City walkups" like a local.

This hotel is one of the best I've stayed at worldwide and not only do I plan on staying here every time i travel to the city, I recommend it to friends and coworkers.

04/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
39. Storm G.
Chelsea Pines Inn got it right!  A surprise birthday stay-cation with a wonderful twist!  An ode to old Hollywood, we laid our heads in the Lee Remick room.  Nicely decorated with movie posters and updated amenities. Jay the owner and staff should hold hospitality classes twice a week.  Then there was the outdoor garden!  We missed breakfast because I love to sleep in but Jay invited us to have some of his homemade (banana nut) bread!  If you're looking for a place to stay that has it all, look no further than Chelsea Pines Inn.

P.S. Charlie Chaplin paid us a visit right before we left the garden. He too understands hospitality.  If you were wondering why they named the cat "Charlie Chaplin". Wait until you see him

17/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. Kristin D.
Best hotel in NYC. Decor, location and amenities make it great,  the staff put it over the top. Best hidden gem. It was easy to check in eventhough delayed by 12 hours, and we have been treated perfectly. And Charlie Chaplin is a love.

26/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
41. Sim L.
Wow. God is in the details. The rooms are not crazy luxurious but every detail such as towels, soap cleanliness and breakfast are at the highest standards. You also can't beat the location! You will love it!

07/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Shelby R.
Haven't seen our room yet... But if the service is any indication we are in for a treat. The staff have been amazingly helpful and friendly. We just finished complimentary breakfast on the patio, got suggestions for site seeing, and have someone helping us book theater tickets!!!

My review is a bit delayed but I wanted to make sure to do one.  This was a great place.  The location was absolutely the best- kudos to my bestie for finding it.  Close to the subway, safe for us 2 girls to go out alone.  The staff was very helpful.  They offered suggestions, gave us directions, reserved tickets for us, and when our flight home got cancelled due to snow, they offered us another night at a discounted rate!  The rooms are cozy and very accommodating.  

We will definitely be back...hopefully soon :)

28/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
43. Lauren T.
If you are ever wanting to stay in the Chelsea area, this Inn is the perfect place to stay. Its only walking distance from the Chelsea Market, right near the Highline, and a block away from the Subway which can take you all over town. When My husband and I went to New York two years ago, it was my very first time in the city. Jay, the owner of the Inn, gave us so many recommendation of things to do in the neighborhood and every one of them was wonderful. The breakfast that is provided in the morning is such a healthy European style spread, and the afternoon guests are delighted with home made apple cider and baked goodies. When we were staying here for a week, we explored the city by foot. The location of Chelsea Pines Inn being so central to the subway made it effortless to stop back in each afternoon and relax on the patio before heading out again to explore. The room we stayed in was tiny but so New York. I wouldn't have wanted it bigger- and even in its small space, the details of the decor, the towels, the soaps, and the bedding made it feel elevated and luxurious. Our room's window overlooked the beautiful patio and Charlie, the Inn's cat, would stop by to say hello on occasion. We were actually snowed in and could not leave on the day we were expected to, and Jay was able to accommodate us and let us stay an additional night. The service was beyond excellent and I truly felt like we had that local new York experience, much to thanks to the staff at Chelsea Pines.

Now when back home in Colorado, when we hear of friends going to visit NY, we always encourage them to book at The Chelsea Pines Inn. If we return to NY again, we will 100% be staying here!

15/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0