Or as I like to call it, The Littlest Vintage Hollywood Movie Poster Museum in New York. When the current owner of the Chelsea Pines Inn started running the place in the 80s, he brought with him a museum-worthy collection of vintage Hollywood movie posters. In need of a storage solution, he came up with the genius idea of naming each room after a well-known vintage star or starlet and decorating each one with co-ordinating film posters. Just like that, a star-studded Hollywood-themed Chelsea B&B was born.
Set in an authentic 1850s New York townhouse, this cosy B&B in Chelsea is the kind of unique place you arrive a stranger and leave friends with all the staff. It might not be the Four Seasons, but if you’re looking for a unique and off-beat place to rest your head after an action-packed day in New York, it’s hard to beat.
There are 26 rooms spread across five floors, staring at $199/night for a single up to $339 for a suite. They’re basic but comfortable with a few frills such as flat-screen TVs, fancy toiletries, free Wi-FI an iPod docking station. Oh and did I mention the free breakfast (unheard of in New York) and fresh flowers in your room when you arrive?
There’s a pretty little garden out back for al fresco breakfasts, afternoon coffee and pre-dinner drinks, and a homely kitchen open all day and stocked with treats, like Oreo cookies, muffins and cakes.
Location-wise, it’s slap-bang in the heart of Chelsea right next to a subway station, two minutes from the Meatpacking District, West Village and Greenwich Village, a couple of blocks from the Hudson River for your morning run, and pretty much opposite the High Line – an urban park built on an old elevated railway track – for daytime strolls and evening sundowners.
So, if you’re looking for a unique, small hotel in NYC, I can’t recommend Chelsea Pines Inn enough. You’ll find it at 317 West 14th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.
P.S Another Manhattan hotel idea.