By Rhiannon Taylor. September 2016
The Chamber's Hotel is one of New York's best kept secrets. Located in the heart of Midtown, it's hard to believe such a chic and unassuming hotel exists within a few blocks of Times Square. Look for the huge wooden entrance on West 56th street and you enter a space of zen and calm. With over 500 original artworks throughout the property, it is a design conscious hotel with an industrial aesthetic.
From the inconspicuous doors being flung open by smiling staff to the in-house Milk Bar, there's a definite downtown vibe to this midtown hotel. The rooms are quiet and the beds are cloud-like for a solid night's sleep; a rarity in New York. There's very little to fault about this Manhattan gem, making this one of the few hotels we would book time and time again.
THE TURN DOWN
ACCOMMODATION CATEGORY: Boutique hotel.
ROOMS: There are 72 rooms and 5 suites, with the entry level Chambers Queen being 28sq metres in size, which is generous for New York. They're loft-inspired with high ceilings in a concrete finish, with large windows and lots of light. The beds are plush, with luxe cotton sheets and a range of pillows to choose from. The rooms are finished in a soothing colour palette of muted purples and orange with designer chairs and industrial lamps featuring throughout. There's a thoughtful study station, with a glass trestle table and work paper on a roll dispenser. The bathrooms are spacious, with a rainshower and Red Flower bath products.
MINI BAR: It's a small mini bar but comes with Dean & Deluca products and a range of cold beverages. Complimentary iPads are available and bottled water is provided.
POOL/GYM/SPA: The hotel provides guest with access to a local fitness centre.
TURN DOWN SERVICE: Yes, with bottled water provided.
FEEL: New York Apartment.
DINING: A huge drawcard for the hotel is located downstairs in the basement at Momofuku's Ma Peche. Breakfast serves up the usual's of granola and eggs, but dinner is the main event with signature Momofuku dishes that are Asian influenced. For those afternoon munchies, hit the street front Milk Bar for their gooey cookies, Crack Pie and soft serve ice cream. The benefit of staying in the hotel is the pulling power of snagging a reservation as the restaurant is extremely popular.
LOCATION: This is perfect for those on their first visit to New York for seeing quintessential points of interest. Located in convenient Midtown West, it's only a few blocks from Central Park, Times Square, Columbus Circle, Rockefeller Centre, Saks fifth Avenue and Bergdorfs. There are several train stations in close proximity which will take you uptown or downtown.
CHILDREN: Yes. There are Studio Double rooms available and the rooms have plenty of space extra luggage.
RATES: From $400 AUD.
WIFI: Yes, complimentary.
I stayed courtesy of Chambers Hotel.