What We Love
- Loft-style rooms are spacious by New York standards
- Library-like mezzanine level, perfect for reading your free New Yorker
- The compost cookies at Momofuku Milk Bar, on the hotel’s lobby level
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What To Know
- Hardwood floors and loft ceilings can make the studios a bit noisy, and street noise is audible in front-facing rooms
- There’s no on-site gym, but the Chambers distributes free passes to the nearby New York Health & Racquet Club
- While there’s often a wait, on-site restaurant Má Pêche offers priority seating to hotel guests
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Small in scale (each floor has six guestrooms at most) but big on space (even the standard rooms cover 300 square feet), the boutique property doesn’t need to hang New York kitsch on its walls — this hotel embodies the city. A glass elevator carries guests up and down the property’s 15 David Rockwell–designed floors, which are decorated with pieces from the hotel’s 500-piece collection of work by New York artists.
Bed & Bath
Airy and light-drenched, guestrooms mimic the design and vibe of an artist’s loft, with platform beds, glass-topped architect desks and original artwork on the walls. And should inspiration strike, pencils and a Rhodia sketchbook are at the ready in the minibar. Cavernous bathrooms feature waterfall showers with adjustable pressure and grand tubs set against mosaic-tile walls. The custom-made turquoise sea soap is so addictive, former guests have been known to stop by the hotel just to buy a few bars.
The lobby level sees two offerings from star chef David Chang. Momofuku Milk Bar serves sweet treats with kitschy names: Cereal Milk (made to taste like that last slurp of milk in your childhood bowl) and Compost Cookies (an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink concoction) are among the most popular items on the menu. For dinner, visit Chang’s restaurant Má Pêche, featuring a New American menu and expertly mixed cocktails.
In the Area
Located on 56th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, the hotel is nearly equidistant from the Museum of Modern Art and Central Park. A short walk in any direction takes you somewhere desirable, whether it’s west to a performance at Carnegie Hall, up Madison or Fifth for high-end designer shopping, or south to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Bryant Park.
How to Get There
We enjoyed our four day stay at the Chambers which is a trendy midtown hotel close to Central Park, 5th Ave shopping and several subway stations.
The staff are very friendly and go out of their way to be helpful. On leaving we asked for a taxi to the airport and the doorman disappeared down the street returning a few minutes later in the back of a taxi. The corner room was very comfortable. The closet is on the small size with space for about 5 items. The bathroom is on the small side as well with only a small shelf for personal items. The rain shower is great but water does tend to splash out onto the bathroom floor so had to use bath towels to soak up the water on the floor. Breakfast is toast, tea, coffee or juice. Everything else is extra... eggs and toast was $21 so suggest going up the road to one of the many cafes nearby.
Recommend trying the soft serve ice cream from the milk bar next to the lobby.
The staff is friendly and lobby is very nice. The rooms on the otherhand are small and dated. Worst of all, the bathroom light switch turns on both the Bathroom and hallway light. If your partner gets up in the middle of the night, prepare to be woken up. I was woken up several times throughout the night and did not get much sleep. I’m never staying there again.
The photos on the site are nothing like this property. Do not go by the bright rooms and clean space. The actual rooms are cramped and dark. The turbine engines outside will hummm all night. You will find no rest here. The ceiling has paint coming off and black spots which the staff described as "the unique part of the decor."
The manager is at best condescending cordial but will be of not help. You will walk away nauseous with the feeling of patronizing superiority.
The poorly trained staff give out vouchers filled with more amendments than the US Constitution. It is all a part of a complete lack of hospitality and care of the customer.
I often stay at boutique hotels in NYC to save money fro work, and this trip I had a hellish flight, which would get me in after 3am. I called the Chambers to let them know. 24 hours there is someone at the desk. They were waiting for me when my cab pulled up and quickly showed me to my room and gave me water. It is the quietest room I have ever had in NYC, period. The room had everything I needed (except an iron, but I bet they would have sent one up if I had asked). The gym is down the block, which is a bummer, but there are plush robes and free bottle water, great coffee and a serviceable restaurant downstairs. Close to the trains. The staff is GREAT. Just chill but attentive. Perfect business stay.
Chambers gets a lot right with casual, welcoming service and a fantastic location. There are some décor opportunities and a big miss with room readiness at check in. I would recommend and would stay here again.
Location: If you’re a Midtown person, which I am, then this is an absolute perfect location. Just a few short blocks away from Rockefeller Center, around the corner from Bergdorf Goodman and then another 2 blocks to Central Park.
Note: because it shares a street with Trump Tower on 56th street and the street is closed to thru traffic, the traffic in front of the hotel can get a bit bogged down. This can make getting a cab a challenge during busier traffic times.
Service: The doormen were always incredibly welcoming and had a great casual vibe. The head concierge was fantastic and really went the extra mile to help us out with a reservation and getting a cab during peak traffic (he wore many hats at the hotel).
Room Size: Corner King room size is great and we had a relatively unobstructed view for a few blocks.
Milk Bar: World famous dessert place right off the lobby—what’s not to like about that. Try some amazing cookies and/or a cereal milk soft serve. May sound strange, but totally worth it.
COULD BE BETTER…
Room Readiness…our rooms were not ready until an hour after check in time. Our traveling party had 3 rooms. I’m not sure how the hotel gets itself into that predicament, but it’s not an acceptable service standard. Front desk staff did everything they could and worked to make it right, but still not a good welcome.
Room Design: OK, I get it, the whole industrial minimalist thing is in, especially in New York hotels. Still not my favorite. Not as stark as other hotels I’ve been in, but a big, blank concrete wall behind the bed screams for some piece of art. Also, there are some lighting scheme challenges in the room leading to dark spots or harsh lighting depending on where in the room one is.
Restaurant Design: Breakfast at Mon Paiche was surprisingly delicious. Surprising, because the décor of the restaurant is, in a word, depressing. In another word, it’s non-existent. Not a way I want to start the morning. Service was a bit stand offish at first too. All that said, the breakfast was fantastic.
Bathroom: Bathrooms are small and outdated. Shower, while having a great head and pressure, will flood the bathroom if you don’t stand just right.