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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
So de have been here for 2 nights, we have 2 more to go. It has a privileged location. The room is amazing just like its view. The only thing that doesnt work for us was the breakfast. Just too small for everyone. Really crowded, and if you dont go early there are things that are over. Also there is no one attending to keep tables clean, we has to eat with the dishes of the previous guests eating there. I know it is continental, but you have to be prepared for all the people and for all the time you are Serving breakfast. Put something for us to put away our dirty dishes. And, the same lady ranking care of the food put the trash away, I really hope she changed gloves.
Stayed here for 4 nights - myself, husband, and two boys. We got the king suite with a pullout couch. The room was a good size for NYC. The room configuration is a bit odd - big bathroom and a long hallway - that made it feel a little tight for 4 of us but it was fine. The service was great - housekeeping is really special here, they were so kind to our kids and just did a great job. The location is excellent - we wanted to be close to everything but we did not want to be right in Times Square. There is a tiny gym that I was very happy with. We aren't huge breakfast people and what they had (cereal, baked goods, yogurt, granola, fruit) was just right. There is not a bar or restaurant in the hotel but highly recommend the Whitby's hotel bar right across the street.
I stayed here with my daughter from March 16 to March 19 as part of a spare-no-expense NYC vacation. While the location is perfect -- just off Fifth Avenue near Bergdorf Goodman -- the hotel's practice of charging extra fees for just about everything was annoying. The decor in our no-view room was jailhouse industrial: lamps that looked like contraptions, a concrete floor, and no frills anywhere. We found it depressing, along with the queen size bed that management refused to upgrade without a $100-a-night fee.
On the plus side, the balcony lounge is a lovely setting for the free wine at 6 p.m., and the spare if fresh free continental breakfast (but be quick -- it is all removed on the dot when breakfast time expires).
The free NY Times, including Sunday, was also nice.
If no-frills modern is your thing, and you don't mind paying premium prices plus extra fees, the Chambers may be for you.
This is a fantastic hotel, what a great location! Yes it is not your typical full service hotel but who cares! The staff is amazingly friendly, the room is spacious (for NYC standard) and was quite (on the 14th floor). Best of of all the rates were extremely attractive for NYC crazy prices. I would definitely stay there again. Note: Eat at Joe Shanghai (wow!) right in front of the hotel and Naya for a quick lunch! We did not take the breakfast option since there are so many places around there.
I picked this hotel because the location was perfect. We were going to see My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center. The hotel is small and beautiful; very boutique look and feel. The front desk was friendly and efficient. The room was small, but it had everything we needed. Everything was clean and comfortable and quiet. You could not hear any other guests or the elevator making its trip. We will definitely come back again.