The Maritime Hotel
What We Love
- While it’s located within walking distance of the Meatpacking District’s bustling nightlife scene, guest rooms at this Chelsea hotel are cozy and quiet
- Warm, thorough service make guests feel like royalty
- Free bicycles rentals are available to cruise around the 'hood
What To Know
- Tao Downtown restaurant and nightclub is located beneath the hotel
- WiFi is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The fitness room, business center and room service are all available 24/7
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Retro ocean liner. Housed in the former headquarters of the National Maritime Union, the hotel has a nautical theme that feels sophisticated, not kitschy, thanks to a rich palette of navy and hunter green and dark wood accents. The lobby, decorated with buttery leather club chairs and comfy sofas, is particularly cozy in winter thanks to a fireplace where guests can curl up with a book from the hotel’s large collection and a cocktail from the lobby bar.
Bed and Bath
The nautical theme continues in the guestrooms, which are decorated to resemble cabins on a ship. Long, low burnished teak desks and queensize beds with Japanese fabric headboards set back into the wall make the most of the space in Standard Rooms. Bathrooms feature green penny tile and marble, and products from C.O. Bigelow, one of New York’s oldest apothecaries. Five-foot-wide “porthole” windows overlooking the Hudson complete the ship-shape vibe.
La Bottega, the hotel’s former casual trattoria, is currently closed for renovations but will be reopened in late 2015 as a Mario Batali restaurant. This fresh eatery will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and during the warmer months, the newly-renovated restaurant will feature a large patio with plenty of alfresco seating, while the open-air bar on the restaurant’s roof will be a fun, hip choice for cocktails before or after dinner. Until renovations are completed, guests can order delivery from Tao, which dishes up Pan-Asian cuisine.
In the Area
You can feel like you’re in the pulsing heart of Manhattan without even needing to leave the hotel. But you’re also smack-dab in the middle of some of the city’s best shopping and art. So take your plastic for a walk down Washington Street to Diane von Furstenberg’s flagship and along 14th Street to see of-the-moment designer stores like Carlos Miele. If you’d prefer more culinary indulgences, walk up to Chelsea Market and gather picnic essentials among the cheesemongers, lobster purveyors, bakers and gelato makers before checking out the sunset views of the Hudson from your perch above the city on the High Line, a park built on elevated railway lines. Daredevils can learn to fly through the air with the greatest of ease at Trapeze School New York, which sits on a pier on the Hudson during the warmer months.
How to Get There
We anchored our eight-night New York vacation at the Maritime. Very pleased by the attractive decor, the comfortable room with its porthole shaped window, and the friendly staff. Well located with the Chelsea Market and access to the High Line a block to the west and an entrance to the 14th Street subway station a block to the east.
We say, “Set your sails for the Maritime.” Have fun in the Big Apple!
We opted for one of the penthouse suites. Unique with ample room and porthole windows. The design of the lobby made us feel like we were in someone's living room. Breakfast was available until 10:30AM in the lobby. Staff was courteous and helpful. Location was convenient to the High Line and Chelsea Market.
The porthole windows reminisce of the original purpose of the buildings the HQ of the US Maritime union, and the rooms are close to cosy ship cabins with wood paneling with blue carpets and the round windows. Not bad at all though very cosy. The place is extremely cool with musicians, actors and other entertainment businesses associated people. Staff is very friendly and the lobby very relaxed indeed. Breakfast is very good without the usual fried stuff but just simple viennoiserie. The location is superb if you want to enjoy the nightlife of the meat packing district which seems to be the epicentre of Manhattan. The only draw back is the staircase to get from the front door to the lobby but staff is helpful. Really cool no frills down to healthy basics essentials. Again, non tip staff very helpful. I will be back.