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This understated boutique in Flatiron has small rooms and a cozy atmosphere.
The tone of this 125-room boutique hotel is cordial with competent service, a few high-end touches (like nightly service with chocolates on the pillow), and a smaller, not-too-corporate vibe in the low-key nighborhood where the Flatiron District and Murray Hill meet (a short walk from nine subway lines and affordable international fare in Koreatown and "Curry Hill").
Before opening as the Chandler in 2001, this building (circa 1907) had many lives: a welfare hotel; a halfway house; a temporary home to Leona Helmsey in her meaner days. The hotel underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in to public spaces and the on-site restaurant, but the guest rooms are all well designed and include high-end details like Frette linens, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, and rainfall showerheads. Sufficient goodies -- free Wi-Fi, a well-equipped and cheerfully painted fitness center with a Finnish sauna, and free coffee and tea throughout the day -- keep business travelers and other visitors coming back to the hotel, year after year. Though competing boutique hotels might be a little classier (the Carlton) or more stylish (the Hotel Roger Williams), Hotel Chandler is still a pleasant option, especially for visitors who are already familiar with New York and want to be a bit outside the tourist crowds in .
Attentive and competent
The hotel offers the level of attentiveness you'd expect from a small and well-managed boutique, but there's nothing about the service that feels excessive. Guests ask for something and they receive it in a timely manner.
At the center of Murray Hill, with easy access to nine different subway lines
Murray Hill is a mixed business and residential neighborhood, just south of the Theater District and Times Square. While some streets hold high-rise office buildings (including the Empire State Building) others are quiet and treelined, like the Hotel Chandler's.
In addition to the shopping at Herald Square -- the hotel is two blocks from Macy's and the Manhattan Mall -- there are interesting places to eat in Koreatown (kimchi and dumplings with authentic karaoke) and in Curry Hill, which has some of the city's best Indian food.
Simply decorated with wooden furniture, soft carpeting, and velvet chairs, but some standard rooms are small and lack natural light
Various room combinations and a quite, low-key location make the Hotel Chandler a reasonable choice for families
Since guest rooms are on the smaller side (and there are no rollaway beds available), families will need to upgrade to a room with two twin or two double beds or to one of the hotel's suites, each of which have a pullout sofa and can sleep up to four people.
Onsite restaurant and bar has serviceable American food, but there are plenty of great international eateries in the neighborhood.
The hotel is situated a block from Koreatown which has plenty of great places for bibimbap, sushi, dumplings, and kimchi. Several blocks south on Lexington Avenue is known as "Curry Hill" for its wealth of Indian restaurants and ethnic grocery stores. The hotel also has several on-site options
About 30 to 90 minutes from three airports
New York has three nearby airports: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark (in New Jersey). Flying into JFK or LaGuardia is typically easiest and the least time consuming. From JFK, it's a flat-rate $45 (one-hour) taxi to anywhere in Manhattan. From LaGuardia, it's about a $40 (30-minute) metered cab ride to midtown Manhattan. Rides from Newark cost at least $40 (plus tolls) and can take over 1.5 hours. Don't forget to tip your driver 15 to 25 percent.
To save some cash, group shuttles are available at all three airports for about $14 per person. For more information on the shuttles, go to Super Shuttle or New York Airport Service. You can also take public transit from any of the airports for as little as $7 per person, but travel times can take up to two hours and involve a lot of lugging bags up and down stairs. For mass-transit directions right to the hotel, check out HopStop.com.
Located in Murray Hill, a quieter, less-touristed area in the middle of Manhattan, the charming, 123-room Hotel Chandler offers nightly turndowns, a sauna, top-notch bedding, and Aveda bath products. It's a fine pick for the price, but it's worth comparing its rates to those at the nearby Carlton and Roger Williams hotels.