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A sophisticated boutique hotel in Manhattan’s Flatiron District
The Hotel Chandler is a stylish and sophisticated boutique in the Flatiron district. An attention to detail, both in the hotel’s contemporary style and also in its on-site amenities, pervades throughout. The lobby features a warm color palate in hues of gold and brown. Artwork is simple but thoughtful, merging elements from vintage New York with other pieces from around the globe.
The charming Library Room includes a fireplace and flat-screen television, making it a central location for guests to converge. The Chandler Lounge, where breakfast is served daily, is also a popular spot for both guests and locals looking for a quick cup of coffee and a convenient meeting space.
A busy Flatiron location on 31st and Madison isn't half as stylish as the hotel itself.
Located on a quiet block in the Flatiron District, the Hotel Chandler gets points for proximity to major tourist sights -- and to some of the city’s biggest businesses. But the slightly unattractive area in the immediate vicinity clashes a tad with the hotel’s elegant vibe. Guests who look beyond this will be blocks from the Empire State Building, Penn Station, and five subway lines. For those up for a slightly longer walk, it's 20 minutes by foot to Times Square.
Contemporary decor and thoughtful extras add to small spaces.
Rooms at the Chandler are on the small side, but they feature contemporary decor and upscale touches such as Frette linens and Molton Brown toiletries. Modern tech features include flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Other details, such a drawer with slippers and an umbrella, are thoughtful. All rooms -- and bathrooms -- are bright and airy, though views aren’t much to speak of.
Premium Rooms are located in a separate wing of the hotel and have been more recently added to the property. Their decor is slightly more modern, and the layouts are more spacious. Guests who want to spread out and desire the most updated space will likely enjoy these rooms.
An excellent restaurant with a Michelin-starred chef
The most impressive on-site amenity is Juni -- a restaurant from two-time Michelin-starred chef Shaun Haggert. Serving contemporary American cuisine in a sophisticated setting, the restaurant attracts locals as well as guests. Breakfast is also served daily in the Chandler Lounge, located toward the back of the lobby where coffee and tea is also available free of charge throughout the day.
Other on-site amenities include a small fitness center with several machines and a shower; it used to be a hotel room itself. The business center, located in the lobby, allows guests to check their e-mail and print boarding passes. There is only one terminal, however.
The 138-room Hotel Chandler is a charming boutique in a convenient location in the Flatiron District, within walking distance of the Empire State Building and Penn Station. Contemporary rooms feature solid amenities, including Frette linens, Molton Brown toiletries, and iPod docks. The restaurant, Juni, serves American cuisine from a Michelin-starred chef in an airy and sophisticated setting. There is also a great on-site bar and a lounge serving free coffee and tea throughout the day. Many guests can be seen relaxing in the library off the lobby, which comes complete with a fireplace and another television. Overall, this is a solid upscale option, but it is worth comparing rates with the nearby Roger New York or Eventi.
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