Hotel Indigo Chelsea New York Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Chelsea, Manhattan, New York City

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Pros

  • Comfortable, stylish rooms
  • 37-inch flat-screen TVs with over 150 channels
  • Double pane windows keep out the noise of busy flower district
  • Superb restaurant with a former Le Cirque chef
  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms and in lobby
  • Small but adequate 24-hour gym
  • iPod docks
  • The staff is enthusiastically helpful.

Cons

  • Tiny business center with only two terminals
  • Water pressure on the highest floors is not strong.

Bottom Line

Opened in October 2009, this 122-room boutique in midtown Manhattan is a full-service hotel in miniature, with plush rooms, excellent views of midtown, a gym, a business center, an elegant restaurant and lounge, and a 19th-floor rooftop bar. Comfortable and well-equipped rooms are hard to beat, for the price -- only those at the nearby Fashion 26 can compare.

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Supremely comfortable rooms and plenty of amenities in a stylish boutique on the edge of the midtown business district

The uniformly young and enthusiastic staff
The uniformly young and enthusiastic staff

Indigo hotels are a line of boutique properties owned by Intercontinental -- basically the company's answer to Starwood's successful W chain. The Hotel Indigo Chelsea is not as in-your-face hip as, say, the W Hotel Union Square. Nor does it aim to compete with the city's new generation of chic downtown boutiques, places like the Thompson LES. Instead, Hotel Indigo goes for a practical approach -- stylish but not relentlessly styled, elegant but filled with fun splashes of color, intimate but outfitted with high-grade amenities.

The location is off the beaten track. Although technically in Chelsea, it's at the northern most end in the heart of a working neighborhood, the flower district, and the streets in front are congested with delivery trucks. There are no clubs or fancy restaurants in the immediate vicinity. Though it won't particularly appeal to club hoppers and gourmands, the location is ideal for shoppers looking for deals at nearby Macy's and business travelers with meetings in midtown or trade events at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. It's also a smart, centrally located base camp for tourists.

At 200 to 250 square feet, the extremely comfortable standard rooms are slightly larger than average, by Manhattan standards, if not quite as large as the rooms at the nearby Fashion 26. The comfortably firm mattreses are dressed in 300-thread-count linens, down comforters and five fluffy pillows per bed. High-grade electronics include iPod docks and 37-inch Sony flat-screens. The rooms in the front tend to be smaller but they have fantastic views of classic working lofts and a few landmark skyscrapers like the Metropolitan Life Tower on Madison Square Park.

Blu, the hotel restaurant and lounge, is chic and stylish, decorated with classic and European cinema memorobilia. The chef used to work at Le Cirque, and the food is absolutely delicious, though served, like the hotel itself, in small and pricey portions. The Blu kitchen provides room service meals daily. The 19th-floor rooftop bar and lounge, Glass Bar, serves cocktails and Mediterranean-inspired small plates.

 Location

In the heart of midtown's flower district, near Herald Square, the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden

The Indigo is located on West 28th Street in the heart of the flower district, or what's left of it. Flower shops have lined the street here between Avenue of the Americas and 7th Avenue for 100 years, but are now being pushed out. Although technically in Chelsea, the hotel is at the northernmost end of the neighborhood, in the heart of a working neighborhood, and on the edge of midtown. The streets in front are congested with delivery trucks. There are no clubs or fancy restaurants in the immediate vicinity. Though it won't particularly appeal to club hoppers and gourmands, the location is ideal for shoppers looking for deals at nearby Macy's and business travelers with meetings in midtown or trade events at the Javits Center. It's also a smart, centrally located base camp for tourists.

  • Macy's is six blocks north on 34th Street.
  • 7th Avenue local (1 train) is on 28th Street, just a few steps away from the Indigo.
  • The Empire State Building is seven blocks north on 35th Street.
  • Madison Square Garden/Pennsylvania Station is three blocks west 8th Avenue and 31st Street.
  • Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is four blocks west.

 Bottom Line

Opened in October 2009, this 122-room boutique in midtown Manhattan is a full-service hotel in miniature, with plush rooms, excellent views of midtown, a gym, a business center, an elegant restaurant and lounge, and a 19th-floor rooftop bar. Comfortable and well-equipped rooms are hard to beat, for the price -- only those at the nearby Fashion 26 can compare.

Things You Should Know About Hotel Indigo Chelsea New York

Address

  • 127 West 28th Street, New York City, NY, US

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Hotel Indigo New York City, Chelsea

Room Types

  • One King Bed Leisure Room
  • One King Suite
  • Standard Room
  • Two Double Beds Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 122
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Chelsea, Manhattan
Address: 127 West 28th Street, New York City, NY, US
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