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A Garden In Chelsea 3.5

Chelsea, New York City, New York

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  • Serene private garden with sitting area and barbeque
  • In an 1859 brownstone in the heart of Chelsea
  • Walking distance to the High Line, Chelsea Market, and Flatiron
  • One private apartment with helpful hosts
  • Spacious room with kitchenette and large, clean bathroom
  • Can sleep up to four guests
  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Not a full-service hotel
  • Simple, basic decor
  • With only one room, it books up far in advance

Bottom Line

A one-suite guesthouse in a 19th-century brownstone on one of the most picturesque blocks in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, A Garden in Chelsea feels like a private pied-à-terre in New York City. In addition to a kitchenette, leafy private garden, and simple but cozy decor, the hotel has two knowledgeable and helpful innkeepers who live upstairs. Popular sights like the High Line, Chelsea Market, Madison Square Park, and the Flatiron are all within walking distance, the subway is less than three blocks away, and the price reasonable for the neighborhood.

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Private apartment with back patio and helpful innkeepers

The hotel consists of one apartment in a well-maintained 1859 brownstone on a picturesque block; the friendly innkeepers, Karen and Paul, live upstairs, and offer help and suggestions without being overly solicitous. The private back garden has a patio with a table, chairs, and chaise lounge, surrounded by trees and flowers, that feels like an oasis where the hustle and bustle of New York fades away.


On a brownstone block in the heart of Chelsea

The hotel is right in the heart of Chelsea, a block and a half from the High Line, within walking distance of both Chelsea Market and Madison Square Park, two and a half blocks from the C/E subway line for easy access around town, and around the corner from Chelsea's myriad boutiques and restaurants. When it comes to Manhattan, the location couldn't be more central, ideal for both first-time visitors and New York veterans.


Large basement apartment that can sleep up to four

The one room is essentially a self-catering apartment on the basement level of a brownstone, clean and simple with Ikea-style furniture, a kitchenette, sitting area, extensive collection of books, and a flatscreen TV with a DVD collection. The bathroom is notably modern and large, spotlessly clean, with storage space and a walk-in shower, though the rest of the room feels more like a guest bedroom, with patterned sheets and varied furniture. The king bed can be converted into two twins upon request, and air mattresses can be provided for up to two more guests. The room has direct access to the back garden, which means it can feel bright and airy in the spring and summer, though, as a basement apartment, it can lack natural light in winter.


Private garden, kitchenette, and concierge-like hosts

As a one-suite guesthouse, the hotel is pretty basic in terms of traditional amenities, but works well for independent travelers. The private back patio is a highlight, with its greenery and quiet atmosphere offering respite after a day out and about, and the books and DVDs offer entertainment options. Hosts Karen and Paul have lived in the neighborhood for years and can help with suggestions and arrangements if necessary. The self-catering kitchenette allows for more affordable dining options in pricey New York, whether that's picking up a bottle of wine for an aperitif in the garden or stopping by the gourmet grocery for breakfast items.

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439 W 22nd St, New York City, New York 10011-2512, United States

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