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The Maritime Hotel 4.0

Chelsea, New York City, New York

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Pros

  • Boutique hotel designed to look like a vintage luxury liner
  • Trendy location across from Chelsea Market and near Meatpacking District
  • Easy walk to subway, with convenient access to Manhattan attractions
  • Large "ship cabin" rooms with teakwood walls and porthole windows
  • Generously stocked minibars, HDTVs, and digital music players in rooms
  • Penny-tile bathrooms with rainfall showers, robes, and C.O. Bigelow toiletries
  • Italian trattoria with a tapas bar and a Michelin-star dinner menu
  • Stylish basement-level nightclub serves dinner and drinks until late
  • Fitness room with free weights and modern cardio equipment
  • Concierge service and 24-hour room service
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel 

Cons

  • Limited wellness facilities (small gym, no pool or spa)
  • Some street noise reaches rooms (earplugs provided)
  • Breakfast costs an extra fee

Bottom Line

Housed in a porthole-window-studded building in trendy Chelsea, the 125-room Maritime Hotel is a charming, upscale property that offers the look of a vintage luxury liner. Large "ship cabin" inspired rooms are spacious for Manhattan and feature teakwood walls and penny-tile bathrooms with rainfall showers. They're packed with amenities, too -- HDTVs, minibars, digital music players, robes, and nice C.O. Bigelow toiletries. The hotel has a chic basement level nightclub and an Italian trattoria with a tapas bar and a Michelin-starred dinner menu. Staff offer concierge service and 24-hour room service, plus pets stay free. Wellness facilities are limited though -- there's a small gym, but no pool or spa. By comparison, Dream Downtown offers more amenities -- like a pool -- but lacks the thematic charm and intimacy of this smaller hotel. 

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Scene

Charming, nautical decor offers the look of a vintage luxury liner

The Martime Hotel announces its nautical theme with a narrow 12-story white-tile and cement facade lined evenly in porthole windows. The building was designed as the headquarters of the National Maritime Union in the 1960s, and in 2003 it opened, to much acclaim, as the charming luxury-liner-themed hotel it is today. In early 2016, the hotel underwent major renovations, which included a new restaurant and lobby overhaul, among other updates. Vintage, nautical charm is the name of the game here, with blue carpeting and lots of wood accents that call to mind retro ships' cabins. In the lobby, rich wood walls are topped with long ocean-themed murals, while bookshelves and red velvet armchairs gathered near a fireplace lend a cozy feel. As much as the hotel delivers on decor, it also delivers on service and amenities, which include an on-site Michelin-starred restaurant and a chic basement-level nightclub, making this hotel a haven for business travelers and couples alike. 

Location

In a trendy spot, right across the street from Chelsea Market and near Meatpacking District

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The Maritime is situated right across the street from the shops, famous bakeries, and restaurants in the Chelsea Market, a former Oreo cookie factory that also houses upscale offices. Nearby neighborhood attractions include Hudson River Park, Chelsea Piers, and the Highline. The hotel is equidistant from the heart of Chelsea, the swank nightclubs in the Meatpacking District, and the more quaint West Village, three of the city's most fashionable destinations. Many elements of the West Village culture -- gay clubs, art galleries, and trendy restaurants -- have migrated north to the bordering neighborhood of Chelsea over the past decade. Today, with some 350 art galleries, it's often considered the epicenter of New York's contemporary art scene. With six major subway lines an easy walk from the hotel, many of the top Manhattan tourist destinations are reachable in 20 minutes or less.

  • Six-minute walk to A, C, E, and L subway stop on 14th Street
  • Eight-minute walk to the Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Nine-minute walk to the 1, 2, and 3 subway stop on 14th Street
  • 16 minutes to Museum of Modern Art via public transit
  • 16 minutes to Times Square via public transit
  • 17 minutes to Central Park via public transit
  • 19 minutes to Empire State Building via public transit
  • 30 minutes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) via public transit
  • 31 minutes to Battery Park via public transit
  • One hour to JFK Airport via public transit
  • One hour to LaGuardia Airport via public transit

Rooms

Generous stateroom-inspired guest rooms with high-end amenities

Rooms are charming, with decor inspired by vintage ship cabins and staterooms. Blue wool wall-to-wall carpeting is paired with dark teakwood walls and furniture, and most of the five-foot porthole windows look out over the Hudson River. Details make the difference here: Beds are accented with Japanese fabric headboards; chairs are upholstered in fabric featuring vintage maps of Manhattan; and desk calendars are trimmed in stylish blue-and-white airmail patterns. Contemporary bathrooms feature green penny-tiled walls, marble sinks, and roomy walk-in rainfall showers. Rooms are generously sized, especially for Manhattan, with entry-level rooms measuring at least 250 square feet and the rooftop penthouse topping out at 1,000 square feet, with an even larger private terrace.

Rooms are air-conditioned and feature Sealy Posturepedic mattresses and Mascioni linens, sitting areas, work desks, 32-inch HDTVs, digital music players, and free Wi-Fi. Minibars are generously stocked. Though coffee/tea service is only available on request, room service is offered 24 hours. Bathrooms are stocked with high-end C.O. Bigelow toiletries, robes, and even toothpaste. Earplugs are also provided -- a clue that street noise can occasionally be an issue. 

Features

Michelin-starred dining, basement nightclub, and upscale service, but limited wellness facilities

The hotel's standout amenities include La Sirena, an Italian-style trattoria with a marble bar, tapas, and a Michelin-starred dinner menu. A la carte breakfast are available, but cost an extra fee, though coffee and tea are available at the hotel for free in the mornings. The basement-level TAO Downtown is a chic nightclub with a restaurant and bar, open until the wee hours on weekends. The hotel also has a small fitness room with free weights and a few pieces of modern cardio equipment like an elliptical and treadmill, but there's no spa or pool. The Maritime also has a small business center with a computer and printer for guest use, and Wi-Fi throughout the hotel is free. Staff offer concierge services and 24-hour room service. Family-friendly conveniences, like babysitting and cribs, are available upon request. Pets stay free. 

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Address

363 W 16th St, New York City, New York 10011-5902, United States

Phone

(212) 242-4300

Also Known As

  • Maritime Hotel New York
  • Maritime Hotel New York City

Room Types

  • Penthouse
  • Standard Room

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