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Hotel Highlights

  • Great base for shopping and sightseeing
  • Central Midtown location, near Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Broadway
  • Sophisticated modern design by David Rockwell

Overview

Just when you thought you'd seen most urban design tricks, this modernist midtown Manhattan boutique hotel pulls a few surprises out of the bag: concrete in the bathroom, unplastered ceiling and exposed pipes for the fire sprinkler and a desk befitting a graphic designer (pot of sharp coloured pencils and a roll of tracing paper to doodle on). In contrast, the furnishings at Chambers are cosy, with a palette of soft aubergine, gentle lime green and muted taupe. Heavy suede curtains block out the outside. Industrial lamps match the concrete ceiling for contemporary edge, but underfloor heating means that cool urban look never gets chilly.

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Treats from Momofuku's Milk Bar

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Chambers

Advance purchase: 15% off

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

77 rooms: 44 standard rooms, 16 deluxe rooms, 12 studios, one studio suite and four one-bedroom suites.

Check–out

Check-in is 3pm, check-out 12 noon. Some flexibility on request, according to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $325.00, excluding tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $3.50 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates are seasonal and vary weekday to weekend.

At the hotel

CD/DVD with big library, wall-mounted 42-inch plasma screen in suites. Frette bathrobes, Red Flower products. Passes to nearby fitness centre, in-room yoga instruction and massage, personal trainer, personal shopper, concierge, valet parking.

Our favourite rooms

Deluxe rooms face onto 56th Street, with lots of light and floor-to-ceiling windows. The Studio Suite is on the 15th floor, with a deep tub in a big bathroom. The 900-square-foot Duplex Suite has a vast terrace with walnut floors and a wow of a view.

Packing tips

A warm coat and snow boots in winter.

Also

Small dogs permitted (25lb and under), with a waiver to sign on check-in in case of not-so-little accidents.

Children

Children are welcome; nanny services, free cribs and cots, plus games and DVDs are available. No connecting rooms.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Sit in the warm peachy glow of Má Pêche, Chambers' new restaurant, and sample the French-Vietnamese fusion food – dishes include squid salad with peanuts, mussels with crab paste and beer, and pork ribs with lemongrass caramel. At the moment, the restaurant only serves breakfast and lunch, along with a takeaway lunch and bar menu. Sweet-tooths should pick up an in-room treat from Momofuku Milk Bar – try the cereal milk, marshmallow cookies or calorific pies.

Hotel Bar

The bar area in Má Pêche serves up elegant cocktails and stays open until 12am.

Last orders

Má Pêche is open for breakfast from 7am to 11am, for lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm. The bar menu is available between 11.30am and 11pm.

Room service

There's a full restaurant menu available during kitchen opening hours.

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Dress code

Rock-star casual cool.

Top table

Grab a place at the giant communal table and make some new friends.

Local Guide

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Chambers Hotel – New York – USA
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

With Central Park just three blocks away, you’ll want to leave the spectacular views from your room, trust us, and venture over to see what the 843-acre park has to offer. Stroll through the grounds or take a tourist-favourite horse-drawn carriage ride and immerse yourself in the heart of New York City. Meander over to Columbus Circle and spend a few hours at the Museum of Arts and Design (+1 212 299 7777). Hop on a guided gallery tour or wander freely through the four exhibition floors that host rotating special exhibits. Head down to Madison and 51st Street and walk through the grand interior of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, one of the largest in the US (+1 212 753 2261). Guided tours are also available should you want to learn more about its rich history.

Theatregoers will want to plan in advance and purchase tickets to a Broadway show before heading to New York. If you can’t score tickets visit Times Square’s TKTS Booth for discounted same-day tickets.

Local restaurants

For a meal to remember, make a reservation for a four-course chef’s tasting menu at Le Bernardin, the highly acclaimed four-star seafood restaurant a mere five blocks from the hotel (+1 212 554 1515). Make your way over to Central Park for inventive takes on classic steakhouse favourites in a refined atmosphere at Quality Meats (+1 212 371 7777). Before your Broadway show, stop into Estiatorio Milos for their pre-theatre option, a prix fixe Greek menu with the likes of fresh calamari and lamb chops (+212 245 7400). Dine on creative, fresh sushi at Sushi Zen on W 44th ¬¬– grab a seat at the sushi bar to chat with the chefs and try the day's catch (+1 212 302 0707).

Local bars

Plan a night out to Club Macanudo on Madison and 63rd Street, a relaxed den known for its renowned cigar collection and signature Sixty-Third Street martini (+1 212 752 8200).

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Midtown west

Chambers

15 West 56th Street, New York 10019, United States

Planes

JFK, Newark and La Guardia are all within driving distance. The closest is La Guardia, a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Virgin Atlantic has regular flights from London (www.virginatlantic.com).

Trains

New York Penn Station and Grand Central station are both around a 5-minute drive from the hotel. From here, you'll be able to pick up Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) services to other destinations all over the USA. Penn Station will get you to the Hamptons, too, on the Long Island Rail Road (www.lirr.org).

Automobiles

From La Guardia, hit the Grand Central Parkway and then pick up the Brooklyn Queens Expressway towards Manhattan. From JFK, take the Van Wyck Expressway then the Long Island Expressway, before heading over to Manhattan on the Queens Midtown Expressway.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

I'm a city girl at heart. I love the bright lights and the buzz of arriving in a metropolis. I love feeling I’m part of a tireless engine, in a place where world-changing moments come and go, where big deals are done. When I find out I’m going to stay in a boutique hotel in New York for three days, I’m so excited I start packing immediately (and it’s still a month away…
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Chambers

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

I'm a city girl at heart. I love the bright lights and the buzz of arriving in a metropolis. I love feeling I’m part of a tireless engine, in a place where world-changing moments come and go, where big deals are done. When I find out I’m going to stay in a boutique hotel in New York for three days, I’m so excited I start packing immediately (and it’s still a month away).

For me, New York City is all about consumption – food, drink, fashion. Three days in this city and a credit card on nought… Perfect. Forget work and forget the mortgage – for three days, I’m going to be glamour personified. I want to sip the most delicious manhattan, in the coolest bar in Manhattan. I want to do brunch at an all-American diner. And I want to arrive at a fabulous restaurant at midnight and find it full of other diners.

I’m a little disappointed to fly into Newark because, although it’s just the same distance into the centre, you don’t get the JFK route’s postcard view of Manhattan as you drive over the bridge. But not much can dampen the exhilaration of arriving in a city that gives you the distinct feeling you’re starring in your own movie. The grid of streets feels foreign and familiar at the same time. The huge wooden front doors to Chambers Hotel open as we approach, and a porter whisks our luggage away. The lobby is warm and welcoming, with a modern fireplace, comfy chairs and a cosy bar. We’re worn out, but we can't resist one drink before bed. The bar is just to one side of the lobby and the chatty barman mixes a perfect martini. The place is buzzing, as groups of New Yorkers arrive to dine at Chambers’ basement restaurant, Town. We’ve had it though. We retire, excited about the next day.

We wake up on Saturday morning to the sounds of the city (traffic hum, distant sirens). Our quarters are very comfortable and very cool. The room is designed to feel like a loft apartment, with concrete in the bathroom, an unplastered ceiling and exposed pipes for the fire sprinkler. The furnishings are cosy, and heavy suede curtains block out the outside. Industrial lamps match the concrete ceiling for contemporary edge, but underfloor heating means the urban look never gets chilly.

The power shower demonstrates more power than any I have ever known. Drench is not the word. The oversize Bumble and Bumble shampoos and conditioners make us feel at home – much nicer than fumbling to squeeze out the tiny bit of product in a weeny bottle. Before setting off, we raid the creative minibar, which contains city guides, cameras and, of course, the all-important Oreos. I stash these carefully; my partner will need them as Scooby snacks and incentives to carry on shopping if he starts flagging.

The only good thing I can say about jetlag is that at least you wake up early enough not to miss any of the day ahead which, looking out of the window and up (if you look straight ahead all you see is concrete) is going to be a classic, blue-sky New York winter’s day. We wrap up warm and consider the agenda. It’s a hectic schedule of shopping, shopping and shopping. But first, an all-American breakfast at the Brooklyn Diner: pancakes, maple syrup, huge portions, never-ending coffee – yum.

Appropriately prepped, we set off for a day of pounding the streets, straight down to Bleecker Street for the boutiques. I drag my poor, long-suffering partner round until he starts begging for coffee. We make a beeline for the magical Magnolia Bakery at the end of Bleecker and indulge in cupcakes and what my partner announces is the best cheesecake in the world. We then head for Thompson Street in SoHo – home to further yes-please boutiques and little shops. I arrange a win-win situation for Mr Smith, by leaving him sipping designer hot chocolate at Vosges, while I order a sexy, made-to-measure corset from Selima.

All shopped out, we head back towards Chambers. It’s no chore to take in a bit of culture on the way; our modern midtown pad is very close to the Museum of Modern Art. We nip in to wonder at just a few of the fantastic pieces, as well as the beautiful new building, then head back to the hotel for another shower. Changed and ready for the evening, we have a drink in the Chambers bar then step out into the bright lights. We have arranged to meet friends for dinner at Thor, the hip restaurant at the Hotel on Rivington on the Lower East Side of New York. The rest of the evening is spent in various bars on the LES; it’s not as developed as the Meatpacking District across on the West, and definitely the hippest area. It’s packed full of bars, with people spilling out on to the street, even in winter, and you can’t help but get caught up in the party atmosphere.

The problem with writing an account of any New York experience is that there is never going to be enough space. I haven’t yet mentioned our stroll through a quiet and wintry Central Park, the perfect bagel from a street stall, sipping manhattans at the top of the Rockefeller centre, or standing in the middle of Times Square mesmerised by the advertising lights. It’s that old film-set feeling: whether you’re working an impossibly glamorous scene for real, or you’re just walking down a gritty street, steam rising from grills and ‘don’t walk’ signs flickering on and off, mundane just never comes into it. With its relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and sophisticated but not intimidating design, Chambers makes a suitably stylish backdrop to our own movie cult classic: a shopping-themed love story with a happy ending.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Chambers's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a small hotel with nice sized rooms, in a great location off Fifth Avenue. Great amenities and shower!

Don’t expect

I found the restaurant loud and the food poor. I thought the coffee at breakfast was dreadful.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We stayed in a lovely, spacious room with an enormous bed and floor-to-ceiling windows. They have the best rain-shower ever and gorgeous bathroom products. There was free coffee in the morning from the milk bar. They gave us a later check-out which was good as we had a night flight.

Don’t expect

Local knowledge from the staff on reception (when we were there) could've been better. They couldn't recommend a place for us to have breakfast. The door staff were friendly and helpful though.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the friendly, attentive service.

Don’t expect

The closet space could be better.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel was quirky and individual, and wonderfully centrally located. The staff couldn't have been more helpful – they were excellent.

Rating: 7/10 stars