Review: Moxy Hotel Chelsea New York City

Coming in hot to NYC from our incredible Cathay First Class flight from Vietnam, (and with a Moxy Hotel opening in Melbourne in 2021) we opted to stay at the brand new Moxy Hotel Chelsea NYC. Despite being open, Moxy Hotel Chelsea was definitely in a soft opening phase, just days into being bookable by the public. The second-floor dining and lounge space was still under construction during our stay which resulted in a rather haphazard breakfast service in the hotel’s top floor bar.

Ultimately, it felt like the whole hotel was partially incomplete so I chose not to photograph a number of the common spaces. Architects Stonehill Taylor have some great shots of the finished Moxy Chelsea hotel that you can view here.

Moxy Hotel Chelsea
Moxy Hotel Exterior via Stonehill Taylor

Cost And Points

Total Cost: AU$842.24
Average Per Night: AU$280.75


An average price of $280.75 for a Twin Room for three nights, from Thursday to Sunday is pretty compelling, especially at a brand new hotel.

While the Moxy Hotel Chelsea is a subsidiary of Marriott and their Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program, currently the hotel is not available to be booked with points.

Location

Address: 105 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001, USA

If a central Manhattan location is important to you, the Moxy Hotel Chelsea is about as good as it gets. We walked everywhere, roughly 35mins down to Soho or East Village, half an hour to Central Park, 20mins to Chelsea Market and Meat Packing and a stones throw from the Flatiron and Empire State buildings or Madison Square Garden. 28th St and Broadway subway station is also only a 2min dash away.

Check-In

The moody, modern lobby.

Marriott’s Moxy Hotel concept, centres around engaging millennial travellers, thus the vibe is very much friendly fun, almost casual. The entrance of the Moxy Hotel Chelsea is themed to match the local flower district in which it resides. The lobby beyond is modern and simple with a two floating desks hanging from the ceiling, and smiling staff ready to check you in. The process was swift and painless.

Room

A small table with retro phone seperate the beds.

Being only a few days old, our Twin Room was so fresh it smelt like the paint was still drying. Naturally, everything was in pristine condition, including the various room accoutrements hanging on the wall hooks. With two double beds filling the space, it was quite compact, meaning everything has been considered to optimise it. Hooks replace a wardrobe while hanging linen doubles as a bed head and a wall feature.

A foldable table, seat and tray hang to conserve space.

The well-appointed bathroom spread the width of the room with a good size basin and shower with great water pressure. The design of the rooms is noticeably ‘hip’ with white subway tiles, feature basins and mirrors as well as retro fittings.

GROW.

The windows crack just enough to let in some fresh air and the beds are just delightful. It’s obvious who the target audience is, as the room almost verges on trying too hard, but refreshingly, avoids doing so.

UP.

Eating

The bar come buffet.

As I outlined in my opening, the Moxy Hotel Chelsea wasn’t complete when we stayed so we were limited to sampling the breakfast only. To be honest, we found the whole breakfast situation pretty random but I appreciate them for putting something on.

An impressive assortment of fresh fruit.

Guests milled around the top floor bar with paper plates choosing from a variety of continental options including a nice fresh fruit selection, cakes and coffee.

The sitting area in the bar.

I’m not a big breakfast eater so I wasn’t bothered but it certainly came across quite lacklustre, and the bar, while pretty, looked quite desolate in the morning. An Italian restaurant is set to open on Level 2 to compliment an Italian cafe attached to the foyer below.

Facilities

Grim inspirational quotes find a home in the fitness centre.

To the left-hand side of the lobby are stairs that descend to a fitness centre. I didn’t use it so I can’t attest to its quality however space is generous. I did pop my head into the second-floor construction site and it did appear that a number of great common and workspaces were being built, however again I couldn’t properly comment without them being finished.

Service

I enjoy a hotel that doesn’t take themselves too seriously and Moxy Hotel Chelsea got that just right. I dealt with a handful of reception staff over our three-day stay and they were all helpful and friendly, as were the various doormen we interacted with. Upstairs during the breakfast service, however, the room was clearly overstaffed, with lots of hanging around looking for something to do, which I hate and, in a city where tipping is required, makes for an anxiety inducing meal.

Good Stay?

Regardless of the Moxy Hotel Chelsea being partially incomplete, we thought the room was great, with excellent beds that cured our hangovers with ease. At the price of $280 AUD a night, I think it presents pretty good value for Manhattan and when paired with its location, makes for a very appealing package.

Had it been complete, and we could have enjoyed everything the hotel had to offer, I think I would have enjoyed our stay even more. It’s definitely a hotel I would recommend to 20-40 year olds and one I’d be happy to stay at again.

To earn Marriott Bonvoy Points ensure you book directly through the Moxy Hotel Chelsea NYC website.

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