The Vibe: Playful.
The Area: In Chelsea, on 28th Street, just outside of the shadow of Herald Square. Much of Manhattan is walkable from here: Penn Station, offering access to Amtrak as well as myriad subway connections, is less than a 10-minute walk, Madison Square Park the same distance in the other direction, while the Empire State Building is a 10-minute walk north.
The DNA: Moxy Chelsea is packed with playful touches. For one, the hotel brings the flower district into its premises with a flower shop by accomplished florists Putnam & Putnam (its first outpost), located on the ground floor. Once up the Brutalist concrete staircase, visitors arrive at the cosy lobby lounge, where a succession of hang-out spaces, including a glass-enclosed conservatory with a three-storey high living green wall, provides ample room to work, relax or enjoy a cocktail or two. Further behind, an all-season backyard terrace, Bar Ferroce’s Backyard serves Roman-style pizzas made in a terracotta brick oven and other comforts.
Suite-Me-Up: While the hotel certainly has an array of amenities on offer (a lively bar and club with panoramic views of the city sits on the building’s top floor), guest rooms have been designed as a moment of reprieve from the hubbub of the hotel and beyond. Peg hooks and foldable furniture maximise space in the rooms while wall-to-wall windows, high ceilings and a neutral colour palette add to the airy feel. Clever solutions like underbed storage and multi-purpose furniture emphasises efficiency. Located on the 32nd floor, the over-the-top Mondo Suite is the perfect place for entertaining, with an oversized wet bar, full kitchen/pantry, double height ceilings, and an industrial-loft-style window wall overlooking the Empire State Building. The suite can be booked alone or with one or both of the two adjoining king bedrooms.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 349 rooms & suites (17-105m2) (190-1130 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2018 • architecture: Stonehill Taylor • interior design: Yabu Pushelberg, Rockwell Group • parking possible nearby (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible