Okay, let’s set the scene; I had a three-night stay in New York and a very long bucket list. This meant that the last thing I wanted to be blowing my money on was the hotel. Therefore, you’re about to learn two of my favourite tricks.
- I believe very deeply in the power of research. For this trip, I would be staying over a three-day weekend. When I went online, I checked prices for a booking on Saturday, which would be the most expensive night to stay. That is always a good place to start.
- I’ve never been afraid of switching hotels. I saved myself over $100 by splitting my short stay between two hotels rather than booking three full nights at one location.
The Hotel Chandler is a member of ‘The Small Luxury hotels of the world’ group. I’m quite the fan of this group as they seem aimed to preserve the independent spirit of a small hotel. Their website makes bold and convincing claims, such as “…we think small hotels offer a unique personal touch that leaves a lasting impression.” and “We seek out the little gems that offer genuine, one-of-a-kind experiences…” It’s all very convincing unless you think too hard on the elitism involved in only accepting 5% of hotel applications received each year.
Moving swiftly along, once I got there, the reception staff were the first to make their impression. Incredibly friendly and welcoming, and I’m not just saying that because freshly brewed coffee is available at reception every day, for no extra cost.
It must be said, the Hotel Chandler is a beautiful little hotel! It still maintains much of the architecture from when it was originally built in 1905. One could tell, even now, that the original builders and architects had found themselves afloat in The Beaux-Arts style, which was very popular in America during that period. This style of architecture took influence from that of imperial Rome, which meant that throughout the hotel, characteristics such as arched windows and a hierarchy of space, could be found. In addition to its Michelin Star restaurant, The Hotel Chandler is located beautifully in midtown Manhattan. This meant that I was within walking distance of the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden and Macy’s; to name a few.
My room was the ‘Superior Queen room’. Admittedly, by regular hotel standards, the room was a little on the small side. However, this kind of thing was what I was expecting as New York is famous for its shoe-box hotel rooms. With that said, it was by no means the smallest room I’d ever stayed in. The bathroom was surprisingly large in proportion to the rest of the room. It came fully stocked with Molton Brown toiletries and equip with a rain shower. For the price of your stay, you can make use of facilities like their in-home library and fitness centre.
Overall, they kept their promise to provide “a calm, tranquil oasis” in the middle of the madness that is mid-town Manhattan.
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