I had a couple extra nights added to a work trip, and decided to pick a hotel a little closer to the restaurants and nightlife of Chelsea. The Hotel Indigo Chelsea wasn't the least nor most expensive
pick in the search results, but the location was right and it had been a while since I stayed at an Indigo property, so I gave it a whirl.
I found the room smartly-appointed, even slightly larger than many single-bed NYC hotel rooms I had experienced, with a larger-than-average bathroom. The furnishings and even the paint on some areas of the walls needed a touch-up or refresh, but nothing glaring, once you get past the concept of hardwood floors in a hotel room! The lack of handrails in the glass shower seemed like a potential safety issue, and some water definitely got on the floor, but the Aveda toiletries, fluffy towels and robe more than made up for it. The small tray table for the armchair was also a nice touch, and I found it a more comfortable place to work than at the provided desk. The bed was cozy and the room was plenty quiet for sleeping.
The common areas are sleek and make good use of the smaller space available. I was able to use the hotel wifi from the veranda/patio area and the breakfast bar with no problem. The roof lounge would be slightly more noteworthy or useful to guests if it were open for lunch, or just available to sit and hammer through some emails in the middle of the day.
Staff seemed friendly and efficient all around, and this property is definitely on my short list for return trips to NYC. [Less]