“Boldly stylish hotel near Central Park and MoMA, boasting an impressive modern art collection and generous communal spaces”
“Bohemian downtown artist’s loft meets uptown luxury” was the vision for Chambers’ chambers, and the result is an eclectic mix of quirky chic (exposed service pipes, bespoke pulley lamps, wood and glass) and creature comforts (brushed upholstery in pale gold and royal purple, Tibetan wool carpets, underfloor heating, 300-thread count linens). Rooms are a good size for Manhattan, with unusually high ceilings, some are a little worn in places, but there are no quibbles about the spec.
There's all the technology you could wish for - flatscreen TV, WiFi, dual line cordless phones, CD/DVD players and iPod docking stations - plus some extras you wouldn’t expect (sketching paper, baseball hat, shopping bag, magnet wall) and, in the excellent little minibar, Saratoga spring water, Dean & Deluca delights, city guides and cameras. Check the wardrobe for umbrella, safe, iron and board. If you’re still missing something, call reception, who have desk mirrors and all kinds of helpful amenities up their sleeve.
Chambers Queens have a small seating area with an armchair. The Terrace Queen and Corner Kings are slightly larger, and Deluxe Kings larger again, with swanky city views.
Studios come as either Kings or Doubles; Studio Kings have a Japanese soaking tub and an additional double sofa bed, while Studio Doubles have two double beds.
The hotel’s Terrace Suite has a large terrace, while the other suites range from a Studio Suite (great views from the 15th floor) to a massive Duplex Suite (over two levels, with private terrace).
Bathrooms are a little light on counter space, have 9" rainwater style showers (though no doors) and Red Flower toiletries. Floors are sealed concrete and walls are tiled, in keeping with the mix of modern and industrial aesthetic. All the suites have Japanese soaking baths as well as showers.
Wander from the lobby to discover a milk bar with its own street entrance selling cookies and coffee, pies and shakes. Head away from the street to find the hotel bar on a mezzanine level (which is also where breakfast is served) and, downstairs, Má Pêche, Chambers’ partner restaurant, which serves French-Vietnamese cuisine bistro-style - this is one of the Momofuku group of restaurants. Chambers guests get priority seating, thankfully, as this is a popular eatery.
There’s something orchestral about the space here, in height and curvature, where epic ceilings and a dining mezzanine conjure space in the absence of windows, and beige and orange backlit panels bring intimacy. A style concerto that looks modern yet classical.
You can also order room service from Má Pêche and dine on signature dishes such as Beef Seven Ways in front of a twinkling backdrop of glittering skyscrapers. But if you’d rather hit the town, Nobu on 57th is the epitome of chi-chi sushi, and the nearby Carnegie Deli will remind you why New York is famous for its cheesecake. If you want to make your own tea and coffee in-room, kettle, tea bags and coffee machine can be added on request.
The simple breakfast menu has granola, cereal, oatmeal, French toast, fruit, bagel and bun, plus scones and breads, juice, coffee, tea or hot chocolate. The Full Breakfast is also on offer with a range of sides. If you're heading out for the day and pressed for time, just get take-out from the milk bar.
Children are welcome and the location is great for families being so close to Central Park, Times Square and Broadway. There's a choice of nearby subway stations to help explore the city.
Baby cots, rollaway beds, and colouring books are available as are children's dressing gowns and slippers.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
All rooms can take a baby cot, and a rollaway bed can be added to all rooms except the Queen categories. Studio Kings and Studio Suites have sofabeds. The Terrace Suite has a twin sofa bed in its living area as well as a double in the bedroom so is a good option for families, it also shares its terrace with the Terrace Queen, both can therefore be booked together for extended or larger families. The Duplex Suite, the hotel's highest category, offers the most space for families, and also has a sofa that converts to twin beds. Studio King, Studio Suite, Deluxe Suite, Terrace Suite, Duplex Suite rooms all have bathtubs.
Available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The milk bar downstairs is great to pick up snacks such as yummy cookies and pies, plus shakes and rolls. There are plenty of child-friendly options on the breakfast menu, and room service can be ordered. There are heaps of restaurants and eateries nearby, naturally Starbucks is on the corner!
The Duplex Suite has stairs