With the management in disarray, having no clue as to how to run the hotel, and having to resort to half-assed attempts to intimidate residents by posting security guards in the lobby (and even having them roam the halls) it's nice to see some semblance of normalcy reasserting itself at the Chelsea.
Problems getting AC, but who cares, since there's naked girls roaming the halls, just like the good ol days. An art student writes in to Tripadvisor say he had a great time:
I was looking for a really cut-rate deal, since I was up there to take art classes on an art grant, and wanted to get the most I could from my money. I was able to get a rate of $119 a night, as long as I was willing to share a bath which I was. I wrote first to confirm (via e-mail) that my room would have air conditioning and got a positive affirmation that it would have AC, but when I checked in, my room did NOT have A/C- a big problem in July and during a heat wave.
Fortunately, I had a copy of my e-mail, and though they were not able to move me then, I was moved to a new room with AC the next morning.
The new room was spacious and was clean. The hotel was built in the 1880's, so if you are expecting pristine, perfectly painted newness, go somewhere else, but if you want a place with a kind of quirky ambiance and some real character- this is a good choice.
It was artsy, real, friendly (I met a few residents who were very nice), odd and free-spirited (yep, I actually saw a naked girl making her way back from the shared bath in the middle of the night)., None of this bugged me- I kind of liked the whole vibe there. Staff, especially the bellmen, were helpful and accommodating. For $119/night, I wasn't expecting the moon, but what I got was perfect for me.