Hotel review: Moxy Chelsea, New York

ByTravelling For Business

July 10, 2022
Marriott International introduced its Moxy Hotels brand in 2014. There are now nearly 100 open, with many more in the pipeline including the Moxy Williamsburg and the Moxy Lower East Side. This property opened in February 2019.Marriott International introduced its Moxy Hotels brand in 2014. There are now nearly 100 open, with many more in the pipeline including the Moxy Williamsburg and the Moxy Lower East Side. This property opened in February 2019.

Marriott International introduced its Moxy Hotels brand back in 2014, and since then, it has steadily expanded, with nearly 100 locations open and many more in development, including the upcoming Moxy Williamsburg and Moxy Lower East Side. Among these, Moxy Chelsea made its debut in February 2019.

Situated in Chelsea, near the intersection of 6th Avenue and West 28th Street, Moxy Chelsea offers convenience for travellers. Penn Station is just a brief five-minute stroll away, providing easy access to JFK airport via train, which often proves faster than opting for a taxi, particularly if you’re travelling light.

Like many hotels in New York City, Moxy Chelsea’s true scale becomes apparent only when viewed from across the street, where you can behold its slender silhouette stretching across 35 storeys. While somewhat unassuming from afar, its facade is impressive, leading into a lobby adorned with an “urban jungle” aesthetic, marrying botanical influences with Italian charm. Given its location in the Flower District, this design choice feels fitting, especially with the presence of a florist named Starbright Floral Design within the lobby. The surrounding area, with its abundance of plants for sale during the day, offers a stark contrast to the urban landscape, with many nearby businesses still recovering from the pandemic.

Design

Designed by Yabu Pushelberg and Rockwell Group—the same team behind Moxy Times Square—the hotel’s rooms bear a familiar style, though the public spaces boast a distinct character. Reflecting the lush atmosphere of the Flower Market, the architecture juxtaposes an industrial exterior with a glass atrium featuring vertical gardens.

Check-in Experience

Guests can expect a warm and efficient welcome upon arrival, with a seamless check-in process. A striking wood-cast concrete staircase leads from the check-in area to the upper floors, offering an alternative to the lifts.

Moxy Chelsea King-View

Rooms

The 350 rooms are small(ish), at around 17 sqm, but seem larger, partly because of the floor-to-ceiling windows and partly because of the design which makes the most of the space that there is.

While the 350 rooms may be on the smaller side, averaging around 17 square meters, clever design choices lend them a more spacious feel. Floor-to-ceiling windows and thoughtful layouts maximize available space, with amenities like hangers, under-bed storage, and a narrow washbasin contributing to the room’s functionality. The bed is notably comfortable, complemented by a small work desk and charging points conveniently situated throughout.

Moxy Chelsea offers a range of room types, from standard rooms on floors 4-21 to those with city views on floors 22-32. The hotel also features King and Double rooms, along with Quad Bunk rooms suitable for accommodating up to four guests. For those seeking a more luxurious experience, the Mondo Suite offers expansive space and versatile configurations.

Rooms on higher floors afford breathtaking views of the Empire State Building, making them highly coveted. The sight is truly remarkable and rivals some of the best vistas the city has to offer.

Food and drink

Guests can enjoy refreshments at the Café d’Avignon Popup at Feroce Caffe, while the main Feroce Caffe serves authentic Italian cuisine (currently closed due to the pandemic, slated to reopen in September). On the second floor, Bar Feroce and The Secret Garden provide a combined bar and workspace during the day, transitioning into a vibrant nightlife spot come evening. The crown jewel, however, is The Fleur Room on the 35th floor, offering panoramic views and a lively atmosphere.

Moxy Chelsea New York Bar-Feroce

Meetings

Moxy Chelsea offers versatile event spaces, including meeting studios, private dining rooms, and The Fleur Room, suitable for hosting a range of gatherings, from intimate dinners to large-scale events.

Moxy Chelsea The-Fleur-Room-(south-side-detail)

Leisure

Guests can maintain their fitness routines at the hotel’s well-equipped gym in the basement, complete with a water dispenser for refilling bottles.

Moxy-Chelsea-gym

Verdict

In conclusion, Moxy Chelsea presents a chic and reasonably priced option in the heart of New York City. While rates may vary depending on the season, the hotel’s standout features, such as its stunning views and vibrant rooftop bar, make it a memorable choice for travellers seeking a stylish urban retreat.

Contact

Moxy Chelsea is located at 105 W 28th Street, New York, NY 10001 (at 6th Ave). For inquiries and reservations, you can reach them at +1 212-514-6699.