In my quest to enhance my New York City Hotel guide, last weekend we checked out the INNSIDE New York hotel. Coincidentally, during college, I lived right around the corner in an apartment on 6th avenue, and a block from FIT. It was a bit nostalgic to spend some time in that part of Chelsea for an extended period of time with my three kiddies. I was excited to see if and how the area had changed!
Following the success of the INNSIDE contemporary brand across Europe, the INNSIDE by Meliá New York Nomad is the first of its kind in the United States. Its central location on West 27th Street, in the much-sought after neighborhood of Chelsea/NoMad, is ideally situated for anyone visiting New York City. So many readers have reached out in the past asking for a point of view on staying Uptown versus Downtown. With INNSIDE’s convenient location, you can have the best of both worlds, and remain close to almost every major subway line!
As soon as you step into the lobby of the INNSIDE New York, you get a sense of the cool vibe and decor. Illustrations of New York City on the lobby wall by artist Kirstin Ulve, tie in with Dave Draws’ fun black and white sketch maps of NYC, in all the of elevators. Each time we rode an elevator, the kids would point out different areas they’ve been to around the city- which is almost everywhere!
It wasn’t just the artwork that was fun and hip. Every time we passed their on site bar and restaurant, The Wilson, it was packed. I’ve read that its become a bit of a hot spot. I’ll get back to The Wilson, because we had brunch there the next day.
Lobbies and hotel restaurants are cool, but lets talk about the rooms, which is the real reason you stay in a hotel. Our suite was a spacious 570 sq. feet made up of adjoining rooms, which included a king and two double beds, high speed Wi-Fi, complimentary refreshments in the fridge, and a work space. One of my favorite room features were the faux wood floors. What a welcome change to the typical dirty, dusty hotel carpeting. Our room was no frills, yet perfect for our family of five. And the no frills shows in the price. I compared room rates of the INNSIDE to other rooms around the city, and found they were considerably cheaper.
That evening, we ventured out in my old ‘hood, and stumbled upon sweetest little Italian restaurant called Cardoncello DiVino. This is why I love our little NYC staycations. We ate an early dinner before turning in early. The hotel sets up cookies and candy trays for the guests in the lobby, and they definitely earned some major points from Ryder, Siella, and Gemma for that spread!
Fortunately, all of the hotel rooms also have a Nespresso, which is key for someone like me who can’t function with at least a cup and a half of java! I fueled up, before sneaking out early the following morning to grab a small breakfast for the kiddies. After we ate, Jason walked the kids past my old apartment, showing them the balcony (ahh outdoor space) I use to have!
Back at the hotel, we relaxed in the room and watched some TV on the cold damp morning, before heading down to The Wilson for brunch. Offering an all day dining with a menu of seafood and hand-craft cocktails, the restaurant is perfect for a brunch with some girlfriends, yet family friendly for kids. Jason and I ordered fun cocktails from their signature menu – he opted for the Salty Dog, while I had the Spicy Bloody Mary- and boy did it have a kick!
The kids all ordered yummy breakfast dishes like their Malted Waffle and Rum Raisin Challah French Toast. I tried the Soft Scramble. It was all delish, and when Gemmie was finished, she pulled her signature move of going to sit on Daddy’s lap (this happens during every meal when we are out!), so she can try some of black kale omelette. It drives me nuts that she doesn’t stay in her seat, but Jason can’t resist the hugs. Not sure what he enjoyed more- the hugs, or the Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet for dessert!
On the way back to our room, we discovered the hidden back patio area, where guests can relax during the warmer months. Can’t wait to come back and have an adult beverage there this spring.
Overall, I give the INNSIDE New York a thumbs up. I really think this is such a great option for families vacationing in New York City. The rooms are fairly spacious, affordable, and centrally located to most major attractions. A less expensive, no nonsense hotel room- just what this city needed!