Value Watch: Chelsea Pines Inn
Located near the confluence of some of Manhattan's most famous 'hoods -- Chelsea, Greenwich Village, and the Meatpacking District -- the gay-owned Chelsea Pines Inn has long provided affordable respite to queer and Euro travelers in the know. Originally built as a private home in the 1850s, the five-story walk-up row house was used as the setting for Cool Air, a short story by horror master H. P. Lovecraft.
The 23-room urban bed-and breakfast, which has welcomed guests since the 1980s, recently underwent renovations. In addition to the previous standard, deluxe, and superior standard & deluxe room upgrades, spring 2009 will see the opening of one-bedroom suites with a separate living room, and a new business center with computers and printer available to guests on a complimentary basis.
Every room is unique and dedicated to a celluloid hero from the Golden Age of Hollywood, and each has a flat-panel television with satellite reception (featuring HBO and LOGO), 300 thread-count luxury linens, and Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities.
Rates at Chelsea Pines Inn range from $139 to $369 per night. To celebrate its 25th anniversary and the recent renovations, the Chelsea Pines Inn is offering readers of Out Traveler a further 10% discount off spring and summer promotional rates. The discount is good for any stay of two nights or more from March 16 through Sept. 3*. Reservations can be made online at www.chelseapinesinn.com with the promo code OUTTRVLR or directly at 888-546-2700 by mentioning Out Traveler. Reservations must be made by March 31.
*Promotion is subject to availability and does not apply to reservations for June 25-28.
Money-saving tip: To save on suitcase space, invest in several vacuum-pack bags for your clothing. But be aware that less space does not equal fewer pounds -- keep the airline weight limit in mind when packing.