- The Moxy Chelsea is a relatively new hotel with a rooftop in Manhattan’s flower district, which is wedged between the popular Chelsea and NoMad neighborhoods.
- Part of the Marriott family, the Moxy Chelsea is a great option if you want to earn or redeem points during your stay. Marriott Bonvoy members also enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco, while Elite members will be treated to an additional point or credit bonus, and room upgrades.
- I spent a night in a King Room with City Views and would recommend it for the stunning views, as well as perks like a rooftop bar, and great location.
New York City is all about the hustle but the Flower District in between Chelsea and NoMad is a real respite. Wander its streets and encounter everything from towering Birds of Paradise and fiddle leaf figs to colorful orchids and apartment-friendly succulents. Not counting Central Park, it’s perhaps the only place in the city where you’ll find such abundant nature.
Hidden among the flora is the Moxy Chelsea, a relatively new hotel with a rooftop that transports you from elbowing people in the concrete jungle to glamping in a lush forest. It opened in February 2019 with 37 floors and three different types of rooms, drawing plenty of inspiration from the surrounding Flower District. Flora and botanicals are featured against exposed wood and plush fabrics. It’s an efficient hotel, with streamlined rooms that almost force you to get out and take advantage of its various lounges and co-working spaces.
The Moxy Chelsea is part of the Marriott family so you can redeem and earn points during your stay. All guests receive a complimentary glass of prosecco at the second-floor or rooftop bar (I suggest the rooftop), and Elite members will be treated to an additional 500 points or $10 daily credit at the café or bar, a room upgrade based on availability, and more. The Moxy brand has become quite popular in New York, with other properties in Times Square and the East Village.
As a native New Yorker, I don’t think there’s a bad time to visit the city (except maybe New Year’s Eve), but if you’re traveling during the busy holiday season, expect to pay a premium. Current rates in October start at $336 for a standard Double Room and $339 for a King Room with City Views (which I stayed in with a comped press rate). Once you get to November or December, rates can jump to $488 and $504 respectively.
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- Book the Moxy Chelsea starting at $336 a night
Keep reading to see why I was so impressed by the Moxy Chelsea.
If walking through the Flower District wasn’t a pleasant enough intro to the Moxy Chelsea, passing through the lovely Putnam & Putnam flower shop holding court in the hotel entrance certainly will be.
As I entered the lobby to check-in, I walked past loose stems of ranunculus, roses, and alstroemerias ready to be hand-tied into bouquets, alongside bars of Compartes chocolate and expensive coffee table magazines.
Unfortunately, guests don’t receive any discounts on purchases.
There are two small unassuming counters backed by neon lights for check-in and check-out. It’s efficient, but cramped as the elevator is right behind the counters and there are always guests walking in and out.
My room wasn’t ready when I arrived a little after 3 p.m. (an hour before check-in), so I got a chance to tour the space with a hotel rep.
Once my room was ready, I found myself on the 25th floor in a King Room with great views of Manhattan. Technically, it was a great view of skyscrapers, but at least you’re not accidentally peeping on neighbors directly in front of your window – now that’s a true New York luxury.
Despite the Moxy Chelsea being fully booked since opening in February 2019, all the fixtures still looked really new, and the room was clean and well-kept.
Before putting any bags down, I did the obligatory New York City bed bug check. This is always a gamble no matter how new or how nice a hotel is, but to my relief, there were none.
With a neutral color palette featuring light wood, leather and bungee cord accents, dark industrial fixtures, and wooden pegs lining the walls, the room felt like a stripped-down, no-frills version of glamping.
The room was a decent size by New York City standards but lacked many things I expected in a hotel room. There was no closet, mini-fridge, desk, or chair. Instead, I had rows of wooden hooks lining the wall for clothes and bags, a foldable circular table, and a luggage rack.
The lack of workspace made answering emails a bit uncomfortable in the room, and the hooks felt obtrusive once I hung my jacket and bag. I’d suggest hanging large bags in the far corner of the room unless you want to keep contorting your body to walk around them. The lack of closet space and surfaces felt unnatural but made sense in terms of streamlining the room. Space is a commodity in this city.
The King-sized bed was plush yet firm, and I slept well and didn’t hear the city noise at all. The lamps flanking the bed were essentially exposed bulbs encased in steel wires, and secured via bungee cord for major adult camp vibes. It flowed with the Moxy Chelsea’s botanical vibe, though I think a few plants, even if fake, would’ve helped make the room less industrial.
The bathroom is split into three parts – a standup rainfall shower with good pressure with amenities in refillable plastic containers against the wall, a separate toilet next door, and a long sink outside the two.
The lava stone sink is long and slim, so washing your face either means you’ll risk hitting your head against the shelf right above the sink, or risk flooding the floor as water runs off your elbows. Neither seems fun so I’d suggest washing your face in the shower instead or lay a towel on the floor around you.
I redeemed my complimentary glass of Prosecco there and enjoyed its lush vibes and whimsical floral arrangements from Putnam & Putnam. The floor-to-ceiling windows provided even better views of the city.
There’s a small-but-efficient gym in the basement, business room with printers, a vending machine for oft-forgotten items like charging cables and Advil, free bikes with no time limits, bocce ball inside Feroce Pizza & Bocce Bar on the second floor, and several communal lounges.
According to the hotel’s rep, the communal spaces double as co-working spots for a lot of the guests, making the hotel great for business travelers. This is helpful, considering the lack of workspace in guestrooms.
There’s a lot of variety among the different spots, but I loved the well-lit area behind the second-floor bar overlooking the Flower District that made digging myself out of 800 emails more pleasant.
There are no discounts at the restaurants or bars as they’re managed separately from the hotel. But even if there were, I’d still suggest venturing outside for more options. Walk a few minutes in any direction and you’ll find incredible pizza, tacos, sushi, ramen, and coffee and bagels.
There’s a Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company less than 10 minutes away for a classic New York fix, or walk a few more minutes to Koreatown for Korean comfort food. Chelsea Market is about 20 minutes away, but a great spot to try different dishes at once.
On TripAdvisor, the hotel gets a 4.5 out of 5 stars and more than 300 reviews, and on Booking.com, an 8.7 out of 10. The general consensus is that the rooms are small, but the views, friendly staff, and central location make up for it.
Who stays here: Travelers who don’t plan to be in their rooms often.
We like: The general botanical-inspired vibes.
We love (don’t miss this feature!): The views from the room and especially The Fleur Room.
We think you should know: Standard King and Double rooms are located on floors one through 20. Anything above is considered a City View Room and will cost extra. Depending on how much you care about views, you might want to save some cash to put towards dining. In October, a standard King room starts at $169, and one with a view of the city starts at $189.
We’d do this differently next time: Stay in a standard room to see how it compares to one with views of the city.
Staying at the Moxy Chelsea feels kind of like adult glamping with rustic design and compact, but elevated quarters. The decor takes elements from the surrounding Flower District, and rooms are small and streamlined, almost forcing you to go to the hotels’ lounges and mingle.
In the end, what you’re paying for isn’t the room itself but the hotel’s public spaces, great location, and unbeatable views from The Fleur Room.