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Hotel Chambers Hotel 4 star
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15 W 56th St New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

We had high expectations before staying at Chambers and those were translated into fond memories by the time we left. Aside from the fact that it doesn't have on-site fitness or wellness facilities, this is the perfect city hotel. The rooms are spacious and uber-stylish, its Midtown location is difficult to beat and it boasts two food outlets from celebrity chef David Chang. It also has an impressive art collection which is displayed both in the property's public spaces and in the guestrooms and which comprises over 500 pieces. All the above married with some unique touches, friendly service and an inspired décor make Chambers one of our favourite Midtown bolt holes for both couples and families on leisure.

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      Chambers   -   © Igor Lubinetsky / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 7.86 /10

    Chambers has an enviable position on West 56th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, right in the heart of some of the city's best shopping. You're moments away from Central Park and a pleasant stroll away from Museum Mile while both Times Square and Grand Central should take you no more than 15 minutes to reach on foot. Also within walking distance of the hotel are the Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park and the theatres of Broadway. Getting further afield around Manhattan or the rest of the city is simple, with several subway stations within the immediate vicinity of the hotel. JFK is 16 miles away, La Guardia 10 miles and Newark 16.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    There are a total of 72 guestrooms and five suites at Chambers which are divided into several categories according principally to size and view as amenities remain pretty consistent throughout. The standard rooms all have queen beds dressed in 300-count Egyptian cotton sheets with signature regal purple trim and pillow cases with the same hue. Either side of the bed you'll find the first nod to the architectural leitmotiv running through the accommodations in the form of the famous French brand of lamp Jieldé. Under the wooden bed frame are placed a couple of pairs of Chambers flip flops which guests are free to take home with them while several pieces of art hang next to the bed. The glass-topped architect's desk also features a Jieldé lamp as well as a roll of tracing paper in a dispenser fitted to its edge from which the paper is pulled and then stretched across the desk free for guests to doodle all over with the coloured pencils provided. What fun! Other furniture in the room consists of a modular type piece in which is stored the fully stocked minibar and snack tray and the CD/DVD player. Above is the flatscreen television. There is also a comfy armchair and foot rest in the room and a lamp with two hanging cylindrical light fittings which help to create the mood lighting. Other amenities in the room include a safe, bathrobe and slippers, hairdryer and cordless telephone. The relatively spacious bathrooms are tiled with white mosaics and feature a marble topped vanity with oversize sink, a large walk-in monsoon shower, separate loo and make-up mirror. Toiletries come from Red Flower and the soap is custom made for the hotel.

    The larger rooms feature contemporary living spaces with beautifully upholstered furniture either within the main bedroom space or as a separate entity while some even boast a terrace. A number of the rooms have a pull out sofa suitable for two people. The largest room is a split level number with one floor of living space, including a dining table for four and a half WC, and another for the bedroom.

    Guests in all rooms have access to complimentary iPads, iPods and laptops as well as a carefully selected DVD collection of artsy films.

    Overview 9.20 /10

    Chambers has some of the most impressive front doors of any hotel we've seen in this city. The considerable wooden doors, which would not look out of place attached to an Asian temple, feature long strips of wood which have been made look as though they have been interwoven, as if they were ribbons of pastry atop an apple pie. The lobby, one of the best conceived in the city, is at once warm and bright and entertaining with an array of different seating styles arranged on individual rugs which themselves partially cover the hardwood floor. An electric fireplace acts as a kind of separation between the seating areas and the lift bank while on the walls hung a fraction of the art collection which is to be found in every part of the hotel. Beside the fireplace is a staircase leading up to the mezzanine level where more contemporary seats sit under large canvases and installations and a small library gives art lovers the excuse to sit and flick through the work of some of the world's iconic names.

    Aside from the restaurant space (see 'Food and Drink'), the hotel has no other public spaces, bar the impressively decorated corridors. Each floor, which only has a maximum of six rooms, boasts an installation along the walls which make the hallways veritable pieces of art in their own right. Access to the rooms is speedy and simple and due to the low number of rooms on each floor, you'll never get lost!

    Food and drink 9.20 /10

    Not one, but two David Chang momofuku (the name of his group) outlets are housed within Chambers hotel. The crowd puller is má peche (mother peach) which is the celebrity chef's only Midtown restaurant and is located in the basement of the property. The Asian-inspired eatery serves both lunch and dinner in a high-ceilinged space whose walls are covered with taught canvas and where the wooden tables and chairs are kept very simple. The signature dish here is the almost indescribably delicious steamed pork buns, but pretty much everything here is worth trying. If you prefer your food uncooked then go for something from the raw bar such as the wagyu beef or black bass. Large parties have the option of going for what is known as the large format option which comprises two whole fired chickens (four to eight guests), smoked lamb shoulder (six to 10 guests) or a combination of both 10-12 guests) accompanied by several sides including aubergine, chickpeas and yellow rice.

    Hovering over the restaurant is its bar where guests can enjoy small plates such as oysters, rice cakes and the famed pork buns and choose from an impressive selection of cocktails, beers, sakes and wines. Above the banquets hugging the wall are a series of illustrations, part of the art collection at the hotel.

    The other Chang outlet within the hotel is the Milk Bar which is adjacent to the lobby. One of six in total, it serves a selection of cookies, pies, cakes, patisseries, snacks and more all in original flavours that you can't find anywhere else. Seeing as the hotel does not serve breakfast, this is a great option for a light meal to start off your day or if you're in a rush (there is no seating at this Milk Bar).

    To know

    The hotel's interior was designed by the ubiquitous Rockwell Group. There are over 500 pieces of art which are part of the owner's collection as well as unique installations on each floor. Those who wish to use fitness facilities while staying at the hotel can pick up their pass for the nearby New York Health and Racquet Club at reception. If you prefer to run in Central Park then you can also borrow a pre-loaded iPod from the hotel to help you along the way. There are four guestrooms adapted for those guests in a wheelchair.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, Turkish bath, spa

    • Sports equipment

      fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Décor/art collection
    • Room size
    • Restaurant
    • Location

    disadvantages

    • No on-site fitness/wellness facilities

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