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Midtown Manhattan is certainly convenient for a New York City stay, but, as neighbourhoods go, it’s not considered the most cutting edge. Well, that was until the sleek Chambers hotel dropped in to add a dose of downtown cool to this otherwise buttoned-up enclave. Couple that with in-house restaurant Má Pêche – part of David Chang’s innovative eatery empire ­– and you’ve got plenty of reasons to head Uptown…

Chambers Hotel | Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotels

Style Elegant, affluent
Setting Midtown west

Why this week? New York, a city of over eight million people, is not known for an excess of elbow-room or personal space. But then there’s August – when residents finally look up from their glowing screens and head off in search of other bright, shiny things for a brief annual holiday. That leaves a bit more space for you to stroll the wide avenues (Summer Streets opens up nearly seven car-free miles of Manhattan for bikers and walkers on select Sundays) or skip lengthy museum queues (James Turrell’s glowing transformation of the Guggenheim rotunda is not to be missed). And, right now, Smith members checking into Chambers will be treated to sweets from Momofuku Milk Bar, and they’re also invited to experience Kappō, a new set chef’s meal and intimate dining space within Má Pêche.

Chambers Hotel | Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotelsChambers Hotel | Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotels

Our favourite bits Speaking of space, Chambers’ modern, loft-like rooms, with high-ceilings and a soothing colour palette of gentle limes and tranquil taupes, feel quite generous. But, the most expansive element of this luxury boutique hotel is the service. In-room yoga and massage can be arranged. Personal shoppers and personal trainers are standing by, too.

Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘The huge wooden front doors to Chambers Hotel open as we approach, and a porter whisks our luggage away. The lobby is warm and welcoming, with a modern fireplace, comfy chairs and a cosy bar. We’re worn out, but we can’t resist one drink before bed. The bar is just to one side of the lobby and the chatty barman mixes a perfect martini. The place is buzzing, as groups of New Yorkers arrive to dine at Chambers’ restaurant. We’ve had it though. We retire, excited about the next day…’ Read the full Chambers review

You say… ‘The location of Chambers is superb if you want to be in Midtown for theatre, Uptown for shopping and for MoMA or a short walk to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We loved going down for a cup of coffee in the morning and the shower will undoubtedly be the best one you have ever had! The staff were very friendly and helpful. It will be our new home away from home when we are visiting from London.’ — Joanne, BlackSmith.  Read all Chambers guest reviews

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