FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

New York City’s Hotel Chandler

Aug 1, 2013
2013 / August 2013

Arrival/Check-In: Due to work being done on the building, scaffolding covered the façade of Hotel Chandler. I walked the block twice keeping an eye out for 12 E. 31st St. before I noticed the sign and unassuming entrance. I pulled my bag up four or five steps wondering what lay beyond the doorway. What a great surprise to discover the small but inviting lobby. It was early evening on a Sunday in January. The warm décor and friendly front desk staff made me feel immediately at home.

Guest Quarters: My executive suite comprised an open-plan bedroom and living area, divided by a translucent panel that allowed natural light to flow throughout the space. Side tables flanked the king-sized bed (with Frette linens). The individual wall-mounted reading lamps were a nice touch. A large flat-screen television sat atop a bureau. The closet was small but ample for a two-night stay. The bathroom was tiny but functional — not surprising given the historic nature of the building. (It dates to 1905.) Personally, I think designers made the right decision by sticking with a small bathroom rather than compromising the size of the living area. Cozy and comfortable, the living area featured a queen-sized sofa bed; two armchairs; a coffee table; a large, flat-screen television; and a good-sized desk with convenient electrical outlets. There was no in-room coffeemaker, but the hotel serves complimentary coffee and tea in the lobby.

Services/Amenities: Service throughout my stay was top-notch. Although there didn’t seem to be a bellman or doorman on duty when I arrived, the following morning and for the rest of my two-night stay there was always a doorman on hand to hail a cab or welcome me back after a day of meetings. I didn’t miss the in-room coffeemaker at all. The coffee in the lobby was far superior to anything I could have made in my room. There’s a well-equipped on-site fitness center, and the lobby library offers a great alternative space for guests who want to relax and get some work done outside their guestroom. Although it was not open at the time of my visit, the hotel plans to open an upscale restaurant, Juni, in August.

The Experience: I was pleasantly surprised throughout my two-night stay at Hotel Chandler. It’s a friendly hotel with high standards. I would definitely return, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to friends and business associates.

GT CHECKLIST

  • Doorman/valet
  • Less than 10 minutes for check-in
  • Separate tub and shower
  • Large vanity
  • High-quality towels
  • Powerful, unattached hair dryer
  • High-quality bed linens
  • Large, flat-screen television
  • Large desk with convenient outlets
  • Complimentary in-room WiFi
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Stocked minibar
  • Ample lighting
  • In-room coffeemaker
  • Iron and ironing board
  • On-site restaurant and bar (to come in August)
  • 24-hour room service
  • State-of-the-art fitness center

Hotel Chandler

12 E. 31st St.
New York, NY 10016
tel 212 889 6363
hotelchandler.com

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
LGBTQ+
Jun 18, 2021

Show Your Pride with Essentia Cocktails

Pride Month is in full swing and to celebrate the community, make a colorful cocktail everyone will enjoy. These colorful ingredients will get the party started during Pride or any time of the year. Start this recipe the night before to create the rainbow ice cubes.

Norway
Jun 17, 2021

Up Norway Sustainable Tour: The Discovery Route

Up Norway, Norway’s travel curator, partners with sustainability experts to offer travelers a new tour. The Discovery Route, called the “world’s most sustainable journey,” combines personal wellness with the wellness of the environment.

eFlyer Reviews
Jun 16, 2021

Marriott Dallas Uptown Review

Driving into Dallas during a rainstorm, we were eager to arrive at our destination. The valet parking at Marriott Dallas Uptown is underground and ideal for inclement weather. We took the elevator to the lobby and made our way to the registration desk. The staff wore masks, but still managed to convey a warm greeting. On the wall behind them hung a colorful piece of art made partially from reclaimed wood that depicts neighborhood scenes. The new hotel covers an entire block in a residential area and opened earlier this year.

Sports Industry Awards returns to Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah for 8th Edition

The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.

eFlyer News
Jun 16, 2021

Brussels Airlines Resumes Service to New York, Washington, D.C.

Brussels Airlines resumed trans-Atlantic service to and from New York (JFK) and Washington, D.C. (IAD), to Brussels (BRU) this week.

Daily
Jun 16, 2021

Best Cities for a Staycation

Although travel restrictions are beginning to lift, many Americans aren’t ready to travel yet, but still want to get out and explore something new. WalletHub, a personal-finance website, recently conducted a study to find out the best cities for a staycation this summer.

SPIA 2021 Winners Crowned at Gala Ceremony at W Hotel, Palm Jumeirah

The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.

Daily
Jun 15, 2021

6 Reasons to Put Oslo, Norway, on Your Travel List

As the vaccine rolls out and travel begins to pick up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Oslo with us.