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Hotels in New York City are like apartments in New York City: Both can be nightmarish to find, especially when you're looking on a budget and actually, you know, want to stay in a fun area of town. Tourists, welcome to our pain. Unless you're willing to drop (more than) a few Benjamins, you must become one with the too small, too sterile, too out-of-the-way way of life. But every so often, through a friend of a friend or an ailing aunty with a rent stabilized gem, you get lucky. Consider today that day.
To celebrate 25 years in the biz, the Chelsea Pines Inn (www.chelseapinesinn.com) is introducing a Silver Jubilee Package that can shave upwards of $400 off regular rates. Available now through December 29, guests receive cut room rates as well as valuable freebies: $25 discount on a deluxe or higher-category room upgrade, $25 gift certificate for one of three favorite restaurants of the inn, and two special-edition Silver Anniversary mugs (much more useful than that Statue of Liberty snowglobe you had your eye on). Prices start at $627 for three or more nights, double occupancy.
Located in – you guessed it – Chelsea, near all the gayborhood action and just down the block from the Meatpacking District, the Chelsea Pines has earned its reputation as the city's top LGBT guesthouse, with more than 250,000 happy customers over the years. Clean, comfortable and fresh off a major multi-year renovation to the tune of $1 million, its 23 rooms all include new furniture and furnishings while retaining a fun, campy vibe, each dedicated to a Golden Age Hollywood icon. My fave is the Doris Day, decked out with classic posters and more than enough inspiration for some pillow talk of your own. Flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations, and a fridge come standard. Guests enjoy free WiFi, and there's a new business center should the need strike, as well as a greenhouse atrium and rear garden for relaxing or noshing on some fresh-baked bread, jams, and yogurt during the complimentary continental breakfast. Book online using code CPI25, or call 888-546-2700.