A Chelsea hotel room for just $2.25 a night

“Modern accommodations at moderate rates” proclaims the back of this colorful postcard, circa the 1940s or 1950s.”One stop from Penn Station.”

It’s an ad for the Hotel Cornish Arms, on 23rd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.

I can’t find much on the hotel, but a reader comment from an earlier post explained that the hotel really did welcome new Cornish arrivals.

It certainly didn’t have the architectural charm and boho appeal of another hotel down 23rd Street, the Chelsea.

Here’s an older view of the Cornish Arms, from 1933, with the gorgeous but long-gone Grand Opera House on the corner. Today the building still stands; it’s now the Broadmoor Apartments.

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4 Responses to “A Chelsea hotel room for just $2.25 a night”

  1. chas Says:

    Great post….now we also have the Chelsea Savoy just off 7th Ave and 23rd st…not sure of all the history behind that though.

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks. I don’t think the Savoy has any history actually. It’s got a corporate feel.

  3. Joe R Says:

    The Chelsea Savoy is a piece of recent crapitecture – maybe the ugliest building on 23rd Street (although the apartment house across &th Avenue is stiff competition). It’s from the late 70s or early 80s, I think. There used to be a Horn & Hardart on that corner. After H&H folded, the building housed a Burger King.

  4. Peggy B Says:

    Thank you for posting this, My father was a bus driver for Greyhound I believe from the 1950’s straight through ’til his death in 1970. We lived in PA so he would stay here at the Cornish Arms during the week (close to Penn Station as the ad says) and then come home for the weekends. I really appreciate seeing this as I was never there.

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