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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9 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.

  5. Lorien Shaw Says:

    Coming back from living overseas (Australia and then Europe), this was our home for the Christmas season, 1960, the same year as a terrible blizzard and resulting plane crash, both of which made a tremendous impression on an eight year old. I danced in the empty ballroom, watched and gently tutored by an aged ballerina who lived at the Arms, and watched Kennedy’s Inauguration in Jan. 1961, on the bar television…the only one in the hotel. Extremely fond memories of this place, the staff, and the residents.

  6. nfields3000 Says:

    Thanks for the information and pictures of the Cornish Arms. My Great Grandmother and her son (my great uncle) stayed there in 1916, having arrived in NYC from Cornwall. She used to tell a story that when she was leaving the hotel for the train station, she was given a lunch basket with an assortment of foods, some of which she had never seen before, and the yolks of the hard boiled eggs were black (overcooked), and she thought they were trying to poison her. She had never been more than 9 miles from her home by herself before this. It’s nice to have a visual of where she went when she arrived, before heading up to the copper mining country of Michigan’s UP, where my Great Grandfather was working.

  7. Juliet Bittencourt Says:

    I found this on Rootsweb:

    “…the Cornish Arms Hotel, 445 West 23rd Street, New York whose proprietor was a Mr Sid Blake. Sid was a Cornishman who prided himself on the ‘home-from-home’ service he provided to his fellow visiting Cornishmen.”


  8. Juliet Bittencourt Says:

    This website has tons of info on Hotel Cornish Arms and other Cornish hotels in NYC:


  9. Kerry ODonnell Says:

    Thank you for posting this! My Cornish ancestors stayed at the Cornish Arms in December of 1914 as reported by the Cornishman. “Cornish Folk In New York”. https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000331/19141029/015/0002

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