about the inn

Our Greenhouse / Garden area

Our Greenhouse / Garden area

Chelsea Pines Inn is located in a five story walk-up row house that was built as a private home in the 1850s.  In the 1980s, the building was transformed into a charming gay owned and operated hotel, where everyone has always been welcome.All guest rooms and common areas are decorated with original film posters from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Unique stores, galleries, restaurants, and clubs are within walking distance, and the world’s largest mass transit system is just a few steps away, so you can get anywhere in the city quickly and economically.

Originally built as a private home back when 14th Street was the northern end of the city, our building has gone through many exciting changes over the years.  As the City grew around us it became a fashionable rooming house and was used as the setting in Cool Air, a short story by the celebrated horror author H.P. Lovecraft. (Just as a note, Chelsea Pines Inn has central air.)  Eventually 317 West Fourteenth Street was home base to sailors in the Navy and Merchant Marine during the early 20th century, when this area was a working port.  In 1983 the late Sheldon Post and his lover Jay Lesiger purchased the building and created Chelsea Pines Inn.

Today, Chelsea Pines Inn features unique rooms, each one dedicated to a “Celluloid Hero” from the Golden Age of Hollywood.  Our rooms feature 300 thread-count luxury linens and Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities.  Jay continues to operate the inn, along with his friend, General Manager Al Ridolfo, Jay’s spouse, Sales & Marketing Director Tom Klebba, and Manager of Operations Troy Cupano.

Chelsea Pines Inn is a smoke free facility.