I was recently invited to tour New York City's latest addition to the boutique hotel market, The Chatwal, located on 44th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. I was lucky enough to preview the posh property before it opened its doors to the public, and enjoy a delicious breakfast at its first floor restaurant, The Lambs Club.
I was instantly intrigued and impressed with the haute hotel's dazzling design and artsy aesthetic. Walking into the elegant lobby felt like stepping back in time. The Chatwal strikes the perfect balance between Old-Hollywood glamour and classic New York charm.
Hotels in the jam-packed theater district are as common as Broadway wannabes at an open audition, but this one outshines the competition with its fabulous architecture, incredible cuisine, and amazing amenities. The Chatwal truly is a triple threat.
Meticulously restored by Master Architect and Designer Thierry Despont, the 1905 landmark building was originally host to the famous Lambs Club, America's first professional theater club, and the gathering place of those who would make Broadway and Hollywood history. Legendary member names include George M. Cohan, W.C. Fields, John Barrymore, Milton Berle, Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin, and Will Rogers.
Guestrooms at The Chatwal capture the clubby, sumptuous, and comfortably chic atmosphere of the New York landmark. No attention to detail has been spared in the hotel's 40 suites and 43 standard rooms. The walls are covered in fine suede, and the closets and desks are wrapped in textured leather. Each room features complimentary internet access, a laptop-sized safe, a 42-inch flat-screen television with Blu-Ray and DVD options, a movie library, and an in-room stereo system with an iPod dock to ensure an entertaining experience. The sparkling bathrooms include luxurious rain-drop showers, Jacuzzi baths, marble floors, mirrored walls, and a 19-each integrated mirror television.
The first floor of The Chatwal features Chef Geoffrey Zakarian's 90-seat restaurant aptly named The Lambs Club. Offering diners an updated take on the classic bar and grill with an inviting, warm ambiance, the menu focuses on traditional American cuisine and seasonal ingredients. Similarly, The Bar at the Lambs Club brims with classic and refined cocktails made with the freshest juices, pressed each day on premises.
Whether you're in New York City for business or pleasure, we highly suggest this sexy and upscale hotel experience. Just make sure you're ready for your close-up.