The Chatwal is a cocoon of comfort and luxury in the beating heart of Manhattan. Expect old-school Broadway glamour combined with stylish contemporary touches and the warmest of welcomes.
Slap-bang in the hyperactive epicentre of New York City, just off Times Square in the theatre district. Broadway is, of course, on your doorstep, and The Rockefeller, Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall are all nearby. Transport links are excellent, with the trains and metro of Grand Central Station just a short walk away.
Address: 130 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, United States.
Style & character
The building enjoys a rich architectural and cultural history: the space was designed by Stanford White (who also created the original Madison Square Garden) and was constructed to house The Lambs Club – America’s first professional theatrical club, which counted Charlie Chaplin, Fred Astaire and Spencer Tracy among its members.
The hotel’s luxe Art Deco design has remained faithful to the building‘s glamorous heyday, blending classic features with more modern touches like chrome accessories and vibrant contemporary art. The use of reds, browns and warm lighting helps ensure that the lobby is as welcoming as it is decadent – a sense that is continued into the rooms, where each guest is treated to their own book selection, with a guaranteed copy of The Great Gatsby and American Eve.
Service & facilities
Service was truly outstanding during my visit – the welcome was warm and friendly and the staff impeccably attentive. The porter, an affable New Yorker called Michael, immediately made us feel at home and was quick to recommend good restaurants and bars in the area and further afield.
Guests have unlimited access to the luxurious and tranquil fitness suite and can book indulgent treatments at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. Butler service comes as standard. The Chatwal also offers a complimentary car service for journeys within a 20-block radius and can arrange taxis and limos.
Art Deco lines meet with contemporary touches – suede covered walls, leather-wrapped closets and desks – in The Chatwal’s opulently accommodating rooms, with huge, cloud-like beds. Entering the bathroom is akin to walking into an enormous jewellery box: glistening black marbled flooring and mirrored walls encase a shower cubicle the size of a single bedroom and a vanity area complete with behind-mirror television. Japanese toilets with bidet functionality and heated seat come as standard.
Food & drink
The Lambs Club offers modern American fare done to perfection, with chef Arthur Barrette overseeing a seasonal menu of beautifully-prepared food. Try the tuna tartare to start, served with cockle, gooseberry, nasturtium and nage, and follow with the outstanding crab spaghetti. Service is meticulously attentive, but as is characteristic of the hotel, the staff are also warm and quick to offer their advice and suggestions, including on the extensive wine list.
The restaurant serves continental and American breakfast as well as a menu of muffins, eggs, pancakes and more. The hotel also hosts popular ‘Jazz Fest Brunches’ on the weekends; actors from nearby Broadway shows perform jazz standards and show tunes as patrons sip their Bloody Marys.
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