The Chatwal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, New York City
What We Love
- Rate includes shoeshine, newspaper, WiFi and use of the fitness center
- Historic yet hip Lambs Club, good-size gym, spa treatment rooms and tiny lap pool in the basement
- Knowledgeable concierge who can arrange theater tickets, tour guides, restaurant reservations and car rentals
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What To Know
- Popularity with Midtown’s noisy after-work crowd means the lobby, restaurant and bar stay busy until midnight (2 a.m. on weekends)
- Windows are well soundproofed, but walls are thin enough to hear noise from the hallways and neighboring rooms
- Best for business travelers, though there’s a full range of amenities for kids, including cribs, diapers, toys and jogging strollers
- Check-in is late: 4 p.m.
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This landmark Stanford White building went up in 1905 as a clubhouse for the Lambs, America’s first professional theater club, which counted legends from Charlie Chaplin to Fred Astaire as members. A top-to-bottom 2010 revamp by architect Thierry Despont retains the stagedoor bravado, with lipstick-red chairs, dramatic lighting and a shiny chrome check-in desk. The design also references the golden age of train travel: a station-style clock in the lobby, closets that resemble travel trunks, and vintage posters on the walls.
Bed and Bath
The 76 Art Deco–inspired guestrooms have an unapologetically masculine look, with suede-covered walls, dark leather closets and designer furniture, plus such thoughtful extras as a backgammon board, coffee table art books and a stack of new magazines. Technophobes might shudder at the multiple lighting configurations, the huge wall-mounted TV and the touchscreen telephone, though they’re nothing compared with the beam-me-up-Scottie bathrooms. Here, floor-to-ceiling mirror walls meet glittering tiles on the floor, Japanese-style toilets have several bewildering settings, and the apartment-size showers come with horizontal jets and a rainfall showerhead the size of a dinner plate.
The Lambs Club supplies 24-hour room service, but it’s worth the trip downstairs to dine in the stunning Empire Deco dining room on chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s modern American dishes, such as tenderloin beef tartare, oysters and sea urchin rigatoni. Once the crowds in the upstairs bar area disperse, stop in for a Gold Rush, a Blue Moon or a Guillermo Wallace — classic cocktails in sync with the bygone-era glamour of this rare neighborhood gem. The subterranean Red Door spa is a Midtown revelation, with 2,400 square feet of treatment rooms, steam showers, a mani-pedi studio, a hot tub and a lap pool.
How to Get There
This hotel is really nice. Nice rooms, nice food, nice staff. Carol, the concierge, is kind and very service oriented. I really enjoyed my stay. The location is great too with Bryant Park on one side and Times Square on the other side.
Hotel is obviously in a great location. The room - while not very big - was comfortable and practical. I had access to a patio which was nice since I visited in June. The bathroom was a little dated with way too many mirrors, but the built-in TV in the bathroom was pretty neat - probably convenient if you take a bath. I did get a room upgrade, so I'm pretty sure the rooms in that hotel aren't the biggest since it's a old building.
The staff at the hotel was extremely friendly, they even ironed my dress shirt for free.
Breakfast was very crowded but good. I did not take a look at the gym since I had a bad cold and wasn’t feeling great. I had a great experience overall and would definitely stay there again.
Additional Info: I needed to stay one night in NYC for a business trip but wasn’t able to find any decent hotels at a reasonable rate and decided to utilize the Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts site to book a night there. Those hotels are usually in a higher category and more expensive, but I figured I’d rather spend $100 more for a good hotel than spend $250 for a mediocre one. I was lucky to get a free room upgrade and a few other perks.
This hotel is a hidden gem in plain sight! We stayed Labor Day weekend and had a terrific visit. The hotel is really well located - just around the corner from Bryant Park - but the service takes it over the top. Super friendly and very helpful. We would certainly return again!