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
- 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
We booked our stay last minute, literally !!!! When we arrived at the hotel we knew it was going to be a great overnight getaway. Our room wasn’t ready so the assistant front office manager brought us to their bar for some cocktails on them until they were getting our room ready. We had a great time speaking to the bartender.
We were brought up to our room (I had booked) so we thought, they were kind enough to upgrade us to their Garden Suite!!!!! I don’t have words to describe that suite except beautiful, from the decor, the bathrooms with rainshower heads, heated/bidet toilet seats and then the terrace, what a beautiful way to have a night cap and breakfast the next day. Thank you to all the staff for making our overnight stay a Great One!!
We are definitely coming back with our children.
The perfect small hotel in the middle of a large city. Our room was extremely comfortable and for the first time when visiting N.Y., neither of us needed earplugs! We loved the staff who were always greeting us with authentic smiles and engaging conversation. We can’t wait to return.
Beautiful find. Conveniently located in the heart of the theater district, 1/2 block off of Time Square. The decor is Art Deco in style, the rooms richly appointed with an eye for luxury. From the linens to the towels, vanity table, it’s all comfort driven with an elegant flair. The staff is attentive and welcoming. We highly recommend the Chatwal.
If you look at the website of The Chatwal NY, you see a wonderful entrance, so you directly think:”WoW, this hotel looks great”
In reality, the entrance is not wonderful at all. It looks very shabby with plastic entrance (also the doorman is often too late to open the door when you arrive)
We arrived at Sunday around 6pm and were longing for a drink at the great bar on the 1st Floor. However despite some other guests, the bar on the 1st Floor was closed (never saw this before in similar luxury hotel; oké you can expect this in a 2 or 3 star hotel but not in this hotel)
Normally when you order your cocktail or beer, you get some peanuts or olives to accompany but not here, here you have to order them apart. Not very service-minded as the drinks are quite expensive.
The rooms may be nice but if you book a room for 2 persons with a queensize bed, you will regret this, as the room is so small you fall over your suitcase; beside the fact that you do not have enough space to hang your clothes in the closet.
Also the carpet looked filthy and run down. The bathroom however looked great and brand new.
The swimmingpool was so small, you d better say a plunge pool or jacuzzi.
One positive remark is the very friendly ladies of the reception.
It is a pity, we expected so much of this luxury hotel, unfortunately we will not return.
Again staff absolutely make the place. So busy just a few blocks away but we felt so relaxed and well removed from the hurly burly of the city. We had a great room and the ladies that serviced our room were phenomenal. Michael who manned the door and took the luggage was wonderful- always with a smile on his face. The only small issues we noticed was that the last 2 days of our stay our room didn't get below 77 which was uncomfortable when we tried to sleep. Also with the turn down service if we were not there they only gave us 1 water on the bed side table and only my side light of the bed was on so I am not sure why this happened as there were clearly 2 people staying as they had seen us the times we were there when they came. Anyway not a deal breaker just puzzling.