by Holly Rosen Fink
Located on 44th Street, Chatwal, a Luxurious Collection hotel is steps from Broadway theaters and the city’s media and financial giants. Designed by Stanford White, its 1930s Empire Art Deco look has been re-imagined by Thierry Despont in rich hues of saffron, sepia and ruby.
The 76 guestrooms and suites boast custom amenities, such as handmade Shifman mattresses and 400-thread-count Frette linens. All rooms are also state of the art, with complimentary internet access, Blu-ray/DVD players (upon request) and iPod docks.
The Chatwal also features a pool and 24-hour fitness center, and is home to The Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden. Guests are invited to enjoy celebrated “Iron Chef” Geoffrey Zakarian’s Lambs Club Restaurant, featuring modern American Cuisine. Wireless internet access and butler service is complimentary in all guestrooms.
Our Editor Loves
- The Red Door Spa for parents
- Art Deco style
- Steps away from Times Square
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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.