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
Conde Naste 2018 Travel Reader's Choice Awards puts the Chatwal at #1 as far as New York hotels so my wive and I had to give it a try during a weekend in which we came to see Jeff Daniels in To Kill a Mocking Bird on Broadway (...which was amazing!!!). It's located steps away from the theaters and Time Square so everything is within walking distance, but it can get a bit hectic too. Nevertheless, the hotel was always a quiet luxurious refuge from the madness of midtown. We were always greeted by name and with kind smiles. Waters were offered upon returning form our run in Central Park, which was a nice touch. The spa and gym are small but stylish and our massage was fantastic. The bar in the lobby and on the second floor were equally posh and of course, the hotel is home to Iron Chef Zakarian's Lamb's Club. Room service comes from the Lamb's Club too, so when we ordered a burger at midnight, it was indeed epic. We stayed in the Heritage suite, which is actually two rooms combined together (901/902). It seems a little odd at first, but it was nice to have two full bathrooms so that we didn't feel cramped and we also had a separate seating area that was so comfortable that I took a nap in the middle of the day. The room also has this funny little closet with a microwave, sink and stovetop! Interesting use of space but pure New York in my opinion. It's a pricey stay but what can I say? I liked it a lot and there isn't anything else I could have asked for.
The hotel is designed well, clean, excellent service and comfortable beds. The pool was the only disappointing thing. It was small, not fit for playing with kids. It's meant for exercise as its a current pool.