The Chatwal is a new boutique, luxury hotel in the heart of Manhattan. $100 million later and the 83,000 sq foot (now, 10-storey), Stanford White-designed building has been restored into a travel destination for the global JetSet. Originally home to America’s first professional theatre club, The Lambs, until the 1970’s it has finally passed on down to Sant Chatwal – Chairman and CEO of Hampshire Hotels & Resorts – who has made it a five-star sleeper in the heart of the city’s theatre district.
The job of redefining the interior of this historic site was given to architect, Thierry Despont, who is no stranger to hospitality design: Claridge’s and The Dorchester in London, The Carlyle in New York, Boca Raton Resort in Florida, Hotel de Crillon in Paris and Principe di Savoia in Milan… just to name a few.
Despont has given the property a very lush, reflective and lacquered look with deep reds, blues, blacks, cream and amber. A feeling of subdued opulence permeates throughout, very in keeping with the Deco & Empire State style of yesteryear’s Manhattan JetSet. His office has also designed all of the bespoke furniture, fixtures and fittings. Despont has said in interviews that the room interiors were inspired by the phrase, ‘The Art of Travel’, and include motifs and cabinetry inspired by the artisan craftsmanship of vintage, seaworthy Louis Vuitton travel trunks and the like.
The compact hotel houses 83 rooms of which 37 are suites. The Barrymore Suite penthouse has a heated terrace with a 1,000 square foot roof deck overlooking 44th street. There is also a Spa with three treatment rooms, changing suites, relaxation lounge and saltwater lap pool.
The Chatwal NY website