Where to begin..I booked the room using a Priceline name your own price. I do this all the time and when I check in at majority of the hotels they seem to stick the nose up at the idea I used Priceline. Not at The Chatwal they were very nice and courteous and real as opposed to nice because they have to be. James at the front desk addressed me by my last name for the entire week. Most places you are room number xxx. I am very picky about hotels I stay in. Most the time its the little things that mean the most. A month before my stay I called the Hotel and requested to have a Mini Fridge. Within 5 min of getting to my room it was brought up. I didn't have to remind anyone or beg. I was having a tie issue and Ali one of the bell men helped me for 20min walking me thru tying my tie. My first room was a Superior Queen ( Room 908 ). I never felt the room was small. If you have stayed anywhere else in NYC this wasn't small. A day later I was asked if I would like a free upgrade to a King superior room ( Room 610 ). It to was very,very nice. I had a inside view.
The room faced the Hotel AKA. Views are not important to me. Its New York if you want a view step outside. The bathroom was beautiful. Black marble everywhere. I have never understood peoples fascination with rain shower showers until now. The toilet was neat but it will be a down side to some. I could go on about this pace forever I loved my stay there that much. But I digress
+++ Luxury beyond belief.
+++ The staff. I have never listed staff as a +. Each room gets a butler although I never used the service the fact they you are offered a personal butler is cool. One night I needed a little more ice. I called down to the desk and in less than 5 min I had a huge pail of ice. I am very unaccustomed to this level of pampering.
+++ Free WIFI. If anyone has read any of my other reviews this is my pet peeve. I have stayed in a lot of places in NYC and have been charged anywhere from 9.99 a night to 14.95 a night.
+++ At no time did I ever feel like The Chatwal was nickel and diming me.
+++ Location. It is half a block from Toys R Us in times square and is on the same street the shoot Good Morning America..
+++ Within 2 blocks of any of the subway lines.
+++ The Bidet with remote. At first my thoughts were that It will not clean the area very good. I was wrong. It did a wonderful job of cleaning and it has a remote..
+++ The bathrooms are remarkable. This is what I imagine the bathrooms on the deathstar look like. There is a TV behind the mirror so while getting ready in the morning you can watch the weather.
+++ This was shockingly a very quite hotel. I though being so close to Times Square it would be loud and it was not. There was construction going on in Times Square and I only heard them once or twice.
The few negatives some people might have.
--- The construction happens at night. The entire 7 days I was there I heard them once or twice.
--- Although the toilets are top of the line and super cool there is one big concern that people should be aware of. The hole where you sit is very small. I am not a huge guy and I found it to be a tight fit. If I was taller than 6ft. or larger in weight I am not sure I would have fit on the Toilet seat.
This has been the best hotel I have ever stayed at. This is also now my hotel of choice when I come to NYC. I had the lowest grade room and con not fathom what the more expensive room could have.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Chatwal, A Luxury Collection Hotel, New York.Once home to the prestigious Lambs Club, this Stanford White designed landmark was reborn as The Chatwal in 2010. Fusing Art Deco style with Manhattan’s signature sophistication, The Chatwal has reinterpreted the elegance and glamour of classic New York City.Offering 76 guest rooms, inclusive of 27 suites, The Chatwal features a current pool, 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 to all guest rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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