Though a little run down, one stays in Chelsea hotel for its long history or art and rock and roll and central Manhatten position. Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Allen Ginsberg have all stayed in this hotel. 2001: a space Odyssey was written whilst Arthur C. Clarke was staying here. Crazy events have occured here, like the stabbing to death of Sid Vicious's girlfriend Nancy Spungen. Heck, Leonard Cohen even wrote a song about the place which has since been covered by Lana del Rey and Rufus Wainwright. As have jeffersone airplane, Joni Mitchell and various other artists.
Enough about the history, the art found in the hallways is pretty cool and the people who stay here today are also pretty interesting. The rooms themselves have much to be desired and are a little flaky/appliances are old. Remember, you are paying for the history.
The location is great, within walking distance from every thing in Manhatten and there are plenty of fantastic places to eat nearby.
Far from perfect, but I am glad I stayed here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Chelsea is a world renowned residence for artists, musicians, writers, philosophers, and characters of the most singular and eccentric stripe which the imagination might conjure. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chelsea Hotel New York City
- Chelsea Hotel Nyc