In the heart of New York nestled between Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park and the Theater district is The Chatwal, a landmark New York City hotel. It is within walking distance of the best entertainment, dining and shopping in the town.
This celebrated urban hideaway was first opened in 1905 as the home of The Lambs Club, America’s first professional theater organization, and today – in the heart of Manhattan’s Theatre District – it captures romance like no other while boasting a meticulously designed and thoroughly modern luxury experience. Master architect Thierry Despont has created an iconic Midtown gem, drawing inspiration from the gifted Malletier luxury trunk designers of the 18th century – evoking a grand era of travel for today’s savvy jetsetters.
Guests feel they’ve arrived in a golden age of travel as they settle into The Chatwal’s 76 exquisite guest rooms and suites, each a study in Art Deco modernism by designer Thierry Despont. Accommodations range from Superior Rooms with suede-covered walls to the lavish Director Suite, a penthouse expanse with a king bedroom, separate living room with gas fireplace, dining room and small kitchen with private entrance. Many of the guest rooms and suites can be connected for larger parties.
No detail has been overlooked at this urban sanctuary, where signature amenities include butler service, handmade Shifman mattresses and 400-thread-count Frette linens, leather-wrapped double closets, rain drop showers, Jacuzzi baths, Asprey bath amenities and private bar setups with bespoke cocktail sets. Complimentary internet access and pre-programmed iPods and laptops are available for guest’s use throughout their stay. And a quick ride downstairs reveals a fitness center and indoor lap pool, which is included with the guest experience.
With the best of Manhattan at one’s fingertips, there’s never a lack of activity at The Chatwal. The concierge is quick to recommend theater outings and world-class shopping expeditions to Madison and Fifth Avenues. Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Versace bags will soon fill a guest room closet. The new Red Door Spa at The Chatwal also provides fanciful diversion, with its specialty treatments, saltwater lap pool, steam showers and relaxation lounge with spa aperitifs.
The brainchild of celebrated culinary and cocktail-crafting genius Geoffrey Zakarian, The Lambs Club Restaurant is a renowned city eatery, though delightfully unpretentious and relaxed. Guests are served at spacious red leather banquets around an oversized 18-century French fireplace and tuck into seasonal entrees, grilled meats and seafood and fine salads, complemented by wines chosen by award-winning sommelier Aj Ojeda Pons. The Bar at The Lambs Club overlooks the lobby as well as 44th street and is enlivened by live jazz every Tuesday and Wednesday evening. And the Sunday Brunch is a true not-to-be-missed deliciously decadent experience.
The Chatwal is located on 44th Street in the heart of Manhattan, just steps from Broadway’s finest theaters. It is easily reached from metropolitan New York’s numerous airports: LaGuardia Airport is a 30-minute drive; JFK International Airport is a 45-minute drive, and Newark Airport is 50 minutes away.