There is truly something mesmerizing about Hotel Chelsea, also known as the Chelsea Hotel (or some just refer to it as Chelsea, almost like a person). It receives great respect from those around it, treating it like a member of the family (a well-respected member of the family), there are few hotels in the entire city that can call about this much charm. Yes, there are other hotels in the city that are newer, taller and place travelers more directly in the tourist destinations than what Hotel Chelsea is able to do, but this hotel, located at 222 West 23rd Street is truly a beauty and something amazing to behold. There is a reason it has been on the National Register of Historic Places since the late 1970s.
Chelsea has been called a temporary home for some of the finest musicians to ever walk the earth in the last hundred years (it opened its doors in 1883). This includes Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Larry Rivers and Janis Joplin, just to name a few. Author Arthur C. Clarke penned his famous science fiction novel 2001: A Space Odyssey while staying in the hotel and poet Arthur Miller wrote a short play titled “The Chelsea Affect.”
A hotel does not just draw in famous residents or force famous song writers and artists to pen drafts and sonnets about it. There is a magical allure regarding it that is mysterious and unique, all at the same time. When you walk in, it is possible to simply enter the middle of the hotel and just look up towards the skylight. Art fills the turn of the century staircases, and there is not an inch of the hotel that is not mesmerizing, in some shape or form. There is a reason Charles James, one of the first great American fashion designers, helped with some of the interior during the 1940s and 50s.
For those who have not had the pleasure of staying inside the Chelsea Hotel and have not yet been to New York, there are ways to peak into the life of the hotel and discover its evolution as well. With features in the Andy Warhol “Chelsea Girls”, all the way to The Interpreter and House of D, there are so many films, television shows and entertainment pieces that revolve around this hotel. It truly is a palace in the heart of New York.
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