- Small fitness center
- Can be difficult to get a restaurant reservation
- Only some rooms have bathtubs
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A small luxury hotel right off of Times Square, with colorful history and a 1920s Art Deco theme
In 1905, celebrated American architect Stanford White (the Washington Square Arch; Madison Square Garden) completed construction of 130 West 44th Street for The Lambs, a very prestigious theatrical society that formed in 1874. (Members included John Barrymore, Charlie Chaplin, and Fred Astaire.) The six-story neo-Georgian building was home to a banquet hall, a small theater, a billiard room, and a grill room. Ten years later (by which time White had been famously murdered by his mistress' husband) the building was doubled in size, the addition an exact mirror image of the original structure.
Today, more than 100 years since The Lambs settled into their quarters, the historic building has been transformed into Times Square's most luxurious hotel. On a relatively calm block, just steps from the heart of Times Square, black wrought-iron fencing and a classic stone facade give way to timeless Art Deco interiors by renowned designer Thierry Despont, whose design makes you feel like you've stepped back in time to Prohibition-era New York (think: chrome detailing, oak wall paneling, a sepia-toned mural). And hotel planners worked closely with New York's Landmarks Preservation Commission to ensure that the building achieved landmark status: The original facade is still intact, as is an 18th-century French fireplace that was a gift from White to the Lambs, and two other fireplaces from the original building. The busy, high-end restaurant (with an adjacent lobby bar) on the first floor helps give the impression that this is the type of place to see and be seen.
The hotel joined the Luxury Collection by Starwood Hotels and Resorts in April 2011.
Half a block from Times Square, but not so close as to be woken up by the lights or traffic.
The Chatwal is just steps from Times Square on the relatively quiet West 44th Street. The street feels like a passageway between tourist-focused Times Square and the businessman's Midtown West. The block is full of hotels, a few restaurants, and some historic buildings (like the Belasco Theater).
- The hotel is right by 12 subway lines: The B, D, F, and M lines are at 42nd Street-Bryant Park, while the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, and R lines are at Times Square-42nd Street.
- 12 minutes on foot to the Empire State Building
- 10 minutes by subway to Central Park, or 20 minutes on foot
- 18 minutes by subway to Wall Street and the Financial District
- 25 minutes by subway to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The attractive rooms blend modern comforts with 1920s-era "cards and cocktails" touches
The rooms here meet all of the modern luxury standards -- Frette sheets and towels, down duvets and pillows by Down Etc -- but they also include fun, playful touches that bring guests back to the 1920s. The closets and desk are covered in pebbled leather, both designed to look like trunks you would have seen on a steamship in the early 20th century, and the desk top lifts up to reveal a lighted vanity. The coffee table holds a backgammon set. The minibar includes a box of candy cigarettes (which bare a striking resemblance to Lucky Strikes), Pastiglie Leone mints, a pack of cool old-fashioned playing cards (for a hefty fee), and magazines and books like The Great Gatsby. And the desks have postcards decorated with Vargas pin-up girls. Only a handful of rooms have terraces (namely those on the 7th Floor)
All rooms have:
- A bed with a Shifman mattress (the oldest mattress company in America) and Frette linens
- A desk that doubles as a vanity
- A 42-inch flat-screen TV inside a picture frame
- A minibar stocked with alcohol, candies, books, and magazines
- A bathroom with a huge walk-in shower, oversized rainfall showerhead, Asprey toiletries, and 19-inch TV embedded in the mirror (which you won't even notice when it's off)
- A toilet with a seat warmer that also doubles as a bidet (complete with an extensive remote control)
- Two robes
- Phone with touch screen that allows you to easily call housekeeping, front desk, room service. Has a built-in alarm clock.
- A safe
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A small, lovely spa with a "lap pool" and a tiny fitness center. No business center, though.
- The Red Door Spa at Chatwal includes a water lounge that has a small "lap pool" (you swim against a jet) and hot and cold plunge pools.
- Small fitness center, open 24 hours a day
- One level up from the restaurant is The Lambs Club Bar, which has many booths and tables and mini (somewhat tacky) Empire State Buildings hanging over the bar
- There's no business center, but the hotel lends out iPads, iPods, and computers. Plus, they'll do your printing for you. Meeting space is available in the Club Room or Stanford White Studio
- 24-hour concierge
A popular, see-and-be-seen restaurant by Geoffrey Zakarian
Chef and restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian opened The Lambs Club Restaurant and Bar in the hotel, named after the building's original patrons. The small space has a clubby, old boys' club feel to it, with red leather chairs and banquettes, Art Deco decor that matches the lobby (lamps shaped like tall martini classes), and an 18th-century French fireplace that was a gift from the building's designer in 1905.
- 24-hour room service is provided by the restaurant
- Many dining options are within easy walking distance
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Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
|Address||130 West 44th Street, New York City, New York 10036, United States|
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