Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Hotel Chelsea

The Hotel Chelsea is New York's legendary rock n' roll hotel. It's where Sid Vicious supposedly stabbed Nancy Spungen to death on the bathroom floor of room 100 in 1978. It's where Jack Kerouac wrote On the Road. It's where Arthur C. Clarke drafted 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Other artists, writers, and musicians that have stayed there include Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Arthur Miller, Joni Mitchell, Tennessee Williams, Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix, and Patti Smith. Musicians have always loved this hotel for its sound-proof rooms.

This twelve-story hotel is located on West 23rd Street between seventh and eighth avenues and was built in 1883. It was the first building to be listed by New York City as a cultural preservation site and historic building. There's been books written about the hotel and its artistic and ghostly past, there's been documentaries about it, and countless movie and photo shoots have taken place (and is still taking place) at the hotel, including the well known black and white photo of Sid Vicious smoking on his bed in the hotel.

Appropriately, the hotel lobby contains artwork from past guests.

We love the look of the Hotel Chelsea's rooms (at least what we can tell from pictures). The design of the rooms are fitting for the kind of artistic people that are drawn to this hotel and it beats the look of the Hiltons and the ones that are too uber modern. There's 240 rooms and what's interesting is that half of the hotel's rooms are occupied by permanent residents. What kind of people live here permanently and how much do they pay for rent for crying out loud?