Chelsea Hotel may not be top of the list in terms of places to visit, but what most people don't know is that the hotel is legendary, having housed some of the biggest artists and visionaries of the century.
The building was built in 1884 as a private apartment co-op. With 12 stories, it was named the tallest building in New York until 1899. It later became a hotel and it was located in what was known at the time as the Theater District. The hotel became a staple place for artists to meet and live.
The hotel has a reputation for bad behavior and for creating art. The writer Dylan Thomas died of alcohol poisoning at the Chelsea Hotel and it is also rumored that Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols stabbed his girlfriend while staying at the hotel in 1978. It was also the place where Bob Dylan composed songs and poets like Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso congregated.
The hotel has public tours which allow you to visit each floor. There is funky artwork and decorations, such as a pink ballerina hanging on a swing from the ceiling in the lobby of the hotel. It is also rumored that the hotel houses some ghosts that seem to be seen on staircases and in the basement. If you are into ghost stories, then this is another reason to enter the doors of the Chelsea Hotel.
Today, the hotel houses artists, such as models, photographers, socialites and the like. The atmosphere of liberation and debauchery did not die down. It is not unlikely to walk the halls of this hotel and smell illegal substances. The vibe and atmosphere has been kept intact from the days when legends such as Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead frequented the hotel.
You can rent a room for a few nights or a few months at the Chelsea Hotel. Prices and room availability are found at: www.hotelchelsea.com
Information on tours and more about the history of the hotel as well as pictures of rooms can be found at the site above.
The Chelsea hotel is a must-visit hotel. The artsy vibe can be felt the moment you walk through the doors. As a bonus, you can rub elbows with interesting characters dressed nothing less of unconventional and wild. The street has some amazing restaurants and bars, so if you truly want to experience the Chelsea vibe, start with the hotel and work your way around it. You will not be disappointed.