The plywood wraps are off the old Lambs Club on West 44th Street near Times Square, where the new Chatwal New York hotel will greet guests come August. Architect Thierry Despont, in conjunction with William Q. Brothers III (classy joint!), has overseen the transformation and renovation of Stanford White's 1905 neo-Georgian landmark. (White's original building was doubled in size with a matching addition in 1915.) Now, with the marble and terracotta detailing all scrubbed of their big city grit, this old beauty gives off a welcoming glow. Up top, four floors have been added, barely visible from the busy streets below, and set backs hide private terraces, perfect for spendy types looking for a view and maybe something more.
Rates for the hotelier Sant Chatwal's new 88 guestrooms are bouncing up and down, with Hotel Chatter reporting deals for opening week bobbing between $474 and $556 per night. Photos of the interiors found on the hotel's Facebook page promise a luxe getaway with deco touches everywhere. Despont has created a new take on the hotel closet by "elevating the classic travel trunk to objet d'art."
Still to be unveiled is the Barrymore Suite, a four-bedroom pad named in honor of Drew's theatrical forebears, members of the Lamb's Club who used to party here after the curtain came down and Broadway really lit up (before Grandpa John traveled downtown to his rooftop lair). For good eats at the Chatwal, chef Geoffrey Zakarian will be serving up New York cuisine in a clubby 90-seat restaurant, as previewed by our friends at Eater. The lobby lounge promises "prohibition era cocktails," which is good, because we've been looking for a place that pours a good Monkey Gland.
· The Chatwal New York [Official Site]
· Room Rates at The Chatwal Are Still Aiming High [Hotel Chatter]
· Geoffrey Zakarian's Lambs Club at the Chatwal Six Weeks Out [Eater]