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The First Week of The Chelsea Hotel Takeover Ends With Andre Balazs

Where: 222 W. 23rd Street [map], New York, ny, United States, 10011
June 22, 2007 at 12:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

The earth-shattering news that the long-time manager of the legendary old-school hotel/residence/bohemian artist camp The Chelsea Hotel was being kicked out for a slick hotel management company is still producing aftershocks.

The biggest one comes today courtesy of Page Six who says Andre Balazs may have some plans up his sleeve to turn the hotel into a Chateau Marmont East as he stopped in for a look-see.

We hear Balazs, with his knack for historical preservation, will have a role in running and restoring the place. Now all he has to do is figure out how to entice people who have long lived there for little to no rent to vacate.

Naturally, this has the devoted residents of the Chelsea Hotel up in arms saying they will not be "enticed" by any means. However, they have already received a notice about paying outstanding balances. The future looks grim indeed.

To us hotel geeks, it's interesting to note that Balazs would partner up with B&D again after it seems like the Mercer Hotel partnership went a little sour. Then again, Balazs would be crazy (!) to turn down a Chateau Marmont for the East Coast. Note to National Enquirer editors: Send someone up to NYC as soon as Marmont East opens!

[Original Photo: Lindn]

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· Chelsea Hotel's New Management Revealed [HotelChatter]

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