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New Hotel Chelsea Manager Fed to Bohemian Lions

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June 30, 2008 at 4:37 PM | by | ()

In another nail-biting plot twist in the never-ending saga of the Hotel Chelsea, a new character has walked in to stir things up.

Andrew Tilley, an English guy who has worked at the Hyatt Carlton Tower in London and, more recently, the Paramount/Hard Rock Hotel in New York (among other places), has been brought into the Chelsea as the next poor soul to attempt to fill Stanley Bard's shoes as manager.

For those of you who aren't up to speed on the drama, this dude has about as much of a chance of being warmly embraced by the Hotel Chelsea crowd as Drew Carey has with The Price is Right people. One post-Bard manager has already been chased out; hopefully this one will fare a little bit better.

And look! The Living with Legends blog has already given him a friendly welcome:

No doubt Marlene [Krauss] was impressed that Rockabilly Tilley was hired to transform the Paramount into a Hard Rock Hotel, as that is probably the sort of lame-ass fate she envisions for the Chelsea.

On the other hand, as I gather from recent comments on Trip Advisor, he wasn't able to accomplish that transition. Though a press release says the hotel was "rebranded" in 2007, guests still think they're at the Paramount, and complain that the rooms are old and dirty and poorly maintained. Sound familiar? I guess for this job, despite the "Help Wanted" sign on the front of the hotel, there just weren't that many applicants.

Uh, yeah. Best of luck to you, dude.

[Photo: Living with Legends]

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