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Calling In Early In Manhattan? Stay Up For a Game of Chess at Gild Hall

Where: 15 Gold St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10038
February 24, 2011 at 8:36 AM | by | ()

We can always count on Thompson Hotels for true customer service. As if designer condoms weren't enough, Gild Hall has chosen to satisfy that eternal hotel guest need to play a game of chess. Indeed, scattered throughout the ski-lodge style lobby are several chess boards, available to anyone at (literally) any time of the night. A spontaneous-chess-player's paradise. "I actually competed in the Kansas state nationals for chess when I was a kid," one recent lobby visitor enthused as he was in the middle of a game with his friend. I mean, what are the odds?

Gild Hall's welcoming first-floor lobby—not as dark and moody as the Thompson LES—has that warm living-room feel that makes you want to plop down and linger for hours. The upstairs Library Bar, fitted out with mahogany bookcases and Persian rugs, frequently hosts private events as well as open bar parties. So the next time you find yourself with some spare time in the Financial District—or if you're simply waiting for a table to open up at the Libertine—head here for some downtime. "There are some guests who like it so much, they take the chess pieces home with them," warned one recent manager-on-duty. So much for common space!

In other Gild Hall news, as we were tweeted yesterday, the hotel is now home to a monthly LGBT party, GEKKO (Gay Is Good). It's taking place on the last Wednesday of every month in the Library Bar. So yes, you missed it this time round (sorry) but stick it in your diaries for next month.

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