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Haven't filed your taxes yet? Putting them off 'til the last minute? Don't worry—even if you rush through them, you can't possibly come out looking as bad as The Chatwal, who, it was discovered this weekend, have been quietly avoiding the huge expense of running a hotel in Times Square by pretending to be a church.
Though it sounds completely nuts and like something out of a bad Tom Cruise movie from the 90s, there is some logic behind it. You see, the building in which the Chatwal currently resides used to actually be a church, with pews, a priest, parishioners, the whole nine yards.
Of course, none of that has actually been a part of the scene here since the hotel took over five years ago. But that didn't stop the hotel from hanging onto the former church's tax exemptions—even while it was charging guests upwards of $500/night. Not very church-like, if you ask us!
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It's Guess the Hotel revealed!
Were you able to figure anything out from the video we posted on Friday? Two people called out The Chatwal, which was correct! We were there last week, in the Producer's Suite on the tenth floor, to watch a new promotional video by Luxury Collection called HERE.
If you're at all restless like us, you might wind up booking an impromptu trip to Vermont, Scottsdale and/or Hawaii after you watch it. The 15-minute film is set at Equinox Resort & Spa, The Phoenician and The Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki successively, and each hotel comes off looking more idyllic than the next.
There is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel photos. These pics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every Monday, we commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot du semaine. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!
The Chatwal has really loosened up over the past year. Despite its super-serious introduction to the world back in 2009, it has lately been keeping things simple with candy cigarettes and guess-the-number-of-balls contests.
We were definitely intrigued by The Chatwal's latest gimmick: free cups of Lambs Club coffee were given out on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, to passersby on 44th St. In the spirit of "giving," these hotel coffee fairies were suited up with Lambs Club-branded canisters strapped to their backs, and a twinkle in their eyes. No word yet on whether this will be a regular thing or not.
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Here's the deal with in-room amenities. Hotel rooms should be fun. They should be exciting places to stay that offer things you don't normally find in your boring old bedroom.
So if a responsible, decision-making adult wants to indulge in a 1930s-themed room, complete with cocktail shakers, naughty girl playing cards, Lucky Lights candy cigarettes, pre-programmed iPods, and a copy of The Great Gatsby, then they are absolutely entitled to do so. Just as long as they learn to share their toys with their friends.
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Folks at The Chatwal (now a Luxury Collection hotel) are so excited about the season five premier of Mad Men, they've gone ahead and launched a brand spankin' new Mad Men luxury package for guests—despite the fact that episodes won't even hit the airwaves until mid-March 2012.
Controversy surrounding the new season has been circulating for a while now, and it was only two weeks ago that the official production schedule get released. So filming starts today. But in as little as three weeks, future Chatwal guests will start enjoying Old-Fashions and 90-minute massages as part of the package.
The looooong-awaited Chatwal New York is apparently still on track to open this spring. Wanna make a bet? Perhaps you’d like to play a round of cards to settle this guessing game?
What’s this? Oh, only the first photo of anything specifically Chatwal we could get our hands on. This, my friends, is the deck of Chatwal playing cards that will be available in the guest rooms. We got a sneak peek at them, and a few other details, on a tour of the still-under-construction hotel this week.
As regular HotelChatter readers know, we’ve been salivating for news—any scrap of detail we can get—on the upcoming opening of The Chatwal New York. We’ve seen glimpses of what’s to come on the hotel’s website, but now the property’s PR folks have some more bite-sized hints to feed us. Join us, if you will, for a teasing appetizer of what the new property will be serving come spring 2010 …
Update: The Chatwal has had this website up for a while, as we reported last year, but since the hotel never made its promised opening date of late 2008 we totally forgot about the website. And it looks like there is really nothing new on this site to report on either. Still, we apologize for slacking off and we won't do it again. Or in other words: "Thank you sir! May we have another?"
The Chatwal New York has been on our radar for awhile, but details on the Vikram Chatwal property have been few and far between. The latest we heard, courtesy of the Leading Hotels of the World website, was that the hotel will open in "Spring 2010." But an important milestone in the progress of any hotel opening we're tracking is the debut of a website. And looky here, The Chatwal New York now has one!