The other day, HD was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the Chatwal New York, set to open in June in midtown Manhattan. It is exciting for a few reasons: it's the first namesake hotel of Sant Chatwal, chairman and CEO of Hampshire Hotels & Resorts (Night, Dream, Stay); it's the first of the new Chatwal brand; and it's a restoration of the Stanford White-built former Lambs Club, by Thierry Despont. Think Louis Vitton meets old New York, filled with Art Deco details and lavish finishes. There will be a second floor lounge that overlooks the lobby; a 90-seat, restored fireplace-clad restaurant led by chef Geoffrey Zakarin; luxurious residentially appointed suites with balconies (my favorite part: a Louis Vitton trunk-inspired desk and closet); and a basement spa complete with pool.
Another interesting tidbit: Hampshire is expanding its Dream brand to Miami this fall, and downtown New York next year.
Check out more on the Chatwal and other new New York City hotels in HD's May/June issue.