The New York Optimist
August 2008
History
The hotel has always been a center of artistic and bohemian activity and it
houses artwork created by many of the artists who have visited. The hotel
was the first building to be listed by New York City as a cultural preservation
site and historic building of note. The twelve-story red-brick building that now
houses the Hotel Chelsea was built in 1883 as a private apartment cooperative
that opened in 1884; it was the tallest building in New York until 1899. At the
time Chelsea, and particularly the street on which the hotel was located, was
the center of New York's Theater District. However, within a few years the
combination of economic worries and the relocation of the theaters
bankrupted the Chelsea cooperative. In 1905, the building was purchased and
opened as a hotel.Owing to its long list of famous guests and residents, the
hotel has an ornate history, both as a birth place of creative modern art and
home of bad behavior.
Bob Dylan composed songs while staying at the
Chelsea, and poets Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso
More photos of the rooms at the Chelsea Hotel
Our Rooms

The Chelsea is proud of its selection of accommodations. Its rich
history as home to greats in literature and art is reflected in the
rooms that are filled with natural light (often floor-to-ceiling
windows), eclectic period and modern furnishings and a sense of
spaciousness. Artful décor can reflect the Belle Epoque or Today, as
there is a legacy in each.

Included for today’s comfort – Air Conditioning, Cable TV,
Comfortable Parlors in the Suites, Studios with Kitchenette, Full
Ensuite Bath or with Shower, Rooms with Shared Bath, often Work
Areas with Desk and Ample Lighting Daily Maid Service

Please let us know if your stay will be short-term or extended so we
may recommend the most suitable accommodation to help ensure
your successful visit to New York City.
For Reservations, Please go to:
The Hotel Chelsea is a well-known residence for artists, musicians,
and writers in the neighborhood of Chelsea in Manhattan, New York
City. It is located at 222 West 23rd Street, between Seventh and
Eighth Avenues. Built in 1883, the hotel welcomes guests, but is
primarily known for its long-term residents, past and present.
visited. The hotel was the first building to be listed by New York
City as a cultural preservation site and historic building of note.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey while staying at
the Chelsea, and poets Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Richard
and Rebecca Eller chose it as a place for philosophical & intellectual
exchange. It is also known as the place where the writer Dylan
Thomas was staying when he died of alcohol poisoning on
November 4, 1953, and where Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sid
Vicious of the Sex Pistols, was found stabbed to death on October
12, 1978.
Actors and film directors
The hotel has been a home to actors and film directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Shirley
Clarke, Cyndi Coyne, Mitch Hedberg, Dave Hill, Miloš Forman, Lillie Langtry, Ethan
Hawke, Dennis Hopper, Eddie Izzard, Kevin O'Connor, Uma Thurman, Elliot Gould, Jane
Fonda, and Gaby Hoffmann and her mother, the Warhol film star Viva and Edie
Sedgwick.
Musicians
Much of Hotel Chelsea's history has been colored by the musicians who have resided
there. Some of the most prominent names include The Grateful Dead, Tom Waits, Patti
Smith, Virgil Thomson, Dee Dee Ramone of The Ramones, Henri Chopin, John Cale,
Édith Piaf, Joni Mitchell, Marty Connolly, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Sid
Vicious, Richard Hell, glam rocker Jobriath, Rufus Wainwright, Abdullah
Ibrahim/Sathima Bea Benjamin, Indian musician Vasant Rai , and Leonard Cohen. More
recently, artists such as Ryan Adams, The Libertines, and Anthony Kiedis have spent
time at The Chelsea. List goes on and on with the who's who, who have stayed here.
Visit the Hotel Chelsea official web site for more details.