Checking out of The Hotel Chelsea

Ten years ago I snapped this photo of The Hotel Chelsea and always wondered what it looked like inside. This, the place that housed folks like Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, Stanley Kubrick, Jane Fonda, Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, Madonna and Leonard Cohen.

Condé Nast Traveller has a bit of history leading up to the 11 year renovation that completed last year.

Saturday Night Live’s Season 48 intro was filmed there.

And it served as home base for this trip and scratched an item off the bucket list. Though the room was small and the bohemian spirit at odds with $26 cocktails, the place was fetching in every detail.

I mean, they went so far as to put a monogram on the doorknobs of the closet. I made a short video showing a bit of the room.

(Another tip of the hat to Thor for the flat pack vase and flowers, a gift so I could re-enact Sarah Sherman’s bit from the SNL intro. 💐)

Hotel Chelsea sign