Chelsea Hotel remains haven for artists despite sale

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on October 20, 2010

The Chelsea Hotel, which has largely been owned by three families for 65 years, will remain a popular home-away-from-home for starving artists, despite being sold.

A spokesman for the hotel said Tuesday that despite the property changing hands, the hotel would still retain its spirit of being a haven for artists that are struggling to make it in New York. Loren Riegelhaupt said that the hotel itself is shaped by its history.

Adding that its character defines the Chelsea, he said that the new owners had no intention of changing what the Chelsea ‘is’. The hotel’s former famous clientele includes Thomas Wolfe, Arthur Miller, Andy Warhol and famous musicians such as Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix.

Its famous patronage is only complemented by the hotel’s darker past. As the site of Sex Pistols rocker Sid Vicious notorious killing of his girlfriend Nancy, it is also the location where Bob Dylan wrote the lyrics to ‘Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands’.

The 250-room hotel spans across 12 floors and was built back in 1883. Located on 23rd street, the property was once located in Chelsea’s old theatre district and remains a landmark of the area.

Surrounded by a concentration of art galleries and some of the city’s most famous gay districts, the old building needed around $2 million to $3 million for refurbishments in recent years. The property is a joint offering of transient hotel rooms and longer-stay apartments.

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louka October 24, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I really hope the Chelsea Hotel will never change. I was there in August and loved it all, the place and the people, including those at the desk. Great, love to all,

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