stay Hot and cool. Discreet, yet inviting. Soho in feel, but uptown in luxury. Always supremely elegant. Since the moment it opened during winter of 2001 to enormous critical acclaim, Chambers has personified such compelling extremes. With equal portions of cutting-edge style and European savoir faire, Chambers has already established itself as one of New York’s most alluring and chic hotel hotspots. From the VH-1 Divas Live After-Party to American Idol winners, the hotel has brought celebrities, New York denizens and international guests together in its chic and lush David Rockwell-designed setting. In fact, Conde Nast Traveler included this glamorous 56th Street oasis in its much-sought-after “Hot List.”
relax Within its 72 rooms and five suites on 14 floors, including a duplex apartment-style suite with its own large terrace, Chambers pampers its guests, raising hotel living to—literally—an art form. Outstanding contemporary art lines the walls of each of the guest accommodations and public spaces, with full-scale installations on every one of the guest floors. From business travelers to vacation and leisure guests, each feels inspired and transformed by the creativity that envelops them at every turn. Matching their surroundings’ signature subtlety and grace, the art at Chambers creates an atmosphere that is at once exciting and soothing, provocative and comforting.
sanctuary As conceived by the development team of Ira Drukier and Richard Born, whose hugely successful projects include The Mercer and the newly opened Greenwich Hotel and The Bowery Hotel, Chambers manages many of these delicate syntheses of extremes. To wit, it has maintained its sanctuary-like ambiance despite being situated just off Fifth Avenue, in the heart of one of New York’s most luxurious and busy retail and fashion districts. Prada, Fendi and Gucci are but steps away, as are Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. Visitors find refuge and high style as they relax and decompress in the lushly appointed lobby that features soft velvet couches, leather-wrapped columns and an ebony and parchment reception desk.
escape Just upstairs from the Lobby, on the open mezzanine, is a superbly comfortable and comforting environment—ideal for an afternoon or evening escape that is still quintessentially New York. This second-floor landing features discrete, sumptuously designed seating areas that invite conversation and respite from the city hubbub.
Chambers’ buzz has centered on its loft-like rooms that call to mind the signature spaces of the downtown New York art scene; industrial architecture has been seamlessly merged with deluxe amenities and lavish details. Once again, in keeping with the hotel’s unusual synergies, distressed concrete walls and blackened steel door sashes meld harmoniously with luxurious beds that are covered by soft premier linens and luscious throws. Two of Chambers’ suites also include oversized terraces – one 750 square feet the other 450 square feet – that are lushly landscaped and perfect for cocktail parties under the stars and offer panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline.
The suites are spacious and ultra-luxurious, with apartment-like touches that make guests feel both at home and indulged. “Residential” touches include Red Flower hair products. The European-style service standard at Chambers has also garnered attention, as the 24-hour staff caters to the whims of its guests’ every need. “We are extremely pleased that Chambers has been so well received,” says Ira Drukier, developing partner and co-owner. “The goal of our entire staff has been to care attentively for each guest, to provide a level of service that is, quite simply, unimpeachable and unsurpassed. We’re gratified that our guests have felt so comforted and so at home at Chambers.”
The contemporary art all around, so integral to the Chambers leitmotif, has also generated electricity and buzz. This “living museum” offers to visitors the unique sensation of walking into a serious collector’s private townhouse, where there are more than 500 scrupulously curated original works of art. With pieces by such artists as John Waters, Do-Ho Suh and Bob & Roberta Smith, more than 100 of the world’s best established and emerging talents are showing their work at this unprecedented hotel “gallery.” Perhaps most exciting, the one-of-a-kind hallway installations, some of which have been applied directly onto the hotel walls and signed by the artists, make stepping onto each guest-room floor a true adventure—a creative exploration.