American-Indian entrepreneur Sant Singh Chatwal has opened the first hotel in a new chain of luxury properties he hopes will become a global brand.
The Chatwal New York opened August 8 in a landmark 1905 building designed by Stanford White in New York City and is the only member of the Leading Hotels of the World in the Manhattan theater district.
The new property has been designed by Thierry Despont to offer “contemporary luxuries and ultra-modern technology” in a 1930s Deco design environment.
It includes original features such as the faÃ§ade and floor-to-ceiling fireplace restored and incorporated into the hotel.
In partnership with fashion fabric brand KashwÃ©re, The Chatwal also offers a spa with a saltwater pool that can be programmed to simulate three types of natural water currents.
In the Lambs Club Restaurant and Bar, the Chatwal has recreated the bygone days of America’s first professional theater club, which used to be based in the building, while serving favorite American meals and Prohibition-era drinks.
According to Chatwal, the hotel is the first property of a series bearing the entrepreneur’s name, with further hotels planned in the UK and India.
Guests can also be sure they’re in experienced hands — Sant Singh Chatwal also owns the Bombay Palace chain of restaurants and Hampshire Hotels and Resorts, while his son Vikram Chatwal runs luxury hotel group Vikram Chatwal hotels.
The Chatwal is one of a series of hotels planning openings in Manhattan this year.
The enormous InterContinental Times Square opened its doors in July, and The James New York is scheduled to welcome guests from September 1.