Hotel Stories Told by New Yorkers

April 17, 2013 | by —Simona Rabinovitch | Homepage

Inspired by the explorer’s spirit, Assouline presents a brand new volume of The Luxury Collection Hotel Stories ($45), a beautiful travel book featuring historical anecdotes and intimate travel stories about the unique hotels in the Luxury Collection's international portfolio—including The Chatwal in New York.

Written by Paris-based travel author Francisca Matteoli, this beautiful, 160-page hardcover volume features contributions by some of our favorite New Yorkers, like Susan Sarandon and daughter Eva Amurri, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley, and actor Stanley Tucci, who shares a tale about The Gritti Palace in Venice, Italy. Other illustrious contributors include model Coco Rocha, musician Placido Domingo, and actress Emily Mortimer, to name a few.

Geoffrey Zakarian, chef of The Lambs Club at The Chatwal, shares details of his most memorable travel experience: chartering a boat to visit the Aeolian Islands in Italy. Of The Chatwal, and the landmark building's recent restoration by renowned architect Thierry Despont, Zakarian says, “When I enter The Chatwal, I feel as though I am in a small London hotel. Thierry Despont achieved the perfect balance here between old and new—what a true luxury to have a restaurant and bar designed by this architectural master.” Indeed, the circa 1905 Theater District Art Deco gem of a restaurant, which served as a hangout for the likes Charlie Chaplin, John Barrymore, and Fred Astaire, deserves no less than a master's touch.

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