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The rebirth of Hotel Chelsea – and three different legendary resorts

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As New York tales go, the Hotel Chelsea’s is nice sufficient to have crammed pages already. Opened in 1884 as one of many first Manhattan personal co-ops (and, at 12 storeys, then the tallest constructing on the island), it developed by way of the twentieth century on a wild up-and-down trajectory involving a number of possession adjustments, well-known tenants (amongst them Allen Ginsberg, Arthur Miller, Jasper Johns, Betsey Johnson, Patti Smith and Bob Dylan), infamous movie and pictures shoots (Warhol’s Chelsea Girls; Madonna’s Sex), and a handful of legendary demises (corresponding to that of Dylan Thomas, in 1953, who supposedly sank an complete bottle of whiskey in his remaining hours). With lodge friends partially subsidising long-term residents, and grand outdated (if just about falling down) interiors, it continued to draw romantics till its sale and closure – as a lodge, anyway – in 2011.

The Dining Room at El Quijote restaurant © Timothy O’Connell

Bar seating at the Hotel Chelsea’s El Quijote restaurant
Bar seating on the Hotel Chelsea’s El Quijote restaurant © Timothy O’Connell

Cut to spring 2022, and the Hotel Chelsea is open, as soon as once more, for enterprise. After but extra possession scuffles, tenants’ rights agitations that stalled all work for two-plus years, and the pandemic, it has quietly, partially reopened below house owners Richard Born, Ira Drukier and Sean MacPherson. That’s a formidable New York triad – between them the three are liable for The Mercer, The Bowery, The Jane and Maritime Hotels, the Waverly Inn, and half a dozen extra seminal Manhattan addresses (MacPherson has been referred to as “the man who shaped Downtown” by The New York Times).

The Lobby Bar at Hotel Chelsea
The Lobby Bar at Hotel Chelsea © Timothy O’Connell
A two-bedroom pied-à-terre at Hotel Chelsea
A two-bedroom pied-à-terre at Hotel Chelsea © Timothy O’Connell

What have they modified? Some authentic parts stay: artworks collected all through the heyday ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, by the likes of Donald Baechler and Sandro Chia, as an illustration. Fireplaces in some rooms, stained glass in others. True to the constructing’s hybrid hotel-residence historical past, these nonetheless vary vastly in dimension, from queen-bed studios to two-bedroom pieds-à-terre. But the vestiges of the previous issue right into a grasp refit: the Hotel Chelsea monogram is now inlaid into entrance halls, and embossed on doorknobs; mattress linens are customised 400-thread (additionally with emblem); the pieds-à-terre function Lacanche cooktops and ranges within the kitchens.

A bedside table in one of the rooms
A bedside desk in one of many rooms © Timothy O’Connell

Downstairs, the foyer and foyer bar are the beneficiaries of a cautious polish. The mosaic flooring and inlaid ceiling have been merely however meticulously restored, whereas plush solariums have been added to the foyer bar, the place each lodge friends and anybody who books have entry to a wise cocktail and small-plates menu. Rooftop spa and health centre, examine (for summer season); semi-private eating room within the authentic El Quijote restaurant, examine. Another, eventual French-ish restaurant, examine. Depending on one’s nostalgist leanings, the brand new Hotel Chelsea is both a travesty of historical past, or immediately on the must-do listing. From $295; hotelchelsea.com

Vineyard Haven: west coast version

The renovated ranch house at The Madrona in Sonoma County
The renovated ranch home at The Madrona in Sonoma County © Matthew Millman

Healdsburg, within the north of Sonoma County, retains going from energy to energy, with farmers and restaurateurs, designers and artists contributing to the scene. The latest enterprise is The Madrona, opened final month – a c1880 ranch house-turned-restaurant and inn beforehand referred to as Madrona Manor, which San Francisco inside designer Jay Jeffers purchased in 2021 and has renovated as a assortment of super-luxe visitor rooms (in the predominant home) and personal bungalows (scattered throughout the property’s eight acres).

The front parlour at The Madrona
The entrance parlour at The Madrona © Matthew Millman
The Madrona’s Palm Terrace restaurant
The Madrona’s Palm Terrace restaurant © Matthew Millman

Jeffers hews intently to the late-Victorian bones and aestheticist spirit of the home, with rugs commissioned from native artists, a lot of ornate, ebonised-mahogany headboards, and a whole bunch of antiques (together with many who featured within the property when Jeffers acquired it). One different key holdover from its earlier iteration: chef Jesse Mallgren, who carried his Michelin star at Madrona Manor for 13 years, and can run The Madrona’s Dining Room and al fresco Palm Terrace. From $750; themadronahotel.com

Remaking La Dolce Vita on Capri

A room at Il Capri
A room at Il Capri © Marine Billet

Trying to search out an empty lodging on the Amalfi Coast for summer season 2022 already has a Squid Game-like factor about it, so scant a commodity is availability. Good information for the Capri aficionados, the place a bit extra will come on-line subsequent month within the type of Il Capri, a high-design replace of a candy however decidedly agé four-star lodge. The new house owners – a French hospitality group founder and his Neapolitan spouse, whose household has a historic presence on the island – have introduced jet-setty model and boho stylish to the 21 rooms and suites: wicker, tender colors that span the beige-to‑pink spectrum and tall home windows framed in translucent linen.

One of the renovated rooms at Il Capri
One of the renovated rooms at Il Capri © Marine Billet

But the true ambitions are for the general public areas, amongst them a 145-seat restaurant, Vesuvio, and the Caprirama Bar, with plenty of out of doors/backyard seating. And we’ve already earmarked a morning to discover its fabulous-sounding retail idea, stocked with vinyl from Neapolitan funk label Periodica Records, books printed by La Conchiglia, the native Caprese boutique imprint and stylish collaborations with old-world tailors Marinella and nouveau French style label Nomasei, amongst others. From €590; ilcaprihotel.com 

90 Years younger in Bermuda

Cambridge Beaches on Bermuda
Cambridge Beaches on Bermuda © Cavan Images

Bermuda with out Cambridge Beaches is, for a lot of, unimaginable. The gracious 99-year-old resort, with 4 stretches of pinkish-white sand, two personal coves and candy visitor cottages (a number of of them courting again to the seventeenth century) dotting a 23-acre peninsula, embodies the charms of the island like virtually no different deal with on it. As for therefore many such locations, the previous two years put the longer term in peril.

The cottages at Cambridge Beaches are spread across the 23-acre peninsula
The cottages at Cambridge Beaches are unfold throughout the 23-acre peninsula © Nhuri Bashir

The new house owners have made a large funding, and tapped expertise from New York to form a new expertise with out forsaking what makes Cambridge Beaches particular. Kellyann Hee brings Soho House-design‑group expertise to the decor; St John Frizell, the co-founder of Brooklyn’s cult-cool oyster and chop home, Gage & Tollner, and its even cooler second-floor cocktail bar, Sunken Harbor Club, has opened a Sunken Harbor outpost right here. There are new spa menus and water sports activities programmes, however, it’s promised, all of the outdated gentility continues to be intact. From $495; cambridgebeaches.com


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