Talk:Hotel Chelsea

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I'm originally from New York, and I've always heard it called the "Chelsea Hotel", not the "Hotel Chelsea". Is there any basis for the version of the name used here? -- Jmabel 06:23, 15 Mar 2004 (UTC)

The name on their website is the Hotel Chelsea: . I think it's the "official" name, even though you're right that most people call it the Chelsea Hotel. Moncrief 06:27, Mar 15, 2004 (UTC)

yep- in conversation it's just 'the chelsea'. in the real world that causes problems, couriers looking for the Chelsea Lodge show up etc. Absolute pedantry!

Permanent guests[edit]

Can someone say if the hotel is still used by permanent guests? Or is it just a hotel now. Their website seems to suggest that its just an expensive hotel now.

-to the best of my knowledge, the hotel still has more permanent guests than rooms for people who only stay there for a few days. This is what I heard when staying there a year ago (2005).

In a recent Sunday Times Magazine article (25 March 2007), it says that of 240 apartments, 60% are residential and only 40% are hotel rooms. Chrisfow 18:10, 29 March 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Removed "Raymond Foye." Not a notable 'writer or thinker'. 19:05, 28 June 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Does anyone else feel that "Ruth Harkness...during her long decline into alcoholic oblivion." is kind of out of nowhere and judgemental? Even Sid stabbing his wife to death (ok, allegedly) is very matter-of-fact, no judging. Harkness' bit sounds like someone with an agenda decided to vent a little.


Does anyone know if the chelsea hotel is expensive these days? i go on websites about it and the pictures they have of the rooms is so nicer than how the hotel was Years ago. so i was wondering what the price of a normal room would be?. -- 21:57, 12 December 2006 (UTC)-BiancaReply[reply]

The Hotel's website, , has all the latest rates. Chrisfow 18:10, 29 March 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sid & Nancy[edit]

This is in the intro: 'It is perhaps best-known as the hotel where Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols stabbed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen to death…' shouldn't this read '…where Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols allegedly (or may have) stabbed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen to death…', seeing as he was never found guilty of the crime, and there were other people visiting the room that night?eiscir 17:52, 2 December 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Does anyone really remember who Sid Vicious was? I remember it as the home of Virgil Thompson.Saxophobia 00:42, 14 April 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Google search for "Virgil Thompson" returns 16,300 hits. "Sid Vicious" returns 1,670,000, indicating that Sid Vicious is approximately 100 times better remembered than Virgil Thompson. Even if, as I suspect, you mean Virgil Thomson, that returns 128,000 hits. I think Sid still as it. (talk) 18:21, 5 July 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera? And regarding "On the Road" . . .[edit]

In checking Hayden Herrera's book, Frida and Diego stayed at the Barbizon Plaza, now the Trump Parc, whenever they came to New York. I found no reference in any book about either of them at the Chelsea. Can whoever added them to the list of residents provide a source? Also, while there is a reference given in the article, most major books on Kerouac list 454 W. 20th as the place of the final writing of "On The Road" (the book had been in the works for years). Even the Wikipedia "Kerouac" article lists that address. I do not think Kerouac ever even lived at the Chelsea. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:51, 18 July 2008 (UTC) The citation regarding "On the Road" is a USA Today article, not a scholarly source. It is incorrect. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:53, 10 April 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Supposed haunting[edit]

I was really surprised to not see anything about the hotel supposedly being haunted. That is definitely one of the main things it's famous for. I'm not saying that the haunting is a fact, but the public notion or general idea should be worth mentioning. G90025 (talk) 12:14, 1 November 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It's actually not "one of the main things" the hotel is famous for, but if it's so well known, it should be easy for you to find a citation from a reliable source and add it to the article. Beyond My Ken (talk) 04:19, 10 April 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I did a major gutting of the everything from Notable residents down. I pulled out everything that did not have some kind of source for the information. Everyone wants to put their favorite artists in the list. We should require they provide a source. These were getting so bloated and were very hard to read. ~ GB fan 18:58, 22 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Come on now... It looks ridiculous to have just one song there. Especially when there are explicit references to the hotel in many other songs. Leonard Cohen's song called "Chelsea Hotel no. 2". Bob Dylan's song called "Sara" has a lyric that goes "Staying up days at the Chelsea Hotel, writing Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands for You"

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The result was: promoted by Lightburst talk 04:47, 24 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Hotel Chelsea
The Hotel Chelsea

5x expanded by Epicgenius (talk). Self-nominated at 15:12, 23 October 2023 (UTC). Post-promotion hook changes for this nom will be logged at Template talk:Did you know nominations/Hotel Chelsea; consider watching this nomination, if it is successful, until the hook appears on the Main Page.Reply[reply]

  • 5× expansion of 13 October 2023‎ version completed from 10,743 characters to 60,411 and nominated three days later. No copyvios detected (AGF books and offline refs which can't go through Dup detector). Article is well-sourced. Main hook is 119 characters long (ALT1 is 92; ALT2 is 145; ALT3 is 86; ALT4 is 93; ALT5 is 125); all six are under the 200 character max. limit and are interesting. Ref 46 (verifying the main hook) is a reliable source from the NYT (AGF all other refs which are offline or behind paywall). QPQ done. Image is free under CC BY-3.0. Looks good to go! —Bloom6132 (talk) 19:28, 23 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]