About a day after I wrote “A Fashionable Hotel” New York Magazine‘s fashion blog, The Cut, ran a post about the new hotel and about it’s clients as well. Apparently, it is a model hotel. Amy Odell writes, “Models, agencies, and designers get discounts on the 280 rooms, and the hotel doesn’t charge extra if agencies want to cram extra girls into a room. So they can theoretically put as many girls in one room as they want.” And there is also champagne in the lobby, origami towels in the rooms, and reservations to the city’s most sought after restaurants.
What I previously thought was a harmless, chic idea is now being twisted into the “half-hooker economy” says Odell. They are hypothesizing that quite a lot of men will pay to stay at this hotel over the Marriot ExecuStay or Hotel Pennsylvania right down the block, because they get to stare at scantily clad stick thin models in the elevator and tanning on the roof top. I suppose this is a smart business idea though not a very original one, give a discount to the pretty girls and watch the rich men follow, clubs have been doing this for decades.
Now I feel a bit sleazy, dirty even, for thinking the newest addition to Chelsea was just a harmless hotel for fashion lovers and the like.