The legendary and infamous Chelsea Hotel, one of the most haunted hotels in north America. So Famous is the Chelsea, I have decided to compile 17 reasons why in order of room number, but I will begin with what the Chelsea’s most Famous resident ghost, Larry, want’s guests to know about the Chelsea Hotel, as reported by thechelsahotelblog.com. First, “It’s what’s inside the Chelsea that’s real. Everything out there in the so-called city is an illusion”. Second, “There was something there long before the Chelsea was built that is the source of the place’s creative power” And Third “It’s not about the product– the specific art that’s being created; it’s about the life that is lead at the Chelsea Hotel”.
Room #100: Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen resided here. Nancy was found dead in the suite’s bathroom on October 12 1978. Sid was charged with her murder, he was released on bail. He died of a heroin overdose at the home of his new girlfriend on February 1st 1979. Several guests have clamed to have run-ins with the ghosts of Sid and Nancy, as well as hearing loud arguments between them while staying in the room.
Room #105: Actress Edie Sedgwick was moved here after setting her room on fire. The room was above the lobby and staff wanted to keep a close eye on her, angry about her fire antics.
Room #114: In 2009 a hotel guest, Anna clamed to have had a paranormal experience on the last night of a three night stay at the hotel. While in bed she felt afraid, then heard a loud door slam followed by what sounded like someone running for several minutes. Then she also heard footsteps around her, inside the room. The experience culminated with Anna seeing a severed head in dramatic theatre make up hovering in front of the bedroom mirror. Anna said it appeared to be the face of writer, Dylan Thomas.
Room #120: In 2008, Hotel guest, Steve Clark who says he is sensitive to spirit energy, stayed in this room for only 10 minutes before requesting a new one. He said there was a “sad energy in the back by the bathroom.. couldn’t breathe well.” Clark said the spirit was lost and looking for help, unable to leave the hotel. Clark was unable to help.
Room #124: Multiple visitors to this suite reported to chelseahotelblog that they heard a female voice screaming, a ghostly presence in the bathroom and seeing the blurry ghost of an old man. One of these reports included a photo they had taken it their room. It appears to show a skeleton standing behind a door frame that they didn’t notice until they got home.
Room #205: Writer/Poet Dylan Thomas moved into the Chelsea on October 20th 1953. Thomas was in poor health and spent his last lucid days at the hotel. On November 5th he was taken to emergency at St. Vincent’s hospital, where he fell into a coma. He died on Nov 9 1953. Over the years many guests at the hotel have claimed to have encountered Dylan’s ghost, as well as hearing aggressive footsteps in the room he stayed in.
Room #211: Singer/Songwriter Bob Dylan stayed in this room during the sixties, where he wrote “Sara” and “Sad eyed lady of the lowlands”.
Room #323: Club Kid Christina lived at the hotel in the 80’s. She died in her room in June of 89. She was dead for 5 days before her body was discovered.
Room #415: Janis Joplin’s room at the Chelsea and where she had her infamous tryst with Leonard Cohen.
Room #424: Leonard Cohen lived here during the sixties.
Room #442: Andy Warhol brought Edie Sedgewick here in 1965 to film the short “The Chelsea Girls”
Room #515: Jon Bon Jovi wrote the song and filmed the video for “Midnight at the Chelsea” here.
Room #614: Playwright Arthur Miller lived here with daughter Rebecca Miller, wife of Daniel Day Lewis for several years after his divorce from Marilyn Monroe
Room #822: This is where Madonna took the photographs for her infamous 1992 book “Sex”
Room #829: Writer Thomas Wolfe spent the last few years of his life at the Chelsea. He Died in 1938.
Room #915: 2009 Hotel guest Steve Clark claims he was awakened at 4am and handed a glow in the dark Frisbee by an “energy” He said he was not frightened by the energy and was able to get back to sleep.
Room #1017: Singer/Songwriter Patti Smith lived here with Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in 1969, which is where Mapplethorpe took his first photographs.