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Famous hotels: Chelsea Hotel (New York) - Beat Hotel (Paris)


A hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging, usually on a short-term basis and especially for tourists. Hotels often provide a number of additional guest services such as a restaurant, a swimming pool or childcare. Some hotels have conference services and encourage groups to hold conventions and meetings at their location.

Hotels differ from motels in that most motels have drive-up, exterior entrances to the rooms, while hotels tend to have interior entrances to the rooms, making them safer and more relaxing to people. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel [Jan 2006]

Hotel Chelsea, NYC

The Hotel Chelsea is a well-known residence for artists, musicians, and writers in the neighborhood of Chelsea in New York City. The building is located on 23rd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.

The hotel welcomes guests, but is primarily known for its long-term residents, past and present. The hotel has always been a centre of artistic and bohemian activity and it houses artwork created by many of the artists who have visited. The hotel was the first building to be listed by New York City as a cultural preservation site and historic building of note.

The building that now houses the Hotel Chelsea was built in 1883 as a private apartment cooperative that opened in 1884. It was the tallest building in New York until 1902. At the time Chelsea, and particularly the street on which the hotel was located, was the center of New York's Theater District. However, within a few years the combination of economic worries and the relocation of the theaters bankrupted the Chelsea cooperative. In 1905, the building was purchased and opened as a hotel.

It is perhaps most well known as the hotel where Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols allegedly stabbed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen to death on October 12, 1978.

People who live/have lived at the Hotel Chelsea

Beat Hotel, Paris

The Beat Hotel was a small, run-down hotel at 9 Rue Git-le-Coeur in the Latin Quarter of Paris. It gained fame through the extended 'family' of beat writers and artists who stayed there from the late 1950s to the early 1960s in a ferment of creativity.

Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky first stayed there in 1957 and were soon joined by William Burroughs and Gregory Corso. It was here that Burroughs completed the text of Naked Lunch and began his lifelong collaboration with Brion Gysin. It was also where Ian Sommerville became Burroughs' 'systems advisor' and lover. Gysin introduced Burroughs to the Cut-up technique and with Sommerville they experimented with a 'dream machine' and audio tape cut-ups. Ginsberg wrote his moving and mature poem Kaddish at the hotel and Corso wrote the Mushroom cloud shaped poem Bomb. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beat_Hotel [Jan 2006]

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