The Story Of the Chelsea Hotel’s Last Residents

It’s a bit spooky. 

The Chelsea Hotel is an establishment in Manhattan built between 1883 to 1885. The building hosted many celebrities during its prime, such as Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Joni Mitchell, Mick Jagger, and Chet Baker. It also became the second home of some writers, such as Miloš Forman, who wrote the screenplay for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  

For its grandeur, the hotel also had its fair share of tragedies. Dylan Thomas, who bragged about drinking 18 whiskeys, was found dead in his room. It was also the scene of the crime as Nancy Spungen was discovered on a bathroom floor, stabbed with a knife. While that adds to the eerie vibe of the establishment, there are more recent stories that add a peculiar aspect to the place’s reputation. 

Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel, is a documentary that aims to focus on the location’s more recent residents. Belgian directors Amélie van Elmbt and Maya Duverdier decided to film the hotel’s last remaining residents in their crumbling rooms. 

From former bohemians with nowhere else to go to construction workers in the corridors who speculate that ghosts haunt the vicinity considering its rich history, viewers will be in for some spooky storytelling. Read more about the documentary here!

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