Hotel Chelsea

 
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Doctor loses bet with artist, becomes art-hotelier
Artist/collector Martin Kippenberger wagered on the 1985 World Cup with Dr. Werner Peters, owner of his favorite cafe. It's a long story, but Peters lost the bet and was obliged to let Kippenberger move in for a week. The outcome was so satisfactory that the two decided to collaborate on a hotel project: Kippenberger would bring in his artist buddies to decorate, also in exchange for free lodging, and Peters would handle the business end. Twenty-five years on, the Chelsea offers 38 constantly changing rooms and suites and warm personal service. In 2001, artist Günter Förg helped create a distinctive roof whose seven rooms offer amazing city views. Free wi-fi in all rooms; free computer access in lobby. Breakfast (11 euros) is at the Cafe Central next door; the cafe also offers lunch and dinner. Low-season rates range from a single with shared bath for 36 euros to an apartment for 185 euros; high season is about 40 percent higher.