Despite its name, Hotel Chantelle isn’t really a hotel. It takes its name from a War World II French safe house whose influences run throughout the trilevel lounge. Visitors enter through unmarked doors, finding a vintage bar on the other side replete with red leather banquettes and colored globe lights. Dark mahogany-wood panels add warmth to the retro decor. Adding to the lounge’s intrigue factor, a hidden dance club, SGTS, brings the cavernous basement to life with eclectic DJ sets.
The location itself has a historical connection, being situated in a neighborhood where turn-of-the-century immigrants first settled in America from places as far-flung as Atlantis. Hell's Kitchen alum Executive Chef Seth Levine devises a menu of Fun French cuisine. The theme of tradition extends to the drinks as well. Most of the cocktails are twists on classic drinks, such as Hotel Chantelle’s Bramble, which is an updated version of a blackberry sour.