Talking New Year’s Eve at the Dream Downtown With Jonathan Schwartz

With Christmas finally behind us, the club world races towards its biggest payday and biggest headache: New Year’s Eve. I always looked at New Year’s Eve as an opportunity to make a statement. I always booked a big act and great DJ’s with the philosophy that I would get everyone left in town to come down and have a great party, while those who had shipped off to exotic lands would be aware of our greatness from afar. With that in mind I booked Grace Jones (often), Isaac Hayes, Eartha Kitt, Sandra Bernhardt, Debby Harry, Psychedelic Furs, Cab Calloway, and many other great acts to extend our cachet to the next year. The cold hard winter looms and revenue streams dry up. Money made during December and on the Eve will help venues get by. Most joints opt out and let a company like Joonbug handle New Year’s Eve. Joonbug and other event companies pay flat fees and sell tickets to their fan base. The worry and work of promoting the night is farmed out and a guarantee replaces the anxiety. This year I was booked early as a DJ for Marble Lane at the Dream Downtown. Jonathan Schwartz has taken over the entire joint and is hard at work filling multiple rooms. Besides little ol’ me he has the DJ duo The Chainsmokers, DJ M.O.S., Francis Mercier, and Joey Greiner. I just got word that Nas will be hosting. This sounds like fun. I caught up with Jonathan and asked him all about it.

Taking over the Dream Downtown for New Year’s Eve is ambitious. How did you come to the decision to do this?

Last year, I took over part of the Dream Downtown (the Gallery Event space and Marble Lane) and we sold it out easily and ended general admissions prices at an NYC all-time high of $1k per ticket. So we thought this year OFFER MORE, make New Year’s Eve an entire property event including: The Gallery & Marble Lane (pictured) hosted by Nas with DJ’s Steve Lewis, MOS, The Chainsmokers and more… PH-D with DJ Phresh overlooking the Manhattan skyline, and "Below the Dream," our most intimate space for 125 guests, featuring music by DJ Cameron Smalls. I figured now we have something for everybody.

Each of the rooms has an established year-round identity. Did this identity affect programming? What is going on in each venue?

Gallery is an awesome raw event space. It screams "cool" and "big room fun experience" to me. Past events here have included the Victoria’s Secret show after-party and Marc Jacobs after-party, so this was the perfect room for me to have Nas host later in the evening and let The Chainsmokers play their big room house to bring in the new year. Marble Lane is a restaurant by trade, but when transformed into a lounge for New Year’s Eve makes for an amazing set up. Marble Lane became the "it" place to hang last year at the Dream Downtown first annual New Year’s Eve event with music by Questlove and DJ Reach. This year we keep the cool with Steve Lewis, and the amazing mash-up set of MOS. PH-D is New York’s top rooftop space, boasting everyone’s favorite weekly Saturday party, "Sunset Saturdays." PH-D is one of the best rooms you could ever spend a New Year’s Eve in, with the view of New York City and the amazing hospitality they provide. Below the Dream will be for those who want to go out on New Year’s, but keep it super sexy and intimate without the big room hassle. DJ Cameron Smalls will be there with a mash-up set of hip-hop, rock, electronic music, and more, keeping this room the most private cozy spot in the building. By embracing what each room has to offer, the Dream Downtown is the #1 destination for its versatility, and this was the vision from day one. Party, sleek, intimate, rooftop views, great music, great service, is what the Dream Downtown will offer.

How do you get the right people into the right venue?

PH-D has its own ticket type, allowing tickets buyers for PH-D access only for the rooftop. Gallery and Marble Lane have their own ticket types for general admission and tables. Below the Dream has its own ticket type as well. But of course, we do have limited all-access passes available which will get you into any room on the property.

What is your role at Strategic Group?

My role has evolved over the years, handling our headlining DJ’s, promoters, VIP guests, marketing, really anything to improve the business while working with the team (Noah, Judy, Andrew, Rich, and many more) on the latest focus: gearing up as a partner for Marquee NY, coming in 2013!

Are you learning the back-of-the-house stuff, or is marketing/promotion your ambition?

My goal is to become a "360 operator" and learn more each day. Very few people in our business are 360 degrees in their understanding of both front and back-of-the-house hospitality. I’ve learned a ton about back of the house the past two years but will continue to learn more until I’m a complete 360 guy. I think I’m getting close.

What is the vibe this New Year’s Eve? Is it is escapist, celebratory, reflective, bonkers?

The vibe this year is cool and celebratory. Be in the cool NYC party with the best DJ’s, best crowd that’s in NYC on New Year’s, and hosted by Nas. New Year’s is celebratory and our lineup, promotions, and Nas is just very cool, I don’t see anyone else doing what we have created here. Seems to me its either go to a cool hotel party, or an EDM concert like Armin Van Buuren at Pier 36.

Why the hell did you hire me for New Year’s Eve except for this article?

Had to hire Steve Lewis when it got presented to me as an option by Adam Alpert of 4am DJ’s. I actually think Steve that you were The first DJ I confirmed on the event. An article is great of course, but when you have a guy like yourself who has been to about 30 New Year’s Eve events, I entrust the music in Marble Lane to you and DJ MOS.

Chandon Kicks Off Its American Summer at the Dream Downtown

Chandon Brut Classic is a sparkling wine from California that tastes very good, costs $22, and comes in a red, white, and blue bottle that’s inspired by the idea of the American summer. The Dream Downtown is a hip New York hotel owned by my Indian alterego Vikram Chatwal that’s popular with celebrities, artists, and bon vivants of all stripes. Last night Chandon hosted a party at the Beach at the Dream Downtown, a funky day-and-nightclub by its second-floor swimming pool–to kick off a season of sun, fun, and bubbles. Naturally, the Chandon was flowing freely, both on its own–in white and rosé expressions–and in cocktails. I arrived early with my English friend Steve, and we plopped down on a cushioned bench by the pool and watched the scene unfold.

And what a scene it was. In addition to all manner of beachy decor and several bars serving Chandon, the organizers had gone through the trouble and expense of hiring models to personify the summer theme of the party. There were a couple of buff young guys wearing sailor outfits who looked like they could have just stepped out of an Old Navy commercial. There was a shirtless dude in red trunks batting around a beach ball and occasionally swimming in the pool. And there was a tall, blonde female model wearing a dress designed by Trina Turk and inspired by the Chandon American Summer bottle. DJ Hannah Bronfman kept the beats going with a summery mix of modern disco hits. Being a pool area, all the glassware was made of plastic, which didn’t bother me a bit. The weather was lovely and it was a pleasure to relax and take everything in. 

One thing we couldn’t help but noticing was how many women were in attendance, and how few men. Of the men who were there, the vast majority appeared to be gay. And so we witnessed a parade of well-dressed, professional-looking women teetering on uncomfortable-looking heels and looking just a little bit nervous, their eyes darting around the party and eventually resting on the male models, who, at various points during the evening, were attempting to race miniature remote-controlled boats in the pool. Several of the boats took on water and began to sink before someone fished them out of the pool with a skimmer. It’s like a friend once told me about the joys of being a single straight guy in New York. "The best-looking women in the world are here looking for men," he explained. "And the best-looking men are here looking for each other." 

This really didn’t affect Steve or me, we’re both accounted for, but we actually felt a whiff of sympathy for these ladies. Where were all the guys? I really don’t know. We hypothesized that the women in attendance simply outclassed most men their age. Better jobs, better apartments, better prospects in this new, information-based economy. It can be intimidating for a guy. In any case, my advice for any straight guys reading this is get yourself to New York, fix up, look sharp, and head to the Dream Hotel. I really like your chances. 

We chatted with a few people, tasted the cocktails, sampled pretty much every one of the passed hors d’oeuvres (the mini crabcakes were the best), listened to music, caught up on old times, and stayed until they shut down the bars and ushered everybody out. It was 9:00 p.m. Time to go home. 

Lest we forget what the whole thing was about, Chandon’s American Summer release is a fine sparkling wine for poolside sipping, and yet another reminder that you don’t need to wait until 11:59 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to pop a cork. Have a great American summer everybody. 

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New York Openings: Safira, Kitsune

For whatever the NoMad/Dream/Ace in-hotel boutique trend is worth, it’s ruining my screenplay. The idea was for the airline to misplace Ben Stiller’s luggage, thus leaving him stranded in New York without the proper outfit for his big presentation. But with a designer shop in his hotel’s lobby, there goes our inciting incident. 

Of course, these boutiques share limited-to-no aesthetic kinship with the brothers Brooks. Safira, inside the Dream Downtown, is equal parts clothing and mirrors, with an international, Near Eastern vibe. Camilla caftans for her and suits to fit by tailor Alexander Nash make up the shop’s hallmarks, but looks from PRISM London, Fenton, and Dita eyewear are also notable. Hotelier and former Bollywood playboy Vikram Chatwal, whose daughter is the boutique’s namesake, offers both accommodation and accouterment for those who care to party. (For the sake of continuity, note that Chatwal also played a minor role in Stiller’s own Zoolander.)
Meanwhile, Parisian/Japanese fusion label Maison Kitsuné has opened a flagship boutique of sorts inside the mansard-roofed NoMad Hotel. Kitsuné’s own ironic prep styles for ladies and gentlemen are draw enough, but expect additional stockings of labels like WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie and Aesop. Kitsuné-only pebbled loafers, courtesy of J.M. Weston, might be the closest thing our protagonist will find to boardroom appropriate—damn his 22-year-old secretary for booking him at a trendy hotel.
And just around the corner at the now-establishment Ace Hotel is Opening Ceremony’s boutique, complete not only with a smattering of their own goods, but pickings for Ben’s entertainment and personal furnishings—the latest McSweeney’s, select Criterion discs, Haribo gummies, O.C. luggage by Tumi. 
Alas, our hero may be forced to give a presentation on metrics wearing a Comme des Garçons Play t-shirt. But hey, it’s wild enough to get the disillusioned Kirsten Dunst character to look up from her BlackBerry and smirk. And that is what those in the biz call a “meet cute.”

Industry Insiders: Vikram Chatwal, Living the Dream

Vikram Chatwal is truly at home in the world. The founder and visionary behind Vikram Chatwal Hotels – which include the Dream, Time, Night, and Stay brands – might wake up in New York, where he owns five upscale properties, including the new Dream Downtown. Or he could find himself in Miami Beach, where his Dream South Beach recently opened. Or perhaps he’ll roll out of bed in Los Angeles, Mexico, Thailand, or India, depending on whether he’s dealing with hotel business, acting in a movie, or spending time with his family.

Wherever Chatwal finds himself, his day involves a unique mix of business, creativity, and relationship-building that’s made him a familiar name in the hospitality and entertainment worlds. "I grew up in a strict Indian family that instilled in me the importance of religion and rules," he says. "My father was a wealthy restaurateur, but I always had to earn my own money, so I worked as a busboy and as a housekeeper and at a stock brokerage firm, among other things."

His eclectic background prepared him for the challenges of building and growing a boutique hotel brand in an intensely competitive landscape. But as important as his financial acumen is to the bottom line, his hotels differentiate themselves through their truly singular design aesthetic. The Dream Downtown, for example, makes guests feel as though they’re in a fantasy world, with modern sculptures in public spaces, trendy restaurants and bars throughout, and a swimming pool with windows in its bottom looking down on the lobby below.

People have certainly taken notice. Not only are his existing hotels among the world’s hottest destinations, but the Wyndham Hotel Group recently inked a deal to franchise his Dream and Night brands, with plans to open 100 new hotels around the world over the next decade. "I like to play around with the design and create a story with the hotel that makes it stand out and have an edge," he says. 

Vikram Chatwal’s New Dream Downtown Hotel is a Game Changer

I wasn’t going to write about Dream Downtown opening as I had devoted a number of pages to it already, but when I got there I realized how naïve I was. The story I had slated for today will be read tomorrow as I enlighten you on the new world of nightlife. Arguably the modern era of nightlife and cool hotels must begin with Steve and Ian and their move from Studio 54 and Palladium armed with a Rolodex (remember those?) and their boutique hotel concept. Steve passed before his dream was realized, but he would have been all smiles at Dream Downtown last night. Dream Downtown is more than what has come before.

The Gansevoort and Hudson hotels took the nightlife-driving-the-room-rate thing to new heights. Nightlife veterans Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode understood this wave and rode it and pushed it farther with the Maritime, Bowery and Jane hotels, all armed with relevant club/lounge/restaurant entitites to drive them. Then Andre Balázs blew the roof off everything with the Standard and his highly stylized food and beverage offerings, which include the very perfect Boom Boom Room. Yes I still call it that.

I’m not comparing Andre’s apples to Dream owners Sant and Vikram Chatwal’s oranges. However, what we saw last night was a Vegas-style playground in the heart of New York cosmopolitan cool. When the numbers come in and I’m talking loot, samollions, moolah, chedder, cash, the Dream will rise above the packs and the packs will follow. The marriage of the Tao Strategic Group of Marquee/Lavo/Tao fame with the Chatwals and their empire, which includes their Bombay Palace and Hampshire Hotels & Resorts chains, is a flashpoint. Nightlife in this town as seen in Las Vegas will thrive and evolve around hotels with all the advantages that hotels offer them.

In the past, clubs, restaurants and lounges in hotels didn’t necessarily need to generate too much income to be valuable. Hotels need restaurants to service their guests in and outside their rooms. The use of the food and beverage entities to drive the cachet, and therefore room rates, was always the motivation. This is old news. In Vegas it was always Sinatra or Cher or folks like that bringing all the boys to the bar. Now it’s the promoters-turned-operators and the great restaurateurs who are doing the driving. Nightlife is now a 24 hour service concept, and pools and daytime management of clients’ needs are pre-engineered in the design of new hotels. Vegas led the way on this and, in a sense, the Dream Downtown is a New York version of the Nevada way of doing things. What happens in New York has always stayed in New York, long before that desert oasis celebrated the concept. Dream Downtown houses visitors, feeds them, massages them, and then entertains them. Unlike many hotels that have come before, Dream will attract enough real live New Yorkers to mingle with. Some places just had tourists playing with tourists and the experience they came to town for was never realized.

I should tell you how gorgeous the crowd was last night. I saw tons of boldface names, including some of those that don’t ever need to be mentioned. Every 6-foot model, club dignitary, and real dignitaries as well, crammed into every nook and cranny of the huge building. The roof was special with all the special people. Others will name names and make you gag and wonder. The great achievement was how professionally it all was handled. When I rolled up on 16th street I wondered to myself how I would even get in. Then I remembered how professional Strategic Group was. Judy Tepperberg was the first to spot me, then Rich Thomas, then Wass. Then the PR girls and Sam Ong. They treated me like Elvis (the thin young one) and whisked me through the space to Noah’s table. Andrew Goldberg banged into me as he was escorting a mega client to his special table and we had a moment.

The elevators were faster than can be imagined and my whisking to the roof was painless. Upstairs I noticed the stooopid hot go go dancers and I knew right away that Vegas was influencing the evening. Normally I leave joints with go go dancers or belly dancers, but it somehow worked here. Everything worked and there is a lot more to come. Unseen rooms are being readied. Players to be named later will be …named. The space located in the center of jet set New York’s known universe is just being born and is the undeniable messiah of a new era in nightlife/daylife. A new word must be coined as the scene can not be defined any longer as a 10pm to 4am thing. It doesn’t even start at dinner or end when the bar closes. It will wake up by a pool or retreat after hours to a room with a view and a well appointed mini bar. The city that never sleeps has found a way and a place to stay awake. When suburbia is counting sheep on its way to pleasant dreams, the in-crowd will be at the Dream Downtown.

The pessimists will say that every dream has a nightmare. I foresee none at this complex. However, Dream marks the end of nightlife as we know it outside of hotels. Standalone joints will become more difficult than ever to operate. Some will survive by specializing to specific crowds or by being ultra tight and private, but the advantages for operators to be located in a hotel far outweigh the uphill battle and endless drama of not being associated. The destruction of the club district on West 27th street and West 26th street and the current onslaught on the nightlife shit show on Rivington and Stanton are merely the tip of the iceberg. Down on the Lower East Side cops are already barricading, bringing in lights and men on horseback, and the writing on the wall isn’t graffiti anymore, it is the bold and relentless signature of Police Captain David Miller who was in charge of the 27th Street campaign.

I hear changing of parking regulations in the hood will be the next step. Closings of multiple noisey or non-sanitized bars and hot spots are imminent while many more are eventual. The area already has two hotels in the Rivington and the Thompson LES, both underachieving with their food and beverage packages to date. That will change as the small joints around them fail or are shuttered. They are adjusting and will do more. The new Hotel Indigo will make it three, and more are rumored.

One savvy operator with a boatload of cash and the desire to throw it at a property to build a hotel told me that there are no good options for him. Everybody wants in, soon only restaurants with lounges below or places that close at 1 or 2 will flourish. The dive bar culture will be pushed to different edges and Williamsburg/Greenpoint will take the survivors of this new purge into its bosom. The standard is already embracing the uber fabulous fashion … dare I say gay crowd to Le Bain. Susanne Bartsh and Eric Conrad are selling the concept to their crowds, who have always partied in hotels. Hipster-friendly hotels are already happening. Good Units at the Hudson has been accommodating since its inception. Dream is just everything we know about hospitality developed exponentially.

Weekend Recap and Monday Night Parties

Around 9:30 p., on Friday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, a modest line trickles into the fluorescent-lit entrance to see Ra Ra Riot. It’s a rather cute crowd of post-grads in bouclé jackets and tidy jeans—a far cry from the swarm of neon tank tops, striped button-ups, and gelled hair we passed at the neighboring Sea Thai Bistro just moments before. The block is alive, livelier, even, than the last show I had caught on the block a mere 4 months ago. And it’s not just the block; the whole drag is more diverse and overrun than what I had gotten used to. Punky girls still pout on street corners, and half of the neighborhood still looks as if they’re lost members of Belle & Sebastian, but for the most part, Williamsburg doesn’t discriminate. Before my partner in crime and I made it over to North 6th Street, we were lured away from an overly-crowded sidewalk by signs advertising frozen margs in Vera Cruz, a Mexican spot on Bedford. A few older, pot-bellied men sat at the bar alongside what seemed to be a sorority date function. When the food is good and the drinks are cold, the crowds don’t care who they’re sitting next to.

After fish tacos and fundito, we warmed up in the bar at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. I usually get pretty annoyed when the bar is in a separate space as the show and I’m stuck making trips to the trough, so we talked the bartender into giving us Big Gulp-sized Jack and Cokes, with a price tag of just $16 a piece. By now the bar area was starting to look like the end of a successful college basement party, with boys and girls chatting in dark corners, and couples playing grab-ass as they sloppily bound up the stairs to the stage area. It’s obvious that Ra Ra Riot’s college following (the band formed while in school at Syracuse) followed them to New York this week. They had kicked off a four-night New York City run on Tuesday night, and were finishing it off at the Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight, to a crowd of both dedicated, and newly found fans.

Their set, which included offerings from both The Rhumb Line, and their newest album, The Orchard, had the polish of a seasoned pop-band. The lead singer, Wes Miles, has a natural stage presence. His vocals sound even better live than on tape. But beyond the mechanics of what made the show a good one — perfect pitch, entertaining banter, interesting instrument changes — what makes RRR a powerful live band is this inexplicable enthusiasm they exude. Sure, there were a lot of Syracuse alums in the crowd, but I can’t help but feel that every show I’ve seen them play feels a bit like a homecoming show. They’re free and relaxed, they experiment and get lost in the music by accident, a quality that was especially apparent during “Ghost Under Rocks,” after which Miles giddily commented on how great of a time he was having.


After the show, and the big gulps, we slipped into Cyn Lounge to unwind with a few $3 PBRs, but the mopey crowd’s low energy level didn’t mesh with our post-show glow.

Also on Friday: Further uptown at the Chatwal hotel, Vikram Chatwal and Jeffrey Jah hosted an “Impromptu Gathering” and rounded up pals like Lukas Haas, Josh Groban, Maxwell, and Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, with Paul Sevigny playing DJ.

Saturday Saturday was a night of surprises, thanks to two pop-up parties. Over at Cedar Lake Studios on W 26th Street, Details magazine hosted their hotly anticipated DETAILS @ Midnight, an event that gained popularity because no one knew what it was all about. The invite that was sent out had no incentive to attend, other than an air of mystery: the party location was not to be released until the night before, and the special surprise performer was to be kept a secret. Enough to make tongues wag, as you can imagine. In any case, it was Kid Cudi that did the surprising, and the rapper—who once played a BlackBook party for a sack of fast food burgers—ran through a selection of new tracks off his upcoming album.

While I’ve yet to catch wind of a secret, last minute pop-up party, here’s what looks good tonight.

Monday Parties to Crash ● It’s Liiiiiiiza! Liza Minelli plays Nur Khan’s Rose Bar Sessions, 6PM. ● Party at Libation for the First Annual Bloggers Soiree to Benefit Restore NYC at 7PM. 300+ leading bloggers in the area will be blogging about their “Brick by Brick” campaign, which aims to raise $50,000 to build a safe house for sex trafficked victims in the city. Ticketed Events ● Exploring the Arts 2010 Gala kicks off at Cipriani Wall Street at 6:30PM, with Tony Bennett performing, as well as Natalie Cole. Parties for the People ● M.I.A. plays Terminal 5 with Rye Rye (duh) at 7PM for $35. ● Regina Spektor plays the Music Hall of Williamsburg at 7PM for $35, with proceeds going to the Daniel Cho Benefit. ● For those who like cerebral parties, VLAK launches with a proper shin-dig at the St. Marks Poetry Project at 8PM. VLAK is an international curatorial project with a broad focus on contemporary poetics, art, film, philosophy, music, design, science, politics, performance, ecology, and new media. Bottoms up! ● Opening night gala of Metropolitan Opera’s “Das Rheingold” at Lincoln Center at 6:45PM. There’s also a free telecast into Times Square with seating for 2,000 (rain or shine). Hotspots ● The East Village’s White Noise is one of those awesome bars that closes its doors at 2AM, but if you’re already safely inside, you can party all night (well, until 4AM), which carries the connotation that anything goes. Pierre Stone and Ben Brunnemer DJ the Monday night “Fever” party: “that ol rock and roll and good people, no disco shit.” ● One of our all time favorites, Franco V, DJs along with Eli Dias at the Mondays @ Kenmare party.

BlackBook Tasting Menu: Amalia, New York

imageAmalia, brainchild of Greg Brier (also of Aspen Social), Vikram Chatwal (also of Dream Hotel and Night Hotel), Chef Adam Ross (of Salts) and BlackBook’s own Steve Lewis (also of Aspen Social and Webster Hall) announced a new menu this week. We tried it. We liked it. We think you would like it, so we created a special BlackBook prix-fixe menu at a special price for BlackBook readers. From now through November, drop our name at the door, and you can sample the BlackBook-tasted and -approved off-menu menu. Five courses, all-inclusive for $35; read on for details and pics of the spread.

image 1. Tuna Tartare

image 2. Corn and Tarragon Fritters with Maple-Ancho Syrup

image 3. Lamb Meatballs with Cinnamon Yogurt, Tomato-Cumin Sauce, and Mint

image 4. Sautéed and Crispy Calamari with White Beans, Chorizo, Piquillo Peppers, and Garlic Toast

image 5. Greek Cheesecake– Feta Cheese Cake, Blueberry Port Sauce, and Black Olive Gelato

Celebrating Gonzo

imageWandering through the oversized penthouse of the Night Hotel Wednesday evening for the Gonzo: The Life and Works of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson screening afterparty, I couldn’t keep from wondering if one could have found Thompson here, stabbing away on a typewriter, shuffling through Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated in one of his brilliant altered states. The composure of the scene makes me think otherwise. Thompson reportedly used to request a case of Wild Turkey be waiting for him upon his hotel arrival; I order a glass of champagne

“The edge. There is no honest way to explain it, because the only people who know what it is are the ones who have gone over.” Johnny Depp narrates in the beginning of the definitive documentary by Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney. The screening drew an influential social set including Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter (who also produced the film) Brian Williams, Dominick Dunne, Tom Wolfe, and Meg Ryan. The afterparty boasts a similar assembly, with the luminous Alexandra Kerry chatting up hotelier Vikram Chatwal, and Hunter S. Thompson’s son, Juan Thompson. I’m savoring the elegance of the balmy evening in my favorite Thread Social little black dress, but I’m wishing for some sort of bat country. Coincidentally, Unruly Heirs Kristian Laliberte and Timo Weiland show face to shake things up a bit. Soon there is dancing throughout the maze of rooms, and playful trysts atop the neatly made beds. It’s no edge, nor is it bat country by Dr. Thompson’s standards, but as the Good Doctor wrote in Kingdom of Fear; “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”

image Pros Dancing

image Kristian Laliberte and Timo Weiland

Photos by Patrick McMullan