As the founder and creative force behind the iconic lifestyle hotel brands Dream, Night and Time Hotels, Unscripted Hotels and luxury Augustus hotels, Vikram Chatwal has spent the better part of his forty-three years shaping the way we view contemporary culture. The hotel brands that his creativity spawned have evolved into an entire group, Debut Hotels, comprised of five brands and part of the Manhattan-based company, Hampshire Hotels Management.
Always a visionary, Vikram saw the opportunity early on for changing the way people use hotels and leveraged his relationships to make the hotels more user-friendly and profitable, first exemplified with the opening of The Time hotel in 1999.
Knowing that design was a key element for the space, Vikram assembled a dream team of designers over the years that has included, Adam Tihany, Thierry Despont, Studio Gaia and the Rockwell Group to create otherworldly environments as the canvas for his adult playgrounds.
To round out the program, Vikram brought in the best and brightest in the nightlife and restaurant realm to further engage his prospective guests, even creating special alliances customized to his properties that include a union of the Tao Group and Strategic Group, alongside celebrity chefs Todd English and Geoffrey Zakarian.
Chatwal has always had a creative side, working as an actor, model and movie producer, landing roles in films such as “Zoolander” and “Spring Breakers”. He was the first Sikh model to appear in Vogue magazine.
Chatwal was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and, the family moved to Montreal, Canada in the 1970’s, followed by the Upper East Side of New York City in the 1980’s. Chatwal attended the United Nations International School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in finance from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating, Chatwal began his professional career on Wall Street, working at Morgan Stanley then Global Emerging Markets, insistent on making his first million on his own. Chatwal was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, at the South Asia Media Awards in 2005 and Forbes Asia featured him on the cover in 2006.