It is with sadness that the Chelsea Hotel community learned of the recent passing of Nikki Nichols. According to his good friend, Gabriel Marchisio, Nikki was born in Portland, Oregon in August 1941and died there on December 7, 2014. Nicky Nichols was an actor and costume designer, best known for his work on Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain (1973). Nikki resided at the Chelsea Hotel from 2003 - 2006.
During that time, Nikki and his pug Wallis, were welcome fixtures in the Hotel Chelsea lobby. Nikki was someone who could always be counted on to support the work of other artists in the Hotel by attending their events and shows. Nikki was also known as a gracious host. One of the most eagerly anticipated social events of the year would be the birthday party Nikki would host in the lobby on the occasion of Wallis' birthday. Champagne flowed freely and animal owners from all over town would attend.
Nikki came back for a visit to the Hotel Chelsea in 2010 and was looking forward to another visit at the time of his death.
(Photo: Gabriel Marchisio)