In less than two years the legendary Chelsea Hotel, counterculture emblem of the sixties and haven for artists in New York for over a century, will be transformed into a luxury hotel. Fifty-one elderly residents still live there amid the renovation work. Between fear and excitement, each of them prepares for the grand opening in his own way. Among them is Merle Lister, dean of the Chelsea, who is working on creating a choreography through which she revisits her past and that of the hotel. This bastion of art, today beaten up, confronts the desires of its artists who still cling to their bohemian and utopian values. In this space in full metamorphosis, the film questions the link that has always united the hotel and its artists.