Party Like Salvador Dali at the St. Regis New York
July 22, 2008 at 3:34 PM
Fun fact: did you know Salvador Dali made a suite at the St. Regis New York his winter home for more than a decade? And did you know he used to walk his pet ocelot through the halls on a leash?
And did you know Dali was a huge baller? Rumor has it, ol' Sal threw wild, lavish parties in the hotel's marbled gallery and second-floor salons. Also, he used to hire models in super-low-backed dresses and asked them to walk around his hotel suite as "living art" (how Hugh Hefner of him!)
Apparently, no guests took issue with the parties or the ocelot, but at some point he managed to procure a bear somehow and kept it as a pet -- and some guests didn't really dig being surprised by a bear when the elevator doors opened. We can't imagine why.
To celebrate his legacy (and also in conjunction with this summer's restrospective Dali exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art), the St. Regis is offering up a $5000 (!) Dali package.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the ballers-only package includes:
tickets to and a personal tour of the MOMA exhibit; a night in the suite Dali shared with his wife and muse, Gala; a bottle of 1958 Chateau Mouton Rothschild with a Dali-designed label; and a "Bloody Spaniard," a Dali-inspired version of the Bloody Mary cocktail created by St. Regis bartender Fernand Petiot in 1934.
So far, only one person has booked the package - but the hotel remains confident and has a few bottles of that Chateau Mouton Rothschild ready.
Unfortunately, no bears or ocelots can come join you in the suite (no pets allowed), but if you've got 5 grand to spend on one night at a hotel, you're probably the type that has enough money to hire some "living art" to walk around and keep you company.
[Photo: Wikimedia Commons]