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6 Vintage NYC Hotels To Make Jay Gatsby Feel Right At Home

May 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

In honor of Baz Luhrman's much-hyped The Great Gatsby hitting theaters tomorrow, we've put together a list of Manhattan hotels where (we think) Jay Gatsby himself would have stayed. From art deco glamor to 1920s-themed cocktails, these are a few 'great' hotels with vintage style all of their own.

This historic hotel opened in 1929 under the name "The Lexington," then for a while it became the Radisson Lexington. Now, nearing completion of a multi-million dollar renovation, it's back to being The Lexington. The new design pays homage to jazz age glamor with "brilliant gold elevator doors, and verses from Irving Berlin's Russian Lullaby…dancing through the room." Rates from $359/night.

Jay-Z and Leonardo DiCaprio showed up at The Plaza on Wednesday night to celebrate the The Great Gatsby's premiere, which didn't surprise us at all. F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda were big fans of this hotel, and in their honor, a Fitzgerald Suite will debut tomorrow (starting at $2,800/night), featuring Art Deco furnishings, photos of the author as well as the cast of the 2013 film, the complete F. Scott Fitzgerald collection, and gramophone-shaped iPhone speakers.

As a bonus, the hotel teamed up with Moët & Chandon to create a Gatsby-inspired cocktail, made with Moët Imperial and a sugar cube soaked in green Chartreuse. The drink is available exclusively at the Plaza, and is a unique way to 'soak up' some history. Non-suite rates from $584/night.

Four more after the jump!

The Jade Hotel may have just opened in February, but its design is definitely from a different era. The Art Deco-themed rooms (complete with vintage-inspired rotary telephones) are small but richly-decorated with shades of burgundy and gold. Not to mention the purple velvet lobby, whose library has a selection of classic New York-themed photography books. Meanwhile, at the hotel's Grape & Vine restaurant, guests can order 1920s-themed cocktails like the "Bee's Knees" (gin, honey, fresh lemon, $14) and "The Prankster" (gin, absinthe, fresh lime and soda, $14). Rates from $399/night.

We're fairly certain that Jay and Daisy would have been frequenters of lower Manhattan's uber-hip Bowery Hotel. Everything about the hotel—from the dark wood furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms, to the incredibly luxurious lobby with oriental rugs and a roaring fireplace—just screams old-world elegance. For our full review of the Bowery Hotel, click here! Rates from $445/night.

Fans of the 107-year-old Knickerbocker Hotel will be happy to hear that the old girl is finally getting that renovation we've been hearing so much about (including a new rooftop bar!), and is set to re-open by the end of this year. In addition to its incredible 16-story Beaux Arts building, this hotel is apparently where Fitzgerald "went on a 3-day bender in 1919 with his Princeton pals." Classic.

The Algonquin has a rich literary history (the New Yorker was founded here at the Algonquin Round Table), so we can safely assume that Fitzgerald was no stranger to this place. The iconic hotel received a touch-up last summer and the new guest rooms all feature L'Occitane toiletries, power outlets on all desks and bedside tables, and historic photographs of NYC on the walls. Rates from $499/night.

[Photos: The Lexington; Dario Calmese; HotelChatter; The Bowery Hotel; Rob Bennett / WSJ; HotelChatter]

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