by Matt Alderton | October 05, 2018

New York City is a living, breathing time machine. From Uptown to Downtown, the East Side to the West Side, the city is full of landmarks that transport visitors to decades past -- including "The Roaring Twenties," when New York was swinging with effervescent jazz music, illegal speakeasies and prolific art.

Especially emblematic of that era is The Lexington Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, which opened in 1929 and quickly became an iconic destination for famous politicians, celebrities, business executives and athletes. Nearly 90 years later, the hotel -- now part of Marriott's Autograph Collection -- is paying homage to its storied past with six specialty suites, each of which has been totally redesigned by interior design firm Fringe to celebrate The Lexington Hotel's history, the property announced this week.

Unveiled in June, the first suite to receive a makeover was The Lexington's Norma Jeane Suite (pictured). Formerly known as The Centerfield Suite, the 600-square-foot suite once was the residence of New York Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio and Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe, who filmed her iconic skirt-blowing scene for the movie "The Seven Year Itch" while she was living there. It has since been re-imagined in the style of a traditional pre-war New York City apartment. Highlights include the color palette, which consists of black, white and blush, with pops of red that allude to Marilyn's favorite lip color; velvet furnishings and silk textiles; and small details that reference the famous couple in a big way, like a Louisville Slugger baseball bat propped in an umbrella stand, monogramed Dorothy Draper cocktail glasses and a vintage Dom Perignon Champagne bucket.

Completed subsequent to the Norma Jean Suite were:

  • The Lady Ella Suite, a 900-square-foot, two-bedroom suite that honors the career and cultural impact of New York songstress Ella Fitzgerald, whose influence is evident in the suite's jazz-themed décor;
  • The Arthur Godfrey Suite, which pays tribute to radio and television host Arthur Godfrey with a retro bar and full dining room, vintage Arthur Godfrey memorabilia and an aviation-themed master bedroom that references Godfrey's time in the Air Force;
  • The Hawaiian Room, a 415-square-foot, tropical-themed suite named after the hotel's famous Polynesian-themed entertainment venue, which welcomed guests from 1937 until 1966;
  • The Hemingway Suite, a one-bedroom suite that channels the essence of Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway with a large mahogany desk, tropical motifs, a vintage typewriter, a mini bar stocked with Hemingway's favorite beverages and a collection of Hemingway's novels; and
  • The Conservatory, a suite conceived by the hotel's original architects but updated with a new garden theme that spans its 385-square-foot bedroom and its 200-square-foot glass-enclosed living room.

"We are thrilled to pay tribute to our storied past by unveiling our new specialty suites," said Kaizad Charna, The Lexington Hotel's area managing director. "The Lexington Hotel prides itself in its past and all that it is has accomplished since 1929. It was essential for us to design suites that offer guests an authentic experience rooted in the hotel's rich history while bringing those historical references to life and that is exactly what we aimed to do."

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