In New York, The Lexington Hotel, Autograph Collection unveiled the makeover of their collection of five specialty suites designed to offer guests an experience rooted in the hotel’s history. These unique room offerings all pay homage to the hotel’s past and the personalities that visited the Lexington throughout the years. The entire collection underwent a complete redesign by interior design firm Fringe. All suites are available for booking now.
These specialty suite renovations come off the heels of the unveiling of the Norma Jeane Suite in June, the former residence of Marilyn Monroe and Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio. Once known as The Centerfield Suite, the re-imagined Norma Jeane Suite pays homage to the Hollywood star throughout and offers 600-square-foot accommodations with a living room, bedroom and dining area that lead out to a 200-square-foot private terrace.
Jazz singer, Ella Fitzgerald, inspired the design of the Lady Ella Suite. The Lexington Hotel was built during the “Golden Age of Jazz” in New York City, when Fitzgerald made her debut at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The Lady Ella Suite honors her career and cultural impact by creating a juxtaposition between her glamorous persona and her humble musical beginnings on the streets of New York. The 900-square-foot, two-bedroom suite with private terrace offers guests the largest accommodations at The Lexington Hotel. The suite is designed to offer an overall jazz-themed ambiance, with touches such as an elegant living room with art deco scalloped wallpaper, Ella Fitzgerald album cover art, and custom feather motif shimmery throw pillows.
Paying tribute to radio and television host, Arthur Godfrey, The Arthur Godfrey Suite offers a look into the legacy he left behind. A retro bar and full dining room with lounge make this space ideal for hosting a cocktail party or family dinner alike. The suite's master bedroom decor is a nod to his time in the Air Force and induction in the Aviation Hall of Fame. Some notable items in the room include vintage Brutalist blown glass barware, luxe custom velvet barstools, marble and chrome dining table, authentic vintage Arthur Godfrey memorabilia including several of his recordings and a custom “on air” sign.
The Hawaiian Room, an entertainment venue at The Lexington Hotel from 1937 to 1966, was a tropical escape in the heart of New York City. Hundreds of dancers, singers and musicians were recruited from The Big Island to share their native Hawaiian culture while guests enjoyed coconut cocktails and a chef-prepared Polynesian Luau. It was a fixture at The Lexington Hotel for almost 30 years and now it will be honored with Polynesian inspired design. Vintage barware of the era including tiki glasses and cocktail umbrellas fill the room accompanied by a gourd drum and conch shell horn. The Hawaiian Room will also have a Hula girl statue made from lava rock and Vintage woven palm leaf fans.
Inspired by the life and works of Ernest Hemingway, the one-bedroom Hemingway Suite is a nod to the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist. The Hemingway suite offers a large mahogany desk, tropical motifs and a terrace escape. Outfitted with palm green, hemp and walnut, The Hemingway Suite has two private terraces, a collection of Hemmingway’s novels, a tropical banana leaf Versace wallpaper, vintage typewriter, Panama hat, collection of vintage suitcases, Cuban cigar box and a minibar with his preferred beverages.
The Conservatory has a glass-enclosed living room. Offering a 385-square-foot bedroom and 200-square-foot living room, this specialty suite is ideal to watch the sun set over the Manhattan skyline from within a secret garden. Originally conceptualized by Schultze & Weaver when The Lexington Hotel was built in 1929, The Conservatory Suite commemorates the historic architectural heritage of the hotel by celebrating the style of living space popular during its inception. Notable upgrades to the suite include hand-carved tropical hardwood bed in floral lotus theme, set of antique Illustrated Dictionary of Gardening from the late 1800s, hanging English Zinc Chandelier with candles and moss, topiary trees, custom artwork made of preserved Queen Anne's lace flowers pressed in glass and more bespoke touches.