The Lexington New York City has launched a collection of four specialty suites that are meant to evoke the hotel's history. Launching as part of The Lexington’s recent $46 million transformation of its public spaces and guest rooms, these themed retreats will include the Centerfield Suite, former home of American icons Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe; the Lady Ella Suite, inspired by its namesake, Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald; the Hemingway Suite; and the Arthur Godfrey Suite.
Once home to Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe, The Lexington’s penthouse Centerfield Suite has been re-imagined as a modern urban retreat with pre-war elements. Its design incorporates a living room, separate bedroom, kitchen area and balcony with top views over Manhattan. The
The foyer of the Centerfield Suite has a black-and-white diamond floor and an oversized painting of DiMaggio’s Yankee Stadium by artist Jessica Bonin (one of many references to the suite’s famous residents). Informal and comfortable, the living room is designed to be lounge-like, with a large sectional sofa, lounge chairs and a bookshelf that holds some of DiMaggio’s memorabilia. Subtle design details — such as baseball stitching in the pillows and lampshades — as well as ample historic photos and newly commissioned art pieces (including melted crayon portraits of DiMaggio and Monroe by artist Alex Morel) pay homage to the actress and the sportsman.
The Lady Ella Suite is reportedly the largest at The Lexington. The two-bedroom apartment-sized space is a jazz-themed getaway with a low dining table ideal for entertaining. A furnished terrace has additional seating as well as views over the city. Art (and jazz) fans, take note: Specially commissioned paintings, photographs and accessories recreate the jazz sounds of 1930s and 40s. The room’s focal point is a large modern abstract painting by the artist Mao, interpreting musical scores through a brilliant collision of vibrant color.
The one bedroom Hemingway Suite is the ideal Manhattan apartment for a night, a week or a month. Inspired by American literary legend Ernest Hemingway, the suite is filled with the author’s literary works and art that brings his words to life. Coolest touch: The suite has a work desk appropriately decorated with an antique typewriter as well as a terrace.
Paying tribute to the legendary radio and television host, the Arthur Godfrey Suite is filled with music-inspired artwork and 1950s-style memorabilia. Fans of mow tropical climes will feel right at home here among the Hawaiian accents peppered throughout the space – a nod to The Lexington’s Hawaiian Room from which Godfrey broadcast regularly. The suite has a large living area, dining table for eight and an open bar area. Cool historic touch: Two bathrooms with restored marble, original to the hotel’s opening in 1929, create a modern-day Art Deco environment.
The Lexington New York City is located at 511 Lexington Avenue at 48th Street in New York City. Visit www.LexingtonHotelNYC.com for more info.