New York is known by many names: the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps, the place where you do it ‘your way’. It is also a city of legends, and as far as we’re concerned, that should be one of its monikers.
New York City thrives on its historical energy – it positively buzzes with the stuff. Uptown, downtown, SoHo, or NoHo, every street corner holds a secret, and every building has a story to tell. Between the alleyways of Brooklyn and the glittering pavements of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, a million iconic moments are frozen in time: John Lennon’s untimely demise at the entrance to the Dakota in uptown Manhattan; a sailor’s stolen kiss on Times Square; and the unforgettable image of Marilyn Monroe’s legendary white dress catching an updraft from the Subway below Lexington Avenue in the 1955 movie The Seven Year Itch.
Filmed in 1954, the scene caused a particular stir on the streets of Manhattan, a mere stone’s throw away from where Marilyn and hubby, Yankees superstar Joe DiMaggio, were living in suite 1806 of another New York legend, The Lexington Hotel.
A Living Legend
Situated on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 48th Street, The Lexington rose to landmark status almost from the time of its opening in 1929. It was the height of the Midtown Manhattan hotel boom, and it opened its doors with a promise by proprietor, General J Leslie Kincaid: “To provide a thoroughly modern house of refined atmosphere and exceptional service – without the annoyance and confusion that is often experienced in hotels catering to large assemblages.”
General Kincaid succeeded spectacularly, and to this day the hotel – now in the fold of the Marriott Autograph Collection – remains one of the most sought-after and well-known accommodations on the island of Manhattan.
The Lexington received a multi-million-dollar make-over in 2014, which restored the hotel’s spectacular Art Deco style interior, creating an ambience of opulence that befits its stature as a prominent Midtown landmark. From its gleaming brass elevator doors to the art-bedecked lobby and passageways, and the sultry lobby bar, The Lexington is a welcoming space for the sophisticated traveller.
Space for Days
Hotels built in the heyday of New York’s hotel boom have many attributes in common, with the generous size of their rooms and suites being a particular boon to our Midtown favourite, The Lexington. One of four room options at the hotel, the top-end Double Double room with its near 30 m² expanse is almost unheard of in this part of town. With amenities from Nomi, plush designer bedding and a large smart TV featuring content-streaming apps, the Double Double offers sumptuous surroundings for up to four people. Other guest room options include Petit, Queen, and King rooms.
For upscale living, The Lexington’s Junior and One-Bedroom suites are a must-see. Averaging 40 m² in size, the suites offer enough space to relax in style, with two bathrooms and a separate living room setting them apart from the average.
The Lexington’s collection of speciality suites are at the very pinnacle of the hotel’s accommodation options and pay tribute to some New York City legends – including its most famous resident, Marilyn Monroe, as well as Joe DiMaggio, Ella Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Arthur Godfrey. There is also a spectacular suite with a glass-enclosed living room and another dedicated to the hotel’s Hawaiian Room, which served as a premier entertainment venue from 1937 to 1966.
These legendary suites are decorated with uniquely themed accessories inspired by the hotel’s history, along with inspiration from the jazz era in Manhattan – there’s even a suite dedicated to a rotating collection of fine art.
Where New Yorkers Mingle
The Lexington’s peerless attention to detail extends beyond its accommodation and into The Mixing Room, where New Yorkers, business professionals, vacationers and jazz lovers come to sip on cocktails in swanky surroundings. Four seating areas are outfitted in a fusion of modern, classic and 1920s-inspired furnishings, while an anthology of jazz melodies pay tribute to the hotel’s past and present.
Any visit to the Big Apple is bound to leave you awestruck and gob-smacked, with a bit of a daze thrown in for good measure, but to truly appreciate the rich history of the city’s swinging past, one simply has to experience it from the comfort of a living space that does the city’s legendary status justice. For us, The Lexington is that place.
For more information, visit www.lexingtonhotelnyc.com.