Weekend Like Joe and Marilyn at This Historic NYC Hotel

For a quick overnight or weekend getaway, The Lexington is the place to stay to join an exclusive club of golden era Hollywood royalty.



Photos courtesy of The Lexington Hotel, Autograph Collection

Many Westchesterites might see hopping the train into NYC as a daily chore, or at best a weekend day-trip. Though, if you really want to get your money's worth out of the city, and enjoy it as much as those people standing oblivious and wide-eyed as they try to take video of the ceiling in Grand Central (bless their little hearts), you should consider following their lead and booking a hotel room for the night. 

The Lexington Hotel isn't being hyperbolic by adding "Autograph Collection" to its name. Since 1929, the hotel has hosted international dignitaries, movie stars, sports icons, and entertainers of every ilk — Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe famously lived in suite 1806 in the 1950s, in what is now lovingly called the Norma Jean Suite, while other thematically appointed rooms include the famous Hawaiian room, Hemingway Room, Conservatory, and the "Lady Ella" suite.

The hotel itself is beautiful, showcasing both original art deco structures and elements from Waldorf-Astoria architect Lloyd Morgan and modern renovations including a warm and homey lobby, business center, 24/7 fitness room open to all guests, and the soon-to-be renovated Mixing Room lounge, open for cocktails and small bites every morning for breakfast and evenings from 4 p.m. to midnight. Live jazz and other in-house performances are regular occurrences, while more modern conveniences like high-speed Wi-Fi, beauty services, valet laundry, and daily Citi Bike passes ensure the hotel can cater to guests on every type of vacation.

The Norma Jean Suite offers a plush bedroom, sitting areas, full kitchens, and a wrap-around balcony offering beautiful views of the Manhattan cityscape. Starts at $1,200 per night, depending on season.

 

A similar layout to the Norma Jean Suite, the Our Lady Ella Suite adds a child/guest bedroom and bathroom with private entrance, and leans into the hotel's jazz influenced design elements for a cozy yet stylish homage to music legen Ella Fitzgerald. Starts at $1,500 per night.

 

The Hemingway Room comes fully stocked with a vintage bar cart and plenty of spaces to write your new novel. Starts at $899 per night.

 

In the 1960s, the world-famous Hawaiian Room played host to live radio show broadcasts by entertainer Arthur Godfrey, now honored in his own namesake room. Both rooms starting at $899 per night.

 

The 725-room Midtown hotel is just a few short blocks from Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Center, Time Square, restaurants of every caliber, and the shops along 5th Avenue, making it an ideal staging ground for a weekend of playing tourist, entertaining friends or family from out of town, or even just taking a weekend to yourself. (And yes, they're pet-friendly!)

 

 

 

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