If you’re Jay Gatsby and trying to impress a certain Daisy Buchanan, then there’s only one address you need to know other than your own. It’s Room 1839 at the Fairmont Plaza Hotel in New York. A perfect Jay-Daisy itinerary in the city might entail having tea in The Palm Court of the hotel, a romantic horse-and-carriage ride in Central Park around dusk, dinner and Hendrick’s cocktails in the Oak Room, followed by a nightcap and some 1920s jazz at Little Branch, a speakeasy in the West Village. Of course, the climax of the night is returning to Room 1839. How can Daisy possibly resist this world blurred between fantasy and reality that awaits inside?
Catherine Martin, designer of the 700 square foot art-deco suite and costume designer for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby, hopes that guests will discover the energy and excitement of life in New York during the 1920s. In fact, the essence of New York today is not much different from that described by the character of Nick Carraway: “I began to like New York, the racy, adventurous feel of it at night, and the satisfaction that the constant flicker of men and women and machines gives to the restless eye.” The author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, were regular patrons of The Plaza and the most climactic scene of the novel (and film) in fact takes places at this opulent hotel. “Give your liver to Princeton and your heart to the Plaza,” Ernest Hemingway once told Fitzgerald.
“The Fitzgerald Suite at The Plaza is a suite that F. Scott Fitzgerald and his character Jay Gatsby would be at home in – a dramatic deco space that evokes the danger, the sexiness, the glamour and a certain nostalgia for the hedonistic days of the 1920s, while still encapsulating all the comforts expected at The Plaza,” said Catherine Martin.
The suite has been built from the ground up with new oak floors, wall coverings from Catherine Martin Home and period-inspired pieces from luxury home furnishings brand RH, Restoration Hardware.
The Fitzgerald Suite debuts May 10th on the same day as the film’s North American premiere with rates starting at $2,795/night. To plan your own Jay-Daisy style interlude, call 212.546.5219 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The living space features RH pieces such as the Madsen Leather Sofa and the Mayfair Steamer Desk which draws inspiration from antique steamer trunks, the luggage once used on rail and ocean voyagers.A minibar that evokes the days of gin martinis in teacups and mint juleps in cut crystal on a hot summer’s afternoon.
Bathrooms outfitted with Sherle Wagner fixtures and RH Pharmacy Vanities that boast clean lines with impeccably polished marble, white enamel, zinc bin pulls and exposed hinges.
The walls are decorated with portraits of the 2013 film cast captured by legendary Hollywood photographer Douglas Kirkland, images of Fitzgerald and his wife, and 1920s photos from Vogue and Vanity Fair. Bookshelves are filled with the author’s complete works and books that inspired the filmmakers throughout production. Vintage-inspired Trophy Urns modelled on a sporting prize from the 1920s. Gramophone-shaped iPhone and iPad speakers. Custom Tiffany & Co. playing cards.