Connections to Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann’s latest roller-coaster of a film, have run rampant across the nation. Celebrations that adopt the film’s (and the novel’s ) themes and attempt to recreate something of the Roaring Twenties are springing to life in the form of aptly named cocktail concoctions, dining specials and promotional hotel stays, not to mention the plethora of "Tips from the Twenties" all over the Internet, designed to help you sink your teeth into the luxurious life of that exultant decade, if only for a taste.
A Location That Bears You Ceaselessly Back into History
The Plaza Hotel doesn’t need to stretch to make that connection; it’s already there: The hotel features strongly in the novel that inspired Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s somewhat eponymous tome, The Great Gatsby. Opened in 1907, the hotel’s French Renaissance château–style building was designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, architect of a number of classic New York City buildings—including the Dakota, the Western Union Telegraph Building and the original Waldorf-Astoria, which was located where the Empire State Building exists today. By the 1920s, The Plaza was the spot for those who lived the high life in high style.
Can’t Repeat the Past? Why, of Course You Can!
Designated a New York City Landmark in 1969, The Plaza is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only New York City hotel to be designated as a National Historic Landmark. Managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts since 1999, The Plaza retains its hold on the splendor and luxury of a bygone era.
With the history of The Plaza tied so inexorably to the Jazz Age and the Lost Generation in general and to Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda in particular, who were devoted patrons of the hotel, The Plaza has embarked upon an ambitious collection of experiences designed to breathe life into that long-ago world. From period-appropriate cocktails and specialty cuisine of the era to Roaring Twenties–inspired merchandise and special “Gatsby” spa amenities, the hotel is capping the lot with its new Fitzgerald Suite, designed by Catherine Martin in dramatic Art Deco style and filled with memorabilia from the past—and from the movie itself.
Have that Familiar Conviction that Life Begins Over Again with the Summer
New York City in the summer can be magical—Fitzgerald spoke of the city’s “enchanted metropolitan twilight.” The streets are alive with energy, the greenswards offer a spot of cool freshness, the art scene is flourishing (Shakespeare in the Park!). Perhaps enjoying all that the city has to offer and then returning to relax in your luxurious oasis in The Plaza would make life “blossom like a flower” in those “most poignant moments of night and life,” as Fitzgerald might say.
Life Is Much More Successfully Viewed from a Suite
Now, Fairmont Hotels wants to enable you to “go Gatsby” and live large at The Plaza, with its new “Suite Luxury” package, which offers a second-night stay at fifty percent off the published rate in one of the hotel’s 102 spacious and elegant suites, plus:
- Complimentary Internet access;
- In-room iPads, which will enable you to utilize the Internet, control the room environment and access guest services;
- Continental breakfast for two, offered daily in The Palm Court or through in-room dining; and
- 24-hour white-glove butler service.
(The “Suite Luxury” package, by the way, is available, with varying amenities, at a number of Fairmont Hotels’ superb locations—although it cannot be confirmed that either Fitzgerald or Gatsby himself stayed anywhere but at The Plaza.)
A Transitory Enchanted Moment
Whether celebrating a special occasion or seeking a luxurious departure from the everyday, a sojourn to The Plaza Hotel in New York City could be a vacation in and of itself. Fairmont’s “Suite Luxury” package offers to turn a mere getaway in the city that never sleeps into a luxurious recherché retreat in a glamorous, historical hideaway of which Gatsby himself—especially if you should choose the Fitzgerald Suite—would undoubtedly speak his approval, possibly even calling it the rare kind of experience “that you may come across four or five times in life.”