Stays Inspired by: The Great Gatsby

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Judging by the trailers, Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of The Great Gatsby will give the Roaring Twenties even more roar. With the star-studded (Leo and Tobey and Carey, oh my!) spectacle hitting theaters May 10, 2013, we’ve rounded up some Gatsby-inspired luxury lodgings. Before cinematically whisking off to West Egg, live it up Art Deco-styles in New York, London and even Lucerne, Switzerland.

The Plaza Hotel, New York
About that roar: the latest Luhrmann trailer shows Leonardo DiCaprio, as “Jay”, letting out a shiver-inducing yell. The backdrop for that pulse-racing plot point is New York’s Plaza Hotel. Not surprising, the property is chuffed about the new flick on the fiction masterpiece, and to celebrate it’s created a 900-square-foot Fitzgerald Suite—so named for the book’s author, of course—on the 18th floor, which according to, they’ve Jazz Aged-up with furnishings from Restoration Hardware, and movie and book memorabilia. Other parts of the hotel are joining the party too, including the Champagne Bar, which hosts a Moët & Chandon pop-up to fuel Gatbsy-esque revelry, and the Rose Club with a Gatsby Hour featuring a speakeasy-style menu and a live jazz band.

The Chatwal, New York
Another New York gem, The Chatwal has the eye of architect and designer Thierry Despont behind it. With the Stanford White building as his skeleton, Despont stays true to its nature, but a timeless twist—Art Deco for all Ages, if you will. In the rooms, there’s another tip of a cap to former times, with a backgammon set, old-fashioned player cards and books, such as The Great Gatsby.

Hotel deLuxe, Portland
Portland may have a reputation for fixed-gear bikes and unkempt facial hair, but the city’s Hotel deLuxe is all Old Hollywood glamour. Movie stills from the golden age of cinema grace the walls. The angles, adornments and reflective surfaces all sing Art Deco, but there’s also a deft modern touch too.

W, The Foshay, Minneapolis
Another unexpected Art Deco delight in an unlikely locale is the W Minneapolis. Taking a cue from the 447-foot Deco-designed Foshay Tower it lives in, the hotel has preserved the original details—Italian marble, terrazzo floors, gold and silver-plated ceilings—while infusing a little extra modern opulence and edge, which the W brand is well-known for. A tipple at the Prohibition Bar is requisite.

The Savoy, London
The London landmark, built in 1889, offers a special matrimony of Edwardian and Art Deco style. Designer Pierre Yves Rochon worked with more than 1,000 craftsmen and artists to refurbish the property in 2010. The most Gatsby of its rooms is the black-and-gold Beaufort Bar which serves up an extensive range of champagnes, cocktails and nightly entertainment.

Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai
Like The Savoy, the Fairmont Peace Hotel is another iconic property revived to its former Art Deco glory. With graphic marble floors in both the public spaces (a grand glass-roofed foyer, for instance) and private spaces (in the bathrooms of its 270 rooms and suites), the theme is consistent throughout. If the Jazz Age cocktails and Old Jazz Band at their Jazz Bar can’t get guests to do the Charleston, nothing will.

The Raleigh, Miami
South Beach brings the heat and cool Deco décor at The Raleigh. From the teak and pastel-swathed rooms to the one-of-a-kind pool, the L. Murray Dixon-built property is still as fit for a star like Esther Williams as it was back in the day. F. Scott Fitzgerald passed away the very year it was built, but if he’d lived longer, surely he would have been a guest.

The Art Deco Hotel Montana Luzern, Switzerland
It’s not all chalets in Switzerland. As the name suggests, The Art Deco Hotel Montana is all walnut parquet, gilded light fixtures and bold geometric prints, which strikes a perfect contrast to the Lake Lucerne and mountain ranges it looks on.

The Wellesley, London
This recently opened hotel in Knightsbridge has been lovingly restored to 1920s decadence. Art deco style abounds, particularly in public spaces (so you needn’t be a guest to enjoy). Take a cocktail at the Jazz Lounge or dine at the opulent Oval Restaurant to feel positively Gatsby-esque.

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