The Grand Ballroom at The Plaza hotel.
The Grand Ballroom at The Plaza hotel.
In honour of Baz Luhrmanns blockbuster, to be released next month, the Upper East Side hotel has revived the jazz age with a grand Fitzgerald Suite.
In honour of Baz Luhrmanns blockbuster, to be released next month, the Upper East Side hotel has revived the jazz age with a grand Fitzgerald Suite.
File photo: A 100th birthday celebration was marked for the venerable Plaza Hotel.
File photo: A 100th birthday celebration was marked for the venerable Plaza Hotel.
A projection screen depicts a classic scene with the backdrop of  Plaza Hotel during a 100th birthday celebration tribute to the grand dame of hotels in New York.
A projection screen depicts a classic scene with the backdrop of Plaza Hotel during a 100th birthday celebration tribute to the grand dame of hotels in New York.
Morris Silver looks down a hallway during a tour of rooms inside The Plaza hotel.
Morris Silver looks down a hallway during a tour of rooms inside The Plaza hotel.

New York - The Plaza Hotel, a favourite former hangout of F Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, has unveiled a new suite dedicated to The Great Gatsby. In honour of Baz Luhrmann’s blockbuster, to be released next month, the Upper East Side hotel has revived the jazz age with a grand Fitzgerald Suite.

The art deco-designed space includes period pieces from Restoration Hardware (a leading luxury home furnishings purveyor), images from the film, the author’s complete collection of works, as well as coffee table books that channel New York in the roaring ’20s.

The 83m2 suite is located on the 18th floor, and reservations will be accepted from April 22 for stays from May 10.

The Fifth Avenue hotel is also transforming the iconic Champagne Bar and Todd English Food Hall with Great Gatsby-themed gin-based cocktails and a live jazz band.

The Fitzgerald Tea – $79 (R720) for adults, $45 (R415) for children – includes a 1920s-themed menu, with items like Pâté de Fruit with Gin Rickey Sugar, a Sachertorte with Amarena Cherry, and the “Jazz Age Chocolate Bon-Bon”. The Champagne Bar is being transformed into a Moët Pop-Up Bar, which will offer a special cocktail made exclusively for The Plaza, called the Moët Imperial Gatsby.

Guests will also be able to browse an exclusive collection of props and costumes from the film adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.

The hotel also unveiled a Great Gatsby-themed Christmas tree last November, which rotated in 200m of garlands.

The tree was created by Academy Award-winner Catherine Martin, the film’s production and costume designer, and sat inside the hotel’s Palm Court – which has served as a setting for scenes in many novels and films, but most notably, F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

Cynthia Scherer, the director of sales and marketing for The Plaza, New York, said: “(The celebrations) add another layer to the rich history and cultural importance of The Plaza. Visitors… have another reason to visit and experience The Plaza as it was in the 1920s, since we have always kept the integrity of the design in place.” – Daily Mail