Inside the F. Scott Fitzgerald Suite at The Plaza in New York City
Today, Zelda Fitzgerald would have been 114. The beguiling Jazz Age beauty was the muse for some of her husband F. Scott Fitzgerald's greatest works.
In honor of the swell sweetie's birthday, we took a trip to art deco paradise by visiting the Fitzgerald Suite at New York City's Plaza Hotel.
The Fitzgeralds were famously patrons of the iconic New York hotel. According to legend, the duo took a spontaneous nighttime swim in the Pulitzer Fountain outside the posh hotel. F. Scott even set the climatic confrontation scene in his masterpiece The Great Gatsby inside a Plaza room on a hot summer afternoon.
The suite was designed by four-time Oscar-winning costume and production designer Catherine Martin. Martin, who won two of her Academy Awards for 2013's The Great Gatsby, wanted to create, "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 glamor and a certain nostalgia for the hedonistic days of the 1920s, while still encapsulating all the comforts expected at the Plaza."
The result? A romantic oasis peppered with Gatsby-era goodies and soaked with jazz age energy. The chandeliers that sparkle overhead were designed to sound like champagne glasses clinking, bookshelves proudly display the complete works of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, a Gramophone-shaped speaker awaits your iPod, and portraits of the 2013 film's cast taken by famed celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland adorn the walls.
There are also loads of fun Great Gatsby Easter eggs for guests to find including actual props from the set of the Baz Luhrmann film and linens embroidered with Jay Gatsby's monogram (locked, symbolically, in a daisy motif). Patrons are welcomed to the art deco paradise with a Moët Imperial Gatsby: a champagne cocktail exclusively served at the Plaza. The lucky guests are also given a pair of silver flasks monogrammed with the Plaza's iconic logo.
Designed by an Oscar Winner Catherine Martin
The Fitzgerald Suite in New York City's Plaza Hotel was designed by the Oscar winning costume and production designer Catherine Martin of 2013's The Great Gatsby. She sought to create, "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."
Daisy Buchanan would have felt at home sleeping underneath a chandelier. The linens in the suite are embroidered with Jay Gatsby's monogram, which is locked inside a daisy motif representing his long lost love.
Art Deco Decor
The suite boasts a small library above a leather desk, filled with the complete works of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The author was one of the Plaza's most revered guests. He loved the hotel so much that he used it as the setting for the explosive confrontation scene at the end of The Great Gatsby.
Modern Touches with Vintage Sensibilities
An iconic Gramophone-shaped speaker waits for the next Plaza guest to plug in their iPhone or iPad and get jitterbugging. The suite is also stocked with vintage board games and custom made Tiffany & Co. playing cards.
Art Deco Paradise
The Fitzgerald Suite was created from the ground up with new oak floors, portraits of the 2013 film's cast in character taken by Douglas Kirkland, archival magazine photos from the 1920s, and dome ceilings to showcase magnificent chandeliers (yes, there's even one in the bathroom!). Guests are welcomed with a Moët Imperial Gatsby: a champagne cocktail exclusively served at The Plaza.