Hotel Elysee Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Inside the Club Room on the second floor of the Elysee, actress Tallulah Bankhead held a five-day nonstop party to celebrate Harry Truman's hotly contested 1948 presidential election. Today, the homey space serves breakfast every day, afternoon cookies with coffee and tea, and early evening wine and cheese -- all complimentary.

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 Inside the Club Room on the second floor of the Elysee, actress Tallulah Bankhead held a five-day nonstop party to celebrate Harry Truman's hotly contested 1948 presidential election. Today, the homey space serves breakfast every day, afternoon cookies with coffee and tea, and early evening wine and cheese -- all complimentary.
Built in 1926, and named after the finest French restaurant at the time, the Elysee lobby still evokes its Francophile roots. The hotel became a long-term residence for movie stars, authors, and musicians. Marlon Brando had a suite, now named "Sayonara" after his role in Teahouse of the August Moon'.' In 1983, writer Tennessee Williams died in the Sunset suite, after having written much of his late material while living in the hotel. World-renowned pianist Vladimir Horowitz moved a Steinway baby grand piano into the hotel when he took up temporary residence. Upon checkout, he famously shrugged at the hotel's manager and said, "Keep it." (The piano remains in the Presidential suite to this day.) During the Great Depression, the Elysee's Monkey Bar was the go-to place for A-list eccentrics. Even today, it features 70-year-old hand-painted murals depicting monkeys sitting by a Christmas tree, riding an elephant, mixing up banana daiquiris, and other non-simian behavior. Performers such as Johnny Payne and Mel Martin famously performed songs riddled with double entendres. The glamorous Art Deco decor has also inspired numerous marriage proposals, silver anniversary celebrations, and a notable hook-up scene between Carrie and Mr. Big on Sex and the City. Inside the Club Room on the second floor of the Elysee, actress Tallulah Bankhead held a five-day nonstop party to celebrate Harry Truman's hotly contested 1948 presidential election. Today, the homey space serves breakfast every day, afternoon cookies with coffee and tea, and early evening wine and cheese -- all complimentary. The lobby is filled with gold flourishes, columns, marble, chandeliers, and statues. Minimalist or subtle the Palace is not. The lobby is filled with gold flourishes, columns, marble, chandeliers, and statues. Minimalist or subtle the Palace is not. The Palace's famous facade, originally constructed as a private mansion in 1882, twinkles among a sea of midtown skyscrapers. The original building was made into a hotel in 1980, at which time the 55-story hotel tower was added to make way for the 900 rooms. The lobby is filled with gold flourishes, columns, marble, chandeliers, and statues. Minimalist or subtle the Palace is not.
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