Live Life Like The Great Gatsby

Live Life Like The Great Gatsby

Inspired by the film release of ‘The Great Gatsby,’ hotels are offering new packages with a Jazz Age feel By: Emilie No
The new Great Gatsby movie has inspired several high-class hotel packages. // © 2013 Warner Bros
The new Great Gatsby movie has inspired several high-class hotel packages. // © 2013 Warner Bros

Baz Luhrmann’s revamped silver screen version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel, “The Great Gatsby,” has created a roaring ‘20s revival across the country. Lured by the flapper lifestyle of late nights and plenty of swing, who wouldn’t want to invoke the spirit of Mr. Jay Gatsby?

The buzz surrounding the film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, has inspired some hotels to invite travelers to experience Gatsby-themed luxury. Here are several properties where you can tap into your inner Daisy Buchanan.

The Inn at Great Neck’s Gatsby Getaway
In conjunction with the film release, The Inn at Great Neck in Long Island is offering the Gatsby Getaway package. Travelers arriving on Sundays or Thursdays through Aug. 29 will receive 25 percent off the inn’s best available rate when showing their ticket stub from the movie. The Inn is located in the center of “West Egg” and features 20’s-themed furnishings, wall decor and murals throughout its halls. Guests can tour the Gold Coast area and experience the locations known to have inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel. Explore the castle-like mansions, galleries and tours available to the public such as the Old Westbury Gardens and the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum.

The Library Hotel’s Great Gatsby Package
Through Sept. 2, the Library Hotel in New York City is featuring a Great Gatsby package starting at $469 a night. The deal features a junior suite overlooking Madison Avenue, two tickets to the Jazz Standard, a Great Gatsby tote bag and a copy of the novel. Also, guests are treated with two cocktails per suite at the Bookmarks Lounge atop the hotel where they can try The Great Gatsby cocktail, a play on the traditional Old Fashioned. 

The Fitzgerald Suite at the Plaza
One of the most authentic ways to mimic the life of Jay Gatsby is at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, the location of the film’s most dramatic scene. The Plaza’s Fitzgerald Suite was inspired by the movie with photos of the actors and author adding to the dominantly Jazz Age decor. The food hall is featuring 1920’s-style dishes while the Rose Club and Champagne Bar offers Gatsby-inspired drinks and dishes. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, don’t miss the Gatsby Hour at the Rose Club, which features a live jazz band and a Prohibition-inspired speakeasy menu. Rates start at $2,795 a night, old sport.

Live the High Life at the Willcox
Through May 31, the Willcox located in South Carolina, is featuring a Great Gatsby spring travel package. Guests can enjoy the Prohibition experience while staying at a modern styled hotel. For rates starting at $165 per person, guests will receive a one-night stay at the Willcox, a Gatsby-inspired cocktail at turndown, a three-course tasting menu for two and — to accompany late night drinks — a copy of the novel along with a deck of cards and poker chips.

The Great Getaway at Fisher Island Club Hotel
Following its $60 million renovation, the Fisher Island Club Hotel in Miami is featuring a Great Gatsby experience through June 30. Starting at $610 a night, Gatsby Getaway guests will receive champagne or a Long Island iced tea upon arrival; luxury accommodations; daily breakfast for two complete with champagne, a mimosa or a bloody Mary; and a gift upon departure. A palm-lined private beach, an exotic bird aviary, a tennis facility and a golf course help set the scene.

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