Living like The Great Gatsby at the world’s best Art Deco hotels – New York Design Agenda


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Living like The Great Gatsby at the world’s best Art Deco hotels
Living like The Great Gatsby at the world’s best Art Deco hotels

Thanks to the recent release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, we’re currently suffering from 1920s exciting fever. From its exuberant glamour to eclectic style, the roaring ’20s was one of the most influential decades in terms of fashion and design. Art Deco became the dominating trend, influencing architecture such as the Chrysler Building in New York City. Hotels during this period were also constructed in the Art Deco style, where they remain to this day as exquisite examples of old world glamour.

We’ve scoured the earth to try and find the world’s most wonderful Art Deco hotels, and have uncovered a few rare gems worth making a song and dance about. So get into the 20s spirit with our list of Art Deco Hotels here in New York and around the world.

Edison Hotel, New York


Built in 1931, the Edison Hotel is a prime example of Art Deco at its finest. Curved edges clash with bold lines, resulting in the hotel’s eye-catching exterior, which gleams proudly in the heart of Midtown. It doesn’t just stop there, though. The Edison’s interior is elegant and bold – the two classic staples of Art Deco design. From its wooden panels to the lighting fixtures, it’s clear that every pain has been taken to preserve the hotel’s original opulence.


Waldorf Astoria, New York

The Waldorf Astoria is a hotel that needs no introduction, as it is a place known for creating and housing luxury, from its invention of the Waldorf salad to its permanent resident Marilyn Monroe. To this day it still oozes Art Deco glamour, from its original fixtures to the electric atmosphere which can be felt throughout the hotel.


Claridge’s, London


Considered London’s Art Deco jewel, Claridge’s was redesigned at the height of the fashion’s popularity in the 1920s. It became the go-to place for all the bright young things looking for a good party, with the hotel’s ballroom often blasting the latest jazz songs. Echoes of times gone by can still be felt in Claridge’s today, as it retains many of its original fixtures, which will make you feel as if you’re been transported back in time.


Hotel Martinez, France


Located in the beautiful Cannes, the Hotel Martinez is a beacon for European Art Deco architecture. The hotel’s balconies in particular are a testament to the movement’s style, as the metal railings are wrought into mesmerising patterns. Although the Hotel Martinez’s interior is now considered highly modern, there are still echoes of its original design which can be witnessed throughout the hotel.

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