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The Lexington has a long and illustrious history. Since 1929, the hotel has welcomed global leaders, international celebrities, major business executives and sports icons. Hall of Fame player Joe DiMaggio maintained a residence in one of the penthouse suites here during the eighteen seasons he played for the New York Yankees, and Marilyn Monroe resided here with him during their marriage. After 75 years, The Lexington remains the hotel of choice for sophisticated travelers.

The Lexington Through the Years:  The Lexington New York, originally named the Hotel Lexington, was built in 1929 by architectural firm Schultze and Weaver. The firm also designed the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach and the Miami Nautilus Hotel. In addition to their work outside New York, they designed several noted landmark hotels within the city, including The Park Lane Hotel, The Lexington Hotel, The Pierre Hotel and its neighbor, the Sherry-Netherland. Schultze & Weaver architect Lloyd Morgan, in 1929, designed the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel which, upon its completion in 1931, was the world's largest, with 2,200 rooms. Schultze and Weaver redesigned and renovated the Grand Ballroom in New York City's Plaza Hotel in the autumn of 1929.

The “Hotel Lexington” was the home of some Hollywood celebrities such as Dorothy Lamour, an American actress and singer. She is best remembered for appearing in the Road to ... movies, a series of successful comedies starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.

The Yankee Clipper: Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe lived at Hotel Lexington during their brief marriage in Suite #1806 (now our Centerfield Suite). This suite has been renovated with them in mind, from baseball and Broadway memorabilia, to art commemorating them both.  

In recent times, President Bill Clinton, Patti Labelle, Jennifer Lopez and tennis star Roger Federer have stayed here.

In the 1920’s the world famous “Hawaiian Room” opened. Guests had a hula of a time sipping coconut willies and watched live Hula performances. This space became synonymous with entertainer Arthur Godfrey, a well-known TV personality in the 1960’s. He broadcast his radio show live from the Hawaiian Room.  Our recently renovated Arthur Godfrey Suite is homage to his legacy.

Other nightclubs over the years at The Lexington included: Chateau Madrid, Playboy Club (bunnies with male counterparts called “Rabbits”) - in the 1980’s and most recently was a Denim & Diamonds outpost.

Fun fact about our historic building:  our current Starbucks entrance was the original hotel entrance; crown-molding with sculpture of Goddesses of each Season

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