Modern-day Great Gatsby Hotels

By , June 7th, 2013

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic, takes place in the summer of 1922—a time of debauchery and decadence. Although Luhrmann chose to film in his hometown of Sydney, the locations depicted are New York City and Long Island’s North Shore. In honor of the film, hotel search,, has selected eight hotels fit for a modern-day Gatsby.

Many of these hotels, in luxury destinations like Long Island, the Hudson Valley, Cape Cod, and New York City, are housed within historic mansions that operated in the Roaring Twenties, all of which offer striking exteriors, elegant interiors, and fine wine and dining. Look no further than the New York City Plaza Hotel (frequented by Fitzgerald himself and featured in The Great Gatsby) or the coastal retreats of Cape Cod, set in acres of beautifully landscaped gardens that evoke images of Gatsby’s seductive revelries.

1. The Plaza, New York City, NY

F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald were regular patrons at this iconic New York City hotel, which provided inspiration for one of the most climactic scenes in The Great Gatsby. It is in one of the hotel’s extravagant suites that Tom confronts Gatsby about Daisy’s extramarital relationship. In honor of Baz Luhrmann’s film, The Plaza has created the Fitzgerald Suite—a celebration of the Jazz Age and of Fitzgerald’s life and work. Guests will find additional reminders of Gatsby throughout the hotel, including 1920s-style Sunday brunch and the specially crafted Moët Imperial Gatsby champagne cocktail. This luxury 5 star hotel offers a total of 252 guest rooms, five elegant restaurants and bars, exclusive boutique shops, and a leading spa and beauty salon.  Rooms available in June from $520 per night.


2. Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham, Cape Cod, MA

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A modern-day Gatsby might choose to holiday at the award-winning Chathams Bar Inn, located on the elbow of romantic Cape Cod. This luxury resort and spa was constructed by wealthy Boston stockbroker, Charles Hardy, in 1912. It boasts 25 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking Pleasant Bay, where guests can enjoy fishing excursions and sunset cruises operated by the hotel’s fleet of luxury vessels. Guests can choose between rooms in the historic Main Inn, secluded Cottage rooms on the hotel’s private beach, and Spa suites boasting their own hydrotherapy tubs and saunas. The elegant STARS restaurant and ocean-facing Veranda have been restored to their original 1920s grandeur, so guests can feel like participants in one of Gatsby’s lavish parties for an evening.  Rooms available in June from $299 per night.

3. Harbor View, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

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Martha’s Vineyard is another affluent summer retreat, situated on a picturesque 100-square-mile island just south of Cape Cod. Harbor View is a historic and emblematic hotel dating back to 1891 and has been welcoming generations of families for decades. The hotel boasts an oceanfront location, elegant exterior, private dock with sailing and fishing excursions, as well as an outdoor swimming pool. There are a total of 114 guest rooms and suites in the main hotel, the Governor Mayhew Building, and in cottages within the extensive hotel grounds. The award-winning Water Street Restaurant offers contemporary New England cuisine made with fresh produce and seafood, accompanied by an eclectic American and Spanish wine list. Guests can enjoy a cocktail on the antique veranda while watching the sunset over the picturesque Edgartown lighthouse and harbor.  Rooms available in June from $157 per night.


4. Vanderbilt Grace, Newport, RI


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Vanderbilt Grace invites guests to step back in time to an age of decadence, exquisite comfort, and the finest food and drink. This luxurious hotel is housed within an iconic Newport mansion in one of the most prestigious areas of Rhode Island, across the water from Long Island. Vanderbilt Grace prides itself in first-class hospitality and attention to detail, offering each guest complimentary champagne upon arrival. Each of the 33 comfortable rooms and suites contain a flat screen television, free Wi-Fi, kitchenette, and luxurious Penhaligon bath products. The fine dining restaurant, Muse, offers traditional European cuisine in an elegant environment, while the spacious conservatory and garden terrace offer al fresco dining overlooking the scenic Newport Harbor and Goat Island.  Rooms available in June from $468 per night.

5. The Wauwinet, Nantucket, MA

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The Wauwinet is situated on the island of Nantucket, a popular second home and summer destination across the Nantucket Sound from Cape Cod. This sophisticated and secluded Relais & Châteaux hotel boasts two private beaches and borders the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge. Guests can choose from a range of activities, including lobstering excursions, surfcasting lessons, paddleboarding, biking, or simply basking in the island’s natural beauty. The Wauwinet features 32 uniquely decorated guest rooms, adorned with hand-stenciled furniture, luxurious Pratesi bed linen, and freshly cut wildflowers. TOPPER’S is widely acclaimed as the best restaurant on the island, boasting an impressive 1,450 different types of wine and a fine dining menu with an emphasis on local seafood and produce.  Rooms available in June from $365 per night.

6. Tarrytown House Estate, Tarrytown, NY

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Located just 25 miles north of New York City, the picturesque village of Tarrytown provides a lavish summer escape from the city. Tarrytown House Estate consists of two striking nineteenth century mansions, King Mansion and Biddle Mansion, set in 26 acres of landscaped gardens overlooking the Hudson River Valley. Besides spending time at the outdoor or indoor swimming pool, spa, or tennis courts, guests have the opportunity to go golfing, boating, or hiking in the surrounding countryside. The 212 different guest rooms housed in 11 separate historic buildings throughout the estate incorporate period features such as beautifully restored staircases and landings. Cellar 49 is a converted wine cellar with a contemporary twist on the classic American Tavern. Surrounded by original brick archways and distressed wooden beams, guests of Cellar 49 can enjoy prime aged steaks, draft beers, and an impressive wine list.  Rooms available in June from $186 per night.

7. The Surrey, New York City, NY

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The Surrey was built in 1926 as a residence hotel, home to many eccentric celebrities in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s social circle, such as JFK, Bette Davis, and Claudette Colbert. Throughout the ages, The Surrey has evolved into one of New York City’s finest modern hotels, while retaining its historical integrity. This stylish hotel boasts one of the city’s most exclusive addresses in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, just one block away from the idyllic Central Park. The Surrey offers a range of beautifully designed rooms and suites—featuring private terraces and baby grand pianos. Café Boulud is a Michelin-starred restaurant offering a unique American twist on traditional French cuisine. Guests should not miss the private rooftop garden, which offers signature cocktails, free Wi-Fi, and unbeatable views of the New York skyline.  Rooms available in June from $391 per night.

8. The Inn at Fox Hollow, Woodbury, NY

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The Inn at Fox Hollow is an all-suite boutique hotel located on Long Island’s North Shore, the very location of the fictional towns of East Egg and West Egg in The Great Gatsby. Guests can imagine strolling around the grounds of Gatsby’s mansion in this eight acre estate, which comes equipped with an outdoor swimming pool and beautifully manicured gardens. The Inn at Fox Hollow evokes this decadent era with fine European décor, elegant blue stone floors, and vaulted chalet ceilings. Each suite contains a kitchen, separate dining and living areas, a custom platform bed, and a deep bath tub for a stay of ultimate 1920s extravagance. The Inn is renowned for its impressive American breakfast buffet, while Vintage 25 Wine Bar and Lounge provides the perfect atmosphere for live entertainment and fine wine.  Rooms available in June from $289 per night.