NEW YORK –– The historic Lexington New York City unveiled the final phase of its three-year, $50 million renovation, which culminated in a 5,000-square-foot conversion of the S. Dynasty restaurant into a meetings and events centre, it was announced earlier this fall.
A 725-room Autograph Collection hotel located in midtown Manhattan, the Lexington features renovated meetings and events spaces that combine a technologically advanced media centre with a retro design.
The reimagined S. Dynasty space includes two meeting rooms – The Speakeasy and The Interlude – connected by a foyer area called the Swing Room.
Decked out in neutrals and purples evoking an Art Deco design, The Speakeasy and The Interlude feature open floor plans that allow for flexible furniture layouts accommodating as many as 120 people. Both rooms feature walls of windows overlooking Lexington Avenue. The Swing Room serves as a pre-function space with a residential feel, offering beverage and buffet stations. Adjacent to the Swing Room, an intimate, art-inspired nook is available for breakout or impromptu meetings.
Newly installed tech systems include retractable projectors and projection screens that stow away in the ceiling when not in use; ceiling speakers providing audio conferencing capabilities and connect to wireless or lavaliere microphones; wireless presentation capabilities that are compatible with any laptop, tablet or smartphone, as well as wired backup connections; and wall-mounted touch panels for easy control over the entire audio-visual system, lighting and window shades.
Designed by architecture firm Schultze & Weaver, The Lexington New York City first opened in 1929 at the height of New York’s hotel boom and went on to become a gathering place for period stars, including Arthur Godfrey, who hosted his radio show from The Hawaiian Room, and Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe, who lived in a suite on the 18th floor during their marriage.
The Lexington New York City, which was the 45th hotel to join Marriott’s upscale, independent Autograph Collection, is managed by Highgate, a real estate investment and hospitality management company whose growing portfolio includes more than 100 properties in gateway cities worldwide.