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Hotels that evoke the Gilded Age of ‘The Great Gatsby’

As buzz around the Hollywood release of “The Great Gatsby” continues to build, travelers looking to time travel back to the Roaring Twenties have no shortage of options in the US, where select properties have either preserved or recreated the spirit of flapper chic opulence, jazz and the Gilded Age.

Fans of the writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and the book that made him immortal may want to look into The Inn at Great Neck in New York, for example, the inspiration for the Long Island town of West Egg, points out online reservation site Hotels.com.

Described as the ‘ultimate 1920s-themed retreat,’ the inn pays homage to the Golden Age with art deco period murals which depict scenes from the book, and also offers live music like jazz.

Here are a few other hotels that channel the spirit of Jay Gatsby’s Roaring 1920s, as curated by Hotels.com:

The Willcox, Aiken, South Carolina
Until May 31, luxury hotel The Willcox will be offering a special Gatsby-themed package that includes 1920s-inspired cocktails before bed, a copy of the book, live jazz, a deck of cards and poker chips. A three-course menu includes retro classics like Waldorf salad and beef filet wrapped in bacon and blue cheese. The stately, grand mansion is also evocative of the decadent era with its majestic white columns.
http://www.thewillcox.com

Le Meridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh, Dallas, Texas
Built in the heyday of the 1920s, Le Meridien recently underwent a $36 million USD renovation that aimed to preserve its history, but bring it into the 21st century with marble pillars, handblown glass chandeliers, and art deco designs.
http://www.lemeridiendallasstoneleigh.com/

Vanderbilt Grace, Newport, Rhode Island
Until September 30, the Newport boutique hotel, built in 1909, is offering the Grace Gatsbypackage that includes a two-night stay, a five-course dinner menu, a sunset cruise along the Newport harbor.
http://www.vanderbiltgrace.com/

Ambassador Hotel, Kansas City, MO
Built to celebrate 1920s neoclassical architecture, The Ambassador is a boutique hotel updated with contemporary style. For romantic Gatsby lovers, until May 15 the GatsbyPackage includes champagne and strawberries, luxury transportation around town, rose petals strewn around the room and breakfast.
http://www.ambassadorhotelcollection.com/kansascity/default-en.html

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