NEW YORK—The Warwick New York Hotel announced the unveiling of its five new specialty suites designed to celebrate the spirit of the Old Hollywood era and the innovators of today’s cultural landscape.
Originally built as a hideaway for screen siren Marion Davies and publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst, the Warwick New York Hotel set out to capture the glamour of the lovers’ bygone era with the aptly named Randolph Suite and Davies Suite along with the Russell Suite, Follies Suite, and Modern Art Suite.
At 977-square-feet, the Randolph Suite is the largest of the collection and draws inspiration from shades of newsprint with a pallet of deep navy offset by touches of black and grey. Striking gold accents call back to William Randolph Heart’s opulent tastes. The suite features a selection of oversized furniture and a boardroom ideal for business transactions. The space also features touches such as oversized headboards with metal studs and portraits of Marion Davies hanging above the dining table to create an eclectic and inviting atmosphere.
The Follies Suite was designed to recreate the razzle-dazzle spectacle that was the Ziegfeld Follies. The suite’s color palate of deep purple and gold calls back to the era of flappers and showgirls and gives guests a true feeling of the old New York glamour.
Formerly a Follies Girl herself, Marion Davies’s vibrant spirit is the driving force behind the Davies Suite—as well as the Warwick New York Hotel as a whole. The suite’s design serves to capture her brazen spirit with bold contrasts of black and white that elicit an Art Deco feel.
The Russell Suite is designed to capture the energy of Hollywood starlet Jane Russell. A gilded frame displays a 1950’s swimsuit in the main foyer, the suite’s walls features portraits of Russell and Marilyn Monroe along with a series of figurative paintings. The four-poster bed serves as the bedroom’s focal point and is covered in white linens.
The Modern Art Suite has a home-gallery feel with a variety of different frames displaying works from Warhol, Miro, Pollock, and Jasper Johns. The artworks provide an interesting color palette for the space with soft shades of cream and nude contrasted by bold streaks of orange and black.
Spearheaded by Interior Design International’s Stephanie Ellis-Carmody, the renovations began in April 2013 and involved a full redesign of each of the five guestrooms. Ellis-Carmody placed a great deal of importance on upholding the architectural integrity of the time period and the building itself. While certain aspects of the suites were redesigned to meet today’s modern standards of luxury, many of the original fixtures were simply given minor cosmetic upgrades in order to retain their history.