The Lexington Hotel in New York City’s Midtown Redesigns to Bring Glamorous Jazz Age Back to Life

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Storied Hotel on Manhattan’s East Side Preserves Classic Charm, Launches Multi-Million Dollar Transformation

The redesign will bring this historic property to life and celebrate the design, music, art and literature of its past while making it relevant for today’s distinguished travelers

The historic Lexington New York City hotel, located in Manhattan’s bustling Midtown neighborhood, launches a multi-million dollar renovation aimed to restore the property’s former jazz age glamour. With a completion date set for summer 2013, a reimagined Lexington New York City will transport guests to an earlier era through a design aesthetic that blends the hotel’s history with modern appeal.

David Ashen of New York-based Dash Design, an industry leader who is credited for his work at hotels such as W New York, W Union Square and the popular JHouse Hotel in Greenwich, Connecticut, leads the design charge for the Lexington New York City. Ashen’s design will transform the hotel’s public spaces and guestrooms into a vision of a completely updated 21st century destination for luxury business and leisure travelers.

Retaining its original 1920s architecture by Schultz and Weaver, the new Lexington New York City will welcome guests through an elegantly draped entrance and into a grand two-story lobby. Envisioned as a dream-like space, whitewashed walls will be complimented by soft lighting that changes throughout the day, transitioning the mood from morning to night. A marble mosaic tile arrangement embedded with the hotel’s signature “L” insignia will dress the floor. The reception desk, crafted in bronze and black lacquer, will guard a pronounced feature wall that hosts a three-dimensional sculpture, a stand-out piece in the Lexington New York City’s art collection commissioned by industry insider and former confidante of Andy Warhol, Paige Powell. A wrap-around balcony lined with quiet seating nooks overlooks the lobby and provides access to New York City meetings with more than 1,000 square feet of flexible function space, as well as Midtown dining staple, S. Dynasty.

A redesigned bar, lounge and library at the Midtown hotel will radiate from the main lobby and offer a sense of welcoming openness. Four separate seating areas will feature a fusion of modern, classic and 1920s-inspired furnishings. Guests will be enveloped in a rich color palette and eclectic textures that hint at contemporary influences among the Lexington New York City’s Art Deco legacy. A musical tribute to the hotel’s past and present, an anthology of jazz melodies will linger on guest’s ears as they move from the entrance and through the lobby to the bar. A collection of art work, also selected by Powell, will adorn the walls.

Brilliant gold elevator doors with whimsical songbirds will offer a taste of the Lexington New York City’s original construction and serve as the entry point to the upstairs area of the hotel. Hallways lined with purple and neutral-toned custom wool carpets will usher guests into comfortable, well-appointed rooms and suites reminiscent of the archetypal Park Avenue apartment. With walls cloaked in a neutral palate and iconic upholstered headboards wrapped in bold orange or purple, guests will be lured into a peaceful retreat, a world apart from the fast-paced Manhattan streets floors below. Photographs and drawings reflective of the Lexington New York City’s storied past will compliment imagery of today’s music scene and hang salon style above the bed. A full-wall mural artfully designed by Ashen’s team will depict a musical sketch; a verse from Irving Berlin’s Russian Lullaby will dance through the room, embroidered into elements such as the lamp shade, bed cover and drapery.

“The vision for the Lexington New York City is to communicate the presence of a grand hotel while conveying the intimacy of a boutique property,” said David Ashen, principal, Dash Design. “The redesign will bring this historic property to life and celebrate the design, music, art and literature of its past while making it relevant for today’s distinguished travelers.”

The Lexington New York City is located at 511 Lexington Avenue at 48th Street in New York City. 212-755-4400.

About The Lexington New York City
The Lexington New York City is centrally located in Manhattan’s midtown neighborhood and provides guests with immediate access to the city’s key business and entertainment areas. A storied hotel that originally opened in 1929, the property is undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation that will restore the jazz age glamour that made the Lexington New York City famous among celebrities, dignitaries and other notables. A new design concept that blends the hotel’s legacy with modern appeal will be showcased throughout the public spaces, as well as the 712 guest rooms and suites. Catering to the luxury business and leisure traveler, the Lexington New York City will house a collection of unique artwork commissioned by art aficionado and industry expert, Paige Powell, feature more than 1,000 square feet of flexible function space with state-of-the-art wireless technology, as well as a selection of on-site dining options that includes gourmet Chinese eatery, S. Dynasty; Taina Café featuring Nuevo Latino cuisine by star chef Diane DiMeo; Raffles, an American-style bistro with a jazz flare; Lex Lounge and Sushi Bar and the hotel’s Starbucks outpost. For more information please visit

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DiamondRock Hospitality Company is a self-advised real estate investment trust (REIT) that is an owner of premium hotel properties. The Company owns 27 premium hotels with approximately 11,900 rooms and holds the senior mortgage loan on another premium hotel. The Company's hotels are generally operated under globally recognized brands such as Hilton, Marriott, and Westin. For further information, please visit DiamondRock Hospitality Company's website at

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