NEW YORK—The historic Lexington New York City, located in midtown Manhattan, is joining the Autograph Collection. The news was announced by DiamondRock Hospitality Company and Highgate Hotels, the property’s ownership and management groups, respectively. The 725-room hotel joins the global collection as it completes a $46 million renovation that will wrap in October.
“We are elated that the Lexington New York City has become a member of the Autograph Collection,” said Jim Marino, general manager, Lexington New York City. “It is an honor to join such a respected group of hotels and we feel confident that our history, commitment to service and values align seamlessly with Autograph Collection’s overall philosophy.”
The refurbishment for the Lexington New York City restores the property’s historic elements with a modern appeal. David Ashen of New York-based Dash Design is leading the design charge by transforming the public spaces and guestrooms. A newly redesigned bar will offer a modern take on seasonal cocktails in an Art Deco-style locale. The hotel features an expansive art collection curated by industry expert Paige Powell and anchored by works by Ruben Toledo and Alba Clemente.
The Lexington New York City has played host to some of the country’s most notable personalities and exclusive groups, including actor Arthur Godfrey who entertained in The Hawaiian Room and Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe who lived in a suite on the 18th floor. Originally opening in 1929 during the height of New York’s hotel boom, the 30-story building towered over an emerging strip that would eventually become lined with residential and commercial skyscrapers. Imagined as an escape from Manhattan’s business world, the hotel was the work of Schultze and Weaver, the creators of iconic properties such as The Biltmore in Miami, The Breakers Palm Beach, and the Waldorf Astoria in New York.