LAS VEGAS (
) -- The buzz surrounding the release of Baz Luhrmann's
The Great Gatsby
this winter remains palpable, but not just for the movie junkies or fans of stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton. Travelers, too, are buzzing as hotels around the world create packages and events embracing a bygone era of luxury, leisure and class distinction.
compiled a roundup of hotels where guests can get a taste of a genteel and iconic past.
The beginning of luxury travel as we know it started with the RMS Titanic. Originally slated to open its doors April 26, 1912, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Canada, delayed its opening until June 1, 1912, as Charles Melville Hays, the visionary behind the hotel, perished on the ship's maiden voyage. At the time the building cost totaled $2 million, and guestrooms were priced at $2 per night, according to the hotel's website.
This past April guests at Fairmont Chateau Laurier could have taken a culinary journey through time with an adaptation of the very last dinner served on the Titanic; now monthly table d'hote menus featuring highlights of the best cuisine of different eras, as well as a Centennial Tea celebrating the popular afternoon ritual, are available. In November, the most loved dishes from each will be brought back in a "best of" menu.
In Newport, R.I., boutique hotel Vanderbilt Grace is paying tribute to the mansion's long and illustrious history with its "Vintage Vanderbilt" menu. Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux Jonathan Cartwright developed the vintage cuisine based on a historic menu from 1912 found within the Vanderbilt family records. It consists of cream of mushroom and lobster broth; oysters with mignonette sauce; an entree of turkey supreme with roasted potatoes or sea bass with hollandaise and grilled asparagus; and includes dessert options include chocolate meringues with coffee ice cream and roasted peaches with cinnamon ice cream. Select items will become a permanent part of menu at the hotel's fine dining restaurant Muse by Jonathan Cartwright.
Aside from the delicious dining options, guests have the option to live like a Vanderbilt by booking the Vintage Vanderbilt Experience Package. The package includes a two-night stay at the boutique hotel, a welcome gift upon arrival, daily champagne breakfast for two, a Vintage Vanderbilt five-course dinner for two with wine pairings and two passports to tour five Newport mansions. The inn will also be playing rooftop movies this summer, including the Robert Redford-Mia Farrow
In Asheville, N.C., the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa -- built in 1913 on the side of Sunset Mountain -- is one of the South's most noteworthy resorts. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it has 14-foot fireplaces and a comfy feel -- some of the attractions that have encouraged such famous names as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone and presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson to visit. F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of
The Great Gatsby
, stayed at the hotel while his wife, Zelda, spent her nights in a sanitarium nearby. Thus the hotel's somewhat ironically romantic Great Gatsby getaway package was created.
For the ultimate Gatsby package, though, Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City is offering a Great Gatsby Package throughout the summer. With its Art Deco styled guest rooms and fun outdoor lounges, guests will feel like they are living in the world of Jay Gatsby. Guests stay in a Deluxe Rendezvous Tower Room, get complimentary cocktails, breakfast for two and admission to the spa, all in the name of the Great Gatsby. Better yet, try the "Zelda & F. Scott's Revenge" package, which includes all of the above plus a $20 food credit and two 30-minute massages!
Here's to the new Gatsby!