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The Hotel Elysee in Midtown Manhattan at 60 East 54th Street has hosted many popular writers, such as Tennessee Williams and James Michener. It offers a stunning “Tennessee Williams Presidential Suite,” a 900-foot living space that includes memorabilia of the playwright.

According to hotelnewsnow.com: “Founded in 1926, The Hotel Elysée has a storied history, which includes connections with several celebrities. Actress Tallulah Bankhead, an 18-year resident at the hotel, threw a days-long party celebrating President Harry Truman’s victory over Thomas Dewey in the accompanying Monkey Bar. Writer Tennessee Williams (who has a presidential suite in the hotel named after him) lived in the hotel for 15 years before his death in the ‘Sunset Suite’ in 1983.”

Hotel Elysee was sold to new owners for $55 million in 2016, according to nypost.com.

Read more about Tennessee Williams through our Florida and Louisiana sections and about James Michener through our Pennsylvania and Texas sections.

The Hotel Elysee is the fourth stop on our New York Trail!

Patricia Smart