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Hotel Elysee

The Hotel Elysee in Midtown Manhattan at 60 East 54th Street, near Central Park, has hosted many popular writers, most notably 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.” Read more about the final chapter of his life here: https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/02/25.

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

To see a mural that includes famous writers with a connection to this historic establishment, click here: Monkey Bar Mural at Hotel Elysee.

About the Writers

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

The Hotel Elysee is the fourth stop on our New York Author Adventures Trail.

Patricia Smart