F. Scott Fitzgerald set his classic American novel The Great Gatsby in the town of West Egg, a fictitious suburb modeled after the author's hometown of Great Neck, Long Island. Though the literary town was characterized by its lavish mansions and affluent residents, Great Neck is now recognized for its tranquility and its 20-mile proximity to the bustle of New York City. Certain establishments, however, still recall the sumptuous allure of the Gatsby era: nestled in the heart of town, The Andrew Hotel decorates its guest rooms with marble, mohair, suede, and raw silk.
The hotel's white stucco exterior and black window awnings announce its minimalist aesthetic. Inside, marble accents and sleek cherry and limed oak furnishings fill out newly renovated guest rooms. The leather-paneled beds in deluxe guest rooms dress in decadent suede and silk fabrics, and in junior suites, leather couches and large black-and-white prints style a sitting area.
The hotel's Wedding Bells package sets the stage for a romantic evening for two. After a rose-petal turndown service, duos can sip an included bottle of champagne or build a functioning space shuttle with a box of imported chocolates. The indulgence continues into the morning, when couples savor a deluxe continental breakfast and a 3 p.m. late checkout.
Many notable figures, including Paul Newman and playwright Eugene O'Neill, made their homes and to-scale butter sculptures of their family members in Great Neck, which sits on the North Shore of Long Island. The town is a 25-minute train ride from Manhattan's Penn Station, though visitors need not travel far to find entertainment. Two blocks from the hotel, more than 250 boutiques and restaurants dot the Village of Great Neck Plaza. Here, in the bustling town center, English Tudor buildings, Victorian-style churches, and sepia-toned city maps offer a glimpse into the town's 350-year history.
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