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Hotel Elysee Hotel Review: Named after the most famous restaurant in Paris at the time, this hotel was built in 1926 and offers superior comfort and a back-in-time feel. Adding your name to the guest list puts you in good company. Many literary and theatrical stars have called the hotel home over the years. Tennessee Williams favored it, and even spent his final hours there in 1983. The lively, adjoining Monkey Bar, serving lunch, dinner and brunch, opened in 1933 and was favored by the likes of Tallulah Bankhead and Marlon Brando. The lobby sparkles with black-and-white marble floors and mahogany walls studded with panels of pale-gold fabric. Many of the guest rooms and suites have unusual features (at least for New York), such as fireplaces, terraces, kitchens and solariums. They're individually decorated with French country furnishings and Italian marble bathrooms. Modern-day conveniences are also well represented: complimentary Wi-Fi, iHome MP3 docks, flat-panel LCD TVs and more. In line with the hotel's illustrious history, the most luxurious suite, the Piano Suite, is named for its Steinway, a gift from Vladimir Horowitz. Guests can retire to the second-floor Club Room for complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon tea and weekday wine and hors d'oeuvres. They can also enjoy free use of the facilities at the New York Sports Club four blocks away.