Lonely Planet Writer

A New York hotel has named a suite after its famous guest Marilyn Monroe

A New York hotel has named a suite after its famous guest, Marilyn Monroe, who stayed there after she married baseball legend Joe DiMaggio in 1954. The Norma Jeane Suite is named after the actress from Los Angeles, whose death in 1962 aged 36 was ruled as a “probable suicide.”

The filming of Marilyn Monroe’s infamous skirt-blowing scene at 51st Street and Lexington Avenue in 1954. Image: Bettmann

The Lexington Hotel has unveiled the 600-square-feet suite, which takes its name from The Seven Year Itch star’s birth name, Norma Jeane Mortenson. Marilyn was reportedly living in this suite while she filmed the infamous scene from that film in which her skirt blew up outside a food store at 51st Street and Lexington Avenue.

The filming of Marilyn Monroe’s infamous skirt-blowing scene at 51st Street and Lexington Avenue in 1954. Image: Bettmann

The Norma Jeane Suite is the work of interior design firm Fringe and it features an art-filled marble entry foyer, plus a spacious bathroom outfitted with a tub and separate shower.

The living area of the Norma Jeane Suite. Image: Lexington Hotel

Marilyn’s love of red lipstick is reflected in the red touches around the suite. If you want to entertain guests, there’s a sofa bed and dining area for four, and you can make use of the kitchen equipped with a microwave, coffee maker, full-size refrigerator and sink.

The bedroom of the Norma Jeane Suite. Image: Lexington Hotel

There’s a spacious living room with sofas and a 55-inch high-definition flat-screen TV, and photos of Marilyn and Joe are displayed throughout the suite.

The kitchen at the Norma Jeane Suite. Image: Lexington Hotel

The suite leads out to a 200-square-foot terrace that gives stunning views over the area. Other Marilyn and Joe touches include a Louisville Slugger baseball bat in the umbrella stand, and Bloomingdales’ shopping bags in the walk-in closet as a reference to Marilyn’s favourite store.

The terrace of the Norma Jeane Suite. Image: Lexington Hotel

The Norma Jeane suite is available to stay in from $1200 (€1031) per night. Further information is available here.