4 Places Where Luxury Travelers Can Go 'Gatsby'
LAS VEGAS (MainStreet) -- The buzz surrounding the release of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby this winter remains palpable, but not just for the movie junkies or fans of stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton. Travelers, too, are buzzing as hotels around the world create packages and events embracing a bygone era of luxury, leisure and class distinction. TravelsinTaste compiled a roundup of hotels where guests can get a taste of a genteel and iconic past.
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The beginning of luxury travel as we know it started with the RMS Titanic. Originally slated to open its doors April 26, 1912, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Canada, delayed its opening until June 1, 1912, as Charles Melville Hays, the visionary behind the hotel, perished on the ship's maiden voyage. At the time the building cost totaled $2 million, and guestrooms were priced at $2 per night, according to the hotel's website.
This past April guests at Fairmont Chateau Laurier could have taken a culinary journey through time with an adaptation of the very last dinner served on the Titanic; now monthly table d'hote menus featuring highlights of the best cuisine of different eras, as well as a Centennial Tea celebrating the popular afternoon ritual, are available. In November, the most loved dishes from each will be brought back in a "best of" menu.