Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise and Madonna – they all already were a guest in the traditional Jumeirah Essex – even if cause of a press interview. The legendary Art-déco skyscraper, which is only a few steps from the Broadway, has a long successful history. Its premier opening was in the year 1931 and it wasn’t only the highest building in the city, but also the leading hotel considering modernity. Now the Jumeirah Essex House has recently completed a $90 million refurbishment, to update the 515 rooms and suites to a fresh, contemporary feel with an Art-déco twist. Michael Flyn, senior designer of Hirsch Bedner Associates, was entrusted with the demanding task to create a successful synthesis of old and new. The result is a glamorous mix which you can call neo-art nouveau. If you are close to it, consider a break in the new restaurant South Gate, it’s not just tasty, you’ll have a pleasant surprise.