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Dali at the St. Regis


The St. Regis Hotel is in my opinion, the most opulent and grand hotel in New York. I love it. I also love that every fall and winter in the 1960s and 70s, Salvador Dali, his wife Gala and their pet ocelot (of course he had a dwarf leopard) lived at the St. Regis, where they’d have fabulous parties with New York’s arty best. The beautiful Beaux-Arts hotel was opened in 1904 by John Jacob Astor (who died 8 years later aboard the Titanic), and still feels like a step back in time, with every inch of every room jam packed with paintings, decorative moldings, glamor and glitz.


Even more applicable to my life (in addition to my love for Dali) is that in 1934, St. Regis bartender Fernand Petiot invented my favorite drink- the Bloody Mary. The name was deemed too saucy for their clientele, so it was adorably renamed The Red Snapper.

Who: Salvador Dali

What: The St. Regis Hotel

Where: 2 E 55th St

3 Responses to “Dali at the St. Regis”
  1. time for a holiday drink…

  2. Iain Fletcher says:

    I had the pleasure from 1971 for quite some years to take care of Salvador Dali’s numerous request for impromptu dinners in the Watteau and Louis 16th Suites on the second floor.
    He found out I was the only person at that time in the banquet office who spoke French.
    A wonderful time so some years to through together dinners and parties In his suite
    Also I remember being manager on duty and one of hi ocelots got out on a ledge took some hours to get the cat back in
    Great days in NYC never to be forgotten
    I have so many wonderful memories of so many interesting persons over the 18 years and so many great parties in the Roof ballroom and the second flloor

  3. Dali and Bloody Mary is an unstoppable combination.

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