21c Museum Hotel created a Beth Harmon room which looks like heaven for mid-century fans!
Who hasn’t envied every hotel that Beth Harmon stays at The Queen’s Gambit series? This is why I tried to spot them and reveal their real story (Find here all about the hotels featured in The Queens Gambit). Despite the fact that most of them are not real, there is a way to enjoy a very realistic Beth Harmon – like hotel experience. How? By making a reservation at 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington (the city where the plot of the series unfolds). The 21c Museum Hotel which has seamlessly blended art and hospitality for 10 years now, had the brilliant idea of creating a unique experience inspired by the popular Netflix series.
The hotel partnered up with local tourism boosters VisitLEX and creative agency CORNETT, interior designer Isabel Ladd, and preservationist Lucy Jones and the result is a meticulously designed Beth Harmon room.
All about The Harmon Room
The Harmon Room is a retro time capsule of American mid-century modern design that nods to the show’s most memorable moments and characters, featuring period furniture from private collectors and local retailers. The lucky guests wake up to a 60s room decorated with chess-themed wallpaper in geometrical retro patterns which was created especially for it. And yes! They can even look up at the ceiling and see the same giant chess board that Beth used to stare at during her restless nights! The larger-than-life chessboard installation that is suspended from the ceiling above the bed is in an arrangement inspired by Harmon’s ultimate match with Russian grandmaster Vasily Borgov.
The experience has been curated to the last detail and there is even a complimentary “Lex Liquors” tote bag as seen on The Queen’s Gambit. Of course, no room inspired by The Queen’s Gambit would be complete without an actual chess set for its occupants to hone their skills. Available for purchase at the Lexington Visitors Center while supplies last, Lexington nonprofit Iron Bridge Woodshop produced a limited run of handmade walnut-and-maple chess boards for guests of The Harmon Room to enjoy during their stay.
“I have been collecting furniture from that era for the last three decades,” said Lucy Jones, one of The Harmon Room’s designers. “It is pure joy to bring to life the rich scenes from the page and screen.”Designer Isabel Ladd was equally enthused to join the project. “When I watched The Queen’s Gambit,” said Ladd, “I would stop and rewind just mesmerized with all the color and pattern play.”
See the making of the Harmon Room below: