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Rm 202: Elsa Maxwell

This quaint corner room has bedroom & bathroom windows that overlooks the courtyard.  It’s pretty in pink with art deco elements and has a queen and full sized bed. 284 square feet

*Elsa Maxwell, who was born in nearby Keokuk, IA in 1883. She was a gossip columnist, author, songwriter, screenwriter, radio personality and professional hostess, renowned for her parties for royalty and high society in her day. Some of her famous friends were Cole Porter, Salvador Dali, Rita Hayworth, Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and many more! She was even mentioned in a few songs during her time and in an I Love Lucy episode!

Did you know that Elsa is credited with the introduction of the scavenger hunt and treasure hunt for use as party games in the modern era? In 1927 Elsa Maxwell gave a “Come as You Were” party, asking guests to arrive dressed as they were when they received the invitation. Cards went out at all hours, and guests arrived in tuxedos with no pants, ordinary street clothes, and carrying their underwear. "The best you can offer your guests is the unexpected,” wrote legendary party giver Elsa Maxwell.

She declared, "not bad, for a short, fat, homely piano player from Keokuk, Iowa, with no money or background, [who] decided to become a legend and did just that!"

She was one of a kind and we like to think that the Kingsley Inn is too!



Air conditioned
Alarm Clock
Cable/Satellite TV
Clock Radio
Daily Room Service
Lift/Elevator Access
Linen Provided
Queen Bed
Room Service
Shower over bath
Single Bed
Wireless Internet
Complimentary Welcome Drink at River Rocks