Bright lights, big city, and what better way to enjoy your visit to the “Capitol of the World” than by staying in one of its finest hotels. The Plaza Hotel, located in magical uptown Manhattan (on the renowned Fifth Avenue and overlooking Central Park) is the definition of New York elite. Opened in 1907, The Plaza Hotel is a glorious French Renaissance Revival structure boasting nearly 300 rooms, each more extravagant than the last. The neoclassical Beaux Arts interiors are strikingly stunning and have recently experienced a multimillion dollar makeover melding modern elements with the traditional in a unique style that works surprisingly well. Just entering the lobby gives you the feeling that you are fairy tale royalty. No wonder it’s the only hotel in New York City to be honored as a National Historic Landmark!
Far over the heads of most vacationers, the Royal Plaza Suite (their most luxurious accommodation) will blow away any hotel “room” you have ever stayed in. With close to 4,500 square feet of space, it is bigger than many homes. It also has three bedrooms (which can be converted down to one or two), three and a half baths, original pieces of fine art, entertainment rooms, a private elevator, and views of Fifth Avenue on one end and Central Park on the other. It’s enough to make this writer drool a little bit. They even have a full high-tech kitchen for those who travel with their personal chefs (if you’re dropping cash like this, no one expects you to do your own cooking). Heck, they’ll even lend you a chef if you forgot to pack yours. The lower end rooms (if there really is such a thing) are anything but. Expect king sized beds, a shower, separate bathtub, gold plated faucets, flat screen televisions, and much, much more.
If that weren’t enough, the services and extras they offer are sure to satisfy even the snootiest clientele. World renowned concierges cater to your every need and will ensure you get every last bit of flavor out of the Big Apple. After hitting the town, relax in a bath drawn to your specifications by your personal on call butler. He also maintains your private bar so you can sip a perfect Manhattan in Manhattan! Still not relaxed? Book an hour with Radu, their personal trainer or enjoy a delicious massage at the Caudalíe Vinotherapie Spa. There is also a state of the art salon available to keep you looking fabulous. And don’t forget to grab a bite to eat. The restaurants at The Plaza are just as sumptuous as the rest of the accommodations. Take in a delicious breakfast at Palm Court, a late lunch at the Rose Club, dinner at the famous Oak Room and Bar, and drinks at the ultra posh Champagne Bar. The service and fare at all are simply impeccable.
The Plaza New York isn’t just glamorous, it’s a Hollywood icon. It has been the subject of numerous movies and the backdrop for hundreds more. Popular HBO shows like Sex and the City and The Sopranos have also used the charm and grace of The Plaza Hotel to spice up a few episodes. It is even the setting for the classic Eloise children’s books and The Plaza makes sure their littlest guests enjoy the same sort of lavish playground feel the fictional heroine did. Be assured everything you could ever want is right at your fingertips. For those who would love to see the jewel of the city but balk at the $650.00 and up nightly rates, fret not. The Plaza New York offers private tours led by an architectural historian. To book, contact the Plaza Boutique at 212-588-8012. Whether spending the night in luxury or walking the grounds learning the history and majesty of this grand building, everything about the Plaza Hotel is absolutely first class.
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