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This updated classic boasts legendary comfort and a century's worth of storied history.
Despite the conversion of some of its guest rooms into permanent residences, The Plaza has been and continues to be the quintessential New York City hotel. The elevators' mosaics gleam, gold-trimmed ceilings glimmer and celebrities of the past still haunt the property; Truman Capote’s “Black and White Ball” took place here, and the Beatles famously checked in. As for the hotel's best-known (fictional) resident, Eloise has a space of her own: Fashion designer Betsey Johnson went all out on pink (and zebra print) for the kid-friendly Eloise Suite.
The unveiling of a stained-glass ceiling, covered up in the 1940s, shed new light on the already stunning Palm Court dining room, famous for its afternoon tea, while the Champagne Bar features fine vintage Champagnes in a visually intoxicating setting. The Todd English Food Hall serving fresh, gourmet foods at nine singular food stations gives guests a more casual dining option without sacrificing quality. The guest rooms are a blend of new and old, with flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations paired with 24-karat gold Sherle Wagner sinks, mosaic bathroom floors and on-call white-gloved butlers on every floor. The décor is lavish, without being fussy, and wonderfully old-fashioned in this time of sleek, hip design trends. A decadent Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa is housed at the Plaza (check out the spa's French Paradox Wine Lounge with its own sommelier). Meeting and event spaces include the legendary Grand Ballroom, the ornate Terrace Room and more than 5,000 square feet for business gatherings.
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