The Plaza Hotel
What We Love
- The world’s best bubbly at the Champagne Bar
- Live jazz in the Rose Club on Wednesday evenings
- 24- hour butler service in the suites
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What To Know
- The voucher is redeemable for travel falling between January 1, 2016 and April 30, 2016
- A lot of VIPs stay here, so you might encounter tight security en route to your room
- WiFi costs $14.95 per day
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
At the southeast corner of Central Park, the Plaza Hotel epitomizes refined luxury. With its noble French chateau façade, glossy marble floors, twinkling crystal chandeliers and Louis XVI–style furniture, a stay here is anything but ordinary. The hotel’s extensive renovation wrapped up in 2008 and brought the interiors into the 21st century, but the legendary 21-story building still retains the grandeur and charm that has been wowing guests since its opening in 1907.
Bed & Bath
This grande dame’s 282 guestrooms are elegant and commodious, starting at 475 square feet and featuring Beaux-Arts-inspired decor, wainscoted walls and crystal chandeliers. Kingsize beds are bedecked in plush Italian linens and down comforters and backed by off-white leather headboards. Although the hotel’s overall aesthetic harks back to the past, creature comforts such as iPads, iPod docking stations and 42-inch flat-screen televisions can be found in each room. The spa-like bathrooms are done floor to ceiling with pearl-white and honey-mustard mosaic tile, and guests are pampered with gold-plated Sherle Wagner faucets, marble vanities and Caudalie toiletries.
The dimly lit Rose Club overlooks the marble-clad lobby and swank Champagne Bar, and it offers live jazz on Wednesday evening (best enjoyed with a Bloody Mary and a bite from the Epicurean menu). But the crown jewel of this hotel is the Palm Court (which served as a setting for scenes in The Great Gatsby), with its ornate stained glass ceiling and stately columns framing the room; be sure to stop here for afternoon tea, and try the New Yorker or Eloise varieties. Other services include a world class Caudalie Spa, Warren Tricomi Salon, 12 retail outlets and a food hall with such delish destinations as Luke’s Lobster, Lady M Cake Boutique and Sushi of Gari.
How to Get There
The experience of high tea at The Plaza is like none other. One of the most iconic hotels in NYC, it is altogether a memorable time. Steeped in a rich heritage for more than a century, it brings the old and new together over a party of food, conversation, and amazing service. Ask for Porfirio - he’s amazing.
This was my first time to stay here, and it was even better than I had expected. No, the hotel is not brand new, but it has charm, and character. The location is excellent – steps from Central Park and 5th Avenue shopping, and within walkable distance to many of the places we wanted to go. The service is top notch, and from the moment you arrive you feel well taken care of. A white-gloved bellman promptly delivered our luggage to our room after we checked in. Our room was immaculate, and the twice-daily cleaning kept it that way throughout out stay. The beds are very comfortable, and I never noticed any noise from outside nor from the hallway. When reserving our room I requested that it overlook 58th Street instead of the interior courtyard, but honestly the hotel is set back far enough from 58th that you don’t get the up-close view of 58th Street, so either view would be fine. We had a Deluxe King room, which was spacious. The only issue we had was with the hot water; our second morning there, I turned on the shower but the water never got hot and I ended up taking a cold shower. Although this was quite unpleasant, I wondered if a lot of other guests were taking a shower at the same time and chalked it up to a fluke. That evening, I had a hot bath, but when I then went to turn on the hot water in the sink there was again no hot water. This doesn’t seem expected at a property such as The Plaza. We ordered room service on our last day, which was delivered promptly and had a great presentation. I would absolutely stay here again, and I cannot wait to come back.
I am pretty sure this is on your bucket list...to have tea at the Plaza Hotel, in the lobby restaurant for all to see...so go ahead and splurge! At least you can say that you did it but watch out, the price may go up in the future. It is not a cheap date but for a super special occasion you WILL be so impressed with the tiny cakes, sandwiches, desserts and adorable teas. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and would do it all over again!