Most New York Hotels are famous for their association with historic events, their luxury, and for the people that have frequented them. New York City Hotels are home away from home for the elite, the rich, famous and talented writers and musicians, criminals and politicians. The Plaza Hotel is a timeless landmark and considered one of the most famous New York Hotels. Ever since it’s opening on October 1, 1907, the Plaza Hotel has been a worldwide symbol of luxury and elegance. The Plaza, designated a New York City Landmark in 1969, is listed on the Register of Historic Places and the only New York Hotel with the Waldorf-Astoria, to be designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1978.
Situated at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, this luxury hotel is jointly owned by Kingdom Holdings and Elad Properties, a Saudi Arabia based corporation. The hotel was built in the most fashionable residential section of New York City, and is managed by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts since 1999. In the beginning, The Plaza served as a residence for wealthy New Yorkers and Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt were the first couple to sign the register. Initially, it cost $12.5 million to construct it, and a room was only $2.50 as compared to the same room costing $3,750.00 today. A $400 million renovation completed in 2008 transformed the landmark hotel into a true five star again. Presidents, kings, ambassadors, stars of screen, sports and stage, business executives, and travelers from all over the world have gathered and stayed at this famous hotel.
The Plaza Hotel is a 20 story luxury hotel with a length of 120m and height of 76m, that occupies the west side of Grand Army Plaza, with Fifth Avenue on the east side of Grand Army Plaza, from which Plaza Hotel derives it name. The hotel extends along Central Park South in Manhattan and offers its guests and residencies many services. The various service are- baby-sitting and concierges, a shopping mall, a butler on every floor, a gymnasium managed by world-renowned trainer. Amongst the various rooms are- the Palm Court, the Terrace Room, the super ambiance of the legendary Oak Room Restaurant and Bar, the Grand Ball Room, the stylish Rose Club, the elegant Champagne Bar overlooking the Grand Army Square, the Edwardian Room, the conference and meeting rooms, and the interior Tranquility Garden with reflecting pools, elaborating lighting and exotic foliage.
The Plaza Hotel offers 282 guestrooms, including 102 suites that boast the biggest square footage of any luxury New York Hotels. The hotel offers butler service 24 hours a day for their suite guests. Elegance and luxury are complimented by discreet placement of the latest technology well integrated throughout every room, bringing guests wireless high-speed internet access, high-definition television, and a touch panel screen to customize the room environment. The lobby spaces are befitted with highly polished and carved bronze fittings, gilded ceilings, luxurious carpets, lush floral displays and marble walls.
The various amenities at The Plaza Hotel include excellent shops featuring suppliers of fine food and cuisine, exclusive boutiques, as well as health and wellness facilities including a Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, Warren Tricomi Salon and Fitness Centre by Radu. The Plaza Hotel has provided the location and been a part of various movies, including-‘Barefoot in the Park’, ‘Home Alone II: Lost in New York ‘, ‘Crocodile Dundee I, II’ and ‘Funny Girl’. During their first visit to the United States in February 1964, The Beatles stayed at The Plaza. Part of the novel ‘The Great Gatsby’, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, who was a frequenter of the Oak Room Bar, takes place in The Plaza.