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There are many things to love about The Plaza Hotel, but after our experience, there are five things that stand out the most:
1. The location. This means everything in New York, and it can make or break your entire trip. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is at the center of it all — at the foot of Central Park and next to the Paris Theatre and the Pulitzer Fountain. Expect to see a few horse-drawn carriages as you pull up to one of the most iconic scenes in the city.
2. The food. Check out the recently opened Plaza Food Hall by Todd English, located inside the hotel, for a variety of cuisine types. Most of the dishes are prepared at kitchens and food stations right in front of your eyes.
3. The spa. Make an appointment at Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa the only Caudalie Spa in the United States, located on the fourth floor of this New York hotel. It specializes in wine-inspired treatments.
4. Eloise at The Plaza. If you're traveling with kids, don't miss a stop inside Eloise at The Plaza. The hotel shop inside is based on the popular children's book series about The Plaza-dwelling character Eloise.
5. The history. One last thing that we love most about The Plaza is perhaps the most important: its history. Open since 1907, the hotel has been a part of the New York landscape for a long time. It's a classic. Its historical significance makes your stay much more interesting.
Five things we love most about The Plaza Hotel are:
1. All things Eloise. The Eloise Suite, designed by celebrated fashion designer Betsey Johnson is our tribute to our favorite (and most precocious) resident, Eloise. Resplendently decorated in an Eloise-approved palette of pink and black, it includes a signature Plaza chandelier fitted with pink-tipped lights, candy-striped walls, a white zebra print carpet, a king-sized bed with a sparkly pink headboard and custom-designed Eloise linens, and Eloise’s name scrawled in neon lights affixed to the wall above. The suite is equipped with a disposable Eloise camera so guests may snap photos of their stay, Eloise DVDs and books, an Eloise tea set, and Eloise robes and towels.
2. Afternoon tea at The Palm Court. A famous tradition at The Plaza, the afternoon tea blends an innovative menu with a formal tea to provide guests with a balance of service and flavorful cuisine.
3. Our Central Park backyard. It has miles of running and walking paths, fields for picnics, a carousel, a marionette playhouse and one of the few places in New York where you can see the change of seasons.
4. The Plaza’s rich history with movies and pop culture. Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest was the launch of The Plaza’s movie career in 1958. Since then, The Plaza has become one of New York City’s most popular movie locations and the set for films such as Barefoot in the Park, Plaza Suite, The Way We Were, The Great Gatsby, Arthur, Sex and the City, Home Alone 2, Sleepless in Seattle, Crocodile Dundee and Bride Wars. The Plaza has also played host to many memorable moments in history: the Beatles’ first U.S. press conference and first trip to America, Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, and the debut of modern jazz with performances in the Persian Room by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday.
5. The Plaza family. The Plaza is a special place for visitors to New York, but is also just as special to the people who work here. We have scores of colleagues who have made The Plaza their home away from home for many years. Our longest-standing colleague, a server in The Palm Court, has been a loyal employee for 41 years.