by Lissa Poirot
My son knows The Plaza as the place Kevin McAllister was “Home Alone: Lost in New York.” My daughter knows it as the home of Eloise, the little girl who lives in a hotel, and whom my daughter mimics. (The character was created by Kay Thompson in 1949.) The Plaza is known for its opulence, as well as it’s location at the head of Central Park, where it has reigned supreme since 1907. To undergo a massive, $450-million renovation, The Plaza shut its doors for a spell but has reopened to even more “oohs” and “aahs.”
The hotel’s 282 guestrooms include 102 suites boasting more square footage than any other luxury hotel in the city of Manhattan. Those who book suites also receive 24-hour butler service, truly adding an Old World charm to a family’s stay. In keeping with its luxurious reputation, rooms are outfitted with iPads, in which guests may order from room service, chat with Concierge, print boarding passes and more. And for those Eloise-loving families, a one-of-a-kind Eloise Suite, designed by whimsical fashion designer/icon Betsey Johnson, is awash in pink and black, including zebra-print carpeting.
For families staying at The Plaza, a Children’s Concierge is available, as well as childcare. Small cats and dogs, weighing up to 20 pounds, are welcome, too. With the hotel’s renovation cane The Plaza Food Hall, featuring gourmet meals created by celebrity chef Todd English. The hotel’s famous Oak Room and Oak Bar remain, and families can also enjoy the Palm Court and the FC Chocolate Bar, while adults getting some time to themselves will want to slip into the Rose Club or the Champagne Bar. A number of shops are located on the Grand Concourse Level, as well, but your daughters will want to visit Eloise at the Plaza, which feature a dress-up fashion room, a reading room, and a tea room for afternoon teas and celebrations.
Our Editor Loves
- Great location at the head of Central Park
- Rooms are outfitted with iPads
- Concierge and childcare