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
My wife and I traveled from California to New York City to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. We’ve heard so much about The Plaza Hotel we figured we’d try it for this special occasion. Wow, what a wonderful choice! The hotel is AMAZING and the staff are exceptional. The hotel is located next to Central Park and 5th Ave which made it great to walk around the park and high end shops. The director of the hotel, who must have heard we were celebrating our anniversary, had champagne, chocolate and a special note delivered to our room. Thanks to the staff, who always smiled and said hello, for making our trip so special. We appreciate the warm and inviting “vibe” you all created at this hotel. We can’t wait until we have the opportunity to return!
by Victoria P
Vegan afternoon tea was dreadful.
The offering looked very "flat" and lacked the flare and style of the other afternoon teas on offer.
I thought I should keep an open mind- after all its afternoon tea at the Plaza. It must be good, right?
The sandwiches were either dry (asparagus) weird (peanut butter and jelly??) , wet bread (cucumber) or conceived by a lunatic (avocado and ketchup WTF!).
FYI I love pbj sandwiches, but they've no place at a afternoon tea. Especially not when they are made with such rubbish quality ingredients.
Then there were the scones.....they might have aspired to be scone, in reality they were heavy unpleasant banana flavour cakes type items. Oh and there's no non dairy cream with which to make them palatable. Just Blackberry jam. Lots of Blackberry jam.
We didn't attempt the top layer , but it looked as appealing as an old flip flop.
Needless to say we complained, the manager was very slow to respond. When he did appear didn't make any offer to put right, or confirm what would happen to the bill.
As it turned out the afternoon tea was removed and we only paid for our drinks.
I don't expect businesses to cater to vegan /dairy free etc, but if as a business you've decided to cater to these customers don't dial it in like the Plaza.