The Plaza

5th Ave at 59th Street, New York City, New York, 10019, United States
(5 star hotel)
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Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 21 reviews
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Hotel Under construction

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 13, 2007

The hotel was under construction and other than the noise (which was only from 8am-7pm) the hotel was fine. We got discounted rooms for the construction and stayed 1 block from Time Square for less than $100 a night. They put barriers up where the construction occured, so safety wasn't an issue. Great bargain.

Unique Quality: The hotel is older and made me feel like "Greta Garbo". I felt like I had walked through a time capsule and loved the charm.

Directions: Time Square was 1 Block.

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Gone but not forgotten

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 1, 2006

The Plaza Hotel always held a special allure. It seemed like the place that rich people went to be seen and to show off their status. We cut through the lobby a few times and the string ensemble always seemed to play Eine Kleine Nachtmusik like they knew it was our favorite musical piece.

When we heard that the hotel was being closed down, we had to stay there before it was gone. It wasn't as glamorous as it probably was in its hey day, but it still was special.

Alas, it's now gone, but the memory will live on.

Directions: Right across the street from the South corner of Central park.

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Oysters and champagne..A good Brute will do

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 2, 2005

Sleeping naked in silk sheets with oysters and champagne for breakfast:::MMM

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"This is a landmark with international recognition.
You'd go there because it's a place you'd seen in a movie."

Tshuva, a scruffy Israeli refugee turned real-estate mogul,
is expanding his holdings in the United States.
He bought the 32-story BellSouth building in Jacksonville, Fla.,
for $91 million, The Gift Building at 225 Fifth Ave. for $125 million
and converted 21 Astor Place to condominiums.

But Tshuva is facing resistance from those who want the storied
hotel to remain unchanged. In answer to these critics, his company's CEO,
the savvy Miki Naftali, has mounted a publicity campaign to convince residents that
remaking The Plaza's interior ? while retaining its French Renaissance exterior
? is the best way to save it.

Tshuva actually has history on his side. When The Plaza opened in 1907, it was used
primarily as a residence for wealthy New Yorkers such as Alfred Vanderbilt. The famous
flocked to its doors. Alfred Hitchcock shot parts of "North by Northwest" there,
and it was the site of the Catherine Zeta-Jones/Michael Douglas wedding reception.

Ernest Hemingway once counseled F. Scott Fitzgerald that he should leave his liver to Princeton and his heart to The Plaza. Just don't forget your luggage ? after April 30, 2005 you probably won't get it back.

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Want to buy a hotel room?

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 2, 2005

I think better to describe the surroundings rather than what happened,
I mean I got a good servicing and the rooms look like something
you might find in a French Chateau....Mon Dieu..C?st Manifique!

Unique Quality:
Just the sort of rooms if you like to play games
or have a very good imagination
and like to dress up!

Directions: End of the park.......

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The Hotel with History

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 2, 2005

The weekend stay will go down in my history
books as one to remember!



Since 1995, the Plaza has been owned by one of the world's wealthiest men,
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Alsaud of Saudi Arabia, and Millennium &
Copthorne, a London-based company that runs hotels in 16 countries.
The prince, a nephew of King Fahd, made headlines after the Sept. 11 attacks when he
offered to donate $10 million to the City of New York, and Rudolph W. Giuliani,
the mayor at the time, accepted but then returned the check.

Mr. Giuliani sent the check back after learning that in a news release,
the prince had criticized the American government's policies in the Middle East.

The prince and Millennium & Copthorne paid Donald J. Trump $325 million and
spent $40 million on renovations. But based on figures from Millennium & Copthorne,
the Plaza had a pretax loss of $1.8 million last year.

"It's an icon, but the price is too good to refuse," Kwek Leng Beng, the chairman of
Millennium & Copthorne, said at a news conference in Singapore, according to
Bloomberg News. "The prince is very happy - he's invited me to Paris,
where he wants to give me a big dinner."

Miki Naftali, president and chief executive of Elad Properties, issued a statement through a
spokesman, who declined to discuss Elad's plans for the Plaza. A real estate executive
who had been briefed on the deal said Elad was considering turning some of the Plaza's
805 rooms into condominiums.

Mr. Trump talked about the same idea when he controlled the Plaza in the early 1990's.
He said at the time that condominiums would not turn the turreted French Renaissance landmark into the Manhattan version of a time-share in the Catskills, though some
architectural historians called the plan heresy.

"The flavor of the project is similar to what Trump had in mind,
" the executive who had been briefed on the deal said. "It's going to be a high-end
condominium with hotel services."

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"This is a landmark with international recognition.
You'd go there because it's a place you'd seen in a movie."

Visitors might remember it from "Plaza Suite," "North by Northwest,"
"The Great Gatsby" or "The Way We Were."

Little girls still clamor to have tea in the Palm Court like the fictional Eloise
who lived in the hotel.

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NY never sleeps, but when u do..here is the place

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 2, 2005

I arrived back to my room after a wild night in several clubs
and an incredible rooftop penthouse party ovelooking Central Park.
I captured some local wildlife I managed to bag at the rooftop.
I got all the services I needed after a very long night.
The bed was very comfy and full marks for bouncy bouncy action.

HISTORY

The Plaza was originally built in 1900 and then was rebuilt in 1907
to the tune of twelve million dollars when the new Ritz Carlton joined
the other hotels at the turn of the century. The hotel brought elegance
east of Fifth street. "The opening of the Plaza Hotel was accompanied
by the sure sign of the automobile on Fifth avenue in New York."

"The Plaza has been able to maintain its standings over the years.
The Plaza's various public rooms have undergone numerous incarnations.
The large room on the corner of Forty-ninth Street and the Plaza,
which was called simply the "restaurant," assumed various decors as the Edwardian
Room and the Green Tulop, and the Fifty-ninth Street dining room that served as the office
of Jules Bache has become, and Remains, the Oak Room."

"Finally, the Plaza houses New York's one functioning Palm Court, and it has a busy day.
Breakfasts and salad lunches are served, and no sooner are the last leaves of lettuce
carried away than a violinist and pianist turn up and a flame is put under the tea kittles and
cocoa in the kitchens. This does not mean, however, that the Plaza has not plugged ahead
into the future. Not only does it provide its guests with closed circuit television and choice
of two movies daily, but troubleshooting hostesses called "service coordinators," together
speaking all of fifteen languages, patrol the lobby and halls where once private maids and
lackies scurried obediently."
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Unique Quality: The man at the desk did give me exceptional room
service and even left a fresh rose on my last night.

ARCHITECTURE
The Plaza Hotel, one of New York city's finest hotels,
was architecturally designed imitating the style of a late medieval
French chateaux. The elegant lobby contains ornamented archways,
pillars, and marble floors. This combined with a usage of the color gold
give the hotel a wealthy, upper-class appearance.

August 14, 2004
Eloise Gets a New Landlord: Plaza Sells for $675 Million
The Plaza's new owner (and thus the new landlord of Eloise,
the fictional 6-year-old heroine of the children's books by
Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight) is Elad Properties.
While the price is not a record for a hotel in New York,
the per-room price - a measure analysts routinely calculate - is,
said Sean Hennessey, who follows the New York hotel market for
Lodging Investment Advisers, a consulting firm.

Elad is paying $838,509 a room, a sign, Mr. Hennessey said,
that the hotel market is rebounding from the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
He said that room rates for hotels in New York had risen 9 percent this year,
far outpacing inflation.
PLAZA TO SHUT FOR MAKEOVER

January 17, 2005 -- Better call the Waldorf, Eloise! —
The Plaza will be shut down this May for extensive renovations, a new report says.
"Inquiries about booking special events at the hotel after April are answered with a
cautionary warning," according to Crain's New York Business.
"The catering department is advising people not to plan parties at
The Plaza for May and beyond."

Directions: Grand Army Plaza, Fifth Ave at 59th St.

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Hotel Amenities

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 16, 2005

The West Park Hotel is a relaxed urban retreat offering 90 comfortable and quiet guest rooms and suites at a prime location in New York city. The West Park is located on the southwest corner of Central Park, next to Columbus Circle and within a short walking distance from Manhattan's best museums, boutiques, theatres and restaurants

Unique Quality: Ac
Children Free
Concierge
Cribs
Drycleaning
Electronic Room Keys
Elevators
Laundry
Non Smoking Rooms
Safedeposit
Security 24 Hour

Directions: The Holiday Inn is also located in the Harmon Meadow Shopping complex on Plaza Drive just a few hundred meters from the the Courtyard. It is a nice classy hotel with moderate prices

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The Way We Were

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 4, 2005

My stay there was brief and revolved more around the guy I was seeing who was staying there, as I lived in NYC at the time. The building is beautiful and the view from our room was of Central park, room 1621 as I recall. The plaza is currently closed but scheduled to re-open in 2007 – see below for more info.

The building is beautiful and grand in stature. You have seen its exterior and interior in more movies than most other Hotels. The lobby is lined with marble and dark wood that oozed class as well as crystal chandeliers. It really is a site to see.

The staff was welcoming and very helpful. The room we stayed in was small but served its purpose. The bathroom was very nice and the shower was fantastic. I have thick hair so a good shower head makes all the difference. One of the biggest perks of The Plaza is location. You are across the street from Central Park, Tiffany's and other fabulous shopping is but blocks away and if you ever get lost… most people know where it is located.

The Plaza also offered the Palm Court Restaurant were you could get a spot of tea (traditional high tea) and some finger sandwiches. It’s a Mecca for all little girls that read the Eloise books (drawn by Knight). The Plaza and Palm were her home. For those that have been there you have most likely passed through the lobby and run across Eloise. The painting is being taken care of but I don’t know that she will return at the grand opening.

From what I understand The Plaza is currently closed for a make-over and partial conversion to condos. This landmark building (1969) will go from 805 hotel rooms to a mere 348 rooms and 200 condominiums. They say that they are keeping the Terrace Room and Grand Ballroom. Both will benefit from an overdue TLC session and should look like new once opened sometime in 2007.

Unique Quality: Although the new floorplans look like the hotel rooms will face an alley, the condo's will have the Central Park views that the building is know for.

Directions: If on the subway take the N or R to Fifth Avenue.

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Many Many Windows

by written on February 7, 2005

We came out of Central Park & there it was a huge hotel - a window cleaners dream or nightmare. We didn't stay here but if we did I would have liked a room with the windows in the roof.

Directions: Near Central Park

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The best!

by written on September 19, 2004

The Plaza is known as the best hotel in New York. I have never stayed here so I can't give specific info, but I'm sure its reputation doesn't come out of nowhere.
You've probably seen it in many movies, from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to "Home Alone 2". Kings and presidents from all parts of the world have stayed here since the Plaza opened in 1907.

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Whao!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 30, 2004

we loved the helpful concierge, the room was excellent and the breakfast simply another world. fresh fruit...great slices of cakes...tea served like in London..
I really loved to stay there. well, don't use the telephone as they are not cheap but it was not my fault, I had to use it because the mobile company did a mess with me!

Unique Quality: gym
whirpool, when working!
concierge..people that really know!

Directions: central park!!! everybody knows the Plaza!!!

WOW! What a ripoff!

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 2, 2004

I spent one night here, and had enought. After seeing it on Home Alone, I thought that it would be a great expreience, but after staying here, I was truly shocked at expensive this place was. In the minibar, you can buy an average can of coke for something like 4 dollars. The staff is great, but most of them just want your generous tips. I got a room with a terrible view. The room is just like any other hotel's, except there is a chandelier in the middle of it. While I would stay here one night just to see how it is, for the next couple of nights I would stay the the Marriott in Times Square and get a suite with the amount of money it costs to get a normal guest room in the Plaza. The Oak Room and the Palm Court, the Plaza's restraunts are also extreamly expensive. While the food is great, you must really need to have a tounge for a few items which are impossible to pronunce.

Unique Quality: There is no pool, but an overpriced spa which replaced it. While my memory is a bit fuzzy, I do remember that they had a workout room.

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Live in the Lap of Luxury Type of Hotel

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 24, 2004

The is THE hotel. Full of luxury, you dine, sleep, and even shower in the best way possible. With a beautiful view of Central Park this hotel does not come at a "convenient" price, but every penny is worth it! With either a guestroom or a suite you'll definately leave happy! All rooms include flat screen monitors, Internet service, video games (on request) along with MANY other things.

Unique Quality: Anything you could possibly think of, they have! (or will get for you upon request)...You walk in and its like a fairy-tale!

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Your backyard is Central Park

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 19, 2003

First class hotel that is somewhat affordable.
Stroll down Fifth ave., or take a walk in the park.

Unique Quality: The Oak Room is a classic old Bar.

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Hotel on the Park

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 29, 2003

I told my wife I had to go to NYC on business and would be staying at The Plaza. She actually beat me to NY since I had to travel with business partners.

The Plaza is like what used to be The Ambassador in LA. It is an institution. Just the right amount of snobery, friendliness, and if you're living there, THEY KNOW....

Unique Quality: The Oak Room is by far one of the more unique character parts/flaws of The Plaza. As a place where you can "be seen without being seen" the service is wonderful and the food, though overpriced is great.

Directions: Central Park south east corner

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Address: 5th Ave at 59th Street, New York City, New York, 10019, United States

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Services
  • Pets Allowed
  • Kids Activities
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  • Spa
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  • Bar / Lounge

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