Cakes and tea sit on a table at a Eloise-Themed Afternoon Tea at The Plaza Hotel New York

Why The Plaza NYC is Much More Than a NYC Luxury Hotel

Perched on Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, The Plaza Hotel NYC opened its doors in 1907. With this NYC icon offering so much to experience it’s a “must-do” for your New York City weekend break itinerary. The Plaza is well-known as a celebrity hangout and a venue for important business and political meetings. It has been said, “Nothing unimportant ever happens at The Plaza.” Hollywood A-listers like Liza Minnelli, Lina Horne, and Andy Williams have frequented this elite hotel. In 1958, Miles Davis recorded an album inside the famous landmark and The Plaza was the hotel choice for the Beatles on their first American visit. It has been the backdrop for many Hollywood films, most notably Home Alone 2, Funny Girl, The Way We Were, Scent of a Woman, and Sleepless in Seattle.

The Eloise Experience

The Plaza was home to the famous fictional character, Eloise. The beloved children’s book, Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown-ups by Kay Thompson, was published in 1955. A portrait of Eloise hangs in the hotel’s Palm Court but it’s not the original. The original was stolen and to this day has never been recovered.

Children can have their very own “Eloise at the Plaza Experience” by booking the Eloise Suite at The Plaza Hotel NYC. Exquisitely decorated in Eloise’s famous pink and black decor, young Eloise fans are sure to have an unforgettable experience. The hotel offers many other Eloise themed attractions to enjoy. Young visitors can delight in an Eloise Afternoon Tea, visit the Eloise gift Shop or book one of the Eloise events held at the hotel throughout the year.

Upscale Shopping

The Plaza Hotel is home to some of New York’s most upscale shops. Stop into Krigler Perfume Voyageur to pick up a special gift or treat yourself. You’ll be in good company as Krigler’s is a favourite among the Royal Family and celebrities. Their fragrances are sold exclusively at Krigler’s. Maurice Fine Jewelry is the place if beautifully designed jewellery pieces are on your shopping list or if you just like to window shop. Gramercy Flowers is New York City’s oldest family owned and operated florist. Visit Misahara Fine Jewelry where all exquisite pieces are handcrafted in their New York and London locations. Assouline’s is the shoppe to browse for books, fragrant candles, and unique gifts. The Plaza Beauty Shoppe offers the finest in luxury beauty products, candles, and home decor.

A Drink and a Nibble

Whether you are staying at the hotel during your New York weekend break, exploring this historic hotel or interested in booking afternoon tea, The Plaza Hotel has just the spot for you.

The Palm Court is the ideal location for breakfast, afternoon tea or unwinding with one the hotel’s signature cocktails. Visit The Champagne Bar where patrons can sip on world-class champagne or select wines while taking in views of Fifth Avenue. Visitors will find The Rose Room elegantly appointed and providing the perfect setting to enjoy a signature cocktail or lighter fare. Don’t miss The Todd English Food Hall which gives patrons the feel of a European speciality market right in the heart of Midtown. Shop an array of gourmet food items displayed amidst the worldly architecture and ceramic tiling.

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