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Plaza Hotel Entrance
Picture Yourselves in the Opulent Plaza Hotel
One of only two hotels in New York City designated a National Historic Landmark, the Plaza Hotel has been synonymous with the best of everything since it opened in 1907. Occupying one of the most desirable locations in the city, across from Central Park, the Beaux-Arts style Plaza Hotel is a picture of life at the top: Opulent, elegant, classic, with service to match the surroundings.
After going through several ownership changes, however, the century-old Plaza Hotel was in need of a makeover. Under the Fairmont Hotels flag, The Plaza Hotel was closed for three years in order for a massive $400-million-dollar renovation to restore its original Gilded Age splendor, add a few new treasures, and modernize all the facilities.
Today this elegant dowager has reclaimed her rightful spot as one of the city's top hotels. Until you can visit The Plaza in person, experience her renaissance through this series of pictures.
Five flags hang outside the front entrance of The Plaza Hotel: United States, Canada, the Union Jack, Fairmont, and the Plaza's own.Continue to 2 of 28 below.
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Plaza Hotel Doorman
In all kinds of weather, a Plaza Hotel doorman stands outside the front entrance of the hotel to welcome arriving guests and secure cabs for departing ones.
The Bergdorf Goodman department store, one of New York City's finest, is located to the right of the hotel. Wreaths decorate the windows during the holiday season.Continue to 3 of 28 below.
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Plaza Hotel Detail
Every detail at The Plaza Hotel, including the base of this lamp post, has been burnished to a rich shine.Continue to 4 of 28 below.
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Holiday Wreath at The Plaza Hotel
For the holidays, The Plaza Hotel decorates its windows with oversize wreaths.Continue to 5 of 28 below.
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The Plaza Hotel Lobby
Marble floors, an oversize table bursting with flowers provided by David Tutera, and a Baccarat crystal chandelier greet guests inside the hotel lobby.Continue to 6 of 28 below.
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Champagne Bar at The Plaza Hotel
Right off of the lobby, the Champagne Bar is a new addition to the hotel and offers patrons a large selection of bubbly spirits.Continue to 7 of 28 below.
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Baccarat Crystal Chandelier at The Plaza Hotel
This exquisite chandelier is one of many that illuminate public rooms in The Plaza Hotel.Continue to 8 of 28 below.
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Palm Court Ceiling at The Plaza Hotel
During the renovation, this domed, stained-glass ceiling was revealed above the Palm Court.Continue to 9 of 28 below.
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Afternoon Tea at The Plaza Hotel
Tea and scones, sweets and sandwiches were part of the afternoon tea service at The Plaza Hotel.Continue to 10 of 28 below.
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Eloise at The Plaza Hotel
The portrait of Eloise, the fictitious little girl who lived at The Plaza Hotel, hangs outside the Palm Court.Continue to 11 of 28 below.
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Plaza Hotel Guest Room
There are 282 guest rooms and suites inside The Plaza Hotel.
Decor was inspired by Louis XV style. Bathrooms feature 24-karat gold plated sinks and fixtures.Continue to 12 of 28 below.
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The Plaza Hotel Terrace Hall
One of the two major venues for weddings at The Plaza Hotel, the Terrace Room has a corridor with an arched ceiling and a terrace overlooking the main floor.Continue to 13 of 28 below.
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Terrace Room at The Plaza Hotel
The Terrace Room is the smaller of two ballrooms at The Plaza Hotel. It can accommodate 350 to 500 people, depending on how it is configured for an event.Continue to 14 of 28 below.
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Terrace Room Ceiling
Part of the renovation of The Plaza Hotel involved conservation and restoration of its priceless treasures, such as the Terrace Room's painted ceiling.Continue to 15 of 28 below.
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Grand Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel
Reserved for the largest and most elaborate weddings, the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel can easily seat 500 guests for dinner and accommodates up to 700.Continue to 16 of 28 below.
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Inside the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza Hotel
The golden-hued Grand Ballroom has been meticulously restored to its 1929 opulence.
Throughout its 100-year history, The Plaza’s ballroom has been the setting for hundreds of lavish events, weddings, and parties, including Truman Capote’s 1966 “Black and White Ball.”Continue to 17 of 28 below.
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Oak Bar at The Plaza Hotel
Original murals in the Oak Bar depicting scenes of fin-de-siècle New York were cleaned and re-installed.Continue to 18 of 28 below.
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Oak Room at The Plaza Hotel
The Oak Room restaurant adjoins the Oak Bar. The wood-paneled, chandelier-lit eatery serves Continental cuisine.Continue to 19 of 28 below.
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Plaza Hotel Rose Club
A new area of The Plaza Hotel, the posh Rose Club overlooks the Champagne Bar. It has its own bar, softly lit by rose-colored fixtures overhead.Continue to 20 of 28 below.
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The Plaza Hotel Retail Collection
This upscale indoor mall is attached to The Plaza Hotel and also has a private entrance from 58th Street.
Shops and services inside The Plaza Hotel Retail Collection are not commonly found; many are European brands. Original occupants of The Plaza Hotel Retail Collection:
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- Anna Hu
- Caudolie Vinothérapie Spa
- David Tutera
- Domenico Vacca
- Helen Yarmak
- Iradj Moini
- Kenneth Jay Lane
- Leather Spa
- Maurice Fine Jewelry
- Marlies Dekkers
- Morganthal Frederics
- Peter Lik
- Seize Sur Vingt
- Stefan Paul
- Goodfortune Tenthousandthings
- Wade-Hampton Home
- Warren Tricomi Salon
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Kenneth Jay Lane at The Plaza
Kenneth Jay Lane is known for making and selling distinctive costume jewelry favored by prominent and wealthy women.Continue to 22 of 28 below.
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Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa
From Europe, Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa started at Château Smith Haut Lafitte in Bordeaux and bases its treatments on the healing properties of grape seeds.
The space includes treatment cabins that can accommodate a couple, Hammam steam rooms, a private VIP suite, a lounge, and the complimentary Caudalie wine bar.Continue to 23 of 28 below.
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Pulitzer Fountain Outside The Plaza Hotel
The Pulitzer Fountain is directly across from The Plaza Hotel and has appeared in such movies as The Way We Were.Continue to 24 of 28 below.
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General Motors Building
The sky-scraping General Motors Building on Fifth Avenue stands directly across from The Plaza Hotel.Continue to 25 of 28 below.
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Apple Store Manhattan
The first of the Apple Stores in Manhattan is located inside the General Motors Building.
The reflection of the Beaux-Arts Plaza Hotel can be seen in the taxi window as well as the Apple Store's glass skin.Continue to 26 of 28 below.
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Pashminas on Sale Across from The Plaza Hotel
The prices are unbelievable -- and so is the provenance of these "pashmina" shawls sold on the sidewalk outside of The Plaza Hotel.Continue to 27 of 28 below.
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Central Park Horse Carriages
If you come to The Plaza Hotel for a honeymoon or romantic getaway, consider taking a horse carriage ride through Central Park.Continue to 28 of 28 below.
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The Plaza Hotel at Night
As night falls over NYC, the Plaza Hotel stands as a beacon for romantics and lovers of the good life.