It was our first ime in NYC so we were looking for a 4 or 5 star hotel near Central Park. After viewing several hotel websites,including Tripadvisor, we chose The Plaza.
While we are both working professionals, we are certainly not rich and what made us choose The Plaza was there special promotion: stay :three nights and pay for two. It appears that it is popular marketing tool among many hotels in NYC during the summer.
In so many ways, the hotel lives up to its reputation of supreme luxury. The room we had was simply beautiful. Everything from the king sized bed to the cotton Egyptian sheets to the floor to ceiling drapes to the LCD wall mounted television were first rate. However, what is the most stunning feature of the room was the french doors leading to the bathroom. The best word to describe the bathroom is opulent. The mosaic tile and the gold embossed wall designeed and the gold plated sink fixtures were impressive enough, but the vast size of the bathroom broken into three separate compartments, bath, toilet and shower (with a rain forest head) made it a remarkable room. It is probably the only time in my life that I actually enjoyed shaving so that I could hang out in the bathroom!
The extra perks that elevate a hotel to 5 star status, the slippers by the bed, the extra thick towels and bathrobes and the comprehensive turn down service were all there. And if you are into technology, you will love the easy to use screen (that comes off the wall) that you can use at your fingertips to control all sorts of features such as climate control, television and lights. Its just another example of how The Plaza thinks of everthing to make you comfortable.
The hotel also lives up to its reputation for outstanding service. Whether it is the doorman, bellman, waiter, chambermaid or hotel reservation clerk, they are there to please you. The people who manned the conceirge desk were constantly giving us directions and drawing routes on maps for us. When you go to the desk they make you feel that you are the most important people in the world. It is a very nice feeling.
The Plaza is in a great location, right across from Central Park. FAO Shwartz and The Apple store are across the street and Rockefeller Center is about a half a mile away.
While dining is not cheap in New York, The Plaza is exorbitantly expensive. Toast $6.00. Coffee $10.00. Orange Juice $12. Coke $9.00. These prices are hard to grasp. A suggestion would be to go up the street about 20 yards to Sarabeths where the prices are more reasonable.and the food is terrific, especially for breakfast (try either the omelette or the lemon risotto pancakes). Sarabeths has tables on the sidewalk so it is a great place to people watch or just to gaze out at the Park.
Overall, The Plaza was a great experience. We are so glad we did it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Striking the balance between its storied past and limitless future, The Plaza is the ultimate New York City luxury lifestyle destination - an iconic urban resort with a new and contemporary spirit. While traditions remain, such as the opulent grandeur of the Beaux Arts decor and the iconic Afternoon Tea in The Palm Court, exciting new offerings at this legendary hotel include the elegant Champagne Bar, the stylish Rose Club, and The Plaza Food Hall. The Plaza Hotel offers 282 distinctive guestrooms, including 102 luxurious suites, which boast the largest square footage of any luxury hotel in New York City. From the sumptuous decor to the impeccable white glove service, The Plaza is an extraordinary hotel that offers every indulgence. For our suite guests, The Plaza is pleased to offer Butler Service 24 hours a day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plaza New York City
- Plaza Hotel New York City