The Newly Renovated Plaza Hotel (with Video)
Luxist recently sat down with Shane Krige, general manager of the Plaza Hotel, to discuss (see video below) and view the newly renovated landmark building across from New York's Central Park. The hotel, which will celebrate its 103rd anniversary in October, underwent a complete restoration which cost upwards of $450 million.
As part of the restoration, the Palm Court was returned to its original design not seen for years. Its newly launched afternoon tea service is not to be missed. Known as the heart and soul of The Plaza, the Palm Court is a vast landmark space bordered by mirrored doors, fleur-de-peche marble columns and crowned with a domed yellow-and-green skylight. The $6.5 million restoration included the re-creation of the original 1,800 square foot stained-glass lay light that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. The airy, romantic space within the legendary hotel is nothing short of breathtaking.
In August, The Plaza Hotel opened its one-of-a-kind Eloise Suite, designed by celebrated fashion designer Betsey Johnson. The Eloise Suite blends luxury and whimsy for a charmingly original result. It is Johnson's first-ever hotel collaboration. The $995 a night suite features a King-size bed made up with custom-designed bedding – a bedspread sprigged with scenes drawn by "Eloise" illustrator, Hilary Knight, depicting the hapless heroine scampering around The Plaza, a charming print that makes an appearance on the bow-tied curtains, too. The hotel also opened the Eloise Boutique in the Plaza Shops on the Concourse Level of the Plaza. The 2,100 square feet boutique resembles a playhouse and features Eloise-themed merchandise from dolls and costumes to books and bathrobes.
There's also a new Food Hall, called The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English. As reported by Luxists' Amy Cortese in June, part market, part restaurant, it is inspired by colorful European markets such as the San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale in Florence and the food hall at Harrod's in London. It's also the first of an influx of European-style food emporiums about to invade New York. located on the Concourse Level of the hotel.
The Food Hall offers a mix of fresh produce, prepared foods to go and casual dining options at six distinct stations. The centerpiece is the Ocean Grill and Oyster Bar, but there's also a grill serving up burgers and freshly carved meats with an adjoining butcher station; a sushi bar; charcuterie and cheese counter; dumpling bar; wine bar; a wood-fired oven churning out thin-crust pizza; and a bakery. You can also pick up fresh flowers, specialty food products and cookware, or drop by for one of the tastings, cooking demonstrations and other events that will be held here.
In April, The Oak Bar in The Oak Room of the Plaza Hotel, a New York landmark and iconic meeting spot, won the Luxist Awards Readers' Choice Award for Best Hotel bar.