Found on the southern fringes of Central Park, The Plaza is arguably New York’s most iconic hotel. A towering Beaux Art building popular with celebrities and socialites, the lobby area is often filled with eager tourists snapping away on their smartphones and posing for Instagram shots, separated from the guest areas by a thick red rope and a carefully worded placard. Venture into the inner confines of this historic hotel (now under the management of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts) and you’ll stumble upon the bright and airy Champagne Bar, overlooked by the Rose Club on the mezzanine above, where a soundtrack of live jazz serenades guests as they sip on classic cocktails. In the bowels of the building, and open to the public, the buzzing Todd English Food Hall serves up food from around the world while The Caudalie Vinothérapie® Spa takes care of health and wellness concerns using the healing power of the grape in their vinotherapy treatments.
But the real stars of the show here are the 282 guestrooms and 102 suites. In a city where space comes at a premium, The Plaza rewards its guests with enormous bedrooms and palatial bathrooms. Décor is decidedly traditional, with Louis XV-style furniture, ornate chandeliers, and marble bathrooms finished with mosaic tiling and gold plated sinks. There’s even a selection of personalised stationary should you need to send a letter, though the in-room iPad and high speed Wi-Fi should take care of most immediate business. For those looking to really push the boat out, we’d recommend booking one of the recently refurbished Legacy Suites, some of which offer private rooftop terraces with spectacular views over Central Park.