The hotel at 768 Fifth Ave Manhattan, the Plaza, is renowned for the quality of its rooms, how expensive those rooms are and how many famous people have stayed there, including the Beatles on their first visit to NYC.
Built in 1907, 20 stories high and covering one whole side of Grand Central Plaza and extending along Central Park South, it is an exquisite French Renaissance Chateau Style building, complete with a beautifully aged copper roof. Intitially a room cost the equivalent of $63 in today’s dollars. However see the video of the $30,000 a night premier suite in the hotel and you will see that the cost of accommodation here has appreciated just a tad in the last hundred years. Everything about the proportions of The Plaza’ rooms to the excellence of the plaster work to the sumptuousness of the furnishings lets you know this is a building that has always stood for quality.
Famously it provides very well for its guests with a butler, baby sitter and concierge per floor and for the premier suites all the support staff you need is included in the cost. It also has famous entertaining, eating and shopping spaces including Palm Court, The Edwardian room, the Terrace Room, the Rose club and the fabulous Plaza Food Hall in the basement run by Todd English.
Numerous important national and international political meetings have been held at the Plaza and Truman Capote held his famous Black and White Ball in honor of the Washington Post’s publisher Katharine Graham in 1966 in the Plaza’s Grand Ballroom, because it was, of course, the biggest available. And numerous performers have stayed at the Plaza adding to its reputation of provding the best accommodation for people who are the best in their field.
A good way to get a good look at the Plaza if you don’t want a room or a suite is to go and eat or just browse the retail section of the Plaza Food Hall in the basement of the building. You enter from a different side to the main entrance at 1 West 59th St, Manhattan West. There are 9 food stations with everything from sushi to burgers and as well there is a retail section with selections similiar to the gourmet items you can buy at Eataly without the Italian overtones. Well worth a visit so you can say you’ve been to the famous Plaza.