- Location: Central Park South
- Rates: from $695/night
- Why We Love It: iconic afternoon tea, classic Champagne Bar, stunning architectural details, prime location
Eloise. Home Alone 2. And, of course, The Great Gatsby. If you want a taste of New York, frozen in a dazzling time capsule, come to The Plaza. Upon walking in, you’ll understand exactly why F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about it. From the stained glass roof of the Palm Court, under which cups clink and pinkies extend over tea time sandwiches, to the plush suites with mosaic-tiled bathrooms and gold fixtures, The Plaza cements its legendary status in the most minuscule of details. Beeline for the Champagne Bar after a long day exploring the city, and you can imagine the frantic and festive days of the jazz age as you sip on a cocktail.
“Afternoon tea at The Plaza is an absolute must,” says associate SEO editor Marissa Wu. “We chose the Central Park tea with a glass of champagne, and everything, from the dainty smoked salmon sandwich to kalamansi meringue tart, was artfully done with thoughtful service.”
The rooms are generous, even by New York standards, but the true standout, according to our reviewer, is the bathroom. Patterned mosaics line the walls, punctuated by gold hardware that makes you feel like Gloria Gilbert in Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned every time you turn on the faucet.
If desired, it’s possible to never leave The Plaza’s marbled halls, delicately perfumed by a custom gardenia scent pumped through the vents. Room service is available around the clock, breakfast at the Champagne Bar and evening bites at the Palm Court. Need to relax? There’s no pool, but you won’t miss it. Head to the Guerlain Spa instead and indulge in one of the many treatments, including facials, massages and therapies. We’re sure Eloise would approve.