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Coordinates : 40°45′53″N 73°58′28″W / 40.764712°N 73.974574°W / 40.764712; -73.974574

Plaza Hotel

U.S. National Register of Historic Places

U.S. National Historic Landmark
National Historic Landmark

NYC Landmark

The Plaza Hotel
as seen from the corner of 5th Avenue and 58th Street in Manhattan

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LOCATION 768 Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue
, Manhattan
, New York City
New York City

BUILT 1907

ARCHITECT Henry J. Hardenbergh ; Thomas Hastings, et al.

ARCHITECTURAL STYLE Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals



ADDED TO NRHP November 29, 1978

DESIGNATED NHL June 24, 1986

DESIGNATED NYCL December 9, 1969

THE PLAZA HOTEL, located in the Midtown Manhattan
neighborhood of the borough of Manhattan
, New York City
New York City
, is a landmark 20-story luxury hotel and condominium apartment building, opened in 1907 and owned by an Indian conglomerate, Sahara India Pariwar .


* 1 Location

* 2 History

* 2.1 Famous uses * 2.2 Facilities

* 3 In popular culture * 4 Gallery * 5 References * 6 External links


With a height of 250 ft (76 m ) and a length of 400 ft (120 m), the hotel occupies the west side of Grand Army Plaza , from which it derives its name, and extends along Central Park South in Manhattan. Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue
extends along the east side of Grand Army Plaza. The Plaza Hotel
is recognized as a Historic Hotel
of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The hotel's main entrance at 768 Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue
faces the southern portion of Grand Army Plaza , which commemorates the Union Army in the Civil War , whence its eponymous predecessor derived its name.


Construction on the first Plaza Hotel
at this location began in 1883, on the site of the New York Skating Club. The builders ran out of money, and the New York Life Insurance Company foreclosed and hired the most celebrated architects of the era, McKim, Mead it is managed by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts . Diamond retailer Lev Leviev put in the first bid for a Plaza apartment at $10 million. Most of the condominium units are usually empty, used as pieds-à-terre by their wealthy owners.

In November 2008 the Plaza Hotel
unveiled its retail collection, an underground mall featuring luxury brands such as Vertu and Demel Bakery (closed as of March 2010), an Austrian-owned business. In 2010 the Plaza Food Hall opened in the underground mall, anchored by The Todd English Food Hall in collaboration with Chef Todd English .

On July 31, 2012, India's business group Sahara India Pariwar agreed to buy a 75 percent controlling stake for $570 million from El Ad Properties. The stake includes 100 of the Plaza's 150 hotel-condominium units and a retail portion that includes The Oak Room bar.

In August 2014, Sahara's Subrata Roy announced he was seeking a buyer for his company's majority stake in the Plaza, along with similar stakes in the Dream Hotel
in New York and the Grosvenor House Hotel
in London. A $4 billion price tag was placed on the Plaza stake. Speculation that Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei
would be the buyer was quashed by the sultan.

In 2016, Saudi businessman Al-Waleed bin Talal , who already controls a 50 percent stake in the building's hotel, restaurant and retail portion through his Kingdom Holdings, partnered with Qatari Investment Authority to purchase the hotel, but the deal fell through. He partnered again in 2017 with Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp in another attempt to purchase control of the structure.

The Plaza Hotel
was accorded landmark status by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1969; it was designated a National Historic Landmark
National Historic Landmark
(NHL) in 1986.


Long the site for famous performers and guests, it has also been the meeting place for important political meetings. The nationally known singers Josephine Baker , Eartha Kitt , Liza Minnelli , Marlene Dietrich , Lena Horne , Kay Thompson , Sandler and Young , Ethel Merman , Shirley Bassey , Andy Williams , The Mills Brothers
The Mills Brothers
, Patti Page and Peggy Lee played the Persian Room. Miles Davis
Miles Davis
recorded a live album in the Persian Room in 1958.

Unaccompanied ladies were not permitted in the Oak Room bar; women favored the Palm Court for luncheons and tea.

In September 1985, ministers of developed countries met at the Plaza Hotel
to consult on finance issues and affirmed their agreement by signing the Plaza Accord . It served as an agreement among the finance ministers of the United States, Japan, West Germany, France and Britain to bring down the price of the U.S. dollar against their currencies.

The Beatles
The Beatles
stayed at the Plaza Hotel
during their first visit to the United States in February 1964.

On November 28, 1966, in honor of the publisher Katharine Graham
Katharine Graham
, the writer Truman Capote hosted his acclaimed " Black and White Ball " in the Grand Ballroom
. The ballroom was also the site, in 1993, of Donald Trump
Donald Trump
's wedding to Marla Maples
Marla Maples
in front of 1,500 guests.


See also: Oak Room (Plaza Hotel)

The Plaza Hotel
offers its guests and residences many services including a butler on every floor, baby-sitting and concierges, a shopping mall, the Palm Court under the restored stained glass ceiling, the Champagne Bar located in the hotel lobby with views of Grand Army Plaza, the Edwardian Room, the Terrace Room, the Rose Club, the Grand Ball Room, The Plaza Food Hall and The Todd English Food Hall Restaurant and Marketplace, as well as meeting rooms and conference rooms. The Grand Ballroom, Terrace Room and meeting spaces are currently managed by CPS Events, a joint venture between Delaware North Companies and the high end caterer Great Performances. The Oak Room , now closed, was another restaurant in the Plaza.



* It was the setting for Kay Thompson 's series of _Eloise _ children's books published in the 1950s, about a young girl who lived at the hotel. * The novel _Anonymous Rex _ has the main character, Vincent Rubio, checking into the hotel at great expense after threatening the front desk clerk. * F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald
's 1925 novel _ The Great Gatsby _ features the characters Nick Carraway and Jordan Baker having a conversation in the tea garden at the Plaza Hotel. Another scene in the novel features a confrontation between title character Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan in a suite at the Plaza Hotel. * It was one of the main settings in the series _The Princess Diaries _ by Meg Cabot ; it was where Mia's grandmother (or _grand-mère_) stayed. * It was a base camp used by the demigods in _ The Last Olympian _ in Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan
's _Percy Jackson _ series (2009); the Pomona statue appears.


* _Eloise_ (1956) starring Evelyn Rudie as Eloise, the child who lived "on the top floor", with cameo appearances by Conrad Hilton and _Eloise_ author Kay Thompson . * _ North by Northwest _ (1959) * _Barefoot in the Park _ (1967) * _Funny Girl _ (1968) * _ Plaza Suite _ (1971) * _ The Way We Were _ (1973) * _ Love at First Bite _ (1979) * _Arthur _ (1981) * _ They All Laughed _ (1981) * _The Cotton Club _ (1984) * _Brewster\'s Millions _ (1985) * " Bride Wars " (2009) * _ "Crocodile" Dundee _ (1986) * _Big Business _ (1988) * _ "Crocodile" Dundee II _ (1988) * _ King of New York _ (1990) * _Scent of a Woman _ (1991) * In _Home Alone 2: Lost in New York _ (1992), much of the film takes place in and around the hotel, and then-owner Donald Trump
Donald Trump
, who is now President of the United States
President of the United States
makes a short appearance, with a line directing Macaulay Culkin towards the lobby. * _ Flodders in America _ (1992) * _ Sleepless in Seattle _ (1993) * _It Could Happen to You _ (1994) * _ The Associate _ (1996) * _ Almost Famous _ (2000) * _ Hollywood Ending _ (2002), a Woody Allen
Woody Allen
film. * _ Eloise at Christmastime
Eloise at Christmastime
_ (2003), a live action film adapted from the eponymous 1958 children's book written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight * _ Eloise at the Plaza _ (2003), a live action film based on the _Eloise _ series of children's books by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight * The Plaza Hotel
is seen in the intro of the film _Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York _ (2006) * A parody of the hotel appears in the _ Grand Theft Auto IV _ video game (2008) * In _ Bride Wars _ (2009) with Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson
, Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
's character was shot in the Grand Ballroom, the Terrace Room, and in corridors and the Palm Court. The film also shows the lobby and exterior. * _ The Great Gatsby _ (2013), Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby, Daisy and Tom Buchanan talk in a suite at the hotel * _ American Hustle _ (2013)


* The _ American Dad! _ episode "Fart-Break Hotel
" featured the hotel as a main setting. * In the _ Family Guy _ episode " A Picture Is Worth a 1,000 Bucks ", the Griffin family stays in this hotel. * _ Friends
_ * _ Seinfeld

* _ The Sopranos
The Sopranos

* The pilot and "Eloise " episodes refer to Carmela and Meadow Soprano 's tradition of lunching under Eloise 's portrait at the Plaza Hotel
on Meadow's birthday. * Several episodes, including " The Test Dream " (season 5, episode 11), feature scenes occurring in a suite at the Plaza Hotel.

* _The Suite Life of Zack ">

Plaza Hotel, c. 1920 *

The Plaza Hotel
and its International Modern style neighbors, as seen from across The Pond in Central Park
Central Park

The Plaza Hotel
turned 100 years old in 2007, celebrating with ceremonies and fireworks



* ^ National Park Service
National Park Service
(2006-03-15). "National Register Information System". _National Register of Historic Places_. National Park Service. * ^ _A_ _B_ "Plaza Hotel". _ National Historic Landmark
National Historic Landmark
summary listing_. National Park Service. September 18, 2007. * ^ "The Plaza". _Historic Hotels of America_. Retrieved 2015-11-15. * ^ Archived March 22, 2013, at the Wayback Machine . * ^ History page on the Plaza\'s website * ^ http://www.theplazany.com/history/timeline/ * ^ http://www.theplazany.com/history/timeline/ * ^ _A_ _B_ Morehouse, Ward. Inside the Plaza: an Intimate Portrait of the Ultimate Hotel. New York: Applause, 2001 * ^ http://www.theplazany.com/history/timeline/ * ^ "Childs Approves Plaza Purchase", _The New York Times_, November 18, 1955 * ^ McKim, Mead, and White , architects; demolished in 1964. * ^ https://www.sonesta.com/who-we-are/company-heritage/timeline * ^ https://www.sonesta.com/who-we-are/company-heritage/timeline * ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1974/11/13/archives/western-hotels-co-buying-the-plaza-for-25million.html * ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1988/03/27/nyregion/plaza-hotel-is-sold-to-donald-trump-for-390-million.html * ^ Marion M. White (September 26, 1988). "Ivana Trump: Hard work, discipline and self-reliance". _Tampa Bay Times_ – via NewsBank. * ^ Floyd Norris (June 5, 1990). "A haze of debt clouds the Plaza Hotel\'s gleam". _New York Times_. Retrieved 2016-03-26. * ^ Richard D. Hylton (April 9, 1991). "Trump expected to sell rooms in Plaza Hotel". _Los Angeles Daily News_ – via NewsBank. * ^ "Trump yields 49% of Plaza Hotel
in N.Y.". _The Star-Ledger_. Newark, NJ. March 19, 1992 – via NewsBank. * ^ "Trump\'s Plaza Hotel
bankruptcy plan approved". _New York Times_. December 12, 1992. Retrieved 2016-03-26. * ^ "Trump Is Selling Plaza Hotel
To Saudi and Asian Investors", _The New York Times_, 1995 12 April * ^ "Eloise Gets a New Landlord: Plaza Sells for $675 Million", _The New York Times_, 2004 14 Aug * ^ Knudson, Brooke. "Restoring a New York icon: Tishman Construction Corporation puts its constructions management skills to the test on The Plaza Hotel
renovation and conversion in New York City and came out a winner", _Construction Today_ 2008 March: 43. * ^ Danto, Ginger. "Suite Deal for the Plaza", _Brandweek_ 2005 April 25: 30. * ^ Baltic, Contributing Editor Scott. "New York's Plaza Hotel Reopens After $400M Renovation", _Commercial Property News_ 2008 March 3: NA. * ^ Elizabeth A. Harris (February 11, 2013). "Why Buy a Condo You Seldom Use? Because You Can". _New York Times_. Retrieved January 7, 2015. * ^ Plaza Food Hall Is Growing * ^ "Sahara checks into iconic New York hotel". Hindustan Times. Retrieved July 28, 2014. * ^ _A_ _B_ Bagli, Charles V. (August 22, 2014). "Legal Woes of Owners Help
Put the Plaza Back in Play". The New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2014. * ^ https://ny.curbed.com/2017/5/25/15690120/plaza-hotel-saudi-prince-sale * ^ ""Plaza Hotel", undated, by Carolyn Pitts" (PDF). _National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination_. National Park Service. n.d. * ^ Mike Capuzzo (December 21, 1993). "Marla finally becomes Mrs. Trump". _Philadelphia Inquirer_. Retrieved 2016-03-26.


* _The WPA Guide to New York City_, 1939 (reprinted 1982) (ISBN 0-394-71215-3 ) * The Plaza Hotel, from the website of a former _ New York Post
New York Post
_ architecture critic * The Plaza Says It\'ll Be History After April 30, a March 2005 _New York Times_ article (registration required) * The Plaza Lives!, an oral history of the Plaza Hotel
that appeared in _New York _ magazine in May 2005. * Fairmont to manage New York City\'s Plaza Hotel, CBC News report