The Plaza Reopens in New York City
Every December 8th since I was a little girl, my mother and I have capped off a day of Christmas shopping with afternoon tea at the Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The last three Decembers we’ve had to take our tea elsewhere — the Four Seasons, the St. Regis, the Pierre — but truthfully, none have been as delightful as the famed Plaza.
I am thrilled (and so is Mom) that the Plaza reopened this past Saturday. Though many of the hotel rooms have been converted to private residences where lucky (rich) real-life Eloises can live, the Palm Court remains, as does the tradition of afternoon tea.
So what’s different? Well the $400 million renovation includes many residences, but the downsized number of hotel rooms means more personalized service, including a butler on each floor. The lobby has been remodeled, as has the Palm Court — Mom and I will take tea this December in style with the new ” . . . high-backed ice-blue velvety chairs, royal blue and gold china and Christofle silverware,” reports USA Today. In the rooms, a touch screen will control everything from temperature to lighting to the television. Sounds divine. And at prices that start at $1,000 per night, according to the Huffington Post, it better be.
Ready to book a room at The Plaza? Or maybe you’ve stayed there in the past? Maybe you’re like me and just make sure to stop in once a year around the holidays. Do share your experiences at The Plaza with me!
My name: Genevieve Shaw Brown. I also answer to Genny and Gen.
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Greatest travel lesson learned: I travel for my job, but I've learned work is work, vacation is vacation, and it's best not to try and do both on one trip.
Fondest travel memory: There are so many... but a recent experience was being totally jet-lagged and waking up pre-dawn in Koh Samui, Thailand, and watching the sun rise with my husband on the beach. We talked about what all our friends and family were doing at that very same moment as the sun set back home in New York.
First thing I do in a new place: Peruse the local restaurants and map out my dining strategy for the duration of my trip. Dining strategy = eating at as many restaurants as humanly possible.
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Travel ambition: To cover that map completely in push pins.
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