Located at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, this luxury hotel was constructed in the most fashionable residential section of New York City.The Plaza was the dream of financier Bernhard Beinecke, hotelier Fred Sterry, and Harry S. Black, President of the Fuller Construction Company. They purchased a 15-year-old hotel of the same name on the site.
The three men set out to replace it with what is surely one of the most elegant hotels in the world.
Construction of the 19-story building (a skyscraper back then) took two years at a cost of $12 million – an unprecedented sum in those days. Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, who also designed the Dakota apartments, the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. and The Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, set about his task to provide all the pomp, glory, and opulence of a French chateau. No cost was spared. The largest single order in history for gold-encrusted china was placed with L. Straus & Sons, and no less than 1,650 crystal chandeliers were purchased.
Today, The Plaza still stands proudly next to Central Park as a beacon of history for the city of New York. Like all legends it has had to move with the times and recently had a renovation of its rooms, now boasting an array of spectacular offerings. Including guest rooms, legacy suites, junior and one bedroom suites and the exceptional one of a kind suites.