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The Plaza Hotel

Fifth Ave. at Central Park S.
New York , NY , United States http://www.theplaza.com/
(212) 759-3000

The Palm Court's famed stained-glass ceiling was re-created pane-for-pane with the help of New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission. Touch-screen AMX systems in the 282 guest rooms deliver on their promise to make easy the tasks of controlling lighting, contacting the concierge, and summoning your white-gloved butler. Unfortunately most of the Central Park views went to the 142 new condos. (Try to score one of the Plaza or Deluxes rooms adjacent to an Edwardian Park Suite - they're the cheapest ones partially overlooking the park) Still, for a European-palace-style experience, this is the only game in town. Browse for art books at Assouline or try on vintage-inspired baubles at Kenneth Jay Lane, in the newly expanded shopping area; The highbrow retail concourse at the Plaza is well-edited, with pocket-size outposts from more than 25 respected labels (shirtmaker Seize Sur Vingt, jeweler Ten Thousand Things). Celebrity hair stylists Joel Warren and Edward Tricomi (who just relocated their eponymous New York salon to the hotel) handpicked the products at the Plaza Beauty, a source for cult grooming brands like the organic Greek skin-care line Sponge. Grab a drink at the spruced-up Oak Bar, the wood paneling still glows warmly and the Central Park views are as stirring as always.

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