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Last updated: 27 October, 2022

One of the world’s most famous and luxurious hotels, The Plaza is a New York legend, sitting at perhaps the city’s most prestigious corner – where Fifth Avenue meets Central Park.

This giant, castle-like Beaux Arts edifice underwent a $500 million renovation in 2005 which restored its fading grandeur to its original 1907 splendour. There’s an ever-present old-school sense of occasion and fine tradition, and rooms to make you feel like royalty.

The hotel’s Palm Court for afternoon tea, basement-level Todd English Food Court, and Rose Club champagne bar, are all superb places to eat, drink and people-watch.

The location in unrivalled for New York’s top attractions – Central Park is across the road, and the big art museums, Broadway and the Museum of Natural History are all close by. It’s also on 5th Avenue opposite famous department stores for a spot of upscale shopping.

It’s ridiculously expensive and grand, but an institution traditionalists will be proud to splash out on.

Surrounding area

Central Park and Fifth Avenue shopping on your doorstep, Museum Mile, Broadway theatres, and the Lincoln Centre for music and theatre performances close by.

However, this confluence of star attractions means the smart, upscale streets immediately outside the hotel throng with tourists and hawkers.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: Nearby *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)

New York, United States of America (USA)[0.5 miles]

One of the world’s greatest museums of contemporary art, taking you on an artistic journey through Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Impressionism and Pop Art.

Best for ages: 8+ | £22

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Shows on Broadway

New York, United States of America (USA)[0.9 miles]

One of the world’s two most prestigious cities for theatre hosts a wide variety of world-class performing arts and performers – but nothing beats a Broadway musical.

Best for ages: 13+ | £35 | 2+ hours

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Headquarters of the United Nations

New York, United States of America (USA)[1.7 miles]

The iconic building where world leaders and diplomats gather to resolve the world’s greatest challenges – and a bastion of hope that one day the world can live together in peace.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

American Museum of Natural History

New York, United States of America (USA)[1.9 miles]

A staggering emporium of world-beating nature and science exhibitions and interactive displays, in a majestic building. A world-class attraction and a must-see for anyone remotely interested in nature.

Best for ages: 4+ | £17

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

exterior entrance of Carnegie Hall in new york

Carnegie Hall

New York, United States of America (USA)[0.5 miles]

One of the world’s most iconic and prestigious concert venues has a storied history dating back to 1891. It’s known for exceptional acoustics and stunning architecture, and countless legendary performances by renowned musicians and orchestras from around the world. Book ahead for an unforgettable evening.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Frick Collection

Frick Collection

New York, United States of America (USA)[0.9 miles]

One of America’s pre-eminent small art museums with an enviable bequeathed collection of European paintings, sculpture and porcelain, including Bellini, Constable, Gainsborough, Degas, Rembrandt, and Whistler. Housed in the late steel magnate and art collector Henry Frick’s magnificent mansion.

Best for ages: 18+ | £18

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Chelsea’s Art Galleries

New York, United States of America (USA)[3.1 miles]

A feast of hundreds of private art galleries, packed into one enclave on the west of Manhattan, showcasing an eclectic mix of contemporary and modern art.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

New York, United States of America (USA)[3.6 miles]

Located where the High Line meets Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, this erstwhile warehouse is one of New York’s great foodie destinations. The rambling hall is crammed by casual restaurants, food kiosks, and speciality food shops.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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New York City

New York, United States of America (USA)

The ‘city that never sleeps’ is a 24/7 thrill of soaring skyscrapers, jaw-dropping architecture, dynamic culture and world-class art, dining and performing arts scenes.

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