I visited New York’s famous The Plaza on my first visit to The Big Apple more years ago than I care to relate. I still remember walking through the lobby into the hotel’s Palm Court – and seeing there before me a somewhat incongruous oil painting of an impish six year old girl.
The portrait turned out to be, in fact, the rawther delicious, Eloise – the little girl who lived ‘the life of Riley’, skibbling at The Plaza with her nanny, her dog Weenie and her tortoise, Skipperdee. Created by author Kay Thompson with illustrations by Hilary Knight, you can read about her exploits at various luxury hotels in several novels and a couple of films too. What I personally love however is that the legend of Eloise lives on at The Plaza, now managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts,. Her portrait still resides in the Palm Court where you can now enjoy snacks and treats from an Eloise Menu; she has her own eponymous boutique so you can take a bit of Eloise’s style home but, above all, she has her very own suite.
Created by designer, Betsey Johnson, the suite on the 18th floor is, of course, decorated in an Eloise-approved palette of pink and black, decorated with a signature Plaza chandelier, pink candy-striped walls outlined with gold leaf moulding and a white zebra-print carpet. Her name is scrawled in neon as the perfect finishing touch! The suite is also equipped with a disposable Eloise camera so guests may snap photos of their stay, a wall-mounted flat screen TV and DVD player, Eloise DVDs and books, a tea set and Eloise and Weenie dolls, Eloise robes and towels. For accompanying nannies or parents grown-ups, there is an adjoining Edwardian Suite available too (decorated in more neutral tones).
If you fancy channelling your inner Eloise, rates for the Eloise Suite start at USD1,250 per night, taxes extra, and include a monogrammed Eloise bathrobe, a USD100 gift card to the Eloise shop, an Eloise camera, a framed photo of the guest inside the suite and an Eloise book. Although its perfect for little girls … there is no age limit so …..
* 1 USD = GBP 0.62
The Plaza New York is managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, a client of Magellan PR.
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Contributer: Sue Lowry
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