The Plaza, A Fairmont Managed Hotel

768 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY 10019 [See Map]
#42 in Best New York City Hotels
Hotel Class 5.0-star Critic Rating Good Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1103 reviews
Property Type Hotel with 282 rooms, 19 floors
Primary View(s) City center
Style Traditional, Historic
Best For Business travelers, Families, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

One of Gotham's landmark hotels, The Plaza has asserted a steadfast place in American culture, appearing in films like "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Home Alone 2." Even Eloise (of the storybook series) has her own pink-striped suite, designed by Betsey Johnson. But this New York mainstay — an attraction in and of itself — is very much a luxury hotel, complete with white-gloved butlers. Many recent travelers say that staying here is an iconic experience, and the service, suites and even family-friendliness deserve major props. Previous visitors particularly highlight the Rose Club's plush seating and sophisticated ambiance as a must-see while staying here. The elegant Palm Court, Champagne Bar and Plaza Food Hall also earn a nod of approval from recent visitors for their romantic settings and delectable dishes. And as far as bedding down is concerned, recent guests have only positive things to say about the hotel's decadent accommodations, outfitted in Beaux Arts decor, ornate floral motifs and spacious marble bathrooms complete with signature toiletries.

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Critic Reviews


“It could be said that no other New York hotel is as synonymous with luxury as the century-old Plaza, or has carved out such a place in 20th-century culture.”


“This landmark property emphasizes service, with white-glove butlers for each guest room and suite, and in-room portable touch screens for contacting the concierge or just turning down the lights.”
Award: Fodor's Choice

Travel + Leisure

“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.”

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2014
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Rooms

Starting at 475 square feet, standard rooms at The Plaza are huge by New York City standards — large enough for a seating area, working desk and king-sized bed. The Plaza rooms are decorated in a regal style with 24-karat gold-plated fixtures and marble tabletops in rooms and bathrooms.

  • Bathrooms have separate shower and tub
  • iPads in all rooms with access to guest services and in-room climate control
  • Wall-mounted flat-screen TV with DVD player and iLuv stereo audio system; in-room Wi-Fi is $14.95 per 24-hours

Standard room size:

475 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1103 guests have reviewed the The Plaza, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.0 (based on 1103 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center

Location & Parking

The Plaza Hotel is on the edge of midtown Manhattan at the southeast corner of Central Park, but it is still accessible to many attractions. Walk two blocks east to Carnegie Hall or five blocks south to the Museum of Modern Art. The area around the hotel on Fifth Avenue is known for its upscale shopping.

  • About a half-mile south to Rockefeller Plaza and about a mile southwest to Times Square attractions
  • Grand Central Terminal is also a mile south, and there are multiple subway lines within a four-block radius of the hotel
  • 24-hour valet parking ($65)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


The Plaza offers numerous dining options, the most popular being a giant, 32,000-square-foot gourmet buffet at the Plaza Food Hall that includes everything from lobster to frozen yogurt. The Palm Court serves an American breakfast as well as afternoon tea, while the Todd English Food Hall, open for lunch and dinner, offers an wide variety including a raw bar, flatbread pizzas, pasta, tacos and rice dishes.

  • In the Persian Room of The Plaza, The Rose Club, offers pricey cocktails and an epicurean menu. Live jazz is performed every Wednesday and Thursday night
  • The Champagne Bar overlooks the Pulitzer Fountain and is the most exclusive dining option at the hotel with a limited food menu and an extensive menu of cocktails, wines and, of course, champagne

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

Buffet, American
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast



Caudalíe's newest Vinothérapie Spa at Plaza Hotel features a full array of spa treatments from wraps and massages to facials and manicures. The spa specializes in treatments with grape and vine extracts. The property also hosts the Warren-Tricomi Salon — a 6,100-square-foot beauty salon with a full range of hair coloring and styling services.

  • Spa has 14 treatment rooms, a Vichy shower, a wine lounge and a private VIP room for two
  • Waxing is featured at both the salon and spa

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The Plaza offers a variety of amenities and services for kids and their families. There are multiple themed suites that cater to children, like the "Knights of the Plaza." Child-size bathrobes and complimentary amenity kits for babies and toddlers are also available.

  • Babysitting services are available 24 hours a day with a four-hour minimum starting at $25 per hour
  • Kids menus at all on-site dining options; refrigerators available upon request
  • Note that rollaway beds cannot fit into standard rooms; cribs are available
  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


LA PALESTRA at The Plaza is a two-floor, 9,000-square-foot facility that has cardio equipment and various strength training machines, as well as free weights and exercise balls. The facility offers physical therapy and has a medical library, steam rooms and lounge.

  • Extensive list of personal training sessions and group exercise classes
  • Fairmont Fit program includes lender workout gear from New Balance and yoga mat and stretch band for in-room use
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs (with fee)
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The hotel has 21,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 4,800-square-foot Grand Ballroom that can accommodate up to 600 people for a reception, and the 4,680-square-foot Terrace Room that can seat up to 370 people banquet-style. Seven smaller, flexible meeting rooms can be used for meetings and conferences and up to 286 people theater-style.

  • Many of the original meeting spaces have received historic landmark status
  • Full audiovisual capabilities; packages start at $1,450
  • Staff on-site to assist with planning and catering needs

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The Plaza allows dogs or cats that weigh up to 20 pounds for no additional fee. Guests must sign a waiver for any damage that is done by the pet.

  • Pets cannot be left unattended in rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting



The Plaza is well-known as the premium wedding venue in New York City. The hotel can accommodate weddings with up to 500 guests. Ceremonies typically take place in the Terrace Room with receptions in the Grand Ballroom.

  • Separate planning company that's exclusive to The Plaza, CPS Events, handles wedding details
  • Extensive catering menu (starting at $50 per person) and on-site audiovisual team
  • One of the most expensive wedding venues in the city

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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The Plaza, A Fairmont Managed Hotel

768 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY 10019 [See Full Map]