Conde Nast Gold List 2012 Honors NYC Hotels

Comparable to the Oscars to the hospitality industry, Conde Nast has announced their Gold List 2012: The World’s Best Places to Stay.  On this prestigious list are a number of luxurious New York City Hotels:

The Carlyle

Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park

Four Seasons

The Peninsula

Trump International Hotel & Tower

St. Regis

Mandarin Oriental

Andaz Wall Street

The Plaza

The Plaza Hotel – Midtown Hotels

The Plaza is a luxury hotel located in Midtown Manhattan – and it might just be the most famous hotel in the city. It was once said, “Nothing unimportant ever happens at The Plaza.” One of America’s most celebrated hotels, The Plaza opened its doors on October 1, 1907, amid a flurry of impressive reports describing it as the greatest hotel in the world. Located at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, this luxury hotel was constructed in the most fashionable residential section of New York City.

Striking the balance between its storied past and limitless future, The Plaza Hotel in New York City – the ultimate luxury lifestyle destination – has emerged from a recent $450 million transformation to reflect a new and contemporary spirit.  While traditions remain, such as the opulent grandeur of the Beaux Arts décor and the superb ambiance of the legendary Oak Room and Oak Bar, exciting new offerings at The Plaza Hotel New York include the elegant Champagne Bar and stylish Rose Club, as well as an interior Tranquility Garden with reflecting pools, elaborate lighting and exotic foliage.

Features and Amenities

The Plaza Hotel offers 282 distinctive guestrooms, including 102 luxurious suites, which boast the largest square footage of any luxury hotel in New York City.  The passion and uncompromising attention to detail which made The Plaza a legend has returned with its timeless grandeur – and a new and contemporary spirit. Thoughtfully renovated with impeccable richness and delicate grace, the refined elegance of each spacious guest room and suite is inspired by the Louis XV style of French décor.  Each guestroom and suite has been sumptuously decorated with luxurious furnishings featuring marquetry that emphasizes curved lines, fine details, and delicate colors, along with richly veined marble, and inlay work in exotic woods, mother-of-pearl and ivory – providing the guest with an experience that is both indulgent and exquisite.

Each elegantly appointed accommodation features a bathroom designed to provide guests with a soothing setting for respite and relaxation.  A graceful inlaid “earth stone” floral wall mosaic brings the tranquil and authentic beauty of the Central Park landscape indoors. The Plaza has the extraordinary honor of being the first hotel in the world to have 24-carat gold plated Sherle Wagner designed sinks and fixtures in every guestroom and suite – these lavish custom designed basins are carefully cradled by hand-crafted solid white marble vanities.

Amenities at The Plaza hotel include the world-class Shops at The Plaza, featuring exclusive boutiques and purveyors of fine food, as well as health and wellness facilities including a Caudalie Vinothérapie® Spa and Warren-Tricomi Salon. Carved from within the great castle-like landmark, it’s The Plaza’s magnificent public spaces that set it apart as the quintessential grand palace of urban  democracy.  The opulent Grand Ballroom andTerrace Room have been meticulously restored to their original grandeur.  Lavish social and business events continue to be held in these historic landmarks, which are at the heart of The Plaza Hotel’s legacy.

The Plaza’s restaurants offer an indulgent selection of authentically local culinary experiences. The hotel boasts The Palm Court, New York City’s premier destination for afternoon tea.  In celebration of its new and contemporary spirit, The Plaza introduces the elegant Champagne Bar and stylish Rose Club, that embrace the past, present and future of The Plaza and offer experiences that are indulgent and truly unforgettable.  The legendary Oak Room and Oak Bar continue to provide a timeless New York experience.  24-hour In-Room Dining is also available.


Central Park, Fifth Avenue, spectacular art, thriving culture, endless shopping, unbelievable dining and lively nightlife – this is New York City. Amid the whirl of excitement you will find The Plaza, a timeless landmarked New York hotel defining the next generation of style.  A cultural oasis amid a bustling metropolis, The Plaza continues the tradition of defining luxury through unmatched five star service, with a modern spirit. The Plaza boasts a location that is unrivaled anywhere else – sitting in the heart of New York, perched directly across from Central Park, the city’s green oasis, overlooking Fifth Avenue’s shopping mecca, offering a gateway to the hustle and bustle that is New York City. Many of the city’s greatest sightseeing offerings are extremely close to The Plaza.

An expansive 843 acre haven in the midst of the world’s most vibrant city, Central Park has something to interest every visitor. In addition to the Great Lawn, the Sheep’s Meadow and other open green spaces, the park boasts several artificial lakes, two ice-skating rinks, miles of hiking and bike trails, a zoo, a reservoir, and several children’s playgrounds. Not far away is Lincoln Center. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is the nation’s premier cultural arts complex.  It is home to The Metropolitan Opera Company, The New York City Ballet, The New York Philharmonic, and several other well-known performance companies. Just a few blocks away is Rockefeller Center, where you’ll find some of New York’s most well-known landmarks, such as Radio City Music Hall, the Rockefeller Center skating rink, and the Rainbow Room at the top of the GE Building. It is here that the world famous Christmas tree is lit each year, one of New York’s most well-loved events.

Also not far away: the Empire State Building, Times Square, the New York Public Library, Bryant Park – the list goes on and on. The Plaza might be the most famous hotel around, but it also boasts the most enviable location.