Historic Hotels in New York City

The Plaza Hotel


This iconic luxury hotel, located at Grand Army Plaza (768 Fifth Avenue), between Central Park South (W 59th Street) and West 58th Street, opened its doors on October 1, 1907, built in French Renaissance style on the same site of a former Hotel Plaza. Its origins date back to the 19th century.

Construction of the first Plaza Hotel began in 1883 and was in 1890. In 1902, financier Bernhard Beinecke, hotelier Fred Sterry, and Harry S. Black, President of the Fuller Construction Company, purchased the former Hotel Plaza that was closed on June 11, 1905.

Construction of the 19-story building (a skyscraper back then) took two years and was completed in 1907. It was designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, the same architect of the Old Waldorf-Astoria, Hotel Manhattan, Dakota Apartments and Martinique Hotel in New York City.

The building, overlooking Central Park, was finished with granite to the base of the fourth story in its façades, while above, to the springing of the steep pitched mansard roof, mat-glazed cream-white brick, with terra-cotta trim matched in finish, is used. The mansard is covered with sea-green tile, with copper cornices and finials.

In October of 1943, Conrad Hilton and Atlas Corporation acquired de The Plaza Hotel. In the following decades, The Plaza was sold again and again.

In 1978, The Plaza was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and, in 1986, the hotel was designated a National Historic Landmark.

The Plaza was bought by Qatar fund Katara Hospitality in 2018. It is managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts a chain of luxury hotels owned by AccorHotels. The Plaza offers 130 distinctive guestrooms, 100 luxurious condominium units and 52 private residences. All suites include 24-hour butler service.


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The Plaza Hotel in front of the Grand Army Plaza on Fifth Avenue, with Central Park in the background (vintage postcard).


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Aerial view of The Plaza Hotel, between West 58th Street and Central Park South (right) in the 1990s.




Movie scene in The Plaza: Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller North By Northwest (1959). The Plaza featured in over 30 Hollywood films.


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Main foyer of The Plaza Hotel in a vintage postcard by Rotograph Company.


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Another view of the Plaza Hotel and Grand Army Plaza, looking south on Fifth Avenue (vintage postcard by Irving Underhill).


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Part of Midtown Manhattan, looking south. The Plaza is on the right and the Sherry-Netherland tower, completed in 1927, is in the center of this photo (right), taken about the 1990s.


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