Eloise's adopted home on the corner of Central Park, the Plaza is one of New York's most storied hotels, hosting all manner of dignitaries, moneymakers, and royalty. 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. The rooms themselves strike a balance between old-fashioned and modern: yes, there are flat-screen televisions
and iPod docks, but the design is old school, with opulent gold-leaf fixtures, faux-fur throws, and big, Beaux-Arts-style headboards. An appealing, upscale food court in the basement, helmed by celebrity chef Todd English, offers everything from flatbread pizzas and sushi to tapas, wine, and a raw bar. An Eloise-themed tea at the Palm Court began in 2010. The expansive spa includes a hammam (Turkish bath) and a wine lounge.