New York City's venerable Plaza Hotel is expected to reopen by the end of this month after a two-year, $400-million lobby-to-roof refurbishing. Besides guest rooms and suites, the Manhattan Beaux Arts landmark will have private residences (one recently sold for $50 million), a six-level retail area, restaurants and meeting and event spaces.
The 282 guest rooms, designed to reflect the French Louis XV period, will have custom furnishings and 24-karat gold-plated sinks and fixtures; each room will have butler service. The famous Oak Room and Oak Bar will return, along with the Palm Court and two new public spaces: the Champagne Bar and Rose Club. The Plaza will be managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts; rates start at $735 per night. Info: (888) 240-7775 or www.theplaza.com.