New York's Plaza Hotel Re-Opens
The century-old New York landmark on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Central Park South reopened its doors this month after a three-year renovation costing more than $400m. Split into luxurious private residences and a five-star $1,000-a-night hotel, it is staggeringly decadent.
In each hotel room, there's a fur coverlet on the bed. The toilet roll holders are plated with 24-carat gold. There's a butler on every floor and the room service menu includes Iranian osetra caviar, costing $225 an ounce, and bottles of Louis XIII cognac at $4,100.
Run by the Canadian chain Fairmont, the hotel has a "royal" suite with two adjoining miniature suites for bodyguards, featuring pressure sensors on the bathroom floor to turn on the lights after dark. That can be yours for $20,000 a night.