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Arguably one of the most popular high-end hotels in the world, The Plaza is a 20-storey luxury structure situated in the West Side of the Grand Army Plaza, a square which pays tribute to the gallantry of the Union Army during the Civil War. It began accepting guests in 1907 and at that time, a room only costs $2.50 per night. Today, the same room would be priced at $695 per night. The Plaza Hotel has 282 rooms and 152 condo hotel units.

Designed after the grand French Renaissance chateaus, The Plaza is a 250-feet ornate landmark in New York City and is surrounded by several masterfully crafted pieces of sculpture. The main entrance of the hotel is fronted by the grand Pulitzer Fountain. In the center of the fountain, the statue of the Roman goddess of orchard Pomona can be found. Several important events have been held in The Plaza including a Black and White Ball hosted by legendary Truman Capote. In 1964, The Beatles also stayed in The Plaza during their maiden visit to the United States.

The Plaza?s ownership has been passed on several times. Some of the more popular owners of the hotel were renowned hotelier Conrad Hilton who started the Hilton Hotel chain and celebrity business tycoon Donald Trump. When Trump acquired The Plaza, he said he could never justify the amount he spent and likened the purchase as if he bought the Mona Lisa. Currently, the Canadian company Fairmont Hotels and Resorts ran the hotel.

When The Plaza celebrated its centennial year in 2007, socialites and important personalities all joined in the jubilation. The night was underscored by the largest fireworks display sent off from the deck of a building. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 1978.

The Plaza has served as the background for several movies and television series including Gossip Girl, Sex and the City and The Sopranos.
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