|Designer Betsey Johnson injects a healthy dose of her quirk in the Eloise Suite.|
If you love Eloise, you are going to want to check out The Plaza—and soon. The New York hotel has unveiled a new suite; one we think matches its history and timelessness. Kay Thompson’s classic book series about the precocious six-year-old, who lives in the “room on the tippy-top floor” of The Plaza, and, we hear, was modeled after Liza Minnelli, Thompson’s god-daughter, now has her own dedicated Eloise Suite. Best, famed designer Betsey Johnson, who has a knack for whimsy and playfulness, designed the aptly named accommodation.
The over-the-top suite, No. 1832, is Johnson’s first-ever collaboration with The Plaza—and she went all out. Be prepared for pinks and blacks and the feel of literally popping into a children’s book. A signature Plaza chandelier fitted with pink bulbs casts a glow throughout. Wall panels are candy-striped with pink and white and outlined with gold leaf molding, which provides a nice contrast to the black and white zebra-print carpet.
The centerpiece of the suite is the king-size bed made up with custom-designed bedding—a bedspread sprigged with scenes drawn by Eloise illustrator, Hilary Knight. There are also two comfy chairs upholstered in Johnson’s signature rosebud prints (we say they are perfect for storytelling time). Original Hilary Knight prints hang from the walls. Fun Fact: The suite comes with a disposable Eloise camera so that guests can snap photos of their stay, then tuck them into the “memory board,” a glass-topped mirror for storing images of guests both past and present.
While Eloise may not have had all the technology back in the 50s, this suite does (think wall-mounted flat-screen TV and DVD player with Eloise DVDs). There’s also a tea set, Eloise and Weenie dolls, and Eloise robes and towels. It’s Eloise, all the time!
Note: We say this suite is more than just for kids. Why? It also connects to another suite, room No. 1830, which is way more grown-up and sophisticated, perfect for mom and dad. The two make for a nice contrast. General Manager Shane Krige tells Luxury Travel Advisor that the Eloise Suite just opened bookings at the end of July and is already selling fast. We hear it is vital to book the suite as far out as possible. The Plaza has appointed a dedicated Eloise Ambassador to assist guests in booking a stay in the Eloise Suite. Contact the Eloise Ambassador at eloiseatthe firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-599-8365.