The Plaza Hotel has announced the launch of the one-of-a-kind Eloise Suite, designed by celebrated fashion designer Betsey Johnson.
Channeling the ebullient spirit of The Plaza’s most famous “resident,” Eloise, the irreverent and irrepressible fictional heroine of Kay Thompson’s classic book who scribbled her way into the hearts of generations of readers, Johnson has designed an exclusive Eloise Suite that blends luxury and whimsy for a charmingly original result.
Like The Plaza itself, Eloise defined New York in 1955 when her book was first published. “Each day, our colleagues share Eloise’s adventures with guests from all over the world and she is such a beloved character,” said The Plaza’s General Manager Shane Krige. “Collaborating with a visionary of style and design like Betsey Johnson to bring Eloise’s world to life has been so rewarding and we feel she is the ideal talent for this project,” he added.
As is only fitting for New York’s quintessential “city child,” Eloise’s suite is located on the 18th floor and is comprised of two rooms–one for erstwhile young Eloises and one for their parents–and Johnson’s design captures it all. The Suite is resplendently rendered in an Eloise-approved palette of pink and black, and a signature Plaza chandelier fitted with pink bulbs casts a rosy glow throughout. Wall panels are candy-striped with pink and white and outlined with gold leaf molding, providing a striking contrast to the black and white zebra-print carpet.
When guests are tired they can sink into a king-size bed made with custom-designed bedding: A bedspread sprigged with scenes drawn by “Eloise” illustrator, Hilary Knight, depicting the hapless heroine scampering around The Plaza, a charming print that makes an appearance on the bow tied curtains, too. Accent pillows are sheathed in shams patterned with custom “Betseyville Rose” and “Betsey Rosebud” prints. The padded pink headboard sparkles with “trinkles,” and is surmounted by the crowning touch: Eloise’s name scrawled in neon lights and affixed to the wall above.
Original Hilary Knight prints adorn the walls, and the Suite is equipped with a disposable Eloise camera so that guests may snap photos of their stay, then tuck them into the “memory board,” a glass-topped mirror just right for storing images of guests both past and present. Betsey Johnson kicked this tradition off herself by taking the very first photo.
The Plaza has appointed an Eloise Ambassador to assist guests in booking a stay in the Eloise Suite. Upon arrival, the Eloise Ambassador will escort guests to the Suite where they will sign the official guest book and have their photo taken. The photo will be framed and given to the guest at turndown. Rates for the Eloise Suite start at $995/night and include a monogrammed Eloise bathrobe, a $100 gift card to the Eloise shop, an Eloise camera, a framed photo of the guest inside the suite and an Eloise book. Guests also have the option to book an adjoining “grown-up” Edwardian Suite, which includes champagne and truffles. Rates start at $2045/night for the two-bedroom option.