Right as you enter the hotel from Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, you are greeted with a massive chandelier just grazing the top of an equally-impressive floral arrangement. Curio cabinets around the room display Eloise products and other goodies which may be purchased in The Plaza's gift shop downstairs. The towering french doors straight ahead lead into the fabled Palm Court, where people pack in everyday from 2-5pm for the $60 afternoon tea service ($80-$100 if you add champagne).
During our visit, the place was packed to the hilt and as a result, it was pretty loud in there. Just after the holidays we can expect the loud hum of activity to resume its usual hushed whisper tones, and settle in for another year until the pace again quickens.