Business at The Plaza's Shops Does Not Appear to Be Booming
What was once the Palm Court Restaurant
This weekend, we were out and about in Manhattan when we decided to pop in and take a little peek at the Plaza Hotel to see how things were going. If you'll recall, we've been a little bit worried about how this New York icon's been faring since the post-renovation re-opening. We've seen the nightmarish rates, we've heard about the restaurant closings and chef replacements, the doorman left and the underground retail plaza is supposedly in trouble too.
But when we walked into the lobby, it was packed with tourists snapping photos. Surprisingly, the front desk area also seemed to be packed with guests checking in and out which is a good sign.
The currently-closed Palm Court restaurant (pictured) is set up as an "exhibit" that, according to the sign by the resto, is "a cultural oasis amid the hustle and bustle of New York where one can come to contemplate the synergistic relationship between old and new." The sign also said that the restaurant will re-open, supposedly, in the "upcoming months" and in the meantime we're invited to spend an afternoon in the Plaza's Retail Collection. So we did.
Well, we didn't spend the afternoon there. We couldn't! Oh man, it was depressing down there.
At 2:00 on a Saturday afternoon, there was quite literally not a single soul to be found in the Plaza's little underground mall. It was almost eerie. That is really, really not good and since it's underground, it's more than a little bit creepy with all the furs and the mannequins and the whole no-windows thing.
But more importantly: has anyone stayed in a room at the Plaza recently? We're dying to know what it's like up in the guestrooms. Talk to us.