Indeed, we'd wondered what the Sahara purchase of the Plaza would mean for the 105-year-old hotel. After all, those were big bucks involved, on a high, high-profile property on the most iconic block in all of New York (have you watched Home Alone recently? Or, for that matter, Mariah Carey's music video for Obsessed?) Now it looks almost definite that major changes are on the way for the luxury hotel.
The NY Post's Page Six reports:
"Hotelier Vikram Chatwal is nearing a deal to take over the historic hotel and bring in designer Tommy Hilfiger and restaurateur Sean Largotta as partners.
Chatwal told us last night, 'The deal will close in the next couple of weeks. There have been a lot of changes at The Plaza over the years and we want to restore the history and the cultural symbolism of this treasure of New York real estate.'"
Don't forget that Tommy Hilfiger, who knows a thing or two about hotels, actually lives inside the Plaza with his wife Dee, so he has an invested interest in the hotel's future. Though whether Chatwal is up for the task? We wonder.
What do you think? Does this spell disaster or for the hotel, or could this be the start of a beautiful friendship? Let us know in the comments below the story!