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Looking for a new board game to play during rainy days this summer? If you're a hotel nerd like us, then look no further than the Plaza-opoly from The Plaza Hotel in New York.
The iconic hotel has created its own version of the famous Monopoly game using Plaza-inspired instructions, themed board spaces, and game tokens inspired by residents and amenities of the hotel (Eloise's dog Weenie, a champagne bottle and a tea cup). Here's how the game kicks off:
After checking in at the Front Desk, players roll the dice to move around the entire board and begin their journey through the wondrous world of The Plaza via The Rose Club, The Eloise Suite, The Plaza Food Hall and even Home Alone 2-- a pop culture favorite filmed at the hotel.
Players can take their winnings straight to the bank and purchase their favorite Plaza destinations such The Champagne Bar, explore The Great Gatsby in The Fitzgerald Suite, The Grand Ballroom and The Shinn Murals. Each space has a corresponding Title Deed Card that provides a value and details of each of the location.
Gamers are further drawn into the world of The Plaza with cards such as “Order Room Service,” “Carriage Ride in Central Park,” The Grand Army Plaza and more. However, gamers have to play their cards right to avoid being sent to Hotel Security.
And whoever picks up the most expensive suites and other themed spaces, wins.
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The NY Post reports that police were called to the The Plaza Hotel last night after Sheen, "drunk and naked", trashed his hotel suite after learning he'd lost his wallet and cellphone. Oh and there was a call girl in the room with him too.
Meanwhile, his ex-wife Denise Richards was staying in the hotel's 18th floor Eloise Suite next door to Sheen with their two daughters when all this madness went down. First, The Situation, now this? Poor Eloise (and Charlie Sheen's daughters.)
Sheen, 45, told police he had been "out partying," sources said.
After he returned to his room with an unidentified woman, he noticed his wallet and cellphone were missing, causing him to fly into a rage, sources said.
A police official said the woman in the room with Sheen was an escort.
The hooker called the front desk from Room 1832 and reported that Sheen was passed out on the bed.
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When you bring Junior to a hotel, why put him up in some boring beige room? Win the best-parent-ever award by staying a colorful SpongeBob or Dr. Seuss suite that'll also score him lots of swag. We scoured around the most kid-friendly hotels to find the ones with the coolest rooms.
After the jump, choose your own hotel adventure based on your kid's favorite character.
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If you think that little girls go gaga over American Girl, then you haven't realized that little girls will love anything pink and pint-size. This past weekend, we hit up The Plaza Hotel to check out how the holiday tourist season was treating it, and also to wander down into their shops for a peek at the newly-opened Eloise Shop.
Entering the thoroughly pink space at the end of the lower-level Plaza Retail Collection, we realized that American Girl (and the buying frenzy it generates) is exactly what The Plaza is going for with this space. Perhaps they finally paid attention to how many bright red American Girl shopping bags come in with their guests during this season.
So in the Eloise shop, you'll find a tea room with mini tables and chairs, a boudoir-type space where the moms sit, a powder room, a "closet" with little stage and mirrors, and an activity room with bean bag chairsalso pink. But in each nook and cranny is stuffed stuff for sale, at prices that would make an American Girl weep.
Don't call it a comeback, Eloise has been here for years.
Funny that when The Plaza Hotel initially put forth plans to renovate the famed building into luxury residences, all traces of its most famous guests, Kay Thompson’s fictional character Eloise, would have been erased. But someone somewhere had the foresight to keep her on and now today, Eloise is opening her very own interactive shop inside the the hotel.
The vibrant 2,100 square-foot-shop, playfully decorated in a color palette of ‘Eloise pink’ and black will resemble a playhouse and will feature a ‘Living Room’, a ‘Fashion Room’ will costumes for dress up, a ‘Library Room’ including a reading area, computer stations, and DVD players, and a ‘Tea Room’ where family and friends can come together for tea and birthday parties and other celebrations.
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Is the Plaza turning into the ultimate girly hotel? First the ladies of "Sex and the City." Now Bestey and Eloise.
Perhaps realizing what a faux pas it was to mess with Eloise's house in the first place, The Plaza has just announced a partnership with fashion designer Betsey Johnson to create a one-of-a-kind Eloise Suite inside their hotel. Straight from the official announcement:
The Plaza's two-bedroom Eloise Suite will be whimsically decorated in a color palette of "Eloise pink" and black, and will be full of surprises and distinct "Eloise moments" throughout the guest room. The layout will include one room for parents and a separate Eloise bedroom for the young and young at heart decorated by Betsey Johnson. Plans for the Eloise suite at The Plaza Hotel will begin following New York fashion week.
Conveniently, the Plaza's restored Palm Court will be host to Johnson's Spring 2010 fashion show tonight. As for the suite, no word on the pricing but expect it to be extravagant since regular rooms at the Fairmont Hotel start around $500 a night. And the current Live Like Eloise package starts at $895 a night.
Whatever the folks pay, there better be a Nanny and a pet pug for rent and a turtle chillin' in the bathtub when guests check-in. Just sayin'.
After a few years of living elsewhere, Eloise has returned to The Plaza again. A portrait of the six-year-old children's book heroine was returned to its original resting place on the near the famous Palm Court dining room. The child actress Jordana Beatty, who will play Eloise in an upcoming movie, was on hand for the unveiling too.
The portrait was returned to its original spot on a wall outside the sumptuous restaurant, whose stained-glass ceiling, covered with plaster in the 1940s, was uncovered and restored during the two-year renovation.
Children staying at the Plaza who love Eloise can order an Eloise bubble bath with milk and cookies (pet turtle not included) and can choose goodies and eats from a children's menu with Eloise's picture on the front.
Hmmm...we think if these parental units are shelling out $1,000 a night at the Plaza, the hotel can do better than a bubble bath and a menu with a picture of Eloise on it. But that's just us.
The Plaza officially opened to the public on Sunday but there will be no grand opening party for at least a year. Page Six reports:
The Plaza's grand opening party set for last Saturday was canceled at the last minute due to a death in the owner's family. A spy said, "They had to send out like 2,000 e-mails to people telling them not to come." A rep for the event, Harriet Weintraub, said, "Itzhak Tshuva's mother died, and in the [Jewish] Orthodox tradition, you can't have a celebration for a year. It will be rescheduled."