There's no denying is one of the New York's most iconic institutions – and addresses.
For more than 100 years, the landmark hotel has set the bar high for luxury accommodations, both and off. But despite its illustrious past, The Plaza's had a complicated history when it comes to ownership. It's been on-and-off the market several times over the past few years, most recently making headlines when plans for a were cancelled last week.
Since its opening in October 1907, one thing has remained constant: Notable names from F. Scott Fitzgerald to have called the storied hotel home. Here, we take a look back at some of The Plaza's most famous residents:
- 1907: English actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell – best known for her starring roles on London's West End – arrives at The Plaza just one month after it opens with her dog and a monkey named Griffon in tow. On the spot, hotel management decides to allow guests to bring their furry friends of all shapes and sizes, a policy that hasn't changed over time.
- 1907: When famed tenor Enrico Caruso visited New York City as part of the Metropolitan Opera, he attacked his clock when it began buzzing in the middle of the night. In typical Plaza fashion, management sent up champagne and a letter of apology.
The staircase to the residences at The Plaza.
- 1908: Showgirl-turned-socialite-turned-famed-Plaza-resident Mrs. George Jay Gould performs Mrs. Van Vechten's Divorce Dance in the hotel ballroom in what's hailed as the social event of the year.
- 1908 - 1912: Princess Lwoff-Parlaghy checks into with her precious pets – including Goldleck, a lion cub. From his adoption to his death in 1912, Goldfleck had his very own room at The Plaza, only managing to escape once or twice!
The Great Gatsby is featured prominently in Baz Luhrman's remake of the film.
- 1920: F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, were frequent patrons of the hotel. Its suites are later featured in his works The Beautiful and Damned and .Today, the Fitzgerald Suite, located on the 18th floor, reflects the look and feel of the hotel during the 1920s.
- 1945: British portrait photographer Cecil Beaton is one of the first celebrities to make The Plaza his home-away-from-home, repurposing old hotel furniture and art to make his room his own. Shortly after his suite was completed in 1946, he snapped his friend Greta Garbo's passport images in his room.
- 1946: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor make a rare public appearance to celebrate their anniversary in The Plaza's Ballroom at the December Ball. Talk about an iconic moment!
- 1948: Marlene Dietrich takes a year long hiatus at The Plaza, and lived in the Lady Mendl suite for a little over a year before filming Alfred Hitchock's Stage Fright.
- 1949: A team of interior designers from Paris and New York meet at The Plaza to design the first celebrity suite for none other than Christian Dior.
Frank Lloyd Wright and Christian Dior's former suite at The Plaza.
- 1953: moves into the suite formerly occupied by Christian Dior, choosing The Plaza as his residence because of its architectural significance. During his residence, Lloyd Wright designs another iconic New York building: The Guggenheim museum.
Kay Thompson at The Plaza in 1969.
- 1955: Actress and Plaza resident Kay Thompson publishes Eloise, a book based on a character she would perform as in a bit onstage. Rumor has it that is based on Thompson's goddaughter .
The Beatles exit The Plaza during their stay in 1964.
- 1964: After they were turned away by many New York City hotels, The Plaza welcomes The Beatles for a six-day stay during the height of their popularity. Hoards of fans camped outside The Plaza for the duration of their stay – during which time two girls snuck to the twelfth floor in an attempt to meet Ringo, Paul, George, and John.
- 1980: Frequent Plaza patrons John Lennon and Yoko Ono are photographed by Lilo Raymond before the release of their collaboration, Double Fantasy.
- 1992: Rambunctious Kevin McCallister stays in The Plaza unchaperoned in Home Alone 2: Lost In New York. It's almost impossible to forget presidential candidate 's cameo appearance.