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Basically every night in December, and if I’m honest even in the latter half of November, we watch a Christmas movie. We may only get a few minutes in before someone falls asleep, but regardless of what else is going on, we pile in bed and watch a lot of Christmas movies this time of year. A lot. One Christmas movie series that has been a ton of fun to watch lately now that my oldest daughter is the same age as the lead character, is the Home Alone series.
Last night we were continuing our holiday movie binge by watching Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, when my oldest daughter asked a great question. She wanted to know if The Plaza, where Kevin stays by himself using his dad’s credit card, was a real hotel in New York. While it was closed for a bit for a renovation a few years ago, it is indeed a 110 year old real hotel where you can actually stay or just go inside and eat or visit.
That said, probably because of how in awe I was of this hotel when I first saw the movie as a 9-year-old, I’ve never ever dared to set foot in The Plaza. I’ve stayed in the nearby Park Hyatt New York, the St. Regis New York, and a host of other top-notch NYC properties, but The Plaza has always been completely off-limits in my view. I never went up the red carpet lined entrance when I lived in NYC or in my many visits to the Central Park South area since then.
However, now that my daughter is a Home Alone fan, I think that needs to change. Turns out, we aren’t the only ones to still associate The Plaza with Home Alone 2 as they have an entire 25th anniversary Home Alone 2 package you can book that will get you not only a room for the night, but also some Home Alone swag and the over-the-top ice cream sundae delivered via room service like Kevin enjoyed in the film. Yes, please!
For some extra cash, you can add on activities seen in the film such as access to Wollman Rink, express passes up the Empire State Building, or the iconic 4-hour limo ride through NYC (maybe you can even order a cheese pizza!). This package reportedly starts at $895 per night, but thankfully there are ways to experience The Plaza for much less.
Experience The Plaza in NYC for less
One way to experience The Plaza for much less would be to just eat in the Todd English Food Hall that has $10 children’s meals or a $30 Kid’s Prix Fixe that includes an entree, drink, dessert, and a VIP pass to see Santa. On the kid’s menu, you will find Mac-n-Cheese Penne with Butter, Spaghetti “P”s with Tomato Sauce, Mini Hamburgers with French Fries, Chicken Fingers with French Fries, Classic Cheese Flatbread, Pepperoni Flatbread, and Sausage Flatbread. For the adults, there is also a Home Alone inspired 90’s throwback menu for $17 – $24 that items such as upscale spaghettios and hot pockets along with many less bizarre menu choices in other parts of the food hall.
If you want more than just a meal at The Plaza to complete your childhood fantasy, room rates seem to start about $500 per night for a base room on the lowest priced nights. If you are going to spend that kind of money, you probably want to book via a program like the Fine Hotels & Resorts program available to Amex Platinum Card® members since you will also get breakfast for two, $100 spa credit, noon check-in when available, 4PM late check-out confirmed, WiFi, and an upgrade based on availability.
Better yet, while the Fairmont Chase card is now closed to applicants, if you still have access to a Fairmont award night that hasn’t expired, you can use that to stay at The Plaza without having to shell out hundreds and hundreds of dollars!
Re-watching Home Alone 2 last night and then researching The Plaza after my daughter asked a few questions was really fun and it made me laugh at how revered that hotel still is in my head, even to the point that I haven’t ever entered the front steps. Now that I have a Home Alone 2 fan about Kevin’s age in my household, I think we will have to finally hold our heads high and walk through the doors on our next visit to the area, even if it is just for the $10 kid’s meal.
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