Luxe Life: The Plaza Hotel

by James Gaddy

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  • The Grand Ballroom
    The space that Truman Capote called "the most beautiful room in the City" has been renewed with a top-to-bottom cleaning that cost management $14 million by itself. (A kitchen was also added.) The extensive mirrors, cream and green colors, and gold incrustations are the clearest, most luxurious interpretation of the 1920s Great Gatsby aesthetic. It's a room where fantasy and reality easily overlap: Capote held his famed Black and White Ball there in 1966, and, 27 years later, it was the setting of then Plaza owner Donald Trump's wedding to Marla Maples.

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