I was lucky enough to recently enjoy a staycation at The Plaza, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, one of New York’s most iconic and grand hotels. Walking through the halls you can feel the rich history it has had hosting world leaders and Hollywood Royalty. Immediately once you step through the sparkling entrance you're transported into the timeless New York institution. Each space in the hotel has it’s distinct character and there is an overwhelming amount of details to soak in, including the stunning Palm Court, hotel lobby, shopping arcade, bars, and ballrooms. The rooms are luxurious and balance the hotel’s classic design motifs and modern amenities. My favorite part of them was the bathroom, lined with sparkling white tiles, gilded mirrors, soaking tub, and rain shower.
One of the highlights of the stay was being taken on a cocktail crawl by 5 of the top Fairmont bartenders from around the world to some of the best cocktail bars in the city. We started at the hotel in the Rose Club that overlooks the 5th Avenue hotel lobby and then moved our way around the city to Death and Co, Dante, Mace, and Maison Premiere. Being able to taste a variety of cocktails at some of the top ranked bars in the world alongside the talented Fairmont mixologists was an eye opening and educational experience into the subtleties of the craft. Fairmont is known to have legendary bars live in their hotels, and seeing the passion exude from the talent behind them while sipping on a variety of well-balanced cocktails, it’s easy to understand why.